Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mother, Daughter Day

Lily and I had a girls day.  We left Charlie behind with Ayi and headed to the mall with plans to have lunch, shop, and see a movie.  We grabbed lunch first, no point in shopping on an empty stomach, right?  We had stir fried noddles with beef, BBQ pork buns, dumplings, and rice.  Lily was thrilled to have her own soda like a big kid, most restaurants have some juice, but tea, water, and soda were our only choices here so I gave in a got her a Sprite. 

After lunch we walked around a bit checking out the fish tanks the restaurants have on display and finally made our way to the book store which has a small selection of English books.  We both ended up walking away with a book, Lily got The Little Mermaid, and I got a book on understanding the Chinese culture.  I'm looking forward to learning more about this amazing country and its culture along with seeing as much of it as possible in out time here.

We made our way to Tom's World, a huge arcade with a few small rides.  Lily did the flying airplanes and played a few games which earned her some tickets that she traded in for a small pack of tissues.  An odd prize, but she was happy with it.  We finally made it to the theater, Lily must have asked at least a 20 times if it was time to see the movie in the few hours we were at the mall.  We got a bucket of popcorn, which is sweet, not salty or buttery, much like kettle corn, and two drinks.  We found our seats and put on our 3D glasses and waited for the movie to start.  Unlike in the US there are no commercials or movie previews, if the movie is scheduled to start at 2:15, it actually starts at 2:15. What a concept huh?  Unfortunately the movie was dubbed over in Chinese.  Our friend who bought the tickets checked the website and verified that it was advertised as being in English, and he did call and complain, but there wasn't anything we could do at that point.  Lily didn't seem to care though, she has gotten used to watching cartoons in Chinese and I don't think she pays too much attention to what is said.  After, on the ride home I asked her if she had a good time and she said she did.  That is all that matters to me. 

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