After wondering around a bit and taking it easy (due to my cold), I found some food that looked like what I had with some of the other teachers yesterday for lunch.
The only thing was I needed a rice cooker. So then I venture back to the supermarket near my place called Carrefour (kinda like Wal-mart, not sure if it's a chain store or not). And started browsing for a rice cooker. I finally found one and started looking at food. You wouldn't believe how many different kinds of rice there are! It took me like 15 minutes to find someone young who spoke English and after all the discussion, I get home and my Chinese housemate tells me I bought the wrong rice!
Not that big of a deal, she helped me toss it in the rice cooker (which I'm waiting for now), and then I can eat it. I don't know what any of the buttons mean on the rice cooker. And the instructions? Yup. Only in Chinese. Meanwhile, back in Canada, we have the instructions in every language possible.
Its definitely an adjustment. The Chinese are friendly, which is a big help. The Chinese way of doing things is whichever gets it done fastest. It's laser focused. For example, today while walking, I saw a cable/wire coming out of the sidewalk, laid across the sidewalk, then up the side of a building and strung across several nails over some windows and then inside a window. And nobody here seems to mind. Take a look at this photo and you'll get an idea of the "whatever works" approach I'm referring too:
It seems to me nothing is new to the Chinese. They all seem indifferent. I saw this random old lady just stop and blow her nose on the sidewalk and then keep moving. Nobody even stopped or looked! Or someone on a scooter may ride through an intersection, weave around multiple cars, and in the wrong direction - nobody cares. It's not new. They simply shift a little on the road and keep going. Lanes and right-of-way, ha, those don't mean anything. Merely a suggestion.
It sounds scary, and chaotic, but it isn't. It's the hustle and bustle. The city has a flow which keeps it shuffling along. It feels, more free. More like the old days where you did what you needed and nobody bothered you about it. Almost as if there were less social constructs. It's hard to explain, you need to see it.