Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Produce shop in my neighborhood that I have never patronized. The owner was telling me to stop taking photos (justifiably - I'd be embarrassed too). I think she cursed at me also. Chinese-speakers, is there a bad word that sounds like "si" or "ci?"
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
This is so typical. My parents are delayed at the Shenzhen airport. First their plane was 1hr late (no surprise). Then my mother left her passport on the plane (I probably shouldn't have told her to take sleeping pills). Now they have their bags and passports but my mother is holding up the process bc she needs to immediately write a thank you letter to the airline for helping her re-plane and find her passport.
January 28, 2015 at 11:09AM via Facebook
The money transfer saga continues. They didn't like how I split the bank name and account number into different lines so the main bank rejected my request and I had to go back to fill out the form again today. Now I receive a call saying they don't like my handwriting - rejected again, have to go back tomorrow. My handwriting?!?
January 28, 2015 at 09:43AM via Facebook
Monday, January 26, 2015
Ummm... Jian Yang, Rosie Pidcock, Megan VonStrohe - doing research for this coming wkend and here is what I've learned: 1) we need sunglasses to protect from "snow blindness" (wtf is that?!) 2) some taxis will give you fake money as change - kind of surprised I haven't stumbled across this yet, actually 3) the Japanese did crazy experiments on locals back in the day and there is a gruesome museum to keep the hate alive - we are obviously going there
January 26, 2015 at 09:38PM via Facebook
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Just did my first transfer of RMB from my CN bank to USD in my US account. It took 1h45m and 3 employees (working simultaneously for much of the time), I entered my password 4 times, I signed 5 different receipts, and I had to provide 27 pages of documentation.
January 23, 2015 at 12:41PM via Facebook
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Sunday, January 18, 2015
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I thought it was uncomfortable when my (male) masseur walked in as I lay topless on the massage bed. Then I thought it was uncomfortable when he made me remove my tights for a shoulder-and-back massage. I thought it had gotten as bad as possible when he yanked my underwear down to oil my butt for a deep tissue rub. But then I felt his long nails dig into my skin. (That is just not ok.) And yet it didn't get fully awkward until the very last minute (of the excruciating hour) when he carefully pulled my underwear back up. Oh god, I am a Victorian. Also not sure how to use up the rest of my membership since I clearly cannot go back in there again.
January 14, 2015 at 10:42PM via Facebook
Monday, January 12, 2015
From Yu Hua: "I realize I’ve always been living amid absurdities. The Cultural Revolution was absurd, and today’s China seems even more so. If you are constantly living in absurdity, you can easily lose your awareness of it. During the Cultural Revolution, you saw portraits of Mao Zedong everywhere, even in toilets, but nobody thought it at all strange to see Mao on the wall of a toilet. It’s just the same now: We’re all so used to the absurdities of life in China today that we don’t give them a second thought. Chinese society is constantly changing in absurd ways, and as a realistic writer, I need to keep constantly alert to such changes. If you visit China as a tourist and check into a hotel, chances are you will see a “No Smoking” sign on the coffee table—and next to it an ashtray. That’s what I want to write about—the ashtray next to the “No Smoking” sign."
January 13, 2015 at 08:06AM via Facebook
Sunday, January 11, 2015
I apologize for the sometimes duplicate posts. I live in a country whose annoying censorship makes its slow Internet even more frustrating to access. I don't always see whether my pics have been posted and I don't always get an updated feed - my iPhone's Insta has been frozen in time since Fri. The good news is that since it is so frustrating everyone doesn't have to suffer every random thought that pops into my head!
January 11, 2015 at 10:17PM via Facebook