Karaoke, Shopping, and Thanksgiving

This is Xi’an, China.

Karaoke

I had no idea I’d enjoy singing so much. Last weekend we went out with a few of our students to a Karaoke place nearby. The night started at 8pm with 3 students and 4 teachers. We finish at 4am with 10 other students. Myself and another two of our students were the last remaining ones singing while everyone else was passing out on the couch. It’s a private room with a small light show and decent sound system as if it were a mini club just for us.  This has been I believe my forth time at Karaoke since I got to China and I love it. One of my motivations to learn Mandarin is to be able to sing at least one Chinese song with ease.

Karaoke

I’m on the left and my friend Remy is on the right. We’re singing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ while fans take pictures of us.

Serious Shopping

I’m done Christmas shopping! A friend of mine introduced me to an enormous shopping area called North West Light-duty Wholesale Market. One building took an entire city block that had over 5 floors of just clothes. The building I spent the most time in had mostly souvenirs, stationery, and other random items. There was even an entire section of just Christmas stores which I thought would be hard to find here. In the same area the previous week, I ordered new glasses and finally picked them up yesterday. I purchased my old pair in Peru and they totally screwed up my prescription. It’s amazing how new glasses can make you feel. I can finally read endlessly without headaches for a total of 600RMB.

Shopping in Xi'an, China

Shopping in Xi’an, China

There’s a building just for tea. The scent upon entering is as if you were in an enclosed botanical garden. There’s a few floors and dozens of stores selling everything tea or tea related. There’s rows of ladies with large platters in front of them breaking up all the tea to sell. Within 5 minutes inside the building, we’re invited to sit down for some tea at no cost. Luckily my friend knows Chinese so we were able to have a decent conversation. I drink green tea often and I’m told green tea is not good for health during the winter. Not exactly sure why though. We sat with them for about 30 minutes drinking tea. My head was spinning from the amount I drank. The hospitality in China has always been incredible.

Tea shops

Tea shops

Thanksgiving

I had turkey in China for Thanksgiving! I met Charlie from the Hostel Management forums. Myself and my friend Tom met Charlie on Thanksgiving day and he brought us to where turkey can be found downtown. We went to an Italian restaurant called Colabo that has been serving turkey only for that week. The prices are extremely high but the setting and food is rare for this part of China. We ate baked Turkey with stuffing, two orders of Pizza, two orders of Garlic bread, and a Caesar Salad. For three people, the feast cost us 310RMB spending 100RMB a person. That’s a lot for China but the meal itself was incredible and we were amazed to be using silverware again.Afterwards, we continued our American day and went for Baskin-Robins for 28RMB for two scopes on a cone. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! It was an expensive but great night.

Charlie and I on Thanksgiving

Charlie and I on Thanksgiving

I’m excited about these updates and hope to keep up with these for awhile. Let me know what you think.

36 Comments

  1. Adventurous Kate on November 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

    MY HEART WILL GO ON!! They played that in the lounge of my hotel in Ao Nang the other day and it was sooo fun to sing along…

    I like this feature and I think you should keep it up. I like the personal aspect.

    • Michael on November 30, 2010 at 9:12 am

      I hear it everywhere I go haha.
      Thanks! I like it too 🙂

  2. Adventurous Kate on November 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

    MY HEART WILL GO ON!! They played that in the lounge of my hotel in Ao Nang the other day and it was sooo fun to sing along…

    I like this feature and I think you should keep it up. I like the personal aspect.

    • Michael on November 30, 2010 at 10:12 am

      I hear it everywhere I go haha.
      Thanks! I like it too 🙂

  3. Bessie Crum on November 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Private room karaoke rocks – and I love that you were singing a totally wussy song. I mean no offense if it’s your favorite. It could be manly…

    • Michael on November 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

      It’s totally not manly but when it comes to Karaoke in China, the more girly – the better. It’s not exactly on my playlist on iTunes but for some reason I know all the lyrics to every pop song. I didn’t add it to the article but I did sing “Hit me baby one more time”. Classic… hah

  4. Bessie Crum on November 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Private room karaoke rocks – and I love that you were singing a totally wussy song. I mean no offense if it’s your favorite. It could be manly…

    • Michael on November 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

      It’s totally not manly but when it comes to Karaoke in China, the more girly – the better. It’s not exactly on my playlist on iTunes but for some reason I know all the lyrics to every pop song. I didn’t add it to the article but I did sing “Hit me baby one more time”. Classic… hah

  5. Kirsty on November 29, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Good old Karaoke singing, I just don’t think it is as appreciated in the West!

    • Michael on November 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

      Yeap! I’ve never been back at home before and Asia was my first time. Wonder if my friends at home would want to join if I got a group together.

  6. Kirsty on November 30, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Good old Karaoke singing, I just don’t think it is as appreciated in the West!

    • Michael on November 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

      Yeap! I’ve never been back at home before and Asia was my first time. Wonder if my friends at home would want to join if I got a group together.

  7. Nostrabellafamilia on November 30, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Now we’re talking, I’ll look forward to all your postings!! Will there be video clippings in the future?

  8. Nostrabellafamilia on November 30, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Now we’re talking, I’ll look forward to all your postings!! Will there be video clippings in the future?

  9. Nostrabellafamilia on November 30, 2010 at 8:52 am

    That shopping mall looks like heaven…a dream come true for some of us. I could be in it all day without buying anything, I just like the watch the people, see whats new in the stores and learn whats new. You need to promise that you’ll record karaoke night, we want to see you sing alone with everyone else in the room……I think everyone would agree LOL

    • Michael on November 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm

      I’ve been wanting to bring my camcorder. I’ll bring it next time. I just keep forgetting.

  10. Nostrabellafamilia on November 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

    That shopping mall looks like heaven…a dream come true for some of us. I could be in it all day without buying anything, I just like the watch the people, see whats new in the stores and learn whats new. You need to promise that you’ll record karaoke night, we want to see you sing alone with everyone else in the room……I think everyone would agree LOL

    • Michael on November 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      I’ve been wanting to bring my camcorder. I’ll bring it next time. I just keep forgetting.

  11. Andi Perullo on November 30, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Haha, I hate karaoke, but whenever I’m in China it’s a must at the KTV’s. I order a big bottle of vodka though LOL. I’m soooo jealous you’re done with your shopping, I have yet to begin!

    • Michael on December 1, 2010 at 1:48 am

      You hate Karaoke till you finish the bottle then you start to love it haha.
      It’ll take two weeks for the gifts to get home so I figure I might as well take care of it now.

  12. Andi Perullo on November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Haha, I hate karaoke, but whenever I’m in China it’s a must at the KTV’s. I order a big bottle of vodka though LOL. I’m soooo jealous you’re done with your shopping, I have yet to begin!

    • Michael on December 1, 2010 at 2:48 am

      You hate Karaoke till you finish the bottle then you start to love it haha.
      It’ll take two weeks for the gifts to get home so I figure I might as well take care of it now.

  13. Elise on December 1, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Your thanksgiving dinner sounded DELICIOUS!!! We have been having rice and dal bat for so long now……heading to the states soon and am very excited to have a steak somewhere and also a yummy christmas dinner!!!

    I like the weekly update of what you have been up to!
    Keep posting. 🙂

    • Michael on December 1, 2010 at 2:06 am

      Oohhh steak. I do miss a good steak. Have a safe trip to the states! 🙂

  14. Elise on December 1, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Your thanksgiving dinner sounded DELICIOUS!!! We have been having rice and dal bat for so long now……heading to the states soon and am very excited to have a steak somewhere and also a yummy christmas dinner!!!

    I like the weekly update of what you have been up to!
    Keep posting. 🙂

    • Michael on December 1, 2010 at 3:06 am

      Oohhh steak. I do miss a good steak. Have a safe trip to the states! 🙂

  15. goteresago on December 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I love this idea! It sucks my updates this week aren’t exciting; unless I do a post of tours of NYC Hospitals haha. I’ll def do this when I’m in Belgium and The NL 🙂

    And I’m excited to battle you in Karaoke one day! Good stuff abroad! Glad you’re doing well 🙂

  16. Transcendental Gypsy on December 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I love this idea! It sucks my updates this week aren’t exciting; unless I do a post of tours of NYC Hospitals haha. I’ll def do this when I’m in Belgium and The NL 🙂

    And I’m excited to battle you in Karaoke one day! Good stuff abroad! Glad you’re doing well 🙂

  17. enrolled agent course on December 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Karaoke is indeed an Asian thing. And I’m impressed that you used the exact term as most people would still say KTV, but when you’re in Asia it is called karaoke. Mandarin music is also one of the reasons why started taking a language course.

    • Michael on December 4, 2010 at 1:21 am

      Most people here call it KTV but I figured that people that haven’t been to Asia may not know what that is so I put Karaoke.

  18. enrolled agent course on December 3, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Karaoke is indeed an Asian thing. And I’m impressed that you used the exact term as most people would still say KTV, but when you’re in Asia it is called karaoke. Mandarin music is also one of the reasons why started taking a language course.

    • Michael on December 4, 2010 at 2:21 am

      Most people here call it KTV but I figured that people that haven’t been to Asia may not know what that is so I put Karaoke.

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