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I have been rushing round today buying the last of my prezzies.

I went into the city to get gifts for one of my best friends.

She's taking a trip of a lifetime to Japan in the New Year and is very excited about it.

I bought her lots of little things - all with a Japanese theme.

A Japanese doll and a beautiful book of Japanese fairy tales and myths

I have just been wrapping them and felt that warm cosy glow you get when you know you have bought something a person will just LOVE!

Just been boasting to a mutual friend about all the trouble I have taken

H'mmm .. the friend has reminded me she is going to CHINA!!

Orangetas Orangetas 51-55, F 42 Responses Dec 23, 2009

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Hahahahaha Oops!

:) She never lets me forget this

It's good to re-visit this story. A timely reminder to concentrate when planning what to buy friends for Christmas :)

Well, China has changed so much in the last 50 years or so. No longer a romantic, backwash of the world, it is highly modern and efficient and yet it still is a wicked land run by tyrants.
Women can only have one baby (as a result 40 million Chinese young men can never marry a
Chinese woman since they outnumber them that much!).

Hiya, thanks for reading and commenting. I have never been to China but seen all my friends pics .. there are some HUGEEEEEE buddhas .. carved into cliffs and beautiful lakes and pandas :)
The politics sound horrible :(

Much of their countryside is now covered with skyscrapers. Just Google Shanghi, Beijing and see what it looks like. No different from here. Gang members there drive Hummers! Multi lane freeways. Longest bridges in the world. Some beautiful scenery but remember that a lot of their citizens are in jail. Religion of any kind is outlawed unless approved by the government. Google is blocked! The outside world is controlled as far as the Chinese citizens are concerned from existing as a challenge to communism. However, huge companies exist and many wealthy Chinese much for communism unless you lead you don't enjoy life!

I work with a Chinese woman. She goes back and forth and ..
Actually come to think of it I have never asked her how life is for her family back home. But I get the impression they are not short of money.

Some time ago the communist world decided it could make some exceptions to the rule that all should share equally and found that when they allowed for free market the production went through the roof. It seems to be true that greed leads to profits. There is one village in China that is almost uninhabited but it is a show place on agriculture that they like to take Westerners to see but of course the Westerners also was opulence and they get that in the large cities. Much like Dubai and the fabulous buildings there, the average person doesn't get to live in them but they still take pride in there being there. What people are short on is the ability to disagree with the government. We vote for people that don't deliver because we somehow expect it to be different. In China you don't expect it to be different. For centuries the common man (and of course woman) has been ruled with an iron fist from above and it is still that way, the common persons just dress and probably eat better. When Mao took over he let the farmers keep more of what they grew, which was improvement for the farmer even though Mao like all the rulers before still kept most of what the farmer grew.

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Ho! Easy mistake! :)

Oh dear! ....Ha ha......sounds like the sort of mistake I would make!! :)

Ooooooooooops<br />
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Maybe you should send her on a trip to Japan and buy her a whole load of Chinese stuff - should nicely redress the natural order.

Lol .. she has never let me forget it!

bwah ah ha ha ha ha...CHINA!!!<br />
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too funny...its the thought that counts

I loved this story! Oh dear, I can so identify with you, I've done similar type things too! X@


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It made her laugh thats for sure!

Aw, what a wonderful friend you are! This made me feel warm inside. :)

Haha thanks .. I did go and buy her a Chinese travel video

She will be surrounded by Chinese dolls and books in China, so Japanese book and doll will be different and will remind her of you. I think it's a very thoughtful thing to do and I'm sure your friend will love them- I would.I'm sure she will see the funny side too.

Well, it's the thought that counts ... ooops.

That's very funny ROTFLMAO!

This is a bit late cuz your best friend has left already. But let me just say that this is just too funny. =)<br />
Made my hectic day a little refreshing. Thanks! <br />
When she comes back, go treat yourselves to a good Chinese restaurant. Ya gotta love dimsum!

May be it is a good thing that you bought presents about Japan and not China. Surely she could have found all she wanted in Japan (if that was where she was going to) while now you have given her just the idea for her next big holiday!

Its ok, she found it funny <br />
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I am keeping the Japanese fairytale and myths book, it's lovely <br />
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I have just ordered her a dvd on China!

I meant China. Pls don't cry it's the thought that count. Do you have time to return the gifts and get chinese stuff. Or get chinese stuff and then return the japanese stuff so you won't feel rushed.!!!

Just tell your friend you are so excited she is going to Japan and the gifts represent a possible location for a future trip. Thought you might like info on Japan for your next trip. Cute story. She might have wondered why you bought her stuff for a place she is visiting and will prolly bring stuff back.

That made me laugh.... I am sorry for laughing but that right there is funny no matter who you are. Better luck next time in your gift giving. I'd have gone with practical travel gifts to be safe. These things happen to everyone.

When is Tasmin leaving for Japan?

LOL!! That's cute! maybe you will inspire her next trip!


You could explain it's just in case the pilot gets lost.<br />
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I seem to recall a story about paying more attention. Hmmmm

Thank you mewold only I am not laughing. I am staring at my beautifully wrapped with love friend's Japanese prezzies and a big salty disappointed tear is rolling down my face ...<br />
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Oh ok , I can see the funny side ... a bit!

I love this story and I love that you are able to laugh at it. lol<br />
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!