I went to a KTV the other night.. oh jeez.. it started with a local fisherman whose daughter was having a birthday, so we were invited to go to their floating house for dinner. ew. ew. ew. they had so many weird pieces of meat.. I ate all the chicken wings because I knew what they were.. there was intestines and just lots of gross looking stuff, I wanted to be nice but I couldn't eat it. my gag reflex is too sensitive. at one point I dry swallowed a chunk of ginger the size of a huge bouncy ball because it burned my mouth to chew it. What made this even more difficult was the fact that they kept pouring brandy shots. brandy is disgusting. ew. oh jeez, it burns and it tastes old and gross... After 5 of these little shots, I had to just say no.
After, we went to the KTV... we were totally the foreigners that the parents invited.. it was a bunch of teenage girls singing their chinese songs and then we would come and sing like queen and beatles songs.. it was fun, but I'm sure it was weird for them. A cake fight errupted and many people fell victim. I escaped with only a shot to me neck and face. I was thankful little got on my clothes, now I can wear them again without having to do laundry... I know this will shock everyone, but I still suck at singing.. I couldn't do Bohemian Rhapsody as well I did before.. oh well..I did the robot and totally impressed my supervisor.. he kept telling me to do it for the fisherman. We taught Senga (fisherman) a new phrase in English.. he loves repeating "OH MY GOD" and now he also says, "HOLY s***" He has more trouble saying that though, but it could be because he always has a mouth full of Betel nut.
The next day Chin How (how it sounds, not spelled) one of the local army/police officers brought some people over to see our turtles, there was a German professor who teaches English, and of her Chinese students who have graduated. They were so nice! We went to dinner with them after. It was the first time since I've been here that I have had seafood! At first I was a little nervous… The shrimp still had legs and a head, the fish still had its scales, and the in order to eat the crab you at to use your teeth to crack open the shell.
Onour way to the floating house where we were eating dinner, we passed Senga and his family. TOf course, Senga continually chanted "Oh my God."
Back to the meal, We started with the shrimp. I grabbed one, tore off the head, then the tail. Next, I got rid of all the little legs and the outer cuticle. That's right, cuticle, I got very scientific during the tearing off process. I felt as if I was back in zoology lab learning the parts of crustaceans. I dipped it in soy sauce and garlic and it was great! I actually really enjoyed eating them. Thank you shrimp for making an enjoyable meal.
The thing about China is you can break off all these pieces of shrimp and crab and you just pile it next to your plate. My pile looked ginormous by the end of the meal.
Oh! Back to the meal. Next they pulled out fish. The fish looked iffy.. But it really didn't taste that bad. I liked it and never had any issues getting the scaly skin off of it. I think I may have eaten some, but I just pretended it didn't have any on it.
I was pretty nervous about the crab.. All you have is chopsticks.. Nothing to crack them open with! I put a pincher thing on my plate and Chin how motions that I'm supposed to stick it in my mouth and bite down. It's actually pretty cool, I was worried about cracking a tooth, and occasionally I would eat some shell, but it was neat. And tasted good! One of the guys, told me to try the crab eggs. I just stared and tried to smile. I couldn't say no because he already handed me the crab and was staring expectingly. I broke it open, and ate the first gross thing I saw because I assumed that is what the eggs were. I put it in my mouth, it tasted bitter and crunchy, then the guy looked over and pointed at part of the thing I had just ate and said, "Don't eat that." I just started laughing. It's no wonder you shouldn't eat it. it was kinda gross.
On our way back it was a bit more difficult to navigate, I heard Emma trip behind me, so I turned to laugh and as soon as I did: my foot fell through an area that was missing a board. I pulled my foot out only to realize I was missing my sandal!! It's a good thing I'm always prepared and had my flashlight on me. I fished out my shoe and everything was all good.
One of the girls told me and Emma about this awesome mosquito itch thing, it totally works amazingly.. I gotta get some. I went to our little store down the street and showed the store girl the Chinese symbols for it and the girl said they didn't sell it.. I gotta find some.
That's about it for now!
Less than 2 weeks!