Woke at 7 a.m. and again at 9 a.m. I finally got up at noon. Had breakfast and a shower before sitting down at my desk and staring into my computer.
Wrote for a couple of hours before Ouafa called and invited me down to Starbucks. Met her around 2 p.m. We sat around discussing the thesis and the high demands that some people have on themselves and life around them. At 4 p.m. we strolled up Linping to the video store. Getting harder to find movies I want there now.
On my way pack to the apartment I picked up some food and sat watching TV as I ate. Very unfulfilling actually. I am truly fed up with the fat, greasy food with only mediocre taste. I don’t know when I last time ate something and thought: Yummy!
We have to comment on another groups thesis for next week, so I started reading it after dinner. 100 pages or so of academic thesis is tough to read. I am glad I don’t have to read and grade all of them. Sat for a couple of hours at my desk before realizing that I had to get ready for the big night.
Frodes birthday was last Monday, but he is holding a big party tonight. I got picked up by Arill and his visiting friend around 8.30 p.m. The party was at one of Frodes’ Italian friends house on the other side of the city. Took us a while to get the 15-20km from Linping to Grand gateway. Grand gateway is a city in itself. Huge shopping centers and office buildings fight for space in the over-crowded area.
The apartment was a very modern and spacious one. Relatively much higher standard than I have seen before. But then they are serviced apartments and are only rented out to company employees who are here for a limited period. The walls of the apartment was lined with Chinese girls. I soon realized that this was not a design feature or the maid, but that these Italian guys, and Frode I guess, had invited lots of Chinese girls whom they had met at random nights on the town. In the early stages of the party there were probably 5 girls to every guy, but the odds evened out after a while; at least 4 to 1 later on.
It was interesting as, we mostly hang out with other Scandinavians. The girls were friendly enough, though some had clearly been out with western guys before and knew how to act. I was glad to see Jon and Juliana show up around 11, along with Gigi and Kristoffer. We hung around for a few hours and watched the apartment fill to the brim.
At 1 a.m. the party moved on to a place downtown. I used this opportunity to return to Linping. Took a taxi together with J&J.
In bed just before 2 a.m.