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Mar
11
2011

I’ve been in China for 2.5 years. Living here that long and working with mostly Chinese staff comes with its work hazards, one of which being a common disease among expats called wordus forgettus. I was writing an email and couldn’t remember that word that means something like “over-achieving” or “aggressive” or “far-reaching.” For 15 [...]

Feb
21
2011

You’ve seen them in the public parks and apartment complex courtyards. Those vivid, blinding apparatuses made of cheap aluminum, polystyrene and whatever plastic was available at the time of construction. Brightly colored and looking somewhere between a Playskool ™ Swingset and some kind of kinky machinery you’d find advertised in the back pages of Men’s [...]

Feb
15
2011

What is it with the Chinese Holiday schedule? Every Chinese holiday you get excited about a week off or a four-day weekend only to find out that you have to work an extra Saturday or Sunday to “make up for it.” That is a kick to the collective societal groin area. What’s the point really? [...]

Feb
9
2011

After a lovely, dim sum and egg tart-saturated trip to Hong Kong and Macau, I have returned to the Shanghai Expat offices to blog, write, and eat snacks that all the coworkers have brought back from their respective holidays. I’m also in the process of looking for a new apartment. My girlfriend sent a request [...]

Jan
26
2011

Some of you might remember the pride of Shanghai street food that once was…Wujiang Lu. Though the street still exists, most of the stalls and small restaurants that gave it its reputation as the most exciting foodie destination in China have been relocated to indoor malls and replaced by the likes of Costa Coffee and [...]

Jan
25
2011

Every other Tuesday, I write the delicious, nutritious spam that is sent out to all those ShanghaiExpat members that love the taste of bloated inboxes. Each time, I will reprint it here. ShanghaiExpat Newsletter 2011/01/25 – “New Year’s 2.0″ Someone on the forums recently said that China is the only country in the world where [...]

Jan
24
2011

It can’t get any better when the CEO of one of the country’s (USA) biggest corporations (CocaCola) addresses the President of China in Japanese! The folks at Wall Street Journal have compiled “the funny bits” of President Hu Jintao’s state visit to the USA. It is worth a read here (WARNING: these are ALL real) [...]

Jan
21
2011

Today for the first time I came across Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal while reading this article on NPR. Bilal has surgically implanted a camera to his head and will keep it there for the duration of 2011, a project he calls “3rdi.” Every minute, the camera takes a picture and sends it to his project [...]

Jan
20
2011

you’ve been sitting at your desk for 4 hours and your back is killing you, your feet are cold and your legs are stiff. Solution: get a big box (I used a desktop computer packaging box) and put it on your desk. put your keyboard and mouse (or laptop) on top. now you can work [...]

Jan
19
2011

This and a single godiva chocolate was my dinner last night. I did however have a nutritious lunch provided by our shushu (which is the male version of ayi for those who didn’t know). But let me tell you about the magic of baked baozi. My friend and (sometimes) collaborator Ivan Belcic gave me the [...]