We were excited to meet up with Chai Zhi's family again on Friday night. We had met his uncle when we went out for Peking Duck, but this time we met his auntie and two cousins.
We met at an amazing seafood restaurant. We had several different courses with awesome food. Eli was in shrimp heaven! Plus he loved seeing Chai's youngest cousin, LeLe, again. They played plenty of iPad and iPhone games after they ate.
This is a typical Chinese seafood restaurant in that they have the fish out on display and people pick the ones that they want to eat! Everything is fresh and live until it's in the kitchen ready for the pot!
If that were the case for every restaurant I think both Em and I would be vegetarians. This always makes us sad faced saying, "Poor fishies! Poor crabs! Poor turtles..." as we walk around past the tanks.
They took us over to their house after dinner and we had tea and relaxed and chatted. I regret now that we didn't take any photos at their house, but I felt odd about asking. So we just sat back and talked, Eli and LeLe watched a Power Rangers video while Em and Tom took on the older cousin in billards. It was a really nice night and we loved to see how a Chinese family lives in Beijing.
We didn't get the kids to bed until MIDNIGHT, so this morning we slept in a bit and lounged. We're at that point where we're feeling weary of being tourists but feel guilty to just sit on the couch on a Saturday. We did feel guilty, but boy did it feel good :0) I only wish we would have had US coverage of the Olympics. Of course on Chinese TV they focus on all of the Chinese althletes and I don't understand the stories so it's not as captivating. Missing Bob Costas, though he's probably driving all of you nuts!
After we dragged ourselves off the couch we walked around the hutong market not far from our apartment. We are still mesmerized by the food even after 6 weeks of seeing it. Scorpions, snakes, beatles, starfish and tarantulas on a stick still don't look good!
After the markets we decided to take the kids to see "The Lorax". It was a great show! Sadly, part of the reason we went was for the air conditioning and the theater was pretty warm. Boo! Luckily we had some salty, caramel corn-like popcorn. The movie was in 3-D so we had to get the cool glasses...
The movie was in the mall by our house so before the show we were bumming around a bit and had to laugh when we saw these glasses with no lenses. We started to notice this fashion trend right away when we arrived in Beijing. Tom asked about it at work and everyone shook their heads saying that was the "Post '90s" kids. It makes me chuckle daily on the subway when I see the countless people with no lenses!
Right next to the no-lens glasses, Tom spotted these Spanx and we laughed at the need for some more translation help. "Anti-emptied" undergarments? Then check the small print, "Body-emptied shorts"?? I'd like a clean pair please!
We've already got one bag packed...only 5 days until we leave!