Category Archive: Anecdotes

Shanghai Comic Con

Last weekend was the first time a Comic Con was organized in Shanghai. The entrance was not cheap (180 RMB to enter a place where the main purpose is buying things?) but I… Continue reading

Guessing other people’s age

The other night we went to a massage place close to our apartment. C.’s masseuse was a chatty young woman from Henan province. She asked where I was from. “Xinjiang”, I joked. Xinjiang… Continue reading

Chinese swimwear

What image does the word swimwear bring to your mind? For me it is the image of beautiful girls wearing colourful (and pretty small) bikinis. But if the word Chinese is accompaning the… Continue reading

“Let’s push the bus!”

Sometimes people ask me about the weirdest thing I have experienced in China and this anecdote always comes to mind. It happened around May 2008; at that time I was a student in Beijing. One afternoon… Continue reading

Don’t leave your boyfriend home alone

I am serious. Don’t ever leave your boyfriend alone at home. If you do, make sure he doesn’t have access to the internet and/or a credit card ready to use. Because when you… Continue reading

“Why are you speaking in Chinese?”

This happened in June 2009. I had to renew my passport and get a new Chinese visa. We had finished our exams and we didn’t have class, so my friend Rhomel came with… Continue reading

My first time on a Ferris wheel

I have something to confess: I am 30 years old and I had never ridden a Ferris wheel until a few days ago. Why had I never tried it? I am not afraid… Continue reading

Working with Chinese suppliers

Last year I read a book called “Poorly Made in China”, by Paul Midler. It was recommended by a friend who also used to deal with Chinese suppliers for the company she was working… Continue reading

Presents from afar

Chinese people have this habit of bringing souvenirs for everybody when they go on a trip. Their favourite souvenirs are local snacks or food specialties from the places they visited. If you work… Continue reading

Chinese people, English names

Most Chinese young people, and some of the not-so-young people, have English names, apart from their official Chinese names which appear in their identity cards. Lots of them choose their English name (or their… Continue reading