The China Challenge: Sally Versus The Middle Kingdom

March 6, 2011


So, remember last week when I was all like, “I’m in love with China!”

And you were all like, “You’ve only been there a week and a half. You don’t even know China. Give it more time.”

And I was like, “Listen, just because you had that little problem with Bali a couple years ago, doesn’t mean you need to rain on my love-parade. China and I are made for each other!”

And you were like, “Why do you always have to bring up Bali? Really? I made a mistake. It’s not like you’ve never made a mistake. You need to let me heal already!”

Anyway, remember that?

Well, my feelings have changed.

Wait, wait. You can hold your “I told you so”s.

It’s not that I’m not in love with China anymore. We’re just kind of going through a rough patch this week.

Maybe we just moved too fast. Maybe we need to slow things down a bit. Maybe China is just scared of love and is trying to push me away. (Is that it, China? You don’t need to be scared! Hasn’t anyone told you that you deserve love?)

Since China and I are having such a challenging week this week, I’m borrowing today’s blog post theme from the fabulous Megan over at Bangkok Reality Smackdown. (Note, Megan, I said “borrowing” not “stealing.” It’s only stealing if I forget to mention your name and then forget to say nice things about you, right?)

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Megan’s blog, you really should. In her posts, she presents a challenge that she has faced while living as an expat in Bangkok, and then at the end of the post she awards points to herself and whatever she was “smacking down” (as the kids say). Usually her challenges involve potato chips of some kind, so that should be reason enough to read, right? Plus, she’s super hilarious. And she seems like a really, really nice person who wouldn’t mind my stealing… err… borrowing her ideas one bit. (Right, Megan? You’re welcome to borrow my ideas anytime! Want to write a post about your couch, knock yourself out! Don’t have a couch and want to borrow mine? Ummm… let me think about that and get back to you.)

So, here goes, people. I bring you: Sally’s China Reality Smackdown!

Sally vs. Cooties

Not to brag or anything (okay, maybe to brag a little) but my immune system has kicked some major virus butt this past year. Other than a run-in with some bad fish while I was in Luang Prabang and a few reoccurring allergies, I was hardly sick at all while traveling.

In fact, I was so healthy I started to get worried. I mean, who spends two months wading through muddy rice paddies and doesn’t come down with something?

Maybe, I had contracted some kind of super-mud-parasite and my body was slowly morphing into some half-woman, half-undead-muddy-Golem-like-creature.

Or maybe I had been bitten by a radioactive cockroach in my sleep, which had made me impervious to human ailments… and the apocalypse.

Or, quite possibly (and logically), I am a vampire! After all, I do have pasty white skin and find it hard to get out of bed anytime before noon. Sure, I haven’t had a hankering for human blood – but maybe only because blood doesn’t come in cookie-form. (And, if I am a vampire, I’d like to know where my book deal and HBO television series is, already).

Unfortunately, my superhero immune system was no match for the sixty sniffly, cold-ridden college students that I’ve had to come in contact with since starting work. Teaching is great and all, but walking into classroom each day is like walking into a huge, human Petri dish.

On Monday, I woke up with a sore throat. By mid-week, my head was all swirly — either from my illness or from the expired cold medicine I kept popping. (Sure, judge me. But I don’t know where to buy stuff in this country, yet!) Plus, I was all phlegmy and coughing and starting to become concerned. Does black lung still exist and what are the symptoms? What about tuberculosis? Can you get that from chalk dust? Or how about whooping cough? I’m pretty sure I have one of those three diseases… or maybe a combination of all three… or possibly some other disease that hasn’t been heard of since the Eighteenth Century.

Surely, it couldn’t be a common cold making me so miserable. I mean, this is me and my Robocop immune system here! We are impervious! We are not common.

Score:

Sally = 0

Cooties = 945

Vampires = 8 (They would have gotten more, but, frankly, I don’t really understand that whole Twilight thing.)

Sally vs. Work

Remember last week when I was all like, “Wheee, my job is easy!” And you were like, “I want your job!” And I was like, “Tough, you can’t have it! Or maybe you can… but not until after I leave in June.” And you were like, “But, why would I want to work there, if you aren’t there?” And I was like, “Oh, good point.”

Well, I take it all back, people.

My job is hard.

I mean, work is work. First of all, I have to plan all these lessons. Then I have to show up to class… on time… and in pants. And, in order to keep the students’ attention, I have to pretend to be all excited about fragment sentences or proper comma placement. (Okay, admittedly, I’m pretty excited about commas; I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a few well-placed commas? But trying to be excited about these things while battling black lung is, like, not easy, okay.)

Plus, this week my students spent half of the week writing papers, which would have been super awesome if the students didn’t then expect me to actually grade these papers. (What has our educational system come to? Why can’t students just be satisfied with the writing process. I mean, I was pretty satisfied with their writing process – mostly because it allowed me to spend forty-five minutes of class time staring numbly at the ceiling while trying to figure out why the fluorescent light bulbs kept swirling around like that. And were those unicorns up there, too? Yikes, when did the classroom become filled with flying monkeys? Umm… did I just black out?)

It’s now Sunday evening, and I’ve managed to get less than halfway through all of the papers I was hoping to grade this weekend. I’ve tried to be productive; I really have! But being sick and swirly-headed hasn’t made grading easy. (Plus, the flying monkeys got a hold of my red pen and it was just a mess, okay.)

It doesn’t help that almost all the students wrote ten times as much as they should have – I asked them to write a paragraph, and most of them handed in an essay. (Where do they learn that from? Surely, not me! Conciseness is key, kids!)

And, I probably shouldn’t have started drinking red wine somewhere around Paper Number Four yesterday. (I did it for the antioxidants, people! The copious amounts of chicken soup, green tea and Vitamin C drops that I’ve been ingesting for the past week haven’t helped a bit. It’s time to call in the big guns – red wine and chocolate! And, potato chips have antioxidants, too, right?).

Oh, yeah, and, this weekend, I learned I can get Hulu on my computer, which means I spent more time catching up on episodes of 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation than catching up on work. (Hey, I did it for my immune system! Isn’t laughter supposed to be one of those proven immune system boosters? Yeah, I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that one laugh is the equivalent five oranges’ worth of Vitamin C.)

Score:

Sally = 0

Work = 45 (which is the approximate number of essay-length paragraphs I still need to grade)

Red Wine = 16 oz

Liz Lemon = 25 oranges

Sally vs. Snack Food

I can never remember if you should starve a cold and feed a fever or vice versa. Plus, who the heck knows what you do with whooping cough? (Feed it? Starve it? Take it out for a nice dinner? Or is a whooping cough more of a potluck party kind of thing?)

Anyway, since I’ve been feeling pretty yucky, I haven’t been up to eating much. In fact, I haven’t eaten a single cookie all week. That’s seven days of no cookies! It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore.

Instead, I bought lettuce this week.

And ate it.

Whoa.

This evening I went out to find dinner, and came back with a snack-size bag of potato chips, bananas and a bottle of Vitamin Water.  Really, people, it’s like I’m on a diet, here — I mean, a snack size bag? What? Have I become a bird or something?

Nothing good can come from this. Okay, so it would be nice to lose some weight, but what if I lose too much weight and then my pants become too loose. I’m too swirly-headed to catch them if they suddenly fall! Then, I’ll be walking around pants-less in China. Great… just great. As if China wasn’t scared of loving me already!

Score:

Sally = 0

Snack food = 0 (those snack sized bags don’t count)

My pants = in need of a belt

Sally vs. the Chinese Language

Luckily, it hasn’t all been a huge loss for me this week. I did learn some Chinese!

Okay, don’t get too excited. I didn’t learn any actual words or anything.

My students taught me the hand signals used for the numbers one to ten. You can use these signals, like sign language, with vendors and people in restaurants to figure out how much things cost — that is, as long as everything costs under ten RMB, which is about one dollar and fifty cents. (Luckily, my tastes run pretty cheap.)

When I ate at one of the street stalls this weekend, I didn’t have to throw a whole wad of money at the woman in order to pay. Instead, she signaled how much I owed her, and I handed it over. How civilized of me!

Now, I just need to find out the hand symbols used for “Where’s the restroom?” and “Who wants to buy me a drink?” and I’ll be all ready for my new life in China!

Score:

Sally = 10

The Chinese Language = 10

Whoever wants to buy me a drink = 500

Sally vs. Her Couch

Wait, why am I fighting my couch? I love my couch.

Obviously, I’ve become too sick and swirly and disoriented to make any sense anymore.  (I was making sense before, right? Right?! Great. The monkeys are back again. Dangit.)

On that note, I’ll leave you with my final score and a promise that next week I’ll hopefully be back to having my own blog post ideas. (Thanks for letting me “borrow” yours, Megan! Seriously, I owe you some potato chips. But I think it’s illegal to send potato chips from China to Thailand, so how about if I just eat a lot of potato chips once I feel better and tell you about them? Fair?)

Final Score:

China = 428

Sally = 251

Love = Conquers all. As do unicorns. (You can see the unicorns, right? Why is the ceiling swirling around like that?)

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I've blathered on long enough! Now it's your turn!

  1. On March 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm MaryAnne said:

    I’m sure it’s just your lack of Venus getting in the way. You and China will work out fine– give it some time. True love waits! Maybe you guys need Promise rings or something.
    MaryAnne recently posted..Notes on Genocidal Tourism in Cambodia

  2. On March 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm Kenan Lucas said:

    Your China love affair sounds like a high school romance. Hopefully next week you will won’t hate each other and never want to talk to one another ever again. I am sure you will work it out though.

    Also: wine has LOTS of antioxidants. I should know I drink it regularly and always feel anti-oxidized.
    Kenan Lucas recently posted..Crashing Motorcycles On Langkawi

  3. On March 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm TammyB said:

    Too funny, Sally! (Although, is that mean of me to be laughing out loud at your misfortune?) Hope you’re feeling better soon and that you and China make up.

    By the way, that Bali incident? You were totally talking about me, right? In the end, Bali and I just needed some time apart. I think we’re on amicable terms now, and even have fond memories of some our low points. (There’s a blog post in there, whenever I get around to writing it.)

    • On March 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm Sally said:

      Ha ha! Actually after writing that, I was like “Bali? Who could have had a problem with Bali? I should have used another country.” But, alas, I MUST have meant the two of you! I hope you & Bali have managed to work things out.

  4. On March 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm jill- Jack and JIll Travel said:

    Aaaw, I’m sure like you said your relationship with China is just hitting a rough patch. Very common with new love once the honeymoon is phase is over. Don’t worry.. it’ll get better. Maybe China found out that you’re not in it 100%? I mean, you are leaving in June :p Does China know about this?
    jill- Jack and JIll Travel recently posted..Why I’ll Never Climb Mt Whitney In One Day Again

  5. On March 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm Ayngelina said:

    The first two weeks are always a mess of emotions. Just give it time and eat more pringles.

  6. On March 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm Shane said:

    At least you are in a relationship with China. Syria rejected my advances yesterday just because I negleted the foreplay of getting a visa in advance. Luckily, Jordan is less discerning and took me back.
    Shane recently posted..The Twitter 10- March 2011

  7. On March 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm Laurence said:

    Love can be a rocky path. At least you’ll always have your couch 🙂
    Laurence recently posted..Travel- my selfish pursuit

  8. On March 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm Ken C. said:

    I’m surprised you haven’t tried any Chinese Folk medicine cures [actually, I guess “traditional medicine” is a nicer sounding term]…some of them should be familiar from your time in Thailand.

    For example, Tiger Balm [a universal medicine?]…maybe rub some on your chest or a bit under the nose for better breathing?

    Tea? I was going to recommend regular green tea [just larger amounts], but there must be a tea just for colds.

    Ginger! Eat larger (?) amounts of ginger! Maybe put some ginger in chicken soup? Chicken soup is always soothing.

    Otherwise, I’d recommend stretching out on that couch, and catching up on your reading, or Hulu. Like Diana Ross sang, “love don’t come easy.” Hang in there.

    • On March 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm Sally said:

      The clinic just hooked me up with some meds today. I now have antibiotics (bor-ing but hopefully effective) and some little packets of weird little brown balls that I need to swallow (gross-tasting, but feel totally old school Chinese). Good times!
      And, yeah, still plenty of tea & chicken soup going on over here. And I had a ginger bubble tea the other day, so that counts, right?

  9. On March 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm Phil said:

    You are too much. This was really entertaining.

    Instead of burdening yourself with all of that grading, do this:

    1. Don’t actually read them
    2. Put smiley faces in the margins.
    3. Put one sad face somewhere just to keep it real.
    4. Give everyone high (but not too high) marks – this will boost their self-confidence and give you a reservoir of goodwill to work with.

    As for your other problems, I have no answers, although it seems like you’re not doing too bad except for the cooties, which yeah, that really sucks.

    B well,
    Phil
    Phil recently posted..Cote D’Ivoire Needs One Minute of Your Time

  10. On March 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm Christy @ Technosyncratic said:

    When I had to grade papers I just put a bunch of check marks all over the place. The more wine I had to help get me through grading, the larger the check marks!

    It’s REALLY awkward if you spill red wine on a paper, though, because students can always tell what it is and think their teacher is a total slush. Which may or may not be true, but they certainly don’t need to know that.

    Awesomely entertaining post, by the way! It had me in stitches. 🙂
    Christy @ Technosyncratic recently posted..Photos of the Week- Bourbon Street

  11. On March 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm Ceri said:

    Awww, coming down with something can really bum you out. Especially straight away in a new place. But you really do seem to be coping. Oh, and I’m pretty sure red wine can miraculously cure you of Plague … or whatever it is you seem to be infected with. 😉
    Ceri recently posted..Saying ‘Yes’

  12. On March 7, 2011 at 1:33 am Megan said:

    I’m suing!

    Totally kidding, considering I stole…err….borrowed the idea from somebody my own self. I mean…I’m suing! I expect payment in cool cucumber potato chips!

    So…there are hand symbols in Chinese to indicate 1-10 that aren’t just, you know, 1-10? Huh. It really *is* a different country.

    I think you should give yourself more credit for smacking it down over there, lady.
    Megan recently posted..WTF What THE! Friday Part 19

  13. On March 7, 2011 at 2:52 am Theodora said:

    There is nothing like illness — minor, undramatic, tedious illness, as opposed to something one could brag about — to give oneself a bit of a hangover after a love in with a new country.

    Hope you feel better. And, god, the more I read about your adventures in Mandarin (or otherwise), the more scared I am of attempting it…
    Theodora recently posted..Learning to Love Our Motorbike

    • On March 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm Sally said:

      Yes, and I went to the clinic today & found out that I’m not dying… or destined to suffer endlessly and dramatically. Dangit. Nothing to brag about at all!

  14. On March 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm choi kum fook said:

    Miss Sally, how to heal your ailment? My suggestion is learning Mandarin! Free of charge! Because it bring you a lot of fun and interesting . For instance, when the Chinese word “East” + “West” together= things.When the word “girl” + “boy” together= good. The word “padi field”+ “energy” together =man. and so on_ _ _ _.Ha.Ha.

  15. On March 8, 2011 at 12:06 am SpunkyGirl said:

    Wow, your disease sounds like the one I had in Beijing. Remember, the one that forced me to bail out of China and run back to Thailand as fast as the plane could carry me? Man, that sucked. I still shudder when I remember it.

    Feel better soon!

  16. On March 8, 2011 at 12:24 am Erica said:

    Well, you definitely have me NOT looking forward to exploring with my weak ass ninny immune system. 😛 Living with kids (not mine) already brings the plague around every so often.

    My suggestion would be to go and buy some dice and then roll to see what grades your students get. That way you can still do it while watching 30 rock AND you can make it into a game! Take a swig of wine when you roll 7s!
    Erica recently posted..Travel and the Wonderful World of Tattoos

    • On March 8, 2011 at 6:50 am Sally said:

      Just stay away from any children, adolescents or sniffly twenty-year-olds while you’re traveling! I had no problems at all until I came into contact with all these young germ-covered college students!

  17. On March 8, 2011 at 1:24 am Heather said:

    Whenever I think of unicorns now, I think of you. I don’t know how it’s come up, but Adam, Nicole, and I have talked about unicorns several times and seen your China posts pop up in our feeds. If the antioxidants in the wine don’t work (and it seems they haven’t), know we’re thinking of you and eating junk food and tasty cakes on your behalf (okay, so that may not help, but the sympathy eating we’re doing is certainly fun..til our pants don’t fit).

    Take care of yourself <3
    Heather recently posted..Tasmania and Nature

  18. On March 8, 2011 at 3:29 am Aaron @ Aaron's Worldwide Adventures said:

    Sally, I just laughed my way through this entire post. I just wanted you to know that! 🙂

    And in China I found that almost everyone understands “toilet.”

    Good luck on that Chinese…in two months I only learned to speak about 20 words and read 3!

    Finally, feel better!!!
    Aaron @ Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures recently posted..Say What Travel Photo- Numb Biscuits!

  19. On March 8, 2011 at 4:47 am Amanda said:

    While I know my mother taught me that it’s not nice to laugh at the misfortune of others, I couldn’t help but chuckle a few times while reading this post. But you manage to make even having a cold hilarious!

    I’m sorry to hear that you and China are going through a bit of a rough patch. Maybe you should offer to share some of your wine and potato chips with it. Perhaps it’s just jealous?
    Amanda recently posted..Paying My Respects at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

    • On March 8, 2011 at 6:47 am Sally said:

      China can get its own wine and potato chips! Jerky China. Wait… I take it back! I love you, China, I really do. Just this cold you gave me is making me cranky. (Plus with the antibiotics I’m on I can’t drink. Dangit).

  20. On March 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm Uncle Ed said:

    We drop ship chocolate 🙂 Will trade for interesting fruit or vegetable seeds. Flying monkeys sound serious. But grading 45 essays sounds considerably worse. I always had A’s in English but I preferred teaching questions like, “The number is ___.” Maybe you could trade one Mandarin word per essay. Are the hand gestures based on Kanji? 1100 words would provide a basic vocabulary but that’s a lot of flying monkeys, woot.

  21. On March 9, 2011 at 12:34 am Ali said:

    I don’t understand the Twilight thing either. Or the vampire craze in general. That really sucks that you’re sick, I hope the meds make you feel better quickly!
    Ali recently posted..Evolution of Luggage

    • On March 9, 2011 at 1:05 am Sally said:

      Yeah, I read the first book & just got really annoyed with it. I mean, maybe I’m missing something here, but, uh, why would you want to be in a relationship with some guy WHO WANTS TO DRINK YOUR BLOOD? Uh, yeh. That stuff isn’t healthy.

  22. On March 9, 2011 at 7:41 am Odysseus said:

    This was one of my *favourite* unbrave posts. I especially liked the way you scored things. I think you should use a similar method when grading students’ papers. OR instead of scoring their papers, just put unicorn stickers on the top and write “Good job!” I know they’re in college, but who doesn’t feel better after unicorns and praise?
    Odysseus recently posted..ROUS in India

    • On March 9, 2011 at 8:22 am Sally said:

      Actually, I think my students would totally dig that. Apparently, they were super psyched to get out of classes for the past two days that I’ve been home sick. So adding unicorn stickers would just be the cherry on top of their awesome week!

  23. On March 10, 2011 at 7:14 am ciki said:

    ROFLMAO,..!! ur body was slowly morphing into some half-woman, half-undead-muddy-Golem-like-creature.. Oh u crack me up. But yeah, it’s really a thing to be proud of once you acquire the Asian immune system.. very commendable indeed:P Oh and it’s feed the cold and starve the fever;) .. but what happens when you got both eh? Superb post.. love love love!
    ciki recently posted..The Deli- Micasa

    • On March 10, 2011 at 11:25 am Sally said:

      Well, unfortunately, my newly acquired Asian immune system was no match for black lung. But I bet after I leave China (if I make it out alive!), I’ll be like Super Woman.

      P.S. Happy to see your comment finally came through. Yay!

  24. On March 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm Brendan van Son said:

    Hahahaha, what a great post! I had this experience once, and I kept telling myself, no I really do love it, because I really wanted to… but then realized I didn’t love it, it was just lust. Lust is a tricky beast that we all have to deal with Sally. Here’s hoping your lust can return to love.

    • On March 11, 2011 at 2:21 am Sally said:

      Well, I can definitely tell you I’m not in lust with China anymore! After all, I’m not exactly feeling too sexy with all the phlegm my body has been producing. TMI?

  25. On March 11, 2011 at 1:40 am ellis said:

    Hi Sally,
    I just discovered your blog, and you’ve jsut moved to China! I just moved out of China (might move back) but I spent a year and a half teaching university in Huzhou, Zhejiang. And like you say, it’s easy, but it’s hard!

    As for the immune system, almost everyone I know has gotten some degree of sick within the first two weeks they arrive in China. My advice is to get some hand sanitizer and keep it with you at all times because there is hardly ever soap. Not that that will help you now, sadly, but for the future.

    Good luck! And I’m really looking forward to reading about your China adventures!

    • On March 11, 2011 at 2:20 am Sally said:

      Ellis,
      Glad you stopped by! Well, I guess I’m glad to hear the plague is a common thing, even if I feel like a total freak right now. Hopefully, once my immune system finally recovers it will be back to kicking viral butt!

  26. On March 12, 2011 at 7:43 am Amy said:

    Sad to hear you’re not SO in love with China, but happy you’re still enjoying it! I’m moving there in April (probably) so it’s nice to get an insiders view! 🙂
    Amy recently posted..6 Online Ways To Keep Safe Abroad

  27. On March 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm Joseph said:

    Love takes times…to heal…- I’m so quoting Mariah Scarey here…do hope you and Big C work out your differences…I’m sad to announce that you don’t suffer from any of those 3 illnesses (I’m a doctor, I should know), but if it makes you feel better, I’ll throw in a flu…what do you say? the perfect illness to do nothing but lying on a couch, munching on chips and watching TV (anything but vampires – I don’t get the whole Twilight thing either)…Oh, and you MUST learn the signal for “Where is the nearest karaoke bar?” – that’s just begging for a story! I know you won’t disappoint 😉

    • On March 14, 2011 at 11:55 am Sally said:

      Well, if you say I should be hanging out on my couch, eating chips & watching TV, I will take your word for it. You ARE a doctor, and all! And I’ll get right on that karaoke thing.

  28. On March 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm Victoriana said:

    I love your writing, it’s so fun to read. I feel like I’m reading an e-mail from a friend, or more accurately listing to a rambling phone call. It makes for a fun day and I hope you update soon.
    Victoriana recently posted..Alla- Dollface- Rodgier van der Weyden- and Cats

    • On March 14, 2011 at 11:54 am Sally said:

      So glad you enjoyed it! I try to update my blog once a week — but, unfortunately, I’m already behind for last week. I’m blaming it on China! (Sorry, China, someone has to take the fall!)

  29. On March 14, 2011 at 12:21 am ejorpin said:

    Oh! Hi-larious! You poor thing you…though being swirly headed, semi hallunciatory sick in a very strange land can be kind of fun sometimes, in a strange this-will-make-a-good-story / how-adventurous-am-I / the-world-really-is-a-strange-and-wondrous-place kind of way. Plus, there’s the unicorns.

    I do hope you and China work things out, although I have a feeling things may get worse. I follow an expat blogger in China, and due to nervousness about various uprisings and what have you about the world, she’s just pretty much lost all access to the interwebs. Now that would be a deal breaker for me!
    ejorpin recently posted..Weeping on a jet plane

    • On March 14, 2011 at 11:54 am Sally said:

      Luckily (through the wonders of computer science), I’ve managed to stay pretty well-connected. There were a few days there when I was without Facebook & Twitter, but all is sorted… for now. I really don’t think I’d be too happy if I didn’t have access to my social networking sites!

  30. On March 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm Rick Jones said:

    “Now, I just need to find out the hand symbols used for ‘Where’s the restroom?’ ”
    Isnt that the Pee-Pee dance? I thought that translated into EVERY language?

    Brilliant post as always! damn you and your funny, hallucinogenic ways!

    -Rick
    Rick Jones recently posted..Tales from Bangkok – Arriving in Bangkok and taxi ride

  31. On March 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm ChinaMatt said:

    Sure brings back some memories. You’ll get over some of those negative feelings and return to an indifferent feeling of your city. China will definitely challenge even the strongest immune system. I suggest baijiu–it’ll kill whatever is ailing you, including you.
    ChinaMatt recently posted..Overlooking the Palace

  32. On July 16, 2011 at 5:55 am SuperChan Blog said:

    Oh I’m sorry, as some one else said, its not right to laugh at some one else’s misfortune but LOL that was FUNNY!

    But please tell me HOW do you get to see unicorns? That must be a special love gift from China? Whenever I am in the depths of the dreaded lurgy all I see is that light at the end of the tunnel – you know the one they say “Don’t fly towards the light!”

    • On July 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm Sally said:

      I can’t reveal the secrets of the unicorn… but seeing them usually involves lots of cold medicine. Preferably out-of-date cold medicine.

      • On July 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm SuperChan Blog said:

        That could be the problem 🙂 not that I am beyond taking expired meds being well aware of the redundancy built into the system but I rarely resort to meds to cure the dreaded lurgy. Coca cola (TM!) to combat the dehydration, curl up in bed, moan quietly a lot (OK OK not so quietly) and liberal coatings of Vicks or Tiger balm to clear the nasal passages.

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