Our friend Denise came this morning to visit us, we were very happy with her arrival, she would stay in the Regiane’s home. So we had Flavio’s cooking for lunch and dinner. We had good times of conversation and lots of laughs. At night I jumped into the English Corner, but due to the holiday there were few people and I didn’t stay there.
The next day the Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated with the arrival of the full moon. The Chinese gather their families or friends for dinner and swap the moon cake. I bought some to give to some Chinese friends. This tradition dates back more than 3,000 years, beginning in the Zhou dynasty, the Chinese worshipped the full moon, and celebrated abundance and fellowship. This date is always celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, so it is a mobile date like most festive dates in Asia. Family and friends must wait for this date to eat the cake and admire the full moon.
The day was cloudy and the temperature pleasant, just like yesterday. Flávio, Denise, Daniela, Regiane and me – the Brazilians – had an English brunch with juice, bread, butter, fried egg, mushroom, tomato, bacon, sausage and half-sweet beans prepared by our “chef” Flávio.
In the afternoon I took Cantonese class with Teresa, this week I studied only a little. She showed me some beautiful pictures of a mountain she went with her friend. At the end of the afternoon I went with Steven to the Moon Cake Party, too bad I couldn’t stay until the end, because I had arranged to have dinner with Flávio, Denise and Regiane. There must have been about 20 people on the scene, we played some games, we had some food but no drinks. I met Lili, an English student who was Cantonese, just like Steven.
The dinner was at a Thai restaurant in the Downtown, called Banana Leaf, the best restaurant I’ve ever been to. Beautiful environment, well decorated, waiters wearing typical clothes, all Filipinos, interactive dance show, good food, well clean, including the bathroom. A little expensive for the locals, I spent RMB 62 (USD 8)!
I went through some clubs just to see what they were like. One of them had four floors, there were many more men than women, and it was difficult to walk because of many people there were, especially on the dance floor that was tiny. Admission was free, only consumption was paid. I noticed that there were no teenagers or students, maybe because the college kids didn’t have money or maybe they needed to study.
Written by Traveler Ni