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Go Karting!! Beer!! And BBQs!!

Yoyoyo!
We had a really good mix of activities last weekend, and I thought it deserved a blog! We had a night out at Ye Chao (the finest and pretty much only western style club around) to say goodbye to Natasha on Friday night, a BBQ by the beach for Anja’s birthday on Saturday and go-karting on Sunday! What a few days!
I’ll stick to the go-karting, which we would’ve never have found had it not been for the efforts of our awesome English-speaking taxi driver Yang Ji Chao!
We first went to the stated address of the place and I went inside the building to check that everything was ok before we were all stranded in the middle of nowhere. My crude sign language efforts at asking whether there were go-karts were pretty hilarious, at least until Super Yang Ji Chao again came to the rescue and acted as translator. It turned out that it was actually a driving school, and she understood that I wanted to take the Chinese driving licence test! We eventually found the place around the corner, and whilst it was really expensive at European prices, had a pretty advanced track which electronically recorded your individual lap times.
After a few laps we decided to test our track times to find out the ultimate pro.
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Shooting in the sports center of Zhuhai

Hey guys,Here is what the three of us, Leo, David and I, did last saturday. We went to the sport center “Ti Yu Zhong Xin” in Zhuhai to try something new we never tried before – shooting! The sports center is a big complex where you can do different kinds of sports. There you can find the sports hall for shooting. You can see it on the picture above! My very first impression was: “Is this really the right place for this activity?” But it was the right place and it was amazing. 🙂
After we entered the hall, a co-worker accompanied us to the room for the “beginners”. We went through other halls with different kinds of targets; I think some of them were also moving targets. Our “targets” were empty bottles which were located on three long, iron racks. First of all we tried the small gun. (See pictures! :)) A magazine of 8 bullets was 22 Yuan. It was the same price for the rifle which we tried afterwards. Both guns were nice, but all of us had more problems with the small gun because you have to target at the bottles more accurately and calculate some centimeters lower or higher. With the rifle it was much easier to hit the bottles but therefore less interesting. After few magazines were empty, we took some pictures and asked the two guys, who helped us with the guns, whether there are also other guns. Suddenly they opened a big, old closet with different other guns. Unfortunately our knowledge of guns is poor so I cannot say which guns those were. 🙁
But we recognized the big shotgun and we immediately asked the co-workers whether we can try it and what the price for one bullet is. One bullet was 12 Yuan. Not that cheap.
But we just wanted to try the shotgun, at least 2 bullets. It really was worth it because the feeling was incredible. It is like you experience a kickback after you shoot and it is so f…g loud. 🙂
To all guys who want to try it I can just recommend it to you. For us it was the first time and I can honestly say that we really enjoined it although it was just some minutes of fun! 🙂

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Dong’ao Island – 东澳岛

Originally published 26/07/2011

Hello my lovelies!

Excuse my tardiness with this blog post, I know that you all probably spent all of yesterday frantically clicking ‘refresh’ on blog.com waiting for the site to come back up, only to no avail.

‘Twas undoubtedly an interesting weekend. After work on Friday, I played a game of pool with Jamie and Leo followed by some serious BBQ action in the far north of Zhuhai.

Oh wait.

There wasn’t any BBQ because Jamie led us to a place that supposedly had a massive BBQ but upon arrival it was nowhere to be found.  Upon asking the in-the-know locals, it was determined that the BBQ was there everyday except for that Friday because of “management”.  Very peculiar.  We settled for an outdoor restaurant with many fellow 珠海人 (Zhuhai-ers) dining at its tables. Headed off to an Irish bar in the Ningxi area of Zhuhai and then called it a night.

On Saturday we (myself, Jamie and Helen [Jamie’s FIANCÉE]) met up with some people in the CouchSurfing community and went to Dong’ao Island – about an hour ferry ride from Zhuhai Xiang Zhou ferry port.  The ferry port was crazy – the citizens of Zhuhai are clearly huge fans of weekend getaways to Zhuhai’s 140+ islands!!  We finally arrived and met up with everyone and got to an amazing secluded beach and swam, relaxed and played some frisbee.  When diving for a frisbee and fighting over possession with fellow intern Frank, my right hand fingers sustained some damage and were pretty gross.  Soon enough they were dripping an appetising yellow goo!  Miamiamiamiam

After sunset, we all had a nice BBQ on the beach along with some brandy and beer and spent the rest of the night on the beach.  We did spot a few UFO’s in the distance but fearlessly drank the night away!

Sunday we woke up early (sleeping in tents in Southern China is more akin to sleeping in an oven…) and headed back to Zhuhai and I headed over to the resplendent Sun Yat-sen University Hospital and got my wounds cleaned and bandaged and now they’re already healing quite nicely!

That’s about it for this past weekend’s escapes – forgive me for the lack of photos but my computer is not being cooperative at the moment so you’ll have to enjoy this generic picture of Dong’ao pulled from Google images!!

I cannot believe that my last day of work is a week from today and I am leaving China in 8 days to head off to Macau and Hong Kong!!!

Don’t worry, though, I am going white water river rafting this upcoming weekend so there will be one more good blog post come next Monday! 😉

InternChina-Zhuhai's-famous-Stone-on-the-Sea
InternChina- Zhuhai’s famous Stone on the Sea

 

Michæl

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GO KARTING + BELGIAN BEER = SHEER ECSTASY

Hello lovelies!

Last night we all went go karting once again in Gongbei!  The experience was equally exhilarating as last time although I find myself lamenting the lack of propositions to engage in halotry – perhaps I looked considerably less desperate this time around.  Who knows.

Let’s do this chronologically, though.

Before go karting, we, i.e. myself, Jamie, Leo, Nicolas, James and Andy(Andrea) met up at Alain’s Belgium Beer Bar (A’S BBB) to enjoy a few bottles of scrumptious Belgian beer along with some over-due dosage of western gastronomy.  I had the most deliciously sweet beer ever.  I would compare it to … nothing.  Perhaps it is better described as what Willy Wonka would brew in his factory.  I can just image the fat German kid aka Augustus Gloop downing the illustrious Belgian brew from the quaint waters (beer?) of the alcoholic paradise candy river.  Yes, it was that good.

Most of us had a delightful pizza which was surprisingly lusciously toothsome.  Although a no-contender compared to a real, fresh Italian pizza, the pizza at Alain’s was, nevertheless, legit.

When it came to paying the bill, however, the tides changed.  Our favourite advertising/media firm Delta Bridges had a profile of Alain’s on their website and had a large image proclaiming that there was 30% off all alcohol from 17.30 to 20.30 EVERY NIGHT!  The discount, however, was seemingly nonexistent!  We pushed for it but the manager claimed that it was only valid for one type of beer.  NB: the ad said ALL alcohol. After we pushed some more, the cheque went down again but for an apparently random amount.

Brief review of Alain’s: delicious food, illustrious beer and lacklustre management.

GOKARTING, as previously stated, was wonderful.  It was Leo’s FIRST TIME EVER driving any type of vehicle and I must say that he managed quite well.  After the first round, Jamie was 1st and I was 2nd.  The second round, however, was a bit bizarre.  During the first round I had noticed that they were wielding the frames of some gokarts together and I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of driving one of these polished turds for my second round.  What a disaster.  The car kept spinning out and was just plain crazy.  Moreover, on my last lap, my brakes stopped working and I smashed into a barrier at the first bend.  Wonderful.

Damn you, polished jalopy turd.

A typhoon is coming to Zhuhai.  JOY!

Write to you all on Monday

Bacioni

Michæl

PS – Make sure to check out the pictures along with the score cards from last night in the gallery!

 

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Taekwondo / 태권도/ 跆拳道

你好!
So last night an admittedly small group (everyone who skipped out on this one: we definitely had a better time than you did last night!) of Zhuhai interns did a taekwondo class. For those of you who are unfamiliar with TKD, it is a martial art from Korea and is the national sport (and obsession) in South Korea. While it does seem a bit strange to have taken a class here in Zhuhai, my host family informs me that TKD is extremely popular in China, especially here in Zhuhai, with multiple academies established here.

The class was intense; we were all sweating like pigs within the first 15 minutes of warm-ups in the SE China heat. We had one teacher who was originally from Guangzhou, about 1.5-2 hours north of Zhuhai, and his student – both of them were impressive in their physical capabilities as well as their patience with dealing with a group of 外国人 (foreigners) whose Chinese is far from fluency.

Hopefully we’ll get a chance to do it a few more times before summer’s end!

– Michæl

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Cooking class in Zhuhai

Hey folks, this is Alex. I recently started my internship at the Intern China Business Exchange subsidiary in Zhuhai and it is really great so far. The entire team is very cool and they had just organised a cultural activity – a cooking class. Well, it was at least supposed to be one but it turned out to be an evening with lots of Qingdao beer and karaoke! To start from the beginning, when we arrived at the restaurant it was so packed that the chef didn´t really have the time to show us how to prepare local dishes; and instead the owner arranged a truly opulent dinner for us. The food was absolutely scrumptious and this event was a perfect opportunity to meet and exchange with the other interns here in Zhuhai. However, after that many dishes and bottles of beer it had become so late that the kitchen staff was already finishing work and powering on the KARAOKE machine. The good thing was that I was able to avoid singing and thus “enjoy” completely the performances of the restaurant employees. Nevertheless, we still got the chance to go in the kitchen and watch the chef preparing a fast dish. I really hope there will be more “cooking classes” while I´m here. 😉