My night time journey home through the market place is usually a good place for photographs, and this being no exception. They’d been talking for a while as the tea service looked cold and there was a small mound of pumpkin seed shells on the ground at one of the groups feet. The ‘tea set’ looked standard with cold tea being disposed of into the drain holes within the tray with a bottom.
The sing song of Cantonese syllables lit through the air. Familiar, but, sadly incomprehensible. I strode on, with memories of my childhood and family gatherings, born anew.
What a pleasant surprise when I found these at a chain bakery in Fuzhou. Certainly the shape was familiar*, but that was the only thing that was the same. The snack was rock hard, and coated in a sugar glaze. Okay, so far, so good. The glaze however was infused with a
slight ginger taste. Wow, Twisty, sugar glazed snacks with a ginger after-taste kick to them. I get the impression that this is what Fujianese cuisine is about.
Sweetness with a slight ginger after taste. I say this because earlier in the week I’d eaten Fujianese pork which they are famous for. It was not unlike sweet and sour pork from Hong Kong. Chunks and pieces of pork coated in some sort of batter and then served in a sweet and ginger sauce. It has my approval, but the twisty snacks I shared with my work mates met with mixed reviews.
*They also have this kind of snack in Guangzhou but without the sugar-ginger glaze.
Houses and apartments have always fascinated me. In the place where I currently live, Guangzhou, the living arrangements are particularly interesting. This one is an older style, low-rise house made of brick. Seriously old school then, because most of the contemporary buildings are made of concrete and then have brick tiling put on over the top. Cladding if you like. But the interesting feature about this house (and photograph) is the caging that they have, which to say is comprehensive to say the least. Most houses and apartments have these ‘cagings’. Evidently to stop thieves though, since some of the apartments are on the 5th floors and higher, I think they’re be expecting a visit from Spiderman.
It does make a really bad visual pun, but do think that the person depositing the said rubbish wasn’t trying hard enough. It is quite normal for a person to ‘dispose’ of their rubbish, a sales docket for example by simply letting it fall to the ground. The reasoning being that it’s someone’s job to pick up rubbish. Sure, in Asia there exists a job, but, I’ve seen this behaviour in Korea too. The exception in Northern Asia is Japan; all the times I’d been there the streets residential or commercial, were scrupulously clean. Go figure.
Without an explanation, it does sort of grate against your sensibilities. The slogan while I was growing up it was “be a tidy Kiwi” seemed to work well. There was also an abundance of rubbish bins too to aid the cause of tidiness, too.
The campaign has since been run again.
A common past-time amongst men of all ages in China is games. Card games, board games; played for what seems hours on end. Of course these fix-it men could also be just on their breaks too.