The 8th of January was the 8th anniversary of Mf8. Now if you know anything about the Chinese, you will notice that the previous sentence had 3 8's in it. And that my friends is super lucky! Well such an auspicious event needs celebrating, and that is exactly what we did!
My friend SmaZ and I met at the Hung Hom station around 7 pm and headed off to Guangzhou. We stayed in the same hotel as usual, and once we dropped off the suitcases we headed out to meet Mf8 and Ming. Over to the warehouse for a bit of a chat and then it was off to dinner. When we entered the place, Mr. Fok very nicely (er....right-I should say very jokingly) handed me the new 3x4x5! It's a nice puzzle. I've just been chastised and told it shapeshifts, not jumbles and I knew that, I'm just still very tired. It's been one heck of a week for me!
Sunday morning saw us up and running to a very different shopping area than I had been to before. (I hope that link will work) I told Michael (SmaZ) that every time we go I see something new and exciting. This time we were hunting balls for something else, and I snagged a few packages of beads for the bug who has a new hobby. We went from bead shops to man tool shops to hair dressing supplies to wooden bathtubs all on one street!
While out and about, Tom called to tell us he was waiting at the Train station and we ran over to pick him up. Upon entering the station, who should we see but Da Yan. Now all that we needed was Leslie and we would be all set.
Next stop, Late lunch over near the hotel and drop off those morning purchases. We got a bite to eat then went out to do a bit of shopping and finally ended up over at Mf8's warehouse again. While there, the people started piling in. By the end of the night, I think we had 19-20. It was a good gathering! A lot of puzzle playing before dinner was done by all. I brought along hard eight easy eight by Bob Hearn and that was a real hit. A couple of packing puzzles (football and triangle ) that I later was given were a great hit too. It always tickles me when I see these "twisty people" enjoying a packing puzzle or some other non-twisty! Spreading the puzzle bug I am. :-)
Ok, so an hour or so later and we headed off to dinner and loads more fun. But that is for tomorrow because even though it has been a week, I'm still very tired. (HK toys and games fair followed immediately after and I worked the v-cubes booth a bit again this year) There has been no time for real sleep! Don't worry, by the time I'm done you'll have learned all there is to know about my past week.