Where Did The Time Go?

As I start writing this, we are 212 hours from taking off for the last time from China (Ed. note: Air Traffic Control willing). Where have the three years gone? Perhaps more importantly, has it really been three weeks since we last published a blog? Even then, the last two were about Ireland, not Jiaxing.

So what have we been up to? Truly, not much. We have commented to many people that what blew our minds three years ago is now so commonplace that we barely notice, let alone feel it is worth commenting or writing about. From parking to driving, from hawking to spitting, from shoes to outfits, from house sets to mini mini skirts, it has become just our normal world. How will we ever acclimatize ourselves to the quiet and sedate Port Coquitlam world? We may not know for sure but we are sure as hell are looking forward to it!

And now some photos as we drift toward June 29.

Aaron and Mae are our next door neighbours. Geoff gave Aaron his English name and Terry named Mae.

Aaron and Mae are our next door neighbours. Geoff gave Aaron his English name and Terry named Mae. They are adorable. 

A new high end mall has just opened up in Jiaxing. (Ed. note: There must be four or five of them now.) On a Saturday afternoon at 1:00 this is the view:

People, people - uh ... nowhere.

People, people – uh … nowhere.

This store should be a maternity store, don't you think? Well it's not - just another women's clothing store.

This store should be a maternity store, don’t you think? Well it’s not – just another women’s clothing store.

Any ideas on what they might sell?

Any ideas on what they might sell?

This is a men's clothing store - are you an intellectual or a traditional nobleman.

This is a men’s clothing store – are you an intellectual or a traditional nobleman.

This fellow (the one on the right) was welcoming people to the mall. I don't his lovely pink suit had ever been cleaned.

This charming fellow (the one on the right) was welcoming people to the mall. I don’t believe his lovely pink suit had ever been cleaned.

The Shanghaiites come to visit. The Bevis-Jackson family was out to deliver some wine to us a couple of weeks ago. We met them at the hotel and when we entered the lobby, the bridal party reception line was in full swing. We had a drink and 45 minutes later left to go to the restaurant. They were still there – Matthew, with a little coaxing, was all over it in my tradition of getting in as many photos with strangers as possible!

When I can no longer photo bomb, Matthew will be taking my place. Way to go Buddy!

When I can no longer photo bomb, Matthew will be taking my place. Way to go Buddy!

We took four of the five bottles they delivered to the Teriyaki Francaise Restaurant. None of them left – but we did go back to their hotel and consume the fifth. Poor little Zander fell asleep while we were having a drink at the hotel –  Rob carried him to the restaurant, laid him out on the two chairs for the duration of dinner, then carried him back and put him to bed. He never woke. I think I remember that kind of sleep.

The sleep of the innocent

The sleep of the innocent.

The next day we went to the Jiaxing Aquarium. It is underneath the local mall and goes on forever. We had no idea it was there. Pristine fish tanks, a real mermaid show and a seal duet. Who knew? (Ed. note: But as almost everything else in China the people part was a little tacky, dirty, dusty etc.)

This mantra ray had to be five feet across.

This mantra ray had to be five feet across.

This was the most amazing crab. It is lying on an armor shell but when it swims it flips over so the shell protects it from predators above.

This was the most amazing crab. It is lying on an armor shell but when it swims it flips over so the shell protects it from predators above. (Top right)

Sharks, huge sea turtles and even a semi comatose crocodile kept the boys thoroughly entertained.

Sharks, huge sea turtles and even a semi comatose crocodile kept the boys thoroughly entertained.

Matthew, Donald and a third.

Zander, Donald and a photo bomber.

These guys are one of three similar sized schools in the water feature that runs through our complex.

These guys are one of three similar sized schools in the water feature that runs through our complex.

Terry continues to have nocturnal varmint visits to her office. She asked me to pick up some kind of trap to catch them. The trap is like the cover of a kid’s book. It opens up flat and the two sides have glue on them. You sprinkle some small multi-coloured pellets (Ed. note: just like sprinkles on a donut!) on them to attract the mice and when they get on it they stick to the glue. Nice little present for Terry on her desk when she went in on Monday – a slightly decomposed mouse.

Not sure Tom would approve.

Not sure Jerry would approve.

Ashley's has move from United Boulevard...

Ashley’s has move from United Boulevard…

And finally: (Ed. note: Except of course for the Shoe Blog!)

This woman was wandering around the Shanghai Railway Station. I am quite sure that she had no idea what it says.

No words

No words

The Shoe Blog

The first pair  are quite nice, but I’m not sure they work with the nylons.

The shoes were quite nice - just not sure they go with the nylons.

The shoes were quite nice – just not sure they go with the nylons. I took this at breakfast our last day in the hotel in Ireland. Those feet are as close to vertical as you can get, I think.

There are no shoes in this photo – the woman in Shanghai was carrying her 4 inch heels.

"I'm not taking one more step in these"

“I’m not taking one more step in these”

8 thoughts on “Where Did The Time Go?

  1. Lynne

    Does Aaron still scream when Geoff appears? Looking forward to seeing you both very soon. Safe trip home. xo

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  2. Val

    If you get “homesick” for China, maybe a trip to Vancouver’s chinatown will suffice. Have a safe journey home and a wonderful summer in beautiful BC. Any thoughts on Havasu for the winter?

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  3. Bruce

    Actually 214.5 hours. I predict 2 and a half hours waiting on the runway at the Pudong Airport as usual. Looking forward to having you back in Poco!

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  4. Rob and Shelley

    Geoff and Terry we are going to miss you! You didn’t really need to share the details of the wine consumption — how embarrassing! Great pics of the kids and I also really enjoyed the t-shirt. That is my new favourite China pastime, reading the t-shirts. The last one I saw on a girl on the subway was “Playing Hard to Get Lucky” its amazing how adding one word to the end really changes the feel of that statement! Have a safe trip home — drop in on the way through for a bottle of wine (or 5!) if you have time. The boys are going to miss Geoff (and you too Terry ;-))Cheers – Rob, Shelley, Matthew and Xander!

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