Monday, June 29, 2009

Dortitos


The Doritos in China were weird looking. They were classified as D1 (nacho cheese), D2 (Taco) or the mysterious D3 (civet cat...just kidding. I'm not sure what D3 was).
The delicious Diet Jolt Cola like drink Pepsi Max is just called MAX in China. I thought you might like to know.
-P.S.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Movies in China







"I like movies cause I like 'em." -Yogi Berra

I agree with my second favorite baseball player of all time when he made that statement.

When I was in Guangzhou I watched some fantastic movies.

Two movies I had already seen: Wolverine and Star Trek.

One was new: Blood Brothers.

When I visited Beijing Road, Candy and I saw Wolverine. Two tickets to an afternoon matinee was 80 RMB or $11. Pretty cheap.

In China, the movies have assigned seating which is weird.

Smoking is everywhere in China, including restaurants which is weird for me because Phoenix has a smoking ban. I don't smoke and it's kind of new for me to have people smoking everywhere. I was glad that the movies were no smoking.

Trailers are shown in the movie lounge before the movie. I saw a preview for John Rabe a movie about the Rape of Nanking with an all German and Chinese cast plus Steve Buscemi.

The concessions at the movies are a bit different too. At Bejing Road there was McDonalds, KFC, Chinese food and also a more traditional type cinema concession stand. Outside food is tolerated.

The best part of the experience is that the popcorn in China is like Kettle Corn that you would get at the State Fair. Delicious!


Wolverine was great. I'm a huge Wolverine nerd, so this made the third time I saw it. Oddly enough, because I saw the movie before I noticed that in China scenes were missing.

The part where Striker and Wolverine talk in the hospital was much shorter than the first time I saw it. Maybe this scene showed authority in a bad light.

A day later, a young guy on a mo-ped was selling copies of movies that are still in theaters. I guess this is kind of old hat now that we have bit torrents and so forth. Bootleggers are still crawling around though.


Blood Brothers was this great Hong Kong action/drama that was produced by director John Woo (the Killer/FACE/Off and Hard Target).
I watched it on Guangzhou TV when Candy was sick with a cold. What a good time! I just went down to the 24 Mart, bought some water, chips and Tsing Tao beer. Beer and potato chips are universal. Cinema makes me feel at home.



Blood Brothers was all in Mandarin, so it gave me a change to learn some vocabulary. I learned how to say older and younger brother. It was a really solid gangster movie.

Star Trek is great. The Chinese audience I saw Star Trek with totally loved it. What's more American than Star Trek. People often pass off Star Trek as the domain of nerds, but Star Trek is popular with everyone especially in America. You can't tell me that a Captain Kirk bar fight is un-American!



Again, some scenes were cut from the movie. Star Trek was missing the scene where Spock was fighting with his schoolmates. They cut the part where the elders separate them.

The mall where we saw Star Trek was seven stories high. Awesome! There was an Indiana Jones mine cart ride near the theaters. I totally wanted to ride it but we ran out of time.








Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kung Fu


I was surprised to see the very cool Bruce Lee-themed restaurant, Kung Fu, on my trip to Beijing Road in Guangzhou.

Being a big fan of the late great Bruce Lee, I was eager to try the food.

Before lunch, Kung Fu serves noodles and meat in a soup. I had pork and Candy had Chicken. I would have liked the pork to be a bit more cooked. The meat was served pink and chewy.
I had some lemon Pepsi with the lemon monster on the bottle which I got a kick out of.



I ended up ordering rice after the clock struck ten. I mostly ate noodles and rice. Noodles with chopsticks is a challenge, try it sometime. Candy was very good at it.




I also tried Kung Fu in the late afternoon a day later. Candy had some delicious pork and I had beef. This beef was of the mystery variety. However, I ate most of it.

Each entree was served with a soup that consisted of cuts of meat (pork, chicken, and beef) in a chicken stock and a small salad with an orange dressing. I avoided the salad because I was advised not to eat salad by my travel doctors at World Travel Health (top notch place by the way, if you need shots Contact Dr. Laura at (602) 863-3433) .

Kung Fu was very inexpensive. I think the cost was like 70 RMB for both of us. Not too shabby.