RIP WhatsApp

WhatsApp is currently my only means of communicating with people outside of China without having to switch on a VPN (doing so completely drains my battery). China are trying to take that away from me! 
On Tuesday it was glitchy as hell – photos I’d been sent wouldn’t load, photos I wanted to send would go nowhere and the connection was shitty. Our office discussed the possibility that the government could potentially block it (they seem to be cracking down on the use of VPNs a lot recently) but came to the conclusion that they would never do such a thing. WRONG. It’s China, they can do whatever they want.
It hasn’t completely gone yet, it just takes a hell of a long time to do anything. Meanwhile this photo is circulating on (Chinese approved, obviously) social media.. so sad 😓

In other news they’ve also decided to block Winnie The Pooh. About damn time if you ask me. I find his cute little face and round belly highly offensive, don’t even get me started on his obsession with honey.. disgusting
Last weekend we ticked a big thing off our ‘Guangzhou Bucket List’ and went up to the top of Canton Tower (you might remember this place from one of my previous posts – it’s the second tallest tower and fifth tallest freestanding structure in the world). Now I’m not scared of heights but bloody hell it was high up there.. whenever I looked over the edge I felt a little bit queasy. They have pods around the very top that move REALLY slowly so you can see the view from every angle and we were lucky to grab one for ourselves.. which was just as well because you could feel the floor bounce a little when we moved and there was only 2 of us inside it!!!!

Our office building is the one just to the right of the tallest building in this photo ⬆️

I knew Guangzhou was a big city but it really is huge. It was nice to be able to see the different areas from above!
On Saturday evening we went over to the stadium to catch another football match, just the 2 of us this time. I felt a little odd being without our Chinese colleagues (people stare less when we’re with them) but it was a lot of fun and everyone seemed to find it funny that we were there – in our Guangzhou Evergrande football shirts of course 😏 it was a nail biter of a game (apparently..) and “we” won 2-1 ğŸŽ‰ 
As I’m writing this we’re at 37,000 feet on our way over to Japan. Tokyo is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit since we moved to Singapore so I’m super excited that I’ll finally get to experience it. So grateful that I’m in a job that allows me to meet my customers face to face and visit new places!! I’m sure these few days will leave me itching to go back on some free time so I can explore 🤓 speaking of, after talking with our Mandarin tutor last week I realised we are able to travel to different countries with such ease, which is something the Chinese can find pretty difficult! She was telling us that getting a visa to Japan can take as long as 6(!!!) months.. you need to show proof of address, your employment, your income.. madness. 

I’ve never seen it before but this aircraft has a camera on the underside so you can watch take off and landing.. who wants to see that!? I don’t… 🙈 terrifying! 
I’ll end today’s post with a movie suggestion.. I just watched Zootopia – amazing! If you haven’t already, englishgirlinchina says you should check it out 😉 xo


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