We’re heading into the home stretch with the end of school and summertime travel plans. Pools are opening up just in time for the warmer weather, and the lighter evenings are welcoming spring/summer along. Seeing the abundant flowers and very busy vendors along the street further accentuates that we are all happy enjoying the outdoors.
*Don’t forget the ISB Spring Fair on Saturday, May 12 from 10am-4pm. This huge indoor/outdoor event is a great free day out for families to enjoy together. Click here to read a post on the specifics, including free shuttle service to the school.
*Concurrently, there will be a special charity event going on just outside of the school’s east/exit gates at Roundabout’s storefront. Showcasing a great cross-section of charities that Roundabout supports, come see what the purpose and mission of each is as well as support them buy purchasing their handicrafts or food items. Some of the charities featured include: Gift of Hope, Beijing Huiling, Bread of Life, Agape, Children’s Hope Medical Foster Care Help, China Little Flower, Operation Smile, Feed the Children, Crazy Bake and several more. There will be raffle prizes, guessing coins in a jar and other fun aspects to this branch-off event, and of course Roundabout’s regular retail store will be open for business.
*Word from Leslie Simpson – there is currently an abundance of furniture for sale at Roundabout, ready for a new home! From beds (children and adult sizes) and sofas to a piano – come take a look!
*I’m not sure how many of you ever went there (I did not), but the store Bizarre at Pinnacle Plaza – which had very large decorative wood sculptures inside – is already gone. I wrote about its pending opening in early December, but as of this past weekend, LARGE cranes and containers were on the road emptying the store out again. I guess there isn’t much of a market for such décor in Shunyi.
*A stroll through Euro Plaza today shows that there are a few new restaurants (German, Chinese, Malaysian), and several new clothing shops open for business. Those of us nearby still beg for practical stores where we would shop (Watsons, anyone?!), but for now it’s starting to fill up.
*The River Garden pool opened over the May holiday weekend, with one major change to the adults who went there with friends or family. The food bar at the pool no longer serves beer, nor will they allow it to be purchased and brought into the pool area. Last year there was a law suit by a person who fell and broke his leg. He apparently had been drinking and slipped (the surface is quite slippery), and he apparently feels it’s the fault of River Garden. There are signs all over warning of the slippery surface, but I guess with no alcohol warning, this is the compound’s solution. I wonder what other villa policies are.