Category Archives: Life as an alien

More Red Tape Than a Communist Christmas Party

Is anyone seeing a theme here?
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I knew when I decided to register a business in China that I would have to deal with way more than your average amount of red tape, but somehow I had imagined that once I received my business licence (which I finally did in December), that would be [...]

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More Toilet Tales

Beautiful old-style Chinese doorway behind my apartment building

We are officially snowed in here today – it started snowing the night before last and started again last nite and its still going today. I’m all giddy with excitement – we’ve never had this much snow in all the winters I have been here! Temperatures are set [...]

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Getting the Hard Sell on a Squat Toilet

So its been 2 and a half years since my last post! I’ve finally realised there is too much entertainment going on here in Beijing to not write it all down on a regular basis, so here goes…
Most friends and family have probably heard about the sorry state of my office’s public bathroom. Our office [...]

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Great News for Donut Lovers and some Juvenile fun

Its been a huge few weeks for me, as everything seems to happen at once, but as I have barely left the house in recent weeks, sadly I don’t have as many ‘on the street’ hilarious happenings as usual.
But I do have: Great News for Donut / Doughnut Lovers. My friend actually found a place [...]

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where am I?

Sitting here at my desk with the window open, I can currently smell roast lamb. Well it smells like that to me, but its almost certainly not. I’ve already eaten a big dinner but the smell is still making me hungry. Its times like this that I forget I’m in China and I feel like [...]

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Disturbing the Peace

Its been a big week, with the national May Day holiday here in China (what a great idea – let’s let everyone in the most populous country in the world all go on holiday at the same time!). My boyfriend’s nephew came to stay for a few days, so we took the opportunity to go [...]

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Backstage Crack

Having always dreamed about getting backstage passes to a rock concert, when my brother-in-law told me I could volunteer with him to help out at a music festival, I jumped at the chance.
It started out even better than I had hoped – free t-shirt, free beer and a pass to wear round my neck to [...]

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life in my alternate universe

First of all a big shout out to my best mate Donna in Australia – happy birthday mate!!!
Today was one of those days where I remembered I am living in an alternate universe. It all started when my boyfriend rushed in the door announcing he had to get dressed up and get me to take [...]

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Linguistically Challenged

Trying to get your point across here is sometimes difficult, other times exasperating and, very often, highly amusing. Trying to explain something in Chinese when you don’t know the exact word can often result in an experience like I had recently:
Me: “I need that water stuff for taking off eye make-up” (sadly I don’t know [...]

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Foie-gras and Chinese Chandler

Well, Foie-gras and Chinese Chandler are not at all related, but that just demonstrates the diversity of one week of life in Beijing. Tonight it was 5-star dining as the fake ‘new freelance dining writer’ so I could accompany my friend, the magazine editor to a freebie dinner at the new restaurant at the Shangri-La [...]

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