Category Archive: Anecdotes

No country for teenagers

The other day I was chatting on WhatsApp with one of my younger cousins. She wanted my help checking some of her English homework. “Which year are you in?”, I asked her. “Fourth”,… Continue reading

Learning to say no

Yesterday, when I was walking my dog, a man approached me and started speaking in broken English: “Excuse me? Do you speak Chinese?”. “Yes”, I said. Then he started telling me that he… Continue reading

“Have you watched Pretty Woman?”

The other night, C. was humming the song “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison. That reminded me of the 90s movie “Pretty Woman”, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. I don’t know about other countries,… Continue reading

The nosy neighbour

A few days ago I went to walk the dog right after waking up. Picture me wearing my bear pyjamas, with eyes full of sleep and messy hair. A middle age neighbour, also walking… Continue reading

Animal lover

C. loves animals. He had several dogs and cats before. When we met, he had a cat. I have to confess I have never been a big fan of cats. I don’t trust… Continue reading

The price of getting married in China

A few days ago, C. told me this story that happened (is still happening ) to his colleague. Let’s call him Larry. Larry is a young Chinese man who came back to China recently… Continue reading

Representing your country

A few weeks ago I had a strange conversation on QQ (a Chinese instant messaging software that is widely used, even for work). One of my Chinese colleagues in our Shenzhen office asked… Continue reading

V-Day

If you live in China, you know what happened yesterday in Beijing. It was simply impossible to miss it, as it was on every screen you can possibly think of. If you don’t live… Continue reading

“Are you sisters?”

Reading the latest blog post in My Chinese Boyfriend reminded me of something. She writes about a roommate who thought that she and her friend were dating the same guy, just because both of them… Continue reading

“You look like a foreigner”

C.’s grandma had a little accident at home a few days ago and she fell and broke her hip. She had surgery on Friday and currently stays in the hospital. I went to… Continue reading