The shop owners are hard core about drumming up business and will follow you down the street handing out fliers, complementing your baby, or in our case commenting on how beautiful and large your baby is.
Once inside the various stores look pretty much the same, the biggest difference is the name on the door. You might be in Emma’s Store, or Michael’s Store, or Jordan’s Store, or Jenny’s Store, or… you get the idea. They put a lot of effort into shop-naming around here.
If by chance your name is taken… say you are Linda but there is already a Linda’s store down the street? No worries; just go with something like Linna’s store and you’ll be just fine.
The pricing system in most places consists of way over-pricing the merchandise in order to take advantage of the naive customer. Bartering is perfectly acceptable if you want to actually try for a good deal. Somehow I always leave feeling like I just got ripped off.
You’d think that would keep me from going back, but I am a glutton for punishment and have gotten “ripped-off” many, many times forcing Kory to officially cut my purse-strings and ban me from spending anymore of his hard earned yuan.
Today was another good day. We finally got Suhn to take a good nap. The last two days naps have been on the weak side. I’ll be so glad to get home where she has a room of her own to fall asleep in without the distraction of us to keep her awake.
We Skyped with our kiddos this morning. I love Skype. To be across the world and be able to talk for free and see each other at the same time completely amazes me. Can’t wait until I get to hug my 4 home-growns in person! Man, I miss those kids. 3 more sleeps!
We ended our day with a dinner cruise on the Pearl River. Notice how our faces glow in the lovely Guangzhou humidity.
Kory was eating it up, literally. He filled his plate multiple times with delicacies like fish head, goose liver, pig stomach, duck and whole shrimp that watched him as he ate them. Frankly, it was disgusting. And yet, he enjoyed every minute… until he got off the boat.
He thinks it might have been something he ate.