All days with a name like birthdays, Mother's Day, Christmas etc seem to turn me in to an emotional wreck so I wasn't really sure how I was going to handle Australia Day in Beijing. I was just hoping it wasn't going to be a repeat of the early days when we went to Shanghai for the weekend. Leo thought it was wonderful, we had our first steak in 2 months and sat and listened to an Australian band playing the classics. If only they didn't play "Better be Home Soon" by Crowded House, I may have been able to hold it together but they did. I cried for two whole days until my eyes were so puffy I couldn't see out of them. Poor Leo, he didn't know what to do with me. There was mention of sending me home but that just made we cry even more, anyway somehow I got through it.
Fast forward about 19 months and we wake to clear blue skies in Beijing and a temperature of -6 degrees on Australia Day. Not your ideal weather for a barbie and a few cold ones so we set off to East Hotel where Austcham were holding an Australia Day function.
Walking in to the function room, the mood was set with Australia playing cricket against Sri Lanka on the big screen.
Food was in abundance and the beer and wine were flowing freely.
A gorgeous little boy came up to me and said, "Hello, what's your name?"
I said, "My name is Jac, what is your name?"
The look on his face was priceless as he told me his name was also Jack.
The Chinese children are all so beautiful and we quickly became the best of friends.
There was a table tennis competition which Leo entered, he was runner-up at last year's festivities so he was keen to win this year. As you can imagine, it was very serious stuff. You would think he was playing for a sheep station rather than bragging rights but once again Alastair was too good for Leo.
For the first time in my life I was praying we wouldn't win first prize in the raffle as I knew that if we did Leo would expect me to ride on the back of the electric scooter with him. I'm quite happy walking rather than putting my life in Leo's hands in this crazy traffic around Beijing. So my prayers were answered and we didn't win the raffle but you must admit it was a pretty cool prize.
Then came the time of the day that most of us were all actually there for......
Kellie had to give the girl serving the pav a few tips and set her straight that you didn't put the ice-cream on the top, it went on the side and and the cream and fruit went on the top. Once this was sorted we were right to go and the smiles on our faces show our excitement. It was good, damn good but not as good as my Mum's.
It was great to get some of our Aussie gang together, meet a few more lovely Aussies and hear what interesting things they are up to in China.
It then off to our local Little Creatures which is an Australian Brewing Company based in Freemantle for a little more Australia Day fun before walking home.