So, I spent 70元 pronounced quai (just over ten bucks) at the grocery store today in Kunming. So exactly did I fill my bag with?
First, the shopping bag (it was an unplanned trip). Cost: 1 元RMB 6.67 cents
Next, Flower flavor yogurt. Buy three, get one free! Cost: 20 元RMB
Harbin Beer, the Chinese Budweiser three pack : 10 元RMB.
Strange Taste Horse Beans (yes,they live up to their name). 1.5 元RMB.
Actually, they are the Chinese version of the burnt peanut or Boston Baked Bean. Crunchy, sweet with a Sichuan zing.
Wasabi peas. 6 元RMB
Safeguard Tea scented soap. 6元RMB
Assorted elements for herbal Chinese Tea, including dried juju beans (dates), lemon slices, flowers, and Gogi berries 20 元 RMB
That’s my normal shopping list. Now, for the strange item, one that I purchased since a friend of mine’s daughter has entered qīng chūn qī (puberty).
Meet the King Kong of women’s protection: The 420.
China has more varieties of feminine protection than there are days of the month. While most of them aren’t that much different than you can find in a junior high girl’s locker room, the 420 is for when my eldest aunt 青春期 comes for a week and brings her seven sisters.
It’s an exclamation point when all you are dealing with is a period. It’s even bigger than the buildings!
And finally, the arcade game. Look mom! I got a beer!