Category Archive: Anecdotes

“Don’t tell anyone you bought them here!”

Two blocks away from our compound there is a wet market where all the old ladies from the neighbourhood go shopping. Sometimes I also go there, as the fruits sold in supermarkets are… Continue reading

“Now you know how foreigners feel like in China”

A few days ago we took John to a sushi restaurant because he felt like eating sushi. John is the 9-year-old son of C.’s ex wife. C. and John lived together for several years… Continue reading

My encounter with the Chinese mafia

In March 2013 we received a strange visit in our office. A group of gentlemen, looking like Chinese rednecks, knocked on our door and asked to see “the boss here”. The receptionist told… Continue reading

A weird marriage proposal

There was this teacher in my university in Beijing. Well, he was not a teacher, just an administrative staff in the office, but he was called laoshi by all the students. He was… Continue reading

The North Korean girl

In September 2009 I was starting my second year in Beiwai (Beijing Foreign Studies University). It was a couple of days before classes started and I was with other returning students in the administrative building… Continue reading

The Hello Kitty plane

Last December we saw this plane in Shanghai Pudong Airport:   We had already heard about it. One of our friends was going to Taiwan very frequently and he had taken this flight… Continue reading

Why I started studying Chinese

I started studying Chinese during my first year in University, back in 2002. I studied Translation and Interpreting, my first foreign language was English and my second foreign language was German. I wanted… Continue reading

“Are you a foreigner?”

We paid for our shopping and headed for the exit. Standing next to the supermarket glass doors there was a kid reading a book. He looked at me. I looked at him. He… Continue reading