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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

IMG_2634Beijing was painted in green as expats celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on 17 March 2010. Always finding an excuse to bond and drink, expats has been partying the whole week to celebrate this Irish tradition. Last Saturday, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration was started by the annual St. Patrick’s Day Ball organized by the Irish Network in China.

Tickets to this ball was RMB 998 per person but there’s no stopping the 720 Irish, Scottish, English and other expats who attended the event. I was lucky enough to be able to attend by winning tickets through one of their sponsors, thebeijinger. The venue was Kerry Center’s Grand Ballroom with drinks starting at 630pm and dinner at 730pm. A live band who came all the way from Europe played cover tunes from the 60s to the 90s. A world famous harpist serenaded the guests with Irish songs. Young ladies and gents tap danced their way using Irish tunes. Dinner was good though the steak was a bit bloody. Booze is overflowing with pint of Guinness, Irish whiskey, red and white wine. The goodie bag was a bit disappointing as there’s only a pack of gummy bears. A silent auction was also held with signed photos, Olympic torch, signed U2 guitar which were up for grabs and proceeds to be given to their favorite charity. It was all glitz and glamour with ladies all made up and men in kilts and black ties. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would go again next year if I win tickets (*wink-wink*).

On the day itself, it’s better to be with all the booze drinking expats at Paddy O’Shea to enjoy a pint of Guinness to celebrate the event. Online, facebook games are giving away gifts or changing their theme to match the occasion.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day y’all!


Pista, 2009 Philippine Ball


IMG_2217 The 2nd Philippine Ball was held last 7 November 2009 at the Doubletree by Hilton at Xuanwu district.  The ball was dubbed as “Pista” showcasing Filipino food and comedian Nanette Inventor.  Ticket price was RMB 600 per person.


My friend Richard from Philippine Airlines was one of the major sponsors of this event.  Luckily, the guests he invited decided not to go so Marco and I were able to attend the event for free.  Nice eh!  (Thanks Richard!)

The ticket cost is relatively cheap compared to other chamber events.  A part of the proceeds of this event will go to charity both here and in Manila.  Beneficiaries are PGH Children’s Ward, Philippine Red Cross, and orphanages in Beijing.


Doubletree by Hilton is in the southwest side of Beijing.  For most attendees whom I know, the majority live in the east side of town,  Taxi alone will set you back 50 rmb one way.  For me, it was ok as Richard was able to bill his cab fare to the company.  Thank you Philippine Airlines!   :D

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