Category Archive: Anecdotes

4 things my son learned during the COVID-19 pandemic

My son is only 19 months and he will not remember the pandemic that stopped the world in its tracks and turned our lives, including his, upside down, but he has definitely learned… Continue reading

Staying active while at home

Since the coronavirus outbreak started, people are not going out and gyms have been closed. Being at home every day, with nothing better to do than looking at your phone, watching tv and… Continue reading

In times of coronavirus… trust your neighbour

The coronavirus outbreak has entered a new phase as it spreads all over the world. Cases in China are becoming less and less, with the official figures being 39916 current infections, 2791 deaths… Continue reading

No gifts for husbands

Last month I had lunch with two of my friends. One is Chinese and the other Taiwanese. They are both married; one has kids and the other doesn’t. There were only a few… Continue reading

Some obvious differences between China and Spain

I wanted to write this post while I was in Spain but life got in the way and now I’ve been back in China for a week. Doesn’t matter, it’s still relevant! These… Continue reading

“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

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 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

The typhoon season

Every summer, Suzhou stands on the way of some of the typhoons that come from the western Pacific Ocean. Usually, when they arrive here they have already lost most of their strength so… Continue reading