"to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die" yes, i love the smiths!
love many bands like joy division, new order, blur,the libertines,嘎调,万青....and off course, the beatles.
i'd like to take a timemachine to the old time.
always immerse myself into the atmosphere of Murakami Haruki‘s Norwegian wood.
want to open a hostel someday, or at least provide travelers a couch :)
willing to meet interesting people.
anything fun?tell me.
ummm ok.... its on what happens to used electronic products (like phones, laptops, kitchen appliances, etc.) once they have reached the end of their life (they are used/have failed/unwanted). So i'm over here looking at the state of chinese legislation and industry practices on how these old products are collected, transported, recovered and responsibly disposed of, and what kind of infrastructures and systems are in place to encourage and help with this recovery. It is effectively about sustainable development and saving the earth from production wastes.
Hi Nico, Yeah the campus is massive; I got lost a lot at first but am pretty well adjusted to where everything is now. Plus I have a bicycle here now so i find it easy to get around. I see that you are a student, what university are you at?
Hey Nico, sorry for the late reply but I have been busy with work and then went to a house warming party last night and left my laptop there.
How are you enjoying your few days off? Have you done anything nice today?
Umm I live in Xisi so just down Line 4 from you. I can’t believe that you don’t often leave Zhongguancun, does that not frustrate you?
The Smiths kick ass. I like “big mouth strikes again”, “sweet and tender hooligan”, and “a rush and a push and the land is ours”. And speaking of music/holidays, what are you doing tomorrow evening? Do you want to go and watch the Beijing Beatles at Mao Live House?
How did your test go? Are you now officially a business genius?
Capote definitely gets a thumbs up. Maybe a few toes in the air aswell. It is pretty good. You need to put that one on your list.
Better not because as you said, I think London during the 60’s was a little bit different to Beijing. You would have to be specific with your choice of destination when you are in the time machine. If you do manage it though, please be sure to send me a postcard.
I don’t have a favourite song as they have a huge back catalogue of quite diverse songs so it all depends on mood. I don’t think I could pick one song but my favourite album is “Revolver”. That blows my mind each time. What about you? Is there any song in particular that floats your boat?
Do you not get to leave Zhongguancun very often? I presume you live on campus then? Where do you like to go out in Beijing.
So I take it you will spend your holiday watching Forrest Gump on repeat then? Haha. From Monday morning to Wendesday night: just you and Gump. Wouldn’t that be fantastic!!!???ha.
What is this cream that you talk of? I need to get some. I have 7 bites and it isn’t even April yet.
Yes, often when my cat was a kitten it used to sleep on the pillow beside my head but I can assure you that nothing more happened other than that haha. Nowadays the only animals that stay are mosquitoes even though they are very much unwelcome. Why did you ask whether or not I let the cat sleep in my bed?
What is the name of the place where you get your full English breakfast from? And more importantly, how great is it? You can’t beat a good English breakfast.
So even though the Dali Patio was the only restaurant which name I could remember, I still got it wrong. It is actually called the “Dali Courtyard.” http://www.thebeijinger.com/directory/Dali-Courtyard We could go, if you like? Although you probably know of better ones. The courtyard is very beautiful but it is best in the summer.
How much fun does the Kingdom of Little People sound? It is like a circus/ theme park thing where lots of dwarves do tricks and dance etc. As if it even exists! Who thought of this? Some genius, I bet. And where do you find enough midgets to fill a kingdom? There are so many questions.
No plans for the Qingming festival as of yet. Maybe stay in Beijing and have a BBQ in my courtyard on Monday if the weather is nice. If that is the plan then you are welcome to join. But like you, I don’t really have any plans. Maybe go to the 798 one day, I don’t know.
Is that film Korean? Is it called “Late Autumn”? Did you watch the Lennon documentary? Am about to watch a film called “Capote”. It is based on the writer Truman Capote.
Hope you are well and the week isn’t dragging too much.
You do need to be prepared. If they are already here then I bet they are going to be going on some sort of rampage in the summer. Somebody to said that the best way to avoid mosquitoes is being submerged in water. However there is a likelihood that you would drown or simply not get anything done. Mosquitoes are like the wind: annoying but little you can do about it.
Only a sweater in the winter sounds marvelous. The only good thing about winters is that it makes you appreciate your own bed more. But Kunming sounds good. I just did some research and they apparently have a theme park filled full of dwarfs. ha. It is called The Kingdom of the Little People (小矮人王国). Is that true? If so, please tell me that you have been!?
Shakespeare was obviously a talented man but he ruined a lot of peoples teenage years in England. It was made compulsory to read but when you are younger it just isn’t very interesting. I have some good books for you if you would like to read them? I reckon that
And why the hell would I sleep with cats? Haha. Umm no, the cat in the picture isn’t mine. That is at a bar in gulou. The cats name is Jean-Pierre and we are good friends. This place also has a pet squirrel.
Chinese food is nice but just like you miss food from Yunnan, I miss food from the west. I have been to a few nice Yunnan restaurants actually. The food is pretty good. The only one which name I can remember is the “Dali Patio”? Have you been?
What did you eat in your dream? Chicken and rice? Jiaozi? Bat wings? Who doesn’t dream of delicious bat wings!!??
Cool basically means something that is good. If you think people dress well then you would say that they “look cool” or have “cool clothes”. It is a slang word which is often used with positive connotations. Cool can mean a lot of things and most peoples definition of “cool” would differ. Perhaps you should look it up and see what you think. To me, if something or somebody is cool, then it/ they are interesting, perhaps quite nonchalant etc . You seem cool for example. But there is no single concept and the word can be used very broadly and loosely.
How was your early Monday morning start? Thanks for your wishes but I didn’t have a very good sleep because some mosquito decided to play mind games with me all night. You know when you are just about to drift off and you hear that buzzing in your ear? My god it is annoying.
What part of Ireland are you moving to? The Northern Irish accent isn’t particularly pleasant but the Dublin accent is quite nice. You might have trouble understanding them at first. You may develop a slight accent which would be amusing as I doubt there are many Chinese people with Irish accents.
My home town is a little historic market town called Stamford. It is meant to be very pretty but you grow bored of it after 20 or so years. Whereabouts is your home town? Do you miss it? Beijing is a bit of a love/hate sort of place, don’t you find?
I love Midnight in Paris. I know the theme of the film is that you should never want to go back in to the past and to completely embrace the present, however, how cool did 1920’s Paris look!? I fell in love with the girl (Adrianna?) that was seeing Hemingway and Picasso etc. Although I don’t think I have much chance there as she is a fictional character and only dated some of the most famous men in history. Oh well.
Am not too sure what my favourite book is as I only really took up reading a year or so ago after it dawned on me how much I was missing out on. So because of this I have only read the classics from the greatest authors and therefore it is difficult to pick a favourite as they are all so good. I haven’t read a book yet that I haven’t loved. I enjoy William S. Burroughs, Bukowski, Hunter Thompson, Huxley, Kerouac etc. You must be quite the hardened reader considering you study English Literature. What sort of things do they make you read? It isn’t all Shakespeare, is it?
As I said, cats aren’t too bad but I prefer dogs. Do you not have any pets? I used to have 4 dogs but they have all died now so now I only have a cat. Her name is “pussycat”, of course haha.
Fried grasshopper does sound disgusting. But you must have eaten worse? Some of the things they have in China are pretty far out. Bat wings for example? Scorpian? Deep fried sparrow? Chicken fetus?
On that delicious note, I am off for lunch. Keep cool, Nico.
Oh yeah, and you are always welcome to come and visit the courtyard whenever you like. :)
My day was lovely. Basically spent it in the sunshine in my courtyard drinking beers with friends and then went to my friends bar and played some strange Chinese card game. So I apologise if this message isn’t exactly coherent. But yes, the courtyard is fantastic. We have big bbq’s/parties in the summer and you are very welcome to join if you would like to experience it.
Your electricity is turned off at 00:00 every night!!!??? Are you fucking kidding me? That is insane. How much do you pay for that, if you don’t mind me asking? We have rooms going in my courtyard for 900 kuai a month and you can use a light switch 24/7. How does that sound? Haha. How many people do you share with? It must be quite testing for you.
What food did you eat? Japanese food is amazing. One word: squid.
DOG. Definitely a dog’s man. But like proper dogs, you know? I don’t like the ones that wear jumpers and shoes etc. They are shit dogs. Cats are good though but I just don’t trust them. Dogs are always happy to see you whereas cats just look at you like you are invading their space. Have you ever seen a film called “Turner and Hooch”?
You will love Ireland. I hope you develop an Irish accent. Why Ireland by the way? Being a literature student, is it because of James Joyce? I have just ordered Ulysses, have you read it? A question to you: the best book you have ever read…? I am going to buy a typewriter and copy “The Great Gatsby” because I want to know what it feels like to write a masterpiece.
I HATE SNAKES. SERIOUSLY. ANYONE WHO LIKES THEM ARE LIARS. Do you have nightmares about them too? The way they move is just too creepy. The very thought of them makes my skin crawl. How do feel about spiders? The hairy ones aren’t too nice but aside from that they make a great breakfast.
The last bit was my attempt at being funny by the way. I apologise, it wasn't amusing in the slightest.
When are you moving to Ireland? You don’t need to be qualified to teach Chinese because you are Chinese. I was insinuating that you may like to give me a few lessons for a little bit of extra money per week….? Your thoughts?
Sorry, I am rambling. Blame baijiu.
But yes…DOGS….SNAKES ARE BAD… 00:00 IS JUST RIDICULOUS…MY MAJOR WAS CRIMINOLOGY… YOU SHOULD FOLLOW WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU LIKE…FRENCH IS A BRILLIANT LANGUAGE… etc.
Hope you had a lovely evening. Am going to go and pass out now.