Day 133 - The Grand Welcome

Sunday, June 19th, 2016
Smog Level: 0/3 Mountains

It’s a lazy day, which are more and more common these weeks. Motivation for writing and blogging have been waning. Maybe I’m feeling somewhat discouraged, and unsure of how to move forward. It’s a vicious cycle, since being unmotivated will make me less likely to do work past the bare minimum, which will probably lead to suffering quality, and further decline. I’m aiming to pump it up a bit when the break starts, write some extra stuff on the side. We’ll see what shakes out.

The Grand Welcome

Like most service industry locations, the hair salon here has a weird habit of welcoming everyone when they come in. I mean, that’s fine if you have one greeter. They don't. No, they have everyone in currently working turn and say "welcome!" It sounds something like “huan yin guan lin” (welcome, come in) is a little intimidating, especially when you don’t know what the proper response is. It seems like the response from most people is to ignore it. It feels rude and awkward. Thanks... I guess?

Size Reminder

Gazing into the mirror, watching the guy cut my hair, I’m reminded how big I am. In my mind, I'm only slightly bigger than average. Maybe just a little more than the guys cutting my hair. Wrong. I’m a good 25% wider than them in the shoulders, and at least a head over them. They’re clearly having difficulty cutting my hair while I’m sitting. It’s clear to see why my friends will occasionally tell me that they forgot how tall I was. This includes people who might see me on a daily basis.

The afternoon was spent in Maan coffee, writing and looking up information on our impending trip to Japan and Cambodia; Man, it’s nice to be Canadian. 

Japan Visa
Canadian? No worries! 
Chinese? ¥500! ($100 CAD) Show us proof that you are employed! How much money do you have?? 
Cambodia still costs about $50 USD for both of us, but that’s not a big issue.

The game was canceled, which I found out after scarfing food in order to make it on time. As a result, I watched Shimou have hotpot. We walk to the subway station, then I hang out at home, playing darkest dungeon and listening to the book “Rejection Proof” about a Jia Jiangs’s journey to have 100 days of rejection. Good book, though I’m a bit jealous of how quickly this guy got put on. According to his story, his 3rd day of posting earned him a massive following that led to him being nationally known and on popular television shows. 

Then again, that sounds a bit overwhelming. 

Words of the Day
English - Mandarin [pronunciation]

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