August 22nd, 2008

birds nest

In loving memory: Eric

Originally published at Andy Does Beijing. You can comment here or there.

Our faithful tour guide, Eric, had a very charming way of speaking English: namely, he was a college student from Beijing. (That said, his English is a lot better than my Chinese.) Here, I present you a tongue-in-cheek testimonial to one reason why we loved Eric.

  • Let’s abandon this opportunity
  • Did you like your journey today?
  • Thank you for your cooperation.
  • I love you!
  • This afternoon, we will be all heroes. We will be on top of the world!
  • It will be an unforgettable opportunity.
  • If, in ancient China, we step on this [a decorated stone tablet], our heads, it say goodbye to our body.
  • The Great Wall, hopefully an unforgettable memory.
  • The walk not for the timid or the week, but for the heroes, and we are all heroes, right?
  • It is very difficult walk, so you can stay by car if you want not to be hero. OK? Today we are all heroes!
  • I will keep this memory forever. Today, you are on top of the world. You are all heroes!
  • Chinar! (China儿)
  • He is very bad man. I hate him!
  • This CD was made by Eric. Do you love this song? I love this song. I love you as long as you love me.
  • Do you love this day?
  • If you like shopping, you can shopping. Or, have a rest.
  • I cherish our memories together.
  • In the coming days, I will try to remember all your names and right now, I remember about ten of you.
  • Tell everyone to judge Chinar more fairly.
  • Really, I am so proud of Chinar, always.
  • He was the king!
  • I’m so happy of these precious memories with you.
  • Thanks to friendship of great Chinar and great USA to bring us together.
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Sounds of the Olympics

Originally published at Andy Does Beijing. You can comment here or there.

We’ve heard a fun variety of music at the Olympic venues so far, just random background stuff and filler music, some cheerleading music, whatevers. It’s a lot of American music, the occasional Asian pop song, some really random remixes, and the Beijing Olympic theme, “Beijing huanying ni 北京欢迎你。“ Here’s some of the better selections:

  • Hey Delilah (hockey)
  • Linkin Park - Numb (baseball)
  • Earth, Wind, and Fire - September (basketball)
  • Song in Chinese to the tune of “Do your ears hang low” (hockey)
  • It’s Raining Men (basketball cheerleaders)
  • Eiffel 65 - Around the World, chinese cover (basketball)
  • Chumbawumba - Tubthumping (handball)
  • Avril Lavigne - Sk8er boi
  • Hey Mickey (cheerleaders)
  • Cotton-Eyed Joe
  • Foo Fighters - ? (Bird’s Nest - track and field)
  • Amelie soundtrack (Bird’s Nest - track and field)
  • Stone Temple Pilots - Feeling (?) (Bird’s Nest - track and field)
  • Limony Snicket soundtrack (Bird’s Nest - track and field)
  • Final Fantasy X2 soundtrack (baseball)
  • World of Warcraft soundtrack (baseball)
  • Foo Fighters - “You’re not the only one, not like the others” (water polo
  • You Are my Sunshine (boxing)
  • In-a-gadda-da-vida (water polo)
  • Lenny Kravitz - American Woman (water polo, theme for USA team)
  • Billie Jean (water polo)
  • Shania Twain - The Way You Love Me (Techno remix) (softball)
  • Sheryl Crow (?) -Sweet Child of Mine (softball)

Of course, we can’t forget the official theme of the Beijing Olympics: “Beijing Welcomes You (Beijing Huanying Ni 北京欢迎你).”