There is a certain satisfaction to be had about throwing away half of your things. If you do it the right way, and pick the things you never use, then it’s almost meditative. But whatever the case, it’s definitely not easy. Only when I started to throw things away did I notice each and every … Read moreMy Red Dragon Tea Cup
Some of my best childhood memories are of going to hockey games in the winter time. My friends and I used to drive up to the local university on Friday nights to catch the game. Sitting in the bleachers, we ate popcorn while we watched big hits, slap shots, and good ol’ fashion hockey fights. … Read moreCan the NHL Help Ice Hockey Grow in China?
The hardest part about living abroad isn’t missing your family and friends. It’s watching fellow expats leave town. This is the part that no-one talks about. In the beginning living abroad is fun … You get to meet new people and exchange stories. How you came to the place and what your opinions are about … Read moreThe Hardest Part About Being an Expat
The Chinese word for dumplings is 饺子 (jiaozi). 饺子 can be steamed, fried, or boiled. They have a texture similar to that of pasta, and they come with a variety of meat or vegetarian fillings. I used to buy frozen 饺子 from the local supermarket just outside of my compound, but they never compared the … Read moreHow to Prepare Leftover Jiaozi
Today in Chinese class we came across a news article which showed a young man with 11 older sisters. Quite the big family, but not especially newsworthy. Why then did we read the article? In turns out that the eleven sisters recently bought their younger brother a house in Shanxi, China. Of course, we all … Read moreWould You Buy Your Brother a House?
宇宙中心 (yuzhou zhongxin) is Chinese for the center of the universe. It’s also a common saying in reference to Wudaokou, the hub of university life in Beijing. But why do people refer to it as the “center of the universe?” Perhaps the reason is its proximity to Beida, Tsinghua, and many other well-known universities. Or … Read moreThe Center of the Universe Is Anything but Stable.
I would rather eat an extra spicy bowl of hotpot and then go for a ten-mile run than search for an apartment in Beijing. Why? At least when you go for the run there is the possibility of some intrinsic satisfaction and the runner’s high. When you look for an apartment in Beijing, it’s mostly … Read moreThe Dingiest Apartment in the Best Part of Town
The word 中国通 (zhongguo tong) means “China hand” or “China watcher” in Mandarin. It’s a combination of 中国 (zhongguo – China) and 通 (tong – to know well). The three characters, when combined together, create the meaning of one who knows China well, i.e. a “China hand”. Today it’s still used to describe foreigners in … Read moreIs the Term “China Hand” Still Relevant for Foreigners in China Today?
I always get surprised when I hear someone complain about their English very articulately. Normally, I have been speaking to the person for a while, perhaps even in deep conversation. “What do you mean?” I inevitably respond. “I think your English is great. Sure, you could probably work on your tenses and gender usage, but … Read moreFall in Love with Communication, Forget About Grammar
Beijing isn’t a city well-equipped to deal with rain. It’s arid and rarely gets much precipitation. In fact, it’s quite surprising that the city exists at all given the lack of water. When the rain comes down, (as it did today), there will inevitably be problems. The city’s drainage system becomes overloaded, and the low … Read moreWhen It Rains In Beijing There Will Be Problems