Living in Beijing – My First 2 Weeks

Greetings from Beijing!

As most of you have known, I will be spending close to a month in Beijing. Not work related nor a vacation. I have decided to come over to Beijing to clear off my mind from some emotional stress. So far I’m loving my stay here and I’m quite sad that it is ending soon.

Anyway, early morning of the day before flying to Beijing, I started passing pee with blood. Lots of blood. It was painless at first, but then towards the end of each pee, it stings. I had to go to the toilet very often because my bladder felt irritated. I had to wake my sister up to bring me to the hospital and was diagnosed with cystitis. I almost cancelled my flight to Beijing because the first doctor said it is not infection cause there is blood. When the 2nd doctor took over, he called the specialist and then I saw him writing the diagnosis as Cystitis. After that, I went home, slept and when I woke up, I called the hospital for my urine culture results and was relieved when it’s just some infection that is common in women, and just needed it to be treated with some antibiotics. I told the nurse, “OK, I’m cancelling the appointment with the specialist and I’m flying tonight!” hehe. God is good, I didn’t suffer much during the 6 hours flight to Beijing.

My first week in Beijing was rather dull, just staying home, cooking and doing grocery shopping at the nearby mall and then dating on weekends with my Josh. Though it sounded boring and many would have said I’m wasting my time here, I don’t think so because I am feeling really relaxed and happy. I have visited those tourist spots during my previous trips, so I don’t really have anywhere in particular to visit, unless we go out of Beijing. It is so cold here, I rather stay indoors. Also, my Mandarin tak boleh make it one, I don’t dare to take the taxi to anywhere because I might get lost and I don’t know how to direct the driver home too….

 photo IMG_20150126_145702.jpgOur first lunch. Josh ordered this via delivery and they taste AWESOME!

 photo IMG_20150129_122827.jpgDecided to do some cooking and tried making the Potato Patties I learnt from a Singapore show called Hey, Chef! Are You Home?

When Friday finally came, Josh came home early and brought me out to pak tor. Our first FriDate was having some delicious Spanish Cuisine.

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 photo 20150130225930_IMG_1086_1.jpgThen we walked around this shopping area called Tai Koo Li at Sanlitun where all the designer brands are.

A week has passed and I started my 2nd week with peeing blood again! I was annoyed because I have just completed my antibiotics. Mom told me not to eat oily, fried, BBQ, salty and spicy food. Then I remembered happily having them for lunch and dinner during the weekend.

 photo IMG_1186.jpg Ajak-ed Yat out and had some yummy BBQ-ed food!

 photo IMG_20150201_232246_1.jpg Then we had Korean for dinner.

Because of those good yummy food, my 2nd week was all about having plain dull food and drinking litres of water. I am no longer peeing blood but it still stings when I pee. And it hurts a lot when my bladder is very full. Planning to see a doctor here in Beijing but I don’t have any clue of where to see. Will see a specialist when I get back to Singapore.

So.. what have I been doing in Beijing. Honestly, nothing much. My friend has been calling me a ‘tai tai’. Haha. Everyday, I just stayed home and watch TV or cook some yummy food for Josh. Occasionally, Josh will bring me out for dinner and sometimes with his colleagues. There was once I stayed with him in the office after dinner and watched him and his colleagues work till 12.30am. I’m very glad to see him enjoying himself at this company. To be honest, although they work around the clock, they never complained as much as I did about my job and still put their heart and soul to their work. It’s amazing to see their passion and how much they love working there.

Speaking about how awesome the company is, I had the privilege to experience even more awesome stuff about the company. Josh brought me to their company event, specially for its employees, by the employees.

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The amazing annual Xiao Mi staff event was held in the Beijing Indoor Stadium. There are more than 7000 staffs and counting working with Xiao Mi. I was in awe on how much effort they put in to make this event like an award show. And their staffs are talented! Got standard one! After the event, we went for dinner with his colleagues. This time his colleagues was the whole Global Team. Meaning, there’s about 50 of them. And I was the ONLY non staff there…

 photo 20150206201633_IMG_1278_1.jpg You can never spot me inside here cause I was way behind hiding so I wont photobomb the group picture haha.

 photo 20150206201254_IMG_1257_1.jpg Josh’s boss, Hugo Barra giving a toast to his team.

I was quiet all the time during the dinner as I am quite shy in front of new faces until one of his colleagues asked him why I don’t talk one. Hehe. Sorry! I was really shy! Oh, then Josh’s boss came up to say hi to me and then complimented Josh, calling him a 3-in-1 and is serious at what he does. So proud of my talented multi-tasker =)

The next day, we went out for late lunch with Yat and had a short walk at 798. There’s nothing to see at night because they are all closed when the sun went down and it’s gelap gelita..

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 photo IMG_1429.jpg It was after lunch and before dinner hour so there weren’t any other customers here.

 photo IMG_1452.jpg Super yummy Yunnan Cuisine! Especially the Mushroom Soup!

The food here in China is actually very yummy! =D

Last weekend, we went out of Beijing for skiing at the mountains at Chongli County with Josh’s colleagues from Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. It was freaking cold (-13 deg celsius) but when skiing, it wasn’t cold! Apparently, this is where the skiing tournament for Olympics 2022 will be held. The trip was planned and arranged by Jack. Thank you, Jack!

 photo GOPR0887_1423353952413_high_2_1.jpg On the bus for a 3-hours journey to the ski resort!

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Arrived at the Secret Garden Genting Ski Resort, rented our suits, safety and ski equipments. Cost about RMB2200 (before discount) for 2 pax and if you present your IC (any nationality), you can get a discount and get your refund after returning your ski suits and equipments. Oh, the ski resort is owned by the the Malaysian owned Genting Resorts World.

 photo GOPR0926_1423388083337_high_1.jpg Josh’s Singaporean colleagues

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Being a first timer, it was pretty scary as I wasn’t used in controlling the ski even on flat surface. When I decided to go down, I couldn’t control the speed and freaked out cause I knew I will fall! So I squatted down to prevent a hard fall and threw the ski poles away. As I was skiing down I was screaming and finally fell on my butt. It wasn’t painful cause I was already squatting down. What sucks was falling and being unable to get up. There were some guides there and they pulled us up and left us alone after that.

Honestly, I was scared to go down the 2nd time, but I decided to be brave and went down wheeeee! I managed to control the speed at the start so it also means I know how to control the ski already! I used the same technique as roller blading and ice skating and I went down like a pro, in a fast speed and break by sliding sideways. Really like a pro on my 2nd try. HAHA!

 photo 2015-02-080542381.jpg That’s me going down to have a look at Josh’s colleague who fell.

After skiing, we took a 4 hours bus back to Beijing. It was an hour longer because of the jam. We actually spent more time on the bus than skiing. Haha. Those who fell kind of injured themselves and I hope they will recover soon. Josh has been experiencing some pains from his bad fall when he couldn’t control and skied backwards. It was such a heartache seeing him fall and I couldn’t do anything. =(

Because we started the day early we didn’t had breakfast and lunch. We ended up treating ourselves with some good food at Hai Di Lao.

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I was experiencing some bladder irritation (again. sigh..) so I was going in and out of the toilet. I was, as usual, shy and didn’t talked much over the table. His colleagues actually asked if I was alright and is it the usual me for not talking much. Haha. Nevertheless, it was a great fellowship with his colleagues.

I have just started my 3rd week here. Exactly one more week before flying home. I’m gonna treasure every single moment now.