My stay in Tian Tai had made me realize how important it is to have a family. And family doesn't mean you have to share the same blood. I've only spent a week in Tian Tai and I already felt really close to Timon's family especially his cousins.
I thought I'd have trouble communicating with them since my Chinese is not that good but it turned out okay. P
One of his cousin is the same age as me and we got along right away. She owns a little clothing store in the city but during our stay, she would close her store just to spend some time with us.
While walking around the city I told myself that it would be really boring if I didn't have them. We had so much fun together: eating street food, singing karaoke, playing cards, and going out late for BBQ night snacks.
They knew I love drinking coffe so one of the cousins brought me to a pretty cool coffee shop. The coffee cost 28 yuan (around $5 CAD) but it was worth it. The ambiance of the place was really nice. The decor was vintage-inspired and I felt like I was in a different world. My stay in Tian Tai would've been really boring without them.
I also learned a lot of things about Chinese culture. When I met Timon's parents' close friends, they would give me money in a red envelope. Apparently it's really common in China to give money to a close friend's relative who you've met for the first time. I didn't know that!
Before Timon and I left for Shanghai, our parents organized a big dinner party at a restaurant to celebrate our wedding with those who couldn't make it to our wedding in Canada. All the family members were present. Even the cousins who lived far came to Tian Tai to celebrate with us.