A perfect start to any day is made with freshly cooked Dou jiang (豆漿) and Youtiao (油条). Thanks to my laopo (老婆, wife) for taking me to this amazing place in Taizhou.
It took some time, but I suppose it has to be done once in a lifetime. Getting married into a Chinese household...the first most important thing is to go and visit the girl's parents and get their permission. So this was the main reason I came to Yangzhou in Jiangsu Province.
Getting engaged in Chinese culture is quite an experience. Effectively I met the whole of my fiancee's family members and got permission (and questions asked) from each and every one of the senior members of the household. Not as nervous as I thought I would be. After all, it is a very serious lifetime decision. I had the honor of staying at my future in-laws home for a week, and had it timed perfectly because it was also Vicky's (my fiancee/wife/Laopo (老婆)) birthday on the 6th of April (me being a Capricorn and she an Aries - we are somehow a perfect match!).
There is plenty of eating and drinking (baizhou/strong homemade wine anyone?!) with the whole family for the full five days. So, yes, finally joined the wedlock club and can finally tell the world. A new life ahead!
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