“Do you have a Chinese passport?”

One of the questions I’m often asked when I am back in Spain is if I already have Chinese nationality. If you are a foreigner living in China you must be thinking that… Continue reading

Beach Baby

It felt like it was never going to happen, but my holidays finally started… and ended! (Although I still have some days left). We flew out of Shanghai on August 17 at night… Continue reading

Reducing plastic waste II: More ideas!

Last year I wrote a post about reducing the plastic waste we generate in our everyday lives. I listed some things I was doing, like using shampoo bars or reusable bags. If you… Continue reading

Summer foods in China

The Chinese calendar is sometimes extremely accurate. Last week, more specifically on July 23rd, was the beginning of the period of 大暑 Dashu or “Big heat”, a solar term that normally brings the… Continue reading

The time I was mistaken for my husband’s tour guide

A couple of years ago, my parents in law and four of our friends (two Taiwanese couples that live in China) flew to Spain to attend our wedding. As it was the first… Continue reading

“What kind of trash are you?”

On July 1st, Shanghai became the first city in China to enforce a compulsory trash separation system. Previously there were separate containers and bins on the street for recyclable and not recyclable waste,… Continue reading

The strange case of Taobao vs AliExpress

The other day I was chatting with a friend who lives in Spain and I was telling her about some bib I had bought on Taobao for Baby A. She often orders things… Continue reading

Housing prices in China

In China, buying an apartment has been very expensive for quite some time. The comments assuring that the property bubble is about to burst have been there for a long time too, I’ve… Continue reading

The Dragon Boat Festival

Tomorrow is the Dragon Boat Festival, one of China’s traditional festivities that started being an official holiday a few years ago. So tomorrow we don’t work! Yay! This holiday has several traditions, the… Continue reading

“What does his name mean?”

Every time I tell a Chinese person what my baby’s name is, they invariably reply: “What does it mean?”. This question reveals a very obvious difference in the way Chinese and Western people… Continue reading