My Baby’s Bendy

Today is the 7th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar, and as such is the Chinese Valentine’s Day (乞巧节, qi3 qiao3 jie2). There’s a couple different myths that surround the origins of the day, and I can’t be bothered to repeat them here. For me, the significance of today is that it’s the one (lunar) year anniversary of the beginning of possibly the largest change in my life yet. It’s the anniversary of when things all started to take off with Maggie.

As this is a bit of a special day for the two of us, and we are 10,000 km away from each other – the focus of today’s post is none other than my rather bendy fiancee.

While I’ve been away in Canada, Maggie’s been enduring rather grueling 10-hour-a-day lessons to get her Yoga Instructor Certification in Beijing.

She chose the Beijing school opposed to going to some school in Dalian because of the Beijing school’s reputation with other yoga instructors she’s met in her time working at the yoga studio.

Maggie seems to have got the rep in her class as being the serious one, which doesn’t really surprise me, as when she sets her mind to something little else gets much attention. The classes finished the other day, and as such the school has taken photos of some of their best students (alright, I don’t know that "best" bit for certain, but whatever).

Click the pic to see the full-sized version

So, Mags heads back to Dalian the day after tomorrow and I’m left without my return visit to the Great Wall. We had planned to meet up in Beijing upon my return on the 14th, but the class was too full for her to stay on for an extra two weeks (like I said, the serious one).

I’m now going to be scrambling to find myself a way back to Dalian that doesn’t involve me having to get a hotel in Beijing for a night or two. If anyone knows about buying domestic flights direct from the airport upon arrival, or about a cheap (non-taxi) way of getting from Beijing airport to Beijing train station, please get in touch.

8 Responses

  1. I bought a Dalian-Beijing ticket in the airport a while back for 440RMB. It was pretty easy. I recommend that.

    As it turns out, I may pass you on the way. I think I gotta head back to Canada (again) very soon. Only to Vancouver this time though.

  2. Hey man, thanks for the tip. How long you going to be in Vancouver for? It’s very likely that I’m making a move and would love to see ya before I take off. It’s nothing 100% official yet, which is why I’m keeping it on the downlow… but yeah, it would take me out of Dalian.

  3. Ryan, it’s easy to get a ticket. Just go to the domestic floor (I can’t remember which one it is now) and go to any ticket office and you can get a ticket. You can even pay in US dollars if you don’t have any RMB.

  4. Sorry, I guess I’m your self-appointed copy editor, Chinese Valentine’s day is
    七巧节 qīqiǎo jié, not 乞巧节, qǐqiǎo jié

  5. I can’t see the characters because I’m on my mom’s (no Asian language set) computer – but are you sure? I checked and double checked it before I posted it.

    As for the Jianzi one you said eariler. I really can’t remember how I figured out that character. I think I asked someone Chinese as there’s no chance I would have known the character at the time.

  6. Wait a sec…What the hell is this about you possibly going to B.C. again. Come on I know that we haven’t kept in contact for a long time and that since you’ve been home (here in Canada) we’ve gotten back in touch again. You said that you were goning back to China for a year or so and then move back home. Maybe i’m being greedy or selfish but come on don’t you like being home here, seeing your family and your old friends? You have already seen most of the world that most of us just dream about, don’t you think it’s time to settle down. Maybe it’s the fact that i’m jelous that you done what you have and i’m here with my 2 awsome kids and my wonderfull wife and probably never be more then 500 miles away from home. Yup i really think I’m just jelous. Well anyways all this typing does’nt really make much sence…and it mekes me realize that i should have tried harded alot harder in keyboarding class…anyways have fun with what you do in life. Don’t forget to keep in contact, please I miss all the fun that we have had in the past.

  7. Pingback: Don’t Try This At Home Kids | Life In Suzhou China Blog | Adventures of the Humanaught

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *