Did we find our kittens sister?

So in my last blog I wrote about finding Scoby, (Sounds like Toby) our wee black and white kitten that my Mum and Dad found when they were walking through the field behind our house. Our Adopted Kitten

So within a couple of days of finding Scoby, we suddenly saw another kitten outside our garden! It was black and white, just like our kitten, and it was running around the garden and generally it looked in much better condition. We weren’t able to catch it so my Mum would leave food outside so that it could eat.

Everyday we would see it roaming around the garden, going into bushes, and I saw it playing with leaves another time.

During the couple of weeks, my Mum slowly gained it’s confidence and it got to the point where my Mum could sit and the kitten would go up to her and purr. As soon as my Mum moved though it was run away, but then one day my Mum quickly gave it a pet!

Soon after that my Mum could pick it up and I was able to see it up close. She was pretty sure it was a girl because it had a more girly face and it was small. So we decided that we would keep it with myself and my husband that night in the bathroom with food and water, and the next day we would bring it to the vet. It’s belly was really swollen and we didn’t want to bring her near Scoby in case she had a disease.

So Mum brought her and she was fine. She had worms so the vet gave us tablets to give, and slowly her belly is going down.

We are thinking that Scoby is her brother, because they are both black and white, they are of similar age, and as soon as we found Scoby we saw her a few days later! What’s funny is that when my Mum was at the Vet, she met our neighbour, who incidentally had brought in a black and white kitten that she had just found!

What’s even funnier, is that when the Receptionist said to our neighbour “What’s the name of the kitten?”

“Lola”

Our kitten was ALSO called Lola!

My Mum said “Lola??? My kitten is also a Lola!”

So that was such a coincidence! I’m sure that the 3 kittens were dumped all together and they just managed to make it to the houses at the other side of the field.

We thought “Oh this is great Scoby can meet his sister and they can play again! “

Wrong. We have learned that Lola is completely different to Scoby, and that she likes nothing more but sleeping…. and sleeping… and sleeping some more.

Scoby on the other hand loves playing and he’s really affectionate (but only when he wants to be). So when they meet all Scoby wants to do is get a reaction out of her, and because of his hormones he just goes crazy when he knows she is near. (He’s visiting the vet next week for the snip) So unfortunately they just don’t get along and we have had to keep Lola with myself and my husband in the mobile.

Because Lola didn’t really learn social skills, she’s not affectionate at all really, she doesn’t play much at all (only when I encourage her), she never miaows unless she’s hungry, and she’s quite happy to just be on her own. I think she is getting better with wanting to play though.

Scoby miaows when he’s hungry, wants to play and when he wants attention, so he’s a lot more vocal!

But Lola can have her cute moments too, especially when she is playing. Her furr is fluffy while his is shiny and silky, and she is half the size of Scoby! When they were together, we realised how small she is! I think maybe she was the runt of the group, or maybe she didn’t develop properly when she was outside.

Oh, and something new that I found, Lola has cat acne! I never knew it existed but there you go. I always thought it was just dirt but no, it’s acne.

It’s nice having Lola here with us, and right now I’m in the mobile a lot because I’m having classes online, so I’m here everyday by myself. She keeps me company.

She’s still skittish though and she definitely isn’t used to the boys, or other people at all really. She’s used to me and my Husband but even sometimes she’s skittish with us.

Hopefully after Scoby has his surgery (and she will have hers too) they might get along better! I want to get a cute photo of the two of them together!

Aisling

I Do Matter To Old Friends

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It rains pretty much every day, it’s colder…. but I’m getting used to being home again. So last week I met a friend who I haven’t seen since I finished university, and it was nice to meet up and catch up on old times. I have been home a few times but I didn’t meet up with her. I don’t know if this is weird, but I just always felt like ‘well I’ve been away for such a long time, nobody will really want to meet up with me again. They have moved on with their lives and I was in China for such a long time, that surely I don’t matter anymore, they won’t want to meet me.’ Honestly that is what I thought. I still kind of do in a way. Why would they want to meet me again, I haven’t been here, I haven’t been part of their lives in years…. I’m just the girl that they used to hang around with. I don’t matter to people now.

So when I met her It was just like old times; talking about the course we studied, the people who were in it, plans for the future. It was nice. Because I haven’t seen her since I left China, it was like going back in time again. And I suppose it made me realise that I do still matter to some people. It did make me feel good about myself.

We are going to meet up again soon so she can meet my husband. I haven’t met up with any other old friends yet because I still have that ‘I don’t matter to people’ feeling. In China I’ve had friends, but they come and go so quick and easily that it was extremely hard to continue having a friendship with them, especially if they move to a new country. It’s hard to keep in contact, so eventually you lose a lot of friends.

If I’m going to stay in Ireland a little while longer, I have to make the effort to meet up with them, I just need to get this idea that I don’t matter to people out of my head.

Aisling.

Spur Of The Moment Decision

Spur Of The Moment Decision

After a spur of the moment, I’ve decided to book flights home to Ireland. Being away for 2 months, I will definitely miss my fiancé while I’m away. Unfortunately he’ll be staying in Chengdu for that time.

I think it’ll be a nice break from each other though. The only time we’ve been apart was when he went travelling with his sister for a week. It’s not that we need a break or we are getting fed up of each other. We have a great relationship.  Just a little time with my family without him will be nice! Plus it’ll make us appreciate each other more while I’m away!

As I still have no job, my thought was ‘well I’m not tied to work or anything at the moment, so this would be the best time to go and visit.’ Plus, If I don’t go home now,  god knows when I’ll be back. I miss my nephews and my sister a lot, and I know they can’t come here to visit.

I’m looking forward to visiting home; enjoying Mums food, catching up with friends, my sister, playing with my nephews. Even sleeping in my old room!

I would have booked flights just for a month, but because it was such late notice, the cheapest flights back to Chengdu aren’t until the end of August. And the cheapest leaving are only at the end of June. At least I won’t miss out on my last few weeks of studying. Only 3 weeks!

Another reason why I think it’s a good time to go home is because I have a few things to sort out at home, eg wedding info, bank things….. so I can sort all that out while there!

I don’t really have the money for visiting, but I suppose my family outweighs my financial concerns. When you’re away, you realise how important your family is, and how much you miss them… so I don’t mind paying for the flights to visit.

So as I’ll be away for 2 months, I will expect my Chinese level to go down… but…. I will definitely try and keep on studying! I know it’s all well and good saying that, but I really need to concentrate on my Chinese this summer. As I plan on moving up to Level 7, I need to make sure my level is up to par.

So that’s what my summer will entail!

再见

爱玲

Trying to hide from our secret admirer! (aka Beag)

Trying to hide from our secret admirer! (aka Beag)

In one of my previous posts; Our Secret Dog I’ve mentioned our secretly adopted dog called Beag. He lives in the same building as us and we regularly see him in and around our complex. He’s such a cute dog and we would love to have him as our own. But, pity to say we can’t actually just rob him from his actual owners… but we like to pretend he’s ours!

A few days ago we had to pick up a box which my family sent me from Ireland, arriving in Chengdu in only about 6 days, it was extremely fast! We had to go and pick it up at the storage area, so we took a bus to go.

We stepped out of our building and started walking, and who did we meet but Beag. We were delighted to see him! So he started walking with us and sniffing about, out of our complex and down the road with us.

He would disappear for a few seconds, then suddenly reappear at our sides!

But then we started getting worried, we were still walking down the road and he was still following us. ‘I hope he doesn’t follow us all the way’, I thought. ‘What happens if we get on the bus and he jumps in with us?’

We were also afraid in case he becomes confused and can’t find his way home. Or a car or scooter hit him. They don’t stop for pedestrians crossing the road, they certainly won’t stop for a 1.5 foot dog!

But still he followed! And the cute thing was, he would be walking in front of us, and then look back to make sure we were still there!

Suddenly, he ran across the road and and started sniffing about ‘Good, maybe he will get distracted and will forget about us’. 

But no! Suddenly I see he’s back at our side!

Oh! A dog! He’ll definitely want to go over and have a smell, that’s our chance to lose him! 

Wrong again… Beag really wants to find out where we are going!

So we start getting to a corner of the street…. and we look around.

“Right Aisling, he’s distracted, quick, we’ll run around the corner and hopefully he’ll loose us and he’ll head back home”

So we started running around the corner and down the road to where we have to cross the street.

We made it to the road and look behind…

“Oh Aisling I see him! He’s coming this way! He’s looking around for us!”

Oh no, I really don’t want him crossing this road; it’s too busy and we don’t want him to get hurt.

We stand still and hope he doesn’t appear next to us.

“He’s passed us, but he’s still looking around” my boyfriend says.

The green light appeared, we quickly cross and start walking to the bus stop.

“I can see him, he’s at the bus stop at the opposite side, we’re ok!”

Phew! We didn’t exactly want him following us onto the bus. We had to go pretty far to collect my package.

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After we collected our package and headed home, we were wondering what happened to Beag… did he get home safe?

But thankfully the next day we saw him at our building!

He came running up to us and we started petting him, glad to see he made his way home!

Chinese people really love their dogs, but when they are on their own, it’s a little dangerous for them. Drivers only notice pedestrians crossing the street when they are literally 1 foot in front of them and then nearly crashing into them (haha sometimes we say drivers here wear those blinkers/blinders for horses and only see people when they are literally right on top of them), so they definitely won’t be looking out for small animals.

But hopefully Beag has a bit of common sense and will avoid the roads… oh and look left and right!

再见

爱玲

Cycling About In Chengdu!

Cycling About In Chengdu!

Lately, because the weather has been steadily becoming cooler and cooler, myself and my boyfriend decided that we should start cycling to work. During the summer it is just impossible because of the heat!

In my previous campus where I worked, I used to cycle. It was only 10 minutes down the road so it was handy to get to.

But now I’ve purchased a new fancy folding bike! These are becoming more common in Chengdu, as they are known as being a ‘city bike’. If you live in a small apartment, you can easily fold it up and store it somewhere.

The old bike that I had was bought at Walmart, and although I’ve had it for over 2 years, It was just a bit too heavy for me and had no gears. Because I had a basket at the front of it, it was great for going shopping with, but for cycling longer distances, it didn’t do the job.  My new bike has 6 gears and it’s much lighter, making it much easier to cycle about.

Before biking, I would either go with my boyfriend on his e-bike, or either take the bus. I didn’t really mind taking the bus, once I got a seat that was fine for me! But I was always worrying about traffic and if I would be late. Plus I had to walk 10 minutes to the bus stop from my apartment, then another 5/10 minutes to my work. So sometimes it took 30 minutes or sometimes 1 hour travelling! It all depended on the traffic.

Now with my bike, It takes me 30 minutes cycling to work! I don’t have to worry about heavy traffic and I always know roughly the time I will arrive. Less stress now!

Plus, because Chengdu is a very flat city.. hills are virtually non-existent.. so that also makes it much easier!

Although I do enjoying cycling, I am always on my guard. Always. Constantly looking behind me, to my left, right. People and drivers are very unpredictable here. No one here uses their indicators or mirrors. When I actually see somebody indicating I’m shocked!

Also, you rarely see anybody with helmets on… well actually you will.. when the weather gets cold in the winter and everyone has them on to keep their heads warm. That’s the only time you’ll see people wearing them! But we bought cycling helmets and a light that connects to the back, so people will see us in the dark. I feel a bit safer knowing that!

Some of my friends have asked me if I be worried while cycling… of course I do. I’m always afraid if someone will open their car door without looking and I’m coming from behind. (I actually get quite worried over this).

I’m afraid that a car will clip me, an e-bike will run through a run light and crash straight into me.. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to cross the road because no cars will let me out. I’m constantly worried.

That’s why I cycle slow and take my time, looking around to make sure nothing or nobody will suddenly appear in front of me.

My route to work isn’t the most scenic; there’s not much to look at… but I enjoy knowing that fact that I won’t be late for work… plus I’m also doing a bit of exercise!

再见!

爱玲

Visitors in 中国

At the moment, my boyfriends sister and her French boyfriend are in Chengdu visiting us. Flying into Beijing, they saw the most famous of places, before heading to Xi’an and then to Guilin. This was were they met me!

We spent a week in Guilin, where we visited the Rice Fields and then to Yangshuo, a beautiful place which everyone should try and visit one day.

We then took a 25 hour train from Guilin to Chengdu (although we very nearly missed it; that will be another blog post) and we arrived to a lovely sunny day! Chengdu really did pull out all the stops for our visitors.

But I am so glad we are back home in our own apartment. I’ve only been travelling a week but I’m exhausted. It’s nice to get back to familiarity and not having to worry about how to get somewhere or where to eat.

In a few days we head out to Western Sichuan to an area called Kangding, where we will do some hiking and visit the pretty grasslands.

I will post pictures of my trip in my next blog!

再见!

爱玲

Invited to a BBQ

So about a week ago, we were invited to a BBQ/housewarming party by one of my boyfriends friends. He actually used to live in our community and building… but because his Chinese wife is pregnant, they decided to move to a bigger apartment. I have only seen him a few times coming and going from our building, so it was nice to be invited!

After work we travelled to his apartment, which happened to be close by our own… and let’s just say… we were both a teeny bit jealous of his new place….. mainly by the fact that they have a huge rooftop area because they live on the top floor.

I would say, their rooftop area would be the size of our whole apartment! I’m sure it is lovely being there when it is sunny! This is when I really miss our garden in Ireland.

When we move from our own apartment… maybe, just maybe we might find one with a rooftop…. even just a balcony will do me!

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再见

爱玲