Saturday, November 3, 2007

Kung Fu Master

Today we had to get back to the store to buy Peter another bicycle for next week.  He found a nice green one that he was tickled with - new and shiny for about $35 US.  We also found an invaluable space heater which we are really enjoying tonight!

Before we went, Sophie really needed a bath.  Unfortunately all we have here is a shower so here is her improvised bathtub which she doesn't seem to mind except our apartment is quite cold.

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Upon leaving our apartment, we saw some neighbors had put out some ducks to dry in the sun.  Yum.

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... and here we are on the way to a Kung Fu demonstration.  The main in back of Peter was intensely interested in us.  I was afraid he was going to crash by not watching the road!

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The Kung Fu master did some fingertip pushups.  Not to be outdone, I had Jack get on my back and I did a few :)

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Ok I wasn't going to try this anytime soon!

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He showed us a few different stances.  I had to force Peter and Jack to participate but then they started to enjoy it.

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Jack had a pretty high, powerful kick!

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... showing us some punches...

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... and the Master is giving Jack some numchuck lessons.  Don't hit yourself in the head, Grasshopper!

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... a very scary picture of Sue.  She had this same expression on her face all day, it wasn't just the Kung Fu lesson.

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On the way home, we happened upon an outdoor Chinese Opera.  We really enjoyed listening to it for awhile, until Peter said, "They call that MUSIC??"

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Some scenes of the Yuan Yuan (Good Luck) Park where the Chinese Opera had taken place.

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There are many of these elaborate plant sculptures around the city.  This one is especially beautiful with the Golden Arches showing prominently in the background.

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Tonight we had noodles at a chain noodle shop and the boys are outside now playing badminton in the dark, on a new patch of grass that was planted yesterday.  I hope it can take all of their tromping around!

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