Hey everyone, this weekend we had a real Chinese cooking class in Qingdao. With 12 interns went to a cooking school, where the chef greeted us in big kitchen with our working places already prepared so we could start right away. We had to cook two dishes, which were both typically Chinese. The first one was scrambled eggs with tomato, which was quite easy for us since nearly everybody has made scrambled eggs before. Still it was really good and fun especially with the fire places which where a little scary on first sight. They were really big gas places with a huge flame when the cook lighted them. The second dish was chicken with some vegetables, peanuts and chili (which everyone tried to hide from the cook so it wouldn’t be too spicy). Cooking this dish was a little more challenging than the scrambled egg. We had to fry everything in the wok and constantly add soy sauce, some alcoholic liquid and of course- chili. After eating two dishes, everybody was so full (unfortunately too full for dumpling dinner in the evening). Even Rita, who just watched us cooking and then tried everything from everyone was full in the end 🙂
Lao Shan Trip
First week in Qingdao
My name is Philipp and I’m the victim of Bens sleep attacks 😉
I think everything has been said by Ben, so just a short summary:
- great beer
- excellent Chinese food
- beautiful city
- nice people
- and cheap, you can really live like a King
Laser tag session!!
Laser tag Session!!
One of the activities really pleasant in Qingdao you can try is this one. Dressed like a soldier, with captors on all your body, guns (you have the choice between sniper rifles, machine guns and Short range guns) and play in a park.
We went there, 20 people from internchina, 10 from Yechao staff (the best club in Qingdao) and 50 strangers! Saturday, April the 16th, at 8 o’clock AM! (to wake up at 6.30 AM wasn’t a pleasure…) We were mixed in 2 teams: the Chinese army against the Korean army (Korea won 2 battles on 3). The battlefield was the TV Tower’s Park, Robert, Marvin (Chinese army, our monster kills) and Nick (Korean army) were the snipers, Keno (the best gunner I have seen!!) and me where the machine guns for Chinese army and Tommy (the Yechao DJ!!) was the more dangerous machinegun of the Korean Army. You could hear his devil laugh after He had touched you…!!
Dennis, Marian, Tobias were brave soldiers, always going ahead. They used very good strategy. Hanane were the only one who always gets killed by her own teammate (maybe they thought that she was more useful dead than alive…), Stephanie liked to stay always at the top and shoot on poor first line people… So bad girl. Jessica, Marina and Liane were specialized in hiding behind trees and not moving until the end of the game. I think that the snipers should cover up themselves.
Girls has to cover snipers, boys were snipers or first line attack. We had 10 lives for each person. 1 hour of lesson, and 3 hours of play. Really exhausting but so funny! The last round was 2 lines, fighting against each other.
Dominic was the kamikaze, always where he should not… Tim was the “I shoot on you but you can’t see me haha !!” guy, all play long I haven’t seen him. He was surely cooperating with the snipers (always hiding too). And Alex was our translator with Emily, without them, impossible to understand the monitor instructions.
Whatever, with each play during at least 45 minutes, and 30 RMB (around 3€50) for 4 hours of fun, we went home tired, and happy!!
last Saturday the Internchina people came together for Gong Fu 功夫 lessons and BBQ on the beach. Actually, it was the first day of what we may call „summer“. Over 20°, and the danger to get a little sunburn. For months we have waited for this day!
Teacher Pan gave us, together with Dan, one of his experienced long-term students, an insight in the Chinese material arts. Pan Laoshi has been practicing for more than 40 years and therefore is an expert for the real, traditional Gong Fu.
It was a great pleasure to learn a few moves from him. Check out the video, where Pan Laoshi and Dan are showing Gong Fu in Baguazhang style!
The dinner after our “hard work” was delicious, thanks to long preparations in Jenny’s new apartment and Fay’s and Nick’s professional skills on the BBQ ☺
Li Cun Market – very impressive!!!
Last saturday Jamie and Leo arranged our monthly round table with all the interns…We relocated it outside and drove about 40 minutes with the bus to the north of Qingdao. It is one of the biggest and most bizarre markets of this city and if you want to see everything on this market you should schedule a whole day. They really sell everything there. There were even some doctors who checked the people and medicated them if necassary. To give an exaple there was a dentist who pulled out the teeth of people in public presence ^^
Jamie divided us into some groups and gave us shopping lists. It was kind of a bargaining competition. The group which payed less money for all of the goods (a hat, men´s and women´s underwear, 5 eggs, 5 tomatoes, 50g green tea, 5 screws, one chinese new year decoration) was the winner… That was fun but have I mentioned that it were -10° outside and the wind made -20° of it 😉
After this great excursion the people who weren´t frozen went to a rock concert at the ‘Red Star’ office where the band ‘Free the birds’ from Beijing played. It was a very nice concert…
I like 😉
The famous Jimo hot springs
Just wanted to make a quick post about our hot spring journey yesterday. Was pretty nice, but sadly we werent allowed to take pictures there. So after we asked a slipper- and towel rearranging lady to take a group picture of us in one of the waterthingies, we had a security guard on our heels the whole time, just to make sure we abide the rules. Chinese really like rules, but for the mudbath we got an exception. We could go in with our swimming trunks on. But actually, the rule to go in the mud as god created us, wasn’t that dumb. My flowertrunks will never be as bright as they used to be :(.
Oh ja, we still took some pictures (which I will add later the day).
Oki doki, have a nice upcoming week and soon CHRISTMAS.
Intern China has rock climbing expeditions around Qingdao. We do these with our interns and language students but we also book individual and group treks as well. See below… Please copy and paste the link and check out our services!
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Language students and interns get together and learn how to write in Mandarin Chinese ‘The Real Way!’- ink and pen and with a true master professor.
Check out this cool Calligraphy site on wavedancing.net