It’s tough to stay productive in today’s environment. Kids are out of school, and many of you are working from home. We all know how quickly everyone can get bored—or cranky! Whatever your situation, it’s more important than ever to stay in if you can! We know better than anyone that you’re all cooking up […]
Recently, I’ve found myself back in Shanghai. I left Shanghai 33 years ago, and although many of you know that we lived in Beijing for three years, it has always been my intention to come back to Shanghai to live like a Shanghainese again and reminisce about the past (Translation: Eat Chinese breakfast or more […]
Walking down the street the other day, we glimpsed a sign. A loooonnng list of steamed buns, 1 RMB each (about 16 cents). The guy in line in front of us was picking up his lunch. We’d just come out of a restaurant, having already eaten our own lunch. Nevertheless, we picked out a couple […]
I am so excited with my recent discovery of 团购 (“tuangou”), which means “group buying.” It’s a Chinese version of Groupon, available in all of China’s big cities, plus some other popular vacation destinations in Asia. It works the same way as Groupon: you prepay at discounted prices for meals, personal care services, hotels, vacation packages, household […]
Chinese people love rocks. It’s also a well-known fact that Chinese people love gambling. (I hate losing so I don’t really gamble; my limit is maybe $20 at the slot machine and it’s never lasted more than 10 minutes.) If you’ve been to Vegas during Chinese New Year, you know what I am talking about. The […]
Look at that sky! It may not seem like much to celebrate, but have you seen this?
This is what Beijing looks like this morning: I was supposed to go with Bill to a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) appointment (for his back pain), but I decided not to go. Why should two people breathe this stuff in when one is too many? As of right now, the pollution index is about 342 which is “severely […]
When shopping with local vendors in China, every transaction calls for haggling. If you ever come to Beijing, you will most likely end up at a large clothing market like the Silk Market, or the one that’s closest to us: Ya Xiu (雅秀), located near Beijing’s Sanlitun Village (三里屯). My advice to you is to […]