Then because it was Valentine’s Day (Happy Valentine’s Day) and the Lantern Festival, which is part of Chinese New Year our boss invited us to his house. Young is our immediate boss but not the actual boss. He is really nice and speaks almost perfect English. He is the one who picked me up at the airport. We went to his house which was about 30 mins from work and it was during rush hour.
His wife is so adorable and so nice. His whole family was. His mom, dad, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and his wife’s cousin were all there. They don’t speak English, except his wife speaks a pretty good amount. We had a ton of finger foods like starbucks coffee egg roll which is really a coffee roll cookie, cookies that we can get in the states in the round tin cans, cashews, beef jerky, and tea. Young even got his Xbox live up and we played a few games where your body is the controller. We had so much fun!
Come dinner time, we had red wine and orange juice along with a table full of food. There was beef and celery, pork and peppers, duck soup, a cold noodle salad, whole shrimp with the heads and shells on, and some mushroom plate. Then dumplings were brought out, yumm, and then the dessert dumplings made with rice and sesame seed and sugar centers. We ate soo much food. My stomach hurt it was so full. I was literally going into a food coma. I almost fell asleep at the table.
Just as we finished though, fireworks started. They were coming from the middle of Young’s complex. We were on the 28th floor and they exploded like 500 feet from us. So illegal in the US but awesome. It was like our own personal fireworks show. It was the perfect ending to Valentine’s Day, actually a great valentine’s day.
The only thing that would have made it better was to have my valentine with me in china sharing that experience. When he brought us home we stopped at a store to buy something to make our beds more comfortable like a bed pad. We ended up getting another fluffy comforter which works ok.