Sunday, July 16, 2006
Sunday in SH
I decided to spoil myself today. Afterall, my excuse is that I have been working hard and trying my best to adapt to here... I woke up late, had a huge lunch at my fav taiwanese place at the big mall district; then looked around for a hair salon. I normally spend 18CAD back in Toronto so I figured that this 68RMB place 10cad was reasonable , there were three girls that greeted me. One of the better looking ones (thank goodness!) took be to this waiting area and started to massage my back and my fingers! The guy/girl next chairs (also here for a hairdo) along with my hair attendant saw me smiling awkwardly causing them to look funny as well. I explained to them that we don't have this sort of massaging service back in Toronto. After 40mins trying to hold my composure, I was finally led to have my hair cut and hairwash, maybe for 10mins max. It was a funny experience. Afterwards, I bought a pair of rollerblades here (Yey!).... they look pretty good, and I'm happy to have found them - damn, I think I am spending too much $$$ in SH terms. Anyways, afterwards; I visited my colleague (he was the most senior ob my team), and the place he lived in was pretty small, comparable to the size of my university dorm but in pretty bad conditions. I felt lucky and bad at the same moment, but it's interesting as I am one step closer in knowing how the locals live. Another thing I want to bring up is the impoliteness of people here. The consumers are always yelling and showing disrespect to the normal locals which I think is very impolite and this also starts a chain reaction as well. Can't they show some respect to themselves by behaving like normal person? Geez. Again, I have to compare this to Japan - everyone is polite to each other regardless if they are super rich or poor which I think should be a the way a healthy community should operate.