Monday, October 31, 2016

Long Day X to a Lovely Stay: Monday’s Gray!

hello again from China!

had to climb over the firewall

so might as well blog about today

 

started today early

slept at 2, woke up at 6

and were down exploring

had some street breakfast

Chaozhou City 潮州市

 

then it was a long way

checked out by 9 something

caught an express bus to the train station

managed to buy ticket

departing in 1 hour

 

that’s fine for us

but to be warned that

it was a “seatless” seat

from the billboard

looked like tickets for the day

have all been sold off

 

i was trying to console myself that

that’s quite ok as

it’s seatless as in

there’s no proper sofa seat with number

but with some stools next to the windows

 

to our horror

no there’s none

and for 2 and a half hours

we were sitting on the floor

and blocking the gates

in other words whenever

the train approached a station

we had to get up to allow other

passengers to exit or enter

CRH train Chaoshan - Putian / Shenzhen - Nanjing

 

this is a long haul train from

Shenzhen to Nanjin

so it’s kinda understandable

why the tickets are in high demand

 

our counterparts on the right door

whenever the train approached a station

we were “competing” against each other

hoping that the door will open on the other side

"Seatless" in CRH train 協和號 無座

 

by the way isn’t that really cool

Moomin luggage

 

so we got to Putian by 2 PM

and took a 45 minute bus to the jetty

thank goodness it was a short 10 minute wait

and a 15 minute ferry ride to land on the island

Ferry to Meizhou Island 海神號 客船 莆田 文甲碼頭-湄州島

 

the hotel management was kind enough

to drop me an email that

they provide pick-up service

from the jetty once we land

 

but too bad i didn’t make use of it

as i wasn’t even sure

what time will I be landing

 

so we paid 30 RMB

to take a electric car ride

which landed us in the middle of

an attraction and

we had to figure our own way

walking into the village

莆田湄洲島海瀾度假山莊 Mission Hills Resort, Meizhou Island, Putian

 

it was that kind of comfort of

coming home after a long day

lovely, really lovely

莆田湄洲島海瀾度假山莊 Mission Hills Resort, Meizhou Island, Putian莆田湄洲島海瀾度假山莊 Mission Hills Resort, Meizhou Island, Putian莆田湄洲島海瀾度假山莊 Mission Hills Resort, Meizhou Island, Putian莆田湄洲島海瀾度假山莊 Mission Hills Resort, Meizhou Island, Putian

 

thought that was the end of

a long tiring day

but it wasn’t

 

got an email from client

for a minor task

and i just wanna get it done quick

 

look i have a modem

and working LAN cable in the room

but still the particular website

i was trying to access didn’t work

not blocked but the connection was really bad

莆田湄洲島海瀾度假山莊 Mission Hills Resort, Meizhou Island, Putian莆田湄洲島海瀾度假山莊 Mission Hills Resort, Meizhou Island, Putian

 

so i had to go on roaming again

to find that the signal was kinda weak

being “stranded” on an island

 

got my client to send me an

offline copy to work on

but it was locked for some reasons

with quite a lot of complicated macros

 

thank goodness

the signal on my phone got better

when i moved to the window

and manually selected 3G network

instead of LTE/3G

 

but it actually took me almost 2 hours

to get these 200 words done

and got emails from 2 client

about invoicing issues

 

the same goes to our journey here

it took us two days to land here

in fact have visited

nothing in particular yet

 

but thank goodness

a really awesome room cured it all

and there’s a new

Wangkai’s series at 9PM

<When a Snail Falls in Love>

 

i read and finished the novel

simply because i can’t wait for it

after the series was announced

 

7 minutes to 9 PM

let’s hope that’s all for today

what a long day

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