Hello everyone, again 2 weeks have gone by since my last post....boy is my time here going to be short...
So this last weekend I attended the Shanghai Auto Expo, it was absolutely packed, to such an extent that Nico, who likes his peace and quiet, lost it during a crowd push, leading him to yell out in the middle of this human wave, causing a brief moment of confusion from the Chinese pressed against him. But no photos I regret to say... In a more disturbing note the crowds made it easier for gropers to do their work, which Emma will be able to confirm, Fortunately I myself did not lose my patience with the shoving and tugging, as that is what is to be expected in such an environment.
Anyway we saw some great stuff and you might, if you're lucky, see a picture of Nico or me or Emma in an Aston Martin and Porsche, or several now I think about it !!!!!!!!!! I'll let the pics speak for themselves:
As usual any world renouned event attracts Chinese who flock to get a look in at what they are not used to seeing, hence the push&pull that Nico Emma & I experienced first hand.
ask Rob (Hamilton) what this car is, I just thought I'd like it because it was cool, my thoughts went into no further detail....
Won the prize for "ugliest car on show"
I was really tempted by the V8 Vantages, but I eventually settled for Bond's DB9 Vanquish....what can I say, I'm humble that way.
Emma thinking she is actually going to get a DB9 S....she wishes!!
Yeap, you know it (or probably don't come to think of it) this is the new Skyline!! OMG! I'm getting one (hint for my B-day mummy & daddy)
In other news, I also went to a new area in Shanghai, near the last stop on the Line 8 underground, to the N-E of Shanghai. The place in question is a public park, called GongQing Forest Park (in Chinglish), it is a huge park, slightly larger than the famous Century Park on the East bank of the HuangPu river. It has many activities and....wait for it....(pun for all HIMYM fans)....lawns, actual lawns for sitting and playing !!!! I say this because in China, public parks are very rarely places you go to sit and lay around on the grass kicking a football around or throwing a frizbee back and forth, or pic-nic-ing, but rather places you walk on a set imitation-slabbed path around a central (and man-made) lake under weeping-willow trees and amongst man-planted shrubs etc....you get the picture..
So finding a park where you can rome freely and relax in the knowledge that people aren't necessarily going to walk right past next to you, stepping over a limb to get through but can take a different route to avoid you is something of a luxury, so take a look, it is somewhere you might want to spend a lazy afternoon (not on a weekend !!!!!) if you are ever in the neighbourhood:
Motivation wasn't at its peak at 1 0'clock in the afternoon/morning prior to departure and honestly we wouldn't even have gone if it weren't for my managerial skills, no offence Nico, Cecile or Emma but I totally got you all off your buttocks (you know who that was for).
That was not me getting confused and that wasn;t Nico using his Iphone to navigate..........
Typical bloc of flats in a suburban area we crossed on the way to park.
Just thought you might like to see a local tip we walked by on the way to the park. A shame we couldn't get a closer look, or smell (you can detect their putrid odour emanating from these places that often overflow onto the road!!)
This photo is here basically because field games aren't that common in China, most Chinese haven't much time to spend on leisure, so sports are often a unattainable dream of luxury life. Thus they take great pleasure in participating in group games and seem to break out of their usually and sociallly correct introverted selves and become totally histerical. Speaking of luxury life this reminds me of a great advertising campaign on boll boards which read "top brands build luxury life" which is a gross way but typically Chinese which can be understood as "a luxury life is one wherein you have to buy top brands" (so go out and buy buy BUUUYY!! (and then they say it is we Westerners whom are decadent !!
This is another game we had never seen before, it seemed to consist in a group of people trying to avoird getting caught by another, designated at the start and who has to mask his eyes, I know what you are thinking, this is utterly stupid, but amusingly very Chinese.
Weekends are the perfect time for married couples or yet to be married couples to go out into public parks and get their pictures taken in their suits and dresses along with their clique of cameramen and technicians.
I was eventually persuaded, defniitely not convinced, to go on this ride, I regretted it as soon as the clamps came down, securely and tightly fastening us into our seats. But survived nevertheless, with the help of some girly sreaming and shrieking.........not from all the young Chinese girls also on the ride, but somehow coming out my own mouth !! Emma was the only one to have enough common sense to not go on the ride, so she had time to take the pics.
I shouldn't have been surprised to discover quite to the contrary to the sign, that the "HuangPu river panoramic view" was indeed panoramic, true to the sign posting, but in no way was it scenic, oh no !! At best it was it was depressing, a dump, cross it off any sort of list you might have or are thinking of having. Even more surprising was the Chinese brides lining-up to have their wedding pics taken in front of it, why?? Chinese must really use Photoshop a lot !!
Cecile, flatmate and food provider.