China Trip-Day 8

Today was a really quite day. Ashlyn caught the cold that Aric had, and had a slight fever, runny nose, and cough. We went down to breakfast, then I took her out for a stroll around the block. The weather was nice...warm, but not too hot. We sat in front of the "Welcome to Shanghai" sign, and people watched. After a couple of hours, the weather started to heat up, and I headed back to the hotel. After lunch, I put Ashlyn down for a long nap. I watched TV...Channel [V] and HBO. On Channel [V], I caught up on my chinese pop, korean pop, and japanese pop. Some of the japanese and korean videos were super dramatic. Like mini soap operas. And at the end of the song, the video said, "to be continued". WHAT?!..WHEN?...the next album? Sheesh! On HBO, I watched movies like, "The Matthew Shepard Story", "King Ralph", "Leap of Faith". Not huge blockbusters, but at this point, I'll take anything.

Joyce, the lady doing the commercial called and asked if we could bring Ashlyn in for a test shot. I called Aric and asked him if he could bring either Amy or Julie...someone who's familiar with the area and language...in case it was just a scam or something. So we planned to meet up after dinner.

Amy, Aric, Ashlyn, and I went to dinner. Amy took us to Jade Garden (the same place we ate at with Uncle Eric and Aunt Judy), and I didn't have the heart to tell her that we've already eaten there, but I finally did. She didn't mind too much since the menu is extensive, and we tried new food. The food there is really good! After dinner we caught a taxi to meet Joyce. The test shot was conducted at a hotel room. When we got there, there were a bunch of people trying out for the role of "mom" and "dad". They asked me to strip Ashlyn down to her diaper, so they can admire her chubbiness. They took several pictures of her on her tummy. Then they had me dress her into four different outfits (mostly boy's outfits, from the color). Ashlyn did okay, I guess...but toward the end, she got really cranky. She wasn't feeling well, and all the people and bright lights were much too overwhelming for her. After we were done, they asked us when we were leaving, and we told them that we were leaving this Friday. They thought long and hard and said that they'll try to shoot the commercial prior to our departure. So we left and headed back to the hotel.

Everyone was tired except for me....but there's nothing to do but lie there and stare at the ceiling. *sigh*. I went to the window and looked out at the city lights, the hustle of the streets below, and all the cars and taxis jamming around. On one side of the window, life seemed to move at an incredible pace...and on the other, it was calm. I heard the soft breathing of my husband and baby, and it was peaceful. I felt appreciative for being able to experience this. I thought of Sis, who works so damn hard all the time, and never given the chance to go anywhere. *sigh* Just in one of those moods.

Pictures from today:

sitting in front of the park...our hotel is the tall round building in the background

watching cars and people go by

one of the sponsors of FIFA World Cup

Ashlyn at the park...showing off her sock

lovely, yeah?

Ashlyn smiling at an old man with no teeth

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