Movin’ On Up…
… to the eastside.”
I went to a housewarming party yesterday. My friends Mr. Zhao and his wife Ms. Lu have quite literally moved across the river to the prosperous east-side of Liuzhou. Zhao, 75, and Lu, 72, pretty much adopted me when I first moved to China. They were neighbors and befriended me (and my belly) nearly from day one. Seriously, they would have fed me everyday had I let them. I eventually moved to a different part of the city but we have remained close. They were understandably in good sprits and very proud to be showing me their new home.
Movin’ On Up
The move was made possible by their children. Two daughters, educated in Beijing and Shangahi, both with great jobs and well-married, bought the apartment and spared no expense on the interior design and decoration. More and more of China’s newly minted middle class are able to provide for their families like this. The grandparents take care of two grandchildren but will now certainly be a bit more comfortable while doing so. Here’s a shot I took off the couple a few years ago in which you get a glimpse of the old house. The new one is a tad nicer but I had to promise not to show any interior shots of the new house until everything was completed!
Dinner With The Zhao’s II
Three generations join in the housewarming celebration, sharing memories, laughs and yams!
Ms. Lu fights back tears as she tries to express her appreciation to the family for her new home. Ms. Lu worked for more than 30 years in the Liuzhou train factory and Mr. Zhao is a retired Physics teacher. They’ve been married 42 years.
Mr. Zhou was perhaps most proud of his new SONY 52″ HDTV. He still hasn’t taken off the shrink-wrap, which somewhat negates the HD viewing experience. Here he is pouring tea for his guests.
Jia and Lily listen to Ms. Lu describe all the amenities of their new home. Aside from the SONY, all the furniture is new. There is a washer AND dryer (her first), a huge Siemens fridge, a western toilet with AC and heat (also a first) in each room.
The View From 1501
I’ll go back and shoot the interior once I’m allowed. So, what else? We had a fantastic dinner with American friends last night, soft-shell tacos and then strawberry short-cake for dessert. We also got to see (and hold) the latest addition to their brood. There is nothing like the smell of an infant. Well, not THAT smell. You know what I mean. It’s crazy warm here today (yesterday too), like about 82 Degrees and humid. It feels like summer and not at all like spring festival is just around the corner.
I’m wondering who is visiting the blog, as the traffic count has shot through the roof the last week or so. Looks like some folks in Frisco, Texas and Red Lion, Pennsylvania either really like or really hate the blog! Until tomorrow… Peace!