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While walking around with my camera a while ago I saw meat and fish hung outside to dry–next to drying laundry.

Awesome.

J

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Julianne and I have now witnessed Meguai’s curtain climbing prowess several times. From the curtains she then moves onto the top of our heating unit (it’s mounted on the wall), and then from there she jumps up onto the wooden curtain hanging thingy (don’t know the name) where she likes to look down at all of us puny mortals, and take naps too.

The bugger is, those places are so high up that they don’t get cleaned and the dust load is pretty bad. Hence the filthy paws . . .

Meguai doesn’t seem to mind, though, and it looks like her ascensions will be a daily habit while she stays with us.

As long as she doesn’t decide to descend onto our backs from about 14 feet up in the air I’m okay with her habit!

J

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When I took this picture Meimei was actually just finishing a big yawn but it also looks like she’s got this Satanic grin going on–and after what happened earlier today I’m going with the Satanic grin!

I’m standing in our computer room talking to Julianne when suddenly I feel a sensation on my back . . . four groupings of pin pricks and a sudden pulling on the back of my shirt all happened at the same time . . .

It was Meimei! She was climbing up my back with her claws! Amy had warned us about how her cats do this sometimes–but I thought I’d have to be bent over or something for them to jump up on me!

The even bigger shocker is Meimei is a con artist of the first order. She pretends to be timid and scared at the least little sound or movement, and yet has NO PROBLEMS WITH CLIMBING THE LARGE CANADIAN MAN!!!

Anyways, Julianne’s also had a dose of Meimei’s mountaineering skills. In Julianne’s case though, it happened after a shower, and you
can fill in the rest with imagining what kind of sounds a woman makes when a cat jumps on her back to try and climb higher . . . yeah.

Meimei’s new book, “The Art of Claws,” will be coming to bookstores and ebook sites soon.

J

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Ever since I saw one of the motorcycle meat shops driving down the street I’ve been trying to get a really sharp and clear picture of one–and I think this is ‘the’ shot.

I tried with my Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens, but either I’m not choosing the best settings on my Canon 400D when I compose the shot, or the Sigma lens isn’t delivering what I want. I like the Sigma lens, and usually am satisfied with it, but in this case my Canon ES-71II 50mm lens got the pic I wanted.

Now I just have to get a picture of the mobile meat shop driving down the street!

J

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Another beef dish worth blogging about . . . we ate this a while ago, but the metal serving dish it came out in was neat, and the flavors and quality of the dish were great.

One thing western cultures need to learn/re-learn from China, South Korea, and other Asian countries is how to serve food hot, and keep it hot while you’re eating.

J

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Drying Fish in China I, originally uploaded by Serenity in China.

During the five years and change that I lived and taught English in South Korea I don’t remember seeing as many lines hung with drying fish as I’m seeing here in Changhsa, China.

Maybe it’s because I didn’t have my Canon 400D during the time I lived on Ganghwa Island, or because later on I was stressed out and tired by my work schedule and just didn’t notice . . . but even with the Pentax point and shoot camera I had I was still taking a lot of pictures–I just don’t have any of drying fish on a line or hook like I’ve seen here.

Anyways, seeing the more traditional ways of preserving foods is fantastic–and makes me think about how much we’ve lost with the modernization of food.

J

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A few days ago Julianne and I went with friends to a restaurant called “Juicy.”

If you’re in Changsha go to Walking Street’s main intersection where the McDonalds sits a little ways away from the entrance to the building Walmart is in. With McDonald’s on your right, the statue of Mao in front of you go to your left and look for an entrance way with stairs immediately leading to the second floor.

When you get to the second floor turn right and walk down a hallway towards glass doors and you’re there.

A 12″ Hawaiian pizza Friday night special cost us 42 RMB–and it was really good. I wouldn’t say quite as good as Papa John’s, but it was definitely good enough for us to be returning regularly.

Oh yeah, the waitress who served us spoke VERY good English, and the wait staff were pleasant, and the restaurant has awesome large size cushy seats, a pleasant and calm atmosphere, and the list goes on.

The next time we go I’m taking my wide angle lens and I’ll post more pics.

J

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