Ready for 2012

I can’t believe that this will be my last post of 2011!! Goodbye 2011, you were a pretty good year, even if a little annoying. I only say that because I have spent the last three days screening my phone calls. Actually, as I write this I just received a text from yet another reporter wanting an interview, I cannot wait to say no 🙂

Another nice fact, as I write this I am watching the Chinese Language competition on TV, it is finally airing. This competition was more trouble than it was worth, I walked away with 13 amazing friends, but a “required” essay about my experience (I’m not writing it), phone calls everyday asking me to perform at Tea Houses around Tianjin (I refused, I am not trying to become some kind of celebrity here), I am student representative once again (so I had to write a speech, that will be given today at 5), and am dodging reporters like it is my day job. Speaking of becoming the student representative, I must elaborate. Three days ago, I ignored the hundreds of phone cals from unfamiliar phone numbers as usual, and then I got one from the international student’s office. They haven’t bothered me before, so I innocently picked up. It was the head teacher, Mrs. Luan, asking me to give a speech on Saturday (Today), it was bothersome, but not too much, so I agreed. Then, of course, came the other requests, she called the next day and asked me to go to her office. I thought she just wanted to get a look at my speech, but NO, she innocently asked if I would be able to do my speech in Kuaiban (Chinese storytelling) fashion. Meaning writing the ENTIRE thing on an eight-count beat and making it rhyme. I then looked at her like she was crazy and told her it was impossible, but I conceded to doing my self-introduction at least in Kuaiban form. She should have just been happy with that and stopped bothering me right? Wrong, the next day (just yesterday) I got an endless stream of calls from her again, which I ignored. Two hours later, a cleaning lady from the International Office knocked on my door, I told her to go away because I felt sick and it wasn’t convenient. I could not believe the audacity of these people. Approximately 15 minutes later, Mrs. Luan herself was knocking on my door…. I kid you not. She came over apologizing but with ANOTHER request: That I arrive thirty minutes early to help the Department with their stupid New Year’s video, not only should I say “Happy New Year”, but do it in Kuaiban form. She assured me that it would only be two lines and since she ran all the way up to my room, I had no way of refusing. I was trapped and mad. So I went to her office this morning to take a look at the lines, and it is EIGHT lines in total, not to mention she wants me to do it in a Tianjin accent. Writing all of this stuff is only making me madder, I can’t wait to escape Tianjin and run to Hong Kong. Next semester, if the Chinese Language Department or International Student Department thinks I am doing anything for them, they have another think coming. Well this post turned into another rant, on to a lighter note, Happy New Year in advance! My goals for the New Year are to go to the gym more faithfully, no more skipping out for a week, and to focus on studying more than boys and drinking, graduate college, and get into the law school of my dreams (Harvard). I am hoping 2012 will be the best year ever! *Praying*

Happily Single

I realized that I left things on kind of a cliff hanger with the last post, what with me heading over to Moon’s and all. But I just need to say that things just wouldn’t click with us two. So I know for sure that I wouldn’t want to date him. He’s a very nice guy and all, but he plays the guitar and sings….while looking at me. I know some girls find that very romantic, and love that sort of thing, but I was born without that bone in my body. Things like having a man stare deeply into your eyes, or hold your hand and tell you how beautiful you are make me laugh. But he clearly is into those kinds of things, he’s going to make me a mix tape (well CD) of his music for when I go back to America, it’s sweet but not my style. As of now, my dictionary search is officially being called off; I gave it a valiant effort, but for now I am happy being single and not tied down. Though, to be honest I do want to sexually assault the new Helen’s worker sometimes…oh if he would only give me one night! Even though I am a virgin 😛

Sidenote: Xiaolong is back to working the night shifts at Helen’s, I pretend he doesn’t matter at all. Just the polite “hi” and “bye” for him, while I am still just as friendly with everyone else. Also, two nights ago he saw when Moon had his arm around me, I took pleasure in his discomfort~~ (Evil Grin)

Butterflies

Ok, I’m feeling antsy. Moon just called and so apparently isn’t mad at me, though I assumed he was because this was the first time in two weeks that he hadn’t called everyday. I’m going over to his place to watch a movie, so I guess I will know for sure where we stand after tonight? I’m not even sure where I want this to go, so I hope things work themselves out. Gosh, now I have to go and make myself pretty, the pains of being a woman.

Vacation?

I woke up feeling great. Winter vacation has finally, officially started. It’s Monday and I didn’t have to set an alarm clock to do homework or run to class, I woke up happy…..that is until I saw my cellphone. So many missed phone calls, half from numbers I don’t know (I don’t pick those up because it’s always TV people or the Chinese Language Dept needing something). Text messages asking if I’m available in the afternoon for more interviews, a banquet tomorrow at 12pm for the Competition, a 300 word required essay about my competition experience (I’m about to tell them to kiss my @ss, I did the school a favor for nothing in return by competing at all), another reporter bugging me for photos that I have taken in China, and my job asking me to go over to fill out paperwork. Ridiculous…not the start to the relaxing vacation I imagined. But oh well, I’m done complaining, such is life.

Stood Up Dates and Christmas Mates

Watching the Glee Christmas episode as I write this post…love that show!

But anyways, Merry Christmas! I love this season, growing up in Boston, it was snow, dark nights, egg nog, classic movies like Jack Frost, The Scrooge, and The Grinch (oh, how I miss them!), family dinners…..sigh. Christmas in China is different, I’m going to appreciate it more next year, chock full of American traditions, haha. Regardless, I had a very merry Christmas Eve. Yesterday, reporters from Tianjin TV station came to bother me again, another interview, they followed me around for the last two days basically, I am so not going to be bullied into this again…the “famous” life is not for me. I went to Walmart afterwards to buy ingredients to cook Christmas dinner at our “older” friend’s home. Unfortunately, the only dishes I can make are VERY American and ingredients are hard to come by in the middle of China. I’m talking cheese, pastas, salsa, etc. So, I gave up and bought a few bags of lamb and chicken to make. Our friends had the table set up already and we all (Avi, two married couples, one 5 year daughter, our two Russian friends and I) ate for hours and watched a movie as well. We also fit in a few Christmas songs! Not a bad way to spend Christmas Eve.

The only bad part of the day was realizing that Moon (Dictionary 3 who has been calling all of the time) had asked me on a date. Ok, let me go back to the day before yesterday to explain. On Friday, the Chinese department had an end of the semester ceremony; every Chinese class had to do a group performance. Ours went really well, the crowd loved it, I am so proud of the choreography (made by yours truly) that I will upload the video onto YouTube as soon as I can in Hong Kong and post up a link. Later that night, we had a “last supper” of sorts, we all went to a fabulous dumpling restaurant, exchanged Christmas cards, and said a final farewell. I then ran over to the party the Chinese language contestants were having at a bar across town, The Basement.  Our dinner ran over time, so when I walked in everyone yelled, “Finally, Ms. Celebrity has arrived!” Moon was there as well (he’s one of the managers there) but took forever to sit with me and my friends. He gets surprisingly shy around people he doesn’t know, it’s surprising because he performs on stage all of the time and can do basic break dancing. His personality is so out there that I forget his shyness sometimes. He had his arm around me as we sat but I didn’t think anything about it. After a while he turned to me and said, “Marsha, you are really cute”..I laughed it off, but he said it again very seriously. I thought, “Is he trying to confess?” But ignored it, because I don’t know if I want to be in a relationship. Then he left while my friends and I stayed behind. We took over the sound system and got crunk to many songs, I love those guys, we weren’t even drunk and everyone still danced all out. I hope we can meet up like that very often for this vacation.

Anyways, I then went to Xitang to go dancing. I knew Moon would be there, but didn’t think too much about it. When I arrived, he started doing things like holding my hand and being very attentive. He also started jumping around and calling me his girl/baby, I laughed and I’m touchy-feely so I didn’t mind. I was surprised, though, when we sat down he asked, “So does this mean you accept (me)?” I didn’t know how to respond, so I said, “Maybe?”…He took that badly and spent the night dancing with some other girl (who I later found out was a girlfriend of his friend and he was helping since she was drunk). Regardless, I got jealous, so I danced around with a bunch of people, which I regretted later, because they still keep calling. Avi actually scared one off for me, hilarious. When we were leaving around 6am, Moon could tell that I wasn’t happy, so he asked why I was mad. I told him since I came to Xitang specifically for him (a lie but he didn’t know) he should have paid more attention. He kept apologizing and hugging me, but I stayed kind of cold. He then asked e on a date for the next day (Christmas Eve), but I was tipsy and I heard only that he would call that day. So when he called yesterday asking when we should meet up, he was not happy that I already made other plans. I think he is still mad, this is the first day that he hasn’t called or texted….I didn’t mean to stand him up though, so I’m not going to apologize full out. Once again, I am confused about a guy. I just need to swear off men for life, it’s about that time, don’t you think?

And The Gold Goes To…

*drum roll* ….*building suspense*….*continued drumming*

Ok, enough already, me!! Haha, the competition is finally over and I have my regular old uneventful life back. This Monday I practiced my storytelling one more time with my new teacher. I hated practicing with him. He is really nice and everything, but who likes to stand in the middle of a room and perform over and over again while someone is sitting there watching for mistakes….intense pressure. Then I went to class for four hours, then back to the studio for our 5 hour practice run-through…yeah, I know. Then the next day (Tuesday), I woke up early to do my hair, collected my costumes, and we were all driven to the studio. The show didn’t start recording until 6:30 but we had to be there at 12:30. The first thing we did was go to hair and makeup….of course mine was already done, I would love to see there faces if the artists tried to do natural black girl hair. For that reason alone I should have let them, but alas, I didn’t want to go on TV looking foolish. Also, to all black, Chinese speakers, bring your own foundation to China, they will not have our shade! Thankfully I brought some of my own.   I was a bit concerned about them doing our makeup so early, we still had five hours after all, but TV station people don’t listen. Our makeup artists were really nice, but my makeup was BARELY there, stage makeup should be dramatic right? So I secretly had Ruth put some color on for me. Then we played the waiting game, we didn’t een get to practice on the stage like they said, we literally killed time until about 5:30 (playing hacky sack, cards, ect…you can see why we all became close, one month of this and anyone will become family).

Then around 5:30 everything became too real, we started randomly breaking out into our speeches and performances. Each college has 30 students in the crowd, they started arriving too. Side Note: I wore this ugly rented pink dress that I had to wear because I’m a size 10, and in China that HARD to shop for, not to mention everyone else liked it. Once I stepped out in my ugly princess dress the Kenyan singing group was there, and the guys circled around me like I was the fattest goat and they were hungry. I was scared!! Back on track: The show started with our opening song that we made the music video for, the video played in the background, and we did the dance and lip-synced (badly) on stage. I mean the show didn’t even try to make it look like we were singing, we had no microphones! Then ran to change for our speeches. I had so many nerves running through me, would my prop fan fall out of my hand? would I forget my words? and so on. But it went very smoothly, I felt confident and looked each judge in the eye while I was talking so they could feel my “sincerity”, haha. The scores came in and I was shocked, second place! I didn’t think I would get that high. Then we had a section of one minute impromptu…I don’t even want to talk about that part, I did bad because of nerves. But in the end I was still 4th.

Ran to change again, and stress backstage for the talent part. My new teacher makes me doing my clappers in a different way, so I was nervous about messing up (I was so used to the old way). I actually messed up the clappers (my first time doing that on stage), but saved it really quickly and most of the crowd didn’t even notice. During my story I got lots of applause, I said the wrong tones on some words though, so I’m not fully satisfied, but oh well. At the end, the audience got to pick a favorite, and according to that bonus points would be given. In the end, the guy who won first place during preliminaries got first again, but I got second, and I was only behind by one point :O We both got the trophy for gold anyways because there were two “first places”, four “seconds, and the rest “thirds”. China likes everyone to win something, haha. Regardless, I never want to watch it myself, but will put the link up when it airs, way too embarrassing. Also, I need to lose weight, haha.

My friend Victor came to China last year and started hosting a TV show…I would never want to do that. This experience is enough for me. I made 13 new great friends (the other competitors, literally there is not one I don’t like) and checked this off of my bucket list. After the show we were so sad that we made plans all go drinking tomorrow night!~ Unfortunately, right after the competition I got interviewed, during it the reporter asked for my number, then told me it was to contact me for “future” shows….NOOOOO!!! My life is over. Actually, a camera crew is coming over tomorrow to do another interview and record our class performance that I mentioned before (Singing and dancing to “Happy to be Poor”). I try so hard to say no to them but I hate letting people down, and these people are savages! Relentless.

Well just finished my last final today, happy holidays to all, and to all a good night!~

High Hopes For Hong Kong

I am going to Hong Kong from January 4th until the 12th! Though, technically Hong Kong is China, I have to get a visa in and out, and Chinese people need passports to go there. Also, my best Chinese friend, Sun Tong, is doing her Masters degree in a university out there; she’s considered an international student even though she’s Chinese. That is beside the point though, I can’t wait, and it is supposedly like being in a Western country. No cutting in lines, face book access, no avoiding spit globs in the streets, face book access, and YouTube. Life will be great, I will be able to FINALLY upload my one thousand pictures from this summer onto face book (the connection is too slow in Mainland China for it to be possible). Don’t even get me started on this video of me performing I am trying to upload onto YouTube. It’s practically criminal. M good friend Nastiia (Russian) and I will be going together. Here’s to a carefree week, filled with shopping, partying, and meeting old friends~

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