Monday, November 23, 2009

Toilet post#32

I exclaimed it in my earlier post on South West China (near Chengdu ) and now I'll reiterate my statement LOUDLY. My toilet experience in China is 2 thumbs 2 big toes and 1 bum up. *slap bum for effect*

And there we were. July 2009. With clothes weighed down in several coats of sweat. Popping in and out of historical tourists spots within and around the famed walled city of Xi’an. All with seasonal entrance fees, no less. Surprisingly although there were healthy flow of sticky rivers from our pores, there were still plenty leftover from the gallons of fluid we drank which made toilet visits a frequent activity. No complaints from me as these places of relief were all equipped with cool air-conditioning systems. Yay!Xi'an the ancient walled city has many interesting sites but one can only take so many scenic spots standing under the relentless summer heat. As for the shoving crowds, don't even make me go there.Best spot to catch your breath and patience, a well hidden restroom. Not meant to say it's exclusive for special members or need the ability to solve certain secret codes. Most visitors to the touristy spots come in groups with limited visiting time before they are bussed to cover another spot in their itineries, so they are lean on toilet breaks which means rushing in and out at the first toilet they come across. Visitors like us (semi-backpackers) have all the time to seek out further and quieter outlets. Ahh the comforts we chanced upon.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Penang Joe Coconut Jelly

Here's a short cool filler post away from my scathing hot China backpack trip series. Come out come out wherever you are!
Smooth. Translucent. Almost. Wombly. Sweet. Slightly. Fragrant. Suggestively.*AHHHMMMMum mum mum mum* while it's cold.Repeat 5 spoonful times.

For you to ask where to mum-mum, please contact
For me it's a private number. Not to Joe. To a kind friend who travels from the island to KL in a speed machine. Pity not often enough. *sigh*. This luscious delicacy does not keep at all. Must be consumed in 4 hours max, I'm told.

Folks, if you have the chance slip it down your scratchy throat, jump at it!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Cool time out in Xi'an China

So hot my cap was crispy outside, damp inside. Shades dripped sweat.

There's only so much walkabouts in the heat that one can tolerate. When we spied this, I almost thought it a mirage. Not memorably sweet but real juicy. Pity the watermelon was not iced (better if it comes with a block of ice to sit on) but just look at that chopper. Cool huh.

Where to hide, where to hide when the sun doesn't seemed exhausted at all though it was tolling since 6am! Yessiirrreee, that star burns like no tomorrow from dawn till dusk during summer in the good 'ol Middle Kingdom. Everyday. When smiley weather person on the morning news predicts 34-36 degrees celcius, it's considered a cool day. (-_-)"

Unoriginal, uninteresting. But with air-conditioner at full blast, we gladly colonised a 1+1+1 settee here for hours on alternate days. Thank the Power-That-Be for franchises.

We were in Xi'an for 5D4N. Too long a stay for non-history (should it be historic? Historical?) buffs. Guilty. We were there mainly just to see the touristy Warriors. No doubt we went around other sites of interest but the punishing weather made the hours quite laborious. 3D2N would had been adequate. However, the extra days were unavoidable for we wanted to grab a much cheaper flight to Beijing.

Settees were set free dinner time - sunset. A cool 4 hours respite with great company, now that's a holiday.

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