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From Chinsukous in Okinawa To Pineapple Cakes in Taipei… to Real Tidbits in Hong Kong


It wouldn’t surprise me if the majority of people would agree with me that a holiday is probably one of the best ways to regain a relaxed mind and catch up on the long lost hours of sleep. National Holidays in China in the beginning of October has now passed… yea.. I know..you’re counting the days and thinking “but it’s already November and she’s putting up a post about something that happened in the beginning of last month”… I’m not quick at updating my blog. 


But… National Holidays meant more or less one week off for me – yeay! 


Where there is food and sweets, there is Trinh. 


So, off I went on my journey of discovering yummy food. The beginning of my food and sweets trail took me travelling to the lovely Okinawa islands in the far southern part of Japan, which was such an exotic experience with the oceanic blue and white sands coloring my view. During my trip in Okinawa, I discovered a really yummy type of cookie called chinsukou. They’re sweet and consist of the special sea salt from Okinawa.


One thing I have difficulties getting used to is sea cucumbers… and it’s a delicacy in Asia…apparently… so it’s really challenging my patience every time I see sea cucumbers poppin up in my face whenever I turn the pages of the restaurant menus. Another thing I’ve learned is that scuba diving in Okinawa is not the best way to become better friends with these sea creatures! 


For some reason, I kept on sinking when diving… and of course I happened to sink whenever I came close to these big fatty sea cucumbers on the sea bottom and I was so scared of getting close to them! And it doesn’t work to freak out underneath water since it’ll make you sink even faster and closer to these spiny-sausage looking yucky kinda creatures.


I haven’t gotten tired of the chinsukou cookies but I happened to discover that Taiwan has a really scrumptious type of cake called pineapple cake -- sweet and soft with pineapple in the middle. So, my food and sweets trail made me continue my travelling to Taipei. Taipei is also famous for its BBQ snack food so of course I had to try that out. Not learning from my previous experience on my stomach’s tendency of not always being willing to cooperate when I try out too exotic food, I jumped right in and tried out some BBQ’ed snack food. Two hours later… I puked it up again… but it was worth it hehe.


From chinsukou cookies to pineapple cakes… and loads of candies in between hehe… I really had the munchies so my food and sweets trail took me to Hong Kong.  


Here I managed to find the overarching tidbit of all tidbits! 


While munching on a lip-smacking egg tart… enjoying the creamy cream… my attention was suddenly caught by something even more yummy! I froze totally… couldn’t move my legs… my heart was throbbing away…


In front of me was the best tidbit on my entire food and sweets trail… NICHOLAS TSE!


Yes -- you read correctly – I was standing less than 1 meter away from Hong Kong movie star Nicholas Tse! And what did I do?? I totally froze… of course…


It’s not everyday that my food and sweets trail ends with such sweet and yummy dessert (:


I wonder when I get the chance to see Daniel Wu   o.Ô



Check out my first video -- Less Than 1 Meter from Nicholas Tse


Check out my second video -- Nicholas Tse is Shooting a Movie



by: Tu Trinh | 1 comment | add a comment
Sep 1
» 12 Months' of "Where-Are-You-From-But-You-Don't-Look-Danish"


Today marks the day I chose the path to enrich my life with adventures in China... Today marks the day I commenced a different chapter of my life... Today marks the day I truly chose to challenge my linguistic skills...


Today is exactly 1 year ago I set foot in China.


Time really flies... I felt like I just arrived in Beijing airport as was it yesterday -- really excited and ready to embrace every challenge.


I realize that the longer I stay in China, the more I understand people, cultural differences and the various ways of perceiving what is right or wrong... or maybe I should say what is considered to be "normal". Everything is relative hehe.


I feel grateful for the experiences that enrich my life with memories of various character... from weird "there-are-no-freaking-doors-to-seperate-the-toilet-booths" realizations to funny taxi drivers' "where-are-u-from-but-u-don't-look-Danish" questions. From a yi's who want to share their combs with me or "wouldn't-you-be-interested-in-meeting-my-son" to unstable tippy sewers. These are some of the most unforgettable moments in my life. Not to mention the people whose roads cross my journey through life. They all have an influence on my life -- whether I meet these people briefly or for a longer time.


The concept of time passing by quicker than imaginable is certainly something I feel here in Beijing. Friendships I feel I just made yesterday almost happened a year ago. I cherish every moment I get to experience. Thank you for sharing great memories with me.


Anni and Qi... thanks for sharing some of the most unforgettable moments... I miss you guys





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May 11
» "When in China, Do as in China"

"When in China, do as in China". This has kept me going in my continuous attempt to adapt to the Chinese everyday life.


But at some point, the challenges that result from the cultural differences make me realize that no matter how much I try to think and behave as much a possible as a Chinese -- I need to integrate successfully, yea? hehe -- I fail in many cases.


Spitting and hawking... I still need to catch up on that... but when it comes to toilet facilities, I think I'll never get used to it. Only to the extent where I really need to pee after having denied peeing for more than 2 hours, then I'm forced to go.


So... there's this fine sunny day in PingGu Park... and I really gotta pee but since I know what the toilet facilities might be like judging from the surroundings, I refuse to pee. So I keep on enjoying the sunny weather and hope to bump into something that might look like a decent toilet and still refuse to go pee... almost two hours pass and I realize that my stubbornness is getting weaker. 


Turns out that the only toilet facilities available is the little wooden kinda house I refused to go to more than two hours ago... so I got no other choice than to go to that one. When I enter the toilet, I realize that there are no doors... and there's not even walls to separate the toilets! It's like... holes in a row! And the girls in front of me just  queue up and I'm like "Eehh...am I the only one who can see there are no walls or doors?!" o.Ô 


So I'm like "No no no... I can't do this". But my blatter couldn't take it no more... So the next thing I knew was... "Eehh... hi there... neighbor...??"



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Apr 21
» Chinese Lesson No. 4


One of the most unforgettable and unexpected incidents... seriously -- really unexpected incidents in my Beijing life happened on Sunday... on a rainy and gloomy Sunday in Beijing. It seldom rains in Beijing but this day almost reminds me of Maroon 5 singing..."sunday morning raining is falling..." Anyways, back to the main story. 


So I'm off to see the doctor at the hospital early Sunday morning cause I've been postponing having my stomach checked for continuous pains whenever I eat. I've been dealing with it the past two weeks but was stubborn to go see the doctor cause I guessed the doctor would tell me it's due to the huge amount of cakes and muffins I eat anyways ^^


But I'm off to see the doctor... half sleeping cause it's early Sunday morning... and who would know that this morning would be a day that I most likely will never forget as part of my life in Beijing.


Who would know that I would fall... not just fall... but fall down into a freakin sewer! >.<


I'm sick already and on my way to see the doctor... and then what happens?!?! I'm dealing with enough pains already and then I end up with more pains... cause I fall half way into a sewer! 


Now, looking back at it I laugh cause who would ever think that people just fall into a sewer in Beijing... but then again, in that moment when it happened I was scared cause I couldn't move since the lid of the sewer was too heavy and pressing my leg. I guess I should add that I didn't fall all the way into the sewer but fell half way through cause one leg was stuck in it. The lid apparently flipped over o.Ô Luckily I didn't get seriously injured... quote from the doctor at the hospital "Do you want an x-ray of your leg?" and I'm like "What?!?"


So now... whenever I see a sewer in Beijing, I'm super scared and don't dare step on it. And there are freakin sewers everywhere in Beijing! So, you could imagine what the "Avoid-sewers-since-the-lid-apparently-flips-walk" looks like.


Lesson learned? Never assume that sewers are as safe to step on in Beijing as they are in Denmark... apparently the lid flips.


I'm just thinking now... I wonder how many children or chihuahuas have been disappearing in the sewer systems of Beijing... o.Ô



by: Tu Trinh | 9 comments | add a comment
Apr 9
» Chinese Lesson No. 3


Oki... so last week I started getting really happy cause I thought I finally made some progress in handling Mandarin. Usually, I'm not capable of communicating with the very talkative "housemaids/umfufus" also known as "a yi's" in the office... and this has been quite clear from previous experience hehe..."yes, yes I'm off at 7 pm".


Anyways, so I'm supposed to do a company presentation about Vestas for a delegation of about 20ish people, which meant that I needed to have some coffee, tea and other beverages arranged in the right meeting room at the right time for the right amount of people. And I'm thinking to myself what kind of hand movements and other gesticulations to make in order for me to be understood this time. To my great surprise, the a yi (who doesn't speak a word of English) actually showed up in the right meeting room at the right time with the right amount of coffee and tea and whatnot ^^ I was so happy that my "chop-chop-chop-Mando" was understandable.


I made progress! Yeay! Until... until... my feeling of happy-Mando-ness turned out to be only very short -- thanks to a taxi driver. So I'm on my way home and say the name of the street where I live as I usually pronounce it in a very understandable way hehe..."Chun Xiu Lu".. but for some weird reason this taxi driver goes..."Huh..shenma??".. So I repeat "Chun Xiu Lu".. and he still doesn't understand. So I'm like "Chuuuuuun Xiiiuuuu Luuuuu" moving my mouth in slow motion and he looks at me as if I think he's stupid o.Ô


So I pronounce the name of the other big street I live close to combined with "Chun Xiu Lu".. and then the taxi driver finally goes "Aahhh! Chun Xiu Lu!".. and I'm like "Yeah exactly dude... I just said the exact same name..." And guess what -- the taxi driver figured I'm fake Chinese so he decides to rip me off during the ride =D And he decides to do it right in front of my face haha! He presses the taximeter.."beep beep.." and the money all of a sudden jumps much faster than before he figured I'm fake Chinese.


So I'm looking at the taximeter jumping faster than I eat muffins... and think to myself... "How on earth am I gonna complain in Chinese and tell him I know he's cheating me" haha... looking back at it, I laugh cause he only ripped me off for like 5 or 6 kuai. But still... maybe it would have worked if I started complaining in Danish or Viet o.Ô


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