My America Day in China


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For the 4th of July, all my foreign friends from other countries decided to celebrate the holiday with me.  Since, I am the only American around they wanted me to feel like I was at home.  So what is the best thing to do… Go somewhere to eat some western-ish food.  I say this because you never really get American food… just versions of it.  But the best version of it we can find is at one of the two 5-Star Hotels in town.   Yeah… there are only two .. but.. we are lucky some cities in China don’t even have 3-star hotels.

So we all decided to visit the Plaza Hotel, Tai Ping Yong.  They serve a nice buffet.  Your talking all American when you say the word buffet.   Anywho… I arrived first.. When I got there .. there were several bell boys on both sides of the door and there was a bright red carpet out… and they were all waiting for something.   I  figured it must be me… since .. It is MY countries national day.   So I slowly walked down the middle of the red carpet… and all the workers smiled and bowed at me… I felt it appropriate to give them my pageant wave… so I did… and smiled  big.. as I walked into the double doors that were being held open for me….. then a young man help me walk to the  plush lobby where I waited for my .. ahem... party of 4, and sipped on a pineapple juice w/ umbrella of course.  (it was really all I wanted to pay for) that place is expensive.

While I was sipping on the drink as slowly as possible… (didn’t want to have to buy another one of the damn things) .. I noticed.. a lot of people pulling up in black Mercedes… then walking out of the hotel to get into them.   Hummm… I guess the carpet wasn’t for me after all.   I watched them intently .. trying to see if I could see someone famous…. you never know when Jackie Chan or my sexy Jet Li will show up….. unfortunately.. it was some old dudes… probably government officials of some kind.  They get treated like kings over here.

After they all left… the bell boys quickly rolled up the carpet… they didn’t even wait until I was ready to go…. I waited for about 20 minutes.. when I saw my husband arriving, he had been out running completing his “Honey-Do-to-get-me-out-of -the-doghouse” list while I was working.

Not long after, the rest of the crew arrived.. ready and hungry…. we decided that we were paying enough so we would eat until we couldn’t move.

The had a lot of different dishes:

Vegetables: steamed broccoli, cabbage, salads of several kinds, bamboo made 3 different kinds of way, Rice, noodles, cauliflower, and some other green vegetable combinations.

Fruit: Everything imaginable, with a big chocolate fountain to dip them in.

Meats: 2 kinds of pork, 3 kinds of chicken, 2 kinds of steamed fish, tofu cooked many ways, sushi, raw salmon, and crab.  You could also have them cook mutton or beef steaks on the grill.

They had soups, ice cream, little cakes, cheese (slices in plastic, so kraft cheese slices),  cold cuts, smoked pork head cheese… (yeah.. wasn’t trying that). The rest of the food was wonderful… we all enjoyed ourselves.

There was a phillipina singer that was singing to us .. and announcing to the world that it was Independence day in America.   I did get a little annoyed with the little waitress, who kept flirting with my husband… and of course .. he was flirting back… to the point that he didn’t even remember what I wanted him to ask her to bring me.   He said… “what did you say again… I said.. if you hadn’t been flirting with that girl you would have heard what I said. ”  He smiled and everyone else started laughing.  Yeah, he got busted in front of everyone. ( will call him out in a minute)

In the end, it all paid off.. all his flirting because he got 150rmb deducted off our dinner bill.   Then turned to me with a smirk… and said “See” … I just rolled my eyes. We stayed at the hotel for about 3 hours, eating, talking, and listening to the singer.

When we left the restaurant, it was raining and my little bell boys .. did not race out to get us a cab in any way.  But my hubby did.. so it was all good.  Since, it was raining there were no shooting of fireworks… but that was okay.. because I hear enough of that everyday just on the street.

I felt a little homesick.. on my little holiday celebration but .. I got home and waved my little flag and sang my husband the national anthem… (which he didn’t really enjoy)…. so.. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday.   I actually did enjoy mine… even if it was Chinese style.

until next time…

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11 thoughts on “My America Day in China

  1. pearls

    Girl…that red carpet welcome was for you, too! *smile* That
    pineapple juice sounds so refreshing right now! There’s nothing like an upscale, high-end bash to enjoy a taste of home! What an elegant, delicious looking spread! You know I’m giggling right now don’t you…couldn’t help it! About the ‘woof house’ list… busted……’see’ and your rolling eyes! You both are too cute and so funny! Well, this time there was a method to his madness…a sizeable discount! (Maybe he should forewarn you, you think?!) *smile* Me…I just relaxed…too hot and humid….didn’t cook, but got treated to the usual plentiful barbequed holiday fare! Priceless, simply priceless as I’m imagining you standing, hand over heart, singing and waving the flag while your husband probably grumbled with fingers in his ears! LOL! Your patriotism is duly noted by your stateside lbtw viewers! *smile*

    1. @Pearls… See.. you also knew that carpet was for me… I don’t even know why they were making crazy faces.. and acting like I need to hurry up and get out of the way… *smile* The place did look really pretty… that giant boat was all crab legs, sushi, salmon, and seafood salad. I spent a lot of time over there… (smile) … and yes.. i told him later.. he need to let me in on the … undercover discounting job…I told him.. he needed to respect his new adopted country… and stop… covering his ears and saying “lalalalalalaala” .. he is just wrong… for that… LMAO

      1. pearls

        You know…a man who is willing and open to learn with a teachable spirit, admittedly as a husband in training, requested your patience…has a desire to become the best husband ever to you, is truly a treasure! Just as long as he doesn’t repeat the previous offense and really might wind up becoming buried treasure….cute pun, huh?! (smile) Not buried in a negative sense though. I just couldn’t resist the thought when it came to my mind! May your household be continually blessed!

        1. @pearls… I actually believe him when he says he will improve…. he has really shown me he will go the extra mile for our relationship. I know things have not been easy for him. In a society where “giving face” is so important. His friends, his family, his co-workers all have opinions on what he has chosen to do with his life and he has stood strong in defense of his choices in life and in who he will love.

          I know.. his life would have been much easier if he had married a sweet, little Chinese girl, like his parents expected.. but he choose me.. (and I choose him) .. so we are determined to follow the path that we have chosen and overcome all adversities.. to give ourselves a happy ever after.

      2. pearls

        Now I see why he smiles so much! It by no means is a pretense to hide…it’s the outward expression of his determining strength! Awesome…girl awesome!

        1. I think I did pretty good… every morning when I wake up and see that smile.. I think to myself.. I am such a lucky woman because I know that smile is just for me…. (yeah, we are pretty sickeningly sweet..arent we…hehehe)

  2. Trina

    Wow!! That sounds great.

    Funny, but I have gotten out of the habit of celebrating American holidays. When I used to live farther south in Germany, and there were more Americans in the area, we did sometimes celebrate Thanksgiving. I even did it alone with just my family a couple of times, but now that “some people” (won’t name any names) have said they actually prefer goose to turkey (oh, the blasphemy!), I’ve even given up on that.

    Now…zilch!

    So it is fun to see someone else combining the old with the new, so to speak, to get their Independence Day eat on.

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