When in China ~~ Grin interrupted

•November 17, 2015 • 6 Comments

So, hubby and I were getting set to herald another month as a newly-wed couple in the land of the Great Wall when IT happened. Woe was us as dental emergency struck! And boy, it was bad. I had suffered a bout of severe toothache when in India, but had powered through without having to visit a darned dentist. Now that it had gotten much worse, read painful, I had no option but to give in and take the dreaded path towards that godforsaken chair.

There was just a minor glitch; we were in China and our doctor didn’t happen to speak English. Voila!

So, there I was sprawled uncomfortably in the chair with a wide-eyed stare as my husband tried to explain the situation to the doctor on call. A million hand gestures and numerous WeChat translations later, she took a peek and muttered something. My husband responded with a flustered look on his face, “I am sorry, but I don’t understand what you are saying!” My stare grew even wider and so much more horrified.

What if we are not able to explain ourselves to her? What if she decided to take an extreme course of action and pulls out something from my jaw? What if she asks me something critical during the procedure, and I nod without understanding? My mind kept playing out these worst case scenarios, until hubby decided to call in some help.

It’s a month later, and five gruesome sittings have led to a successful root canal being administered. Each sitting was preceded by and ended with a phone call placed to a very kind female Chinese colleague of my husband’s, who had the entire treatment figured out with the doctor and then conveyed the same to us.

Each sitting was also preceded by and ended with a grinning and then a doped-up looking me – in that precise order – giving a thumbs up to whatever my dentist said, assuming all was good 😀

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‘When in China’ is a collection of short episodes from the daily life of a newly hitched expat couple who have travelled across the seven seas (disclaimer: the writer is known for succumbing to well-meaning hyperbole, so please to not take the previous claim literally) to reside in the land which is home to the super awesome Kung Fu Panda Po!

When in China ~~ A ‘brow’haha indeed

•October 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

So, hubby decided to take me to this great salon he had come across in the same complex as our gym. All I needed was to have my eyebrows shaped, for lately I had begun to look like Bluto from ‘Popeye’; well, maybe just a tad! We approached the stellar looking premises with gusto. Hubby was all gung ho and pacifying a relatively cynical me, who thought the endeavour would be a total bust if we did not find someone in there who spoke a little English. And boy was I right!

From translating through an app to wildly gesticulating, we tried it all. Even an English speaking lady who was contacted over the phone by the staff there was of no help, as she thought I said “I want my eyebrows shit”….instead of shaped (remembering that moment now I cannot help but roll on the floor laughing :D) . Frustrated beyond compare, hubby went on to tug at some tassels tied around the neck of a ceramic cat on the counter to get the word ‘threading’ across; all this while I had given up completely, and was now a resigned-to-my-fate albeit thoroughly humoured spectator.

That night was the night I brought forth from amongst my sea of possessions lugged in from India my one almighty saviour – a humble plucker (which managed to accomplish the said task to a small extent).

And thus the days go by, with my search for a not-so-overpriced salon with English speaking personnel still underway. So, the next time you spot me somewhere be sure to compliment me on my statement-worthy unibrow.

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‘When in China’ is a collection of short episodes from the daily life of a newly hitched expat couple who have travelled across the seven seas (disclaimer: the writer is known for succumbing to well-meaning hyperbole, so please to not take the previous claim literally) to reside in the land which is home to the super awesome Kung Fu Panda Po!

On a cold cold night

•December 25, 2014 • 4 Comments

Logs of wood shone with emerald wreaths and vines galore

As mates straddled benches and thumped for more

More and more they sought as the bubbly flowed free

With laughter filling the air, replete with camaraderie

A delicious chill lent all around a mesmerizing rose hue

As two pairs of eyes met on a lovelorn cue

It’s the night before the end of a sweet little sojourn

It’s the night to revel in throes of friendship yet feel the scarlet burn

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