I don’t celebrate Christmas. This year I’m at Beijing for Christmas and the friends that I have here all celebrate Christmas. On Xmas eve Nuffnang had this Xmas event for bloggers, you can find out more about it here.
On xmas day itself, Julie invited me to come hang at the Ascott Beijing which was just up the street of where I am. They (her, Henry, Vig, Suzen, and Kareen) had booked the penthouse and decided to stay a night there to chill, cook dinner, exchange presents and celebrate xmas. We got a pretty damn good deal for one night at the penthouse from Suzen’s connections.
The penthouse was HUGE. 2 storeys, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2 living rooms, 1 dining room, 1 kitchen, 1 study, insanely big. They checked in at 4pm but I got there at about 6pm when they were already cooking.
The cooking went on for about 4 hours before we finally ate at 10pm. I must say, a big thanks to all the chefs, that’s pretty much everyone except me coz i didn’t wanna get my hands dirty hahaha…sorry i’m lazy.
There were 6 of us (L-R: Julie, me, Kareen, Vig, Suzen, and Henry).. Just a quick background, Julie is the one in the previous blog post who was totally attracting hot chicks at Vics, one of beijing’s hottest clubs. Kareen went to LSE along with Julie and Henry who came to visit all of them for xmas from Malaysia. He just turned Singaporean and going to NS soon. Vig was introduced to me by Steph Ng one day before he left to Beijing to study Chinese with the rest of them. He was the link to all of them for me. Suzen is Julie’s childhood friend.
Dinner was prepared for more than 10 people probably. Food was really good, we had pork, beef, chicken with stuffing, lotsa vegetables, mash potatoes, and 2 bottles of wine.
And then it came to the present opening time. I don’t celebrate xmas so I had no idea we were exchanging presents but when I got there and saw a bunch of presents on the table, some with my name on it, i was like…oh-oh….this is bad. I didn’t bring anything. I felt so bad but I had no time to get anything so Huiwen adviced me to get something from the hotel, to remind everything about this night we had there. I went down to the lobby and got some Loccitanne lotions and body care packs for everyone. Had the concierge deliver it up for me. For some quick thinking, you know there’s always Huiwen to count on! Everyone loved it.
Gift exchange was a blast. Everyone got everyone something meaningful. I got stuff that was REALLY useful too. Gloves, a scarf, a tie, home slippers, and this shuttlecock looking thing that all the chinese like to kick around during lunch time outdoors. I doin’t know how you explain it but you play it like a sepak takraw, only thing it looks like a big shuttlecock.
Yes,. we all had a blast opening presents. Vig, got the dudes Cuban cigars, and since it was xmas, we decided to light up right there since we ain’t gonna be smoking any other time anyway.
Vig in style, he got that hat and sweater as presents and look totally Irish.
Yep, that is some RMB80 Cuban cigar I’m having there. Every puff is money…… oh, and I’m also wearing everything I got as presents, my monkey shoes, scarf, tie, except the gloves.
Of course, Suzen had to try the cigar as well and try to look niggerish…hahaha.
We ended the night by watching a xmas movie. Heck I doin’t even remmeber what movie coz everyone fell asleep within the first 20 min of the movie so we didn’t even finish it. I walked back to my place to crash right after.
The next day I got back there to have left overs for lunch.
That bread and butter just taste so good when you have nothing else to eat.
All in all, a pretty damn good xmas party. Dinner and wine, cigar and port, presents and all at the Ascott Beijing.