“La Cucaracha”

Just when I thought I had rid myself of all mites…I find a plump cockroach climbing my leg as I brush my teeth. I drowned the monster in bleach and then set more traps and sprayed more raid!

I have seen a few geckos. For the most part they are okay.
The cockroaches need to go though. I am terrified of vermin invading my apartment. I see them in the streets and the shrubbery. I would prefer the critters stay there when cold time comes.

So I taught all week and celebrated Teacher’s Day on Friday with my school and all the teachers and headmaster. We had a big banquet at the nicest hotel in Longhua. New teachers sing a song or do a dance and everyone wanted me to but they told me when it was actually happening! I said if I had more time to plan I would have sung a song.

Everyone was really surprised that we don’t have Teacher’s Day in America. I told them teacher’s are respected on a different level in America.

Few gambei’s later and some teachers invited me to go karaoke with them! It was so fun. We got a free room to sing in, for teacher’s day. Apparently it was the men’s turn to buy beer that night so I didn’t even pay for any drinks. Christy later joined the party and it was even more fun. She learned the dice game they kept trying to teach to me. I just couldn’t understand it. It was similar to BS but with dice.

My singing and dancing was awful as usual. Mixed with so much alcohol I was more than ready to go by midnight. I even tried chicken feet for the first time! They tasted like greasy chicken fat that you gnaw on. I put one in my mouth for less than a minute before realizing I was drunk and making silly decisions.

So William and his wife Annie drove Christy and me home. William teaches art and Annie teaches English. It’s always funny to me when an actual person I know drives a car in China. Just because the driving is incredibly scary. People I have driven with who drive their own cars though are ultra cautious in China. It’s amazing when everything else is so erratic.

All week I taught Junior 2–12-13 year olds. It was fun I taught them fun phrases we say in America to greet our friends. The students really got into it and so did I. Powerpoint is best friend when it comes to teaching!

Tomorrow I will start Junior 3. I have to teach them straight out of the book because they will be tested on speaking by the end of the year. It’s a little disappointing yet easy at the same time.

Today Christy and I wandered in the opposite direction around Longhua near my estate. Again we found sketchy back alleys filled with knock off shoes, shirts, pants, vendors, street-corner chefs, etc. We found some chao mian tiao “fried noodles” for about .50 USD. So fresh and so good cooked right in front of us on a fired up wok.

We made our way to the factory land of Longhua and noticed all the construction. We decided to get beers because it was the middle of the day finally not raining and simply because we can walk around in public carrying a beer around.

As we made our way closer and closer to my estate some guy ran up to us and started remarking how odd it is for women to be walking around in the middle of the day drinking beer. He spoke pretty good English and he introduced himself as Paul.

So Christy and I spent the next four hours talking to Paul! He works at a factory in Longhua as an “assistant engineer.” He didn’t go to college but his English was not bad. Had to be if you can talk to people in a foreign language for four hours! The factory makes household products for America. I am see this as insulting to Chinese people. We did talk about that during our conversation he understood what I was trying to say.

I’m just fed up with how extravagant people live in the states and here…it’s a different story but like I said before we live so nice because of places like China =[

At any rate Paul treated us to what we were looking for all day, sweet buns and condensed milk–the new biscuits and gravy! By the time we finished our dessert it was pouring again we weren’t too far from the estate so we walked back in the pouring rain. We were all drenched so Christy and I invited him inside for tea and drying off. He was incredibly shy and scared to come in. It was funny. We talked a lot of chin-glish and learned more Chinese.

Paul explained that he lives in the factory’s dormitory and each room has about 4-6 men sleeping in bunks! Communal bathrooms and kitchens. The factory feeds them each meal. I felt awful, here I am in this huge apartment with 3 big bedrooms, two bathrooms, decent kitchen, cable teevee and not only do I live by myself but I don’t even pay for it!

I don’t know what else to say.


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2 Responses to “La Cucaracha”

  1. Shuo says:

    Hi Heidi. Glad that you commented back!^^ Yes, I live in Shenzhen. Actually I was born and raised up here, now even go to the local university here. Sounds boring, doesn’t it? 😀 It’s my senior here now.

    I like reading your posts about Shenzhen, about China. A lot of foreigners come to Shenzhen, make comparisons of it to Shanghai or Beijing and end up moping about life here. But you’re not judgemental but embrace what you’ve seen. I believe you make a good teacher too.^^

    I read some of your older posts, so you’ve been in China for some time? Hope to know more about you.

    BTW, you can just call me Shuo. I don’t feel like adopting any English name yet. 😛

  2. heidaway says:

    I agree, English names are lame, I don’t see the appeal. People should be able to always keep their own name! It’s silly to make comparisons. On your blog I love what you post about expats and their peeves about China. I’m here to live in China and drink it all in! I love it, I’ve loved China since I first visited in 2006. Thanks for reading, I hope we can keep in touch! Enjoy your senior year! I took lots of fun classes my senior year.


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