Life in China: A Picture A Day, March 29, 2016

Clothes shopping…the good and bad. Good first: This picture is from an RT Mart in the town next to us, Dalang. (RT Mart is a chain based in Taiwan, like a Super Kmart or Walmart) Stores like this and department stores usually offer pants hemming free of charge. You must pay for your clothes separately in this department, so it’s convenient to just drop them off after purchasing and you can finish your shopping then pick them back up. The store wasn’t busy today, so the lady working was doing something for a man while he waited.  The bad: Finding clothes to fit! Although I can finally fit into a US ladies size 12, I am still an XXXL in China! Stores like this usually carry clothes in most styles up to XXL, so walking into stores and finding clothes to buy is rather difficult! Depending on the style, I have managed to buy some things :-)

Life in China: A Picture A Day, March 26, 2016

On January 26th, I posted a picture of me getting a haircut: I like to go to the fancier salon :-) My husband, Jim, on the other hand, goes to the little Chinese salons on the backstreets. He and Leah usually go out “exploring” on his electric scooter on the weekends. Today, he stopped and got a haircut in Dalang, the town next to us. Even small places like this are generally salons for men or women. In our time in China, we have never yet seen a woman cutting hair, they do the shampooing but not cutting and styling. His haircut cost 20 rmb or just over $3usd. Leah said the name of the shop possibly translates as “Popular Password”? If any Chinese friends can offer a better translation, please do! I thought the picture was a little dull (Jim said that’s because it was!) but, I added some “sparkles”! Thanks to Leah for today’s picture. (Jim is sitting in the chair inside)