The Nanjing Road Shopping Centre.
My roommate was a senior widower called Leong. He had been our friend for some time when Robert invited him to join us for this China tour. Leong was okay with me as roommate; my only complaint was that he smoked in the room before sleep and when he got up in the morning. The senior retiree went inside the bathroom first for his body cleaning job. When he emerged from the bath room, he lamented that the shower at the bathtub acted funny. He did not elaborate. It was my turn to stand in the bath tub; I found it hard to mix the hot and cold water to an ideal temperature. Even when I got it done, the water oozed out of the shower was icy-cold for a moment then it turned boiling hot! Then I noticed that the tapes were tightened though I had just loosened it to allow water flow. I ended up taking a cold shower without uttering a noise. In the middle of the night I heard sighing and coughing sound from the toilet. Thinking that it could be Leong at the toilet, I took a deep breath to see him still lying there on my next bed. With sleepiness overcoming me, I continued to seek sweet dreams with my anxiety unravelled.
The serene, enchanting West Lake of Hangzhou-Xi Hu presents a picture of calm and placidity. However many well-known public figures, teachers and intellectuals were compelled to end their lives by leaping into the lake during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) so as to avoid further purging and abuse by the young rampaging red-guards. The famous novelist Lao Se 老舍 was one of them.
This sweet looking teenager was not a Shanghai lass at all. She's Chinese alright, hailed from Ampang, she's a Chinese Malaysian. She was good company to us but her auntie, a member of the entourage kept a sharped eye on her and was all ears whenever we chatted.
Footnote: To my dismay, I realized that most of the pictures I took
did no turn up well. Upon checking, I found that all the lenses of my
Canon SLR were contaminated with fungi-infection. I stopped
using the camera ever since, as the photographic world had
the digital era.