Category Archive: Life in China

Stereotyping foreigners

I’m sure you have heard many stereotypes about Chinese people in particular or Asians in general. Chinese people are noisy, Chinese people work a lot, Asians are good at maths, all Asians look… Continue reading

China’s drinking problem

Last Sunday, C. had a meeting. Yes, there are some companies that are horrible enough as to make you work on weekends. After the meeting there was a lunch. At 8 pm, C.… Continue reading

Chinese encouraged to eat less meat

A few weeks ago I read a piece of news about the Chinese government modifying their dietary guidelines and reducing the recommended quantities of meat to eat per day. The article can be… Continue reading

The Shanghai syndrome

“Do you have Nutella in Suzhou?”. I kid you not, that is what a colleague who lives in Shanghai asked me once. Local Shanghainese people share a characteristic that annoys the hell out… Continue reading

Popular Chinese dishes for foreigners

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Chinese dishes that foreigners hate, according to a QQ article. Today I want to talk about the other side of the same topic:… Continue reading

Membership card addiction

China has a massive addiction to membership cards: you can become a member of basically any business! From the hairdresser downstairs to the ice cream shop in the mall, without forgetting the pet… Continue reading

10 Chinese dishes that foreigners find gross

The other day I read an article on WeChat that was called “10 Chinese Dishes Foreigners Can’t Stomach”. This type of articles are usually not too objective, as what someone dislikes, the next person… Continue reading

Chinese birthday cakes

I have been feeling pretty uninspired lately. I started several posts but left them sitting on the draft folder because they felt boring and irrelevant. But inspiration can be found any moment and… 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

Getting up at 6:40 on a Sunday

I want to be honest with you. I am not a very active person. I have never been a big fan of sports. I don’t mind walking long distances, but that’s about it.… Continue reading