Jun 19 2014

¥3 subway ticket

From grandaunt Qiao’s home in 安亭 Anting to #10 Line Xintiandi cost ¥7 . The machine doesn’t take ¥1 bill. When the next machine returns coins I offered two single yuan bills to the purchaser, the man dumped two coins into my machine, waved me off and left. The security guard, a young woman helped me with my carry on luggage.

I had celery dumplings and cucumber and mu’er salad. Anhui tea and hot pepper paste, all home made.

Friend’s house is in Xintiandi. Naturally I stop by the Starbucks, have the ¥17 black coffee.







Jun 18 2014

Family Zhangs

The domestic flight (MU5146 ¥433 one way and ¥600+ for me round trip) from Beijing to Shanghai was ok. We took the bus from Fangzhuang to the airport, ¥24 per person. I worried about over weight or no check in allowance at all but the woman at the counter said nothing about the large check-in. Two men, a young and a middle aged fighting for bathroom on the plane: when the door opened, they both moved over. The younger one stared at the old one then went in. My gut feeling, the young man was there first. In China, seeing armpits unshaved is plentiful. In the taxi to the Holiday Inn Express near Fudan. (100 rmb), the cab driver has a call in program on his radio, talking about family stuff, mostly about inheritance of house. There were one white boy and two Chinese girls at the hotel lobby. I ran into a mom of one of the girls in the program. Michelle who’s also been in the country prior, talked about her experience none stop. Grandaunt/uncle and her second son and wife invited us for dinner at Tang Palace 香港唐宫

Jun 5 2014

The Yungang Grottoes 云冈石窟

Yúngāng Shíkū. The layout is somewhat odd, the entrance is bit hard to find from the parking lot. The tickets are expensive ¥120, here are other information. The road signs are poor.

From iPhone 4S entrance

The entrance. The seating look very comfortable but wondering why have them at the entrance when everyone is going in. They should have it at the exit when visitors are tired. But ..  There are shops at exit.

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May 28 2014

Maison Georges Larnicol

Just went to shopping around the corner. Montmartre is a liberal area with many 99 cent trinket shops stores catering to tourists. There are two sweet shops Maison Georges Larnicol (7-9 rue de Steinkerque, 75018 Paris) and La Cure Gourmande Montmartre – they’re under handed and I found the sales women rude at Maison Georges.

They’re charging up scale $ with 99 cent store mentality. For the paper bag, I’ve to ask for twice and seeing the reluctance. Maybe the Europeans’ frugality is saving the world. No one dare to say no when asking reasonably for a free bag in the USA – No one beats the Americans for service. They tasted ok. My review on Yelp. Ladurée is also good.

The sales tax breakdown:
Tx 5.50,
Ht 16.97
Taxe 0.93
TTC 17.90€

The following day for the convenience I went there to buy a box of macaroons for Beijing. Ha. it cost €25. The price of the macaroon is €5.5 for 100g, about 8 pieces. I just don’t get it why would they charge that much more for a cheap container. It clearly (pun intended) doesn’t worth it and makes the cookies looking so cheap. I have no choice but to pay because the distance I’ll have to bring to. Oh the Frenchy. The ending isn’t too pretty: after the security check at the airport, most of them are ruined.

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The store and the street its on ..

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May 28 2014

Missing the train, in Paris

For reason unbeknown to me (a.k.a. lazy, senile, ..), my train from Paris to Frankfurt departs at 5:10 from Gare de L’Est but I remembered it at 5:30pm and didn’t confirm it in the morning. I had no agenda that day except lingered at the Louvre n saw a rat. I found a seat at food court near an outlet and began to charge my iPhone. And to WeChat. My bad habit cutting too close to any event had finally caught up with me. When I took the Metro and arrived at Gare de L’Est I didn’t see any ‘Frankfurt’ on the board. With a sinking heart I ran around and was finally told by a train man that my train had gone.

Long Gone.

Defeated and deflated I went to buy the ticket for the next train which is two hours later and first class only at €210 – the French said my ticket was an internet purchase from the Bahn, so they couldn’t do a thing. With little time on hand I shopped at a shoe store then food mart and spent my last few euro on food only to find out that first class ticket came with dinner n wine (one glass only). When I asked for the second glass the man said, one refill only.



The first stop is Forbach. Two police came on board. Then Saarbruecken. The 3rd is Kaiserslautern, fourth Mannheim. After Mannheim the train is pulled from the end so my seat (was backward since Paris) is facing forward. The two bathrooms, one soap dispenser is broken and one is empty.

May 27 2014

Paris, here I am

Took the subway (The metro ticket in Frankfurt cost 2.30€ while in Paris 1.70€.) for an early, inexpensive flight on Air France to Paris. As usual, I almost missed the flight – the last one got on the flight.


waiting for train from CDG to Gare l'Est

waiting for train from CDG to Gare de l’Est

Jul 1 2011

Beijing hospital