Book review: Good Chinese Wife

When I first heard of “Good Chinese Wife”, by Susan Blumberg-Kason, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it or not. Why? Because of the description, which sounded terrifying: A real-life, cross-cultural fairy… Continue reading

Taiwanese Snacks

A few weeks ago we read somewhere that there was a Taiwanese Snack Festival going on in Suzhou. I completely forgot about it until today, when I suddenly felt like going there for… 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

How I knew he was special

When I recall how my relationship with C. started, I can point out the exact moment when I realized he was special and I shouldn’t let him go. Yes, I didn’t know it… Continue reading

The War Against Mosquitoes

Summer has arrived (even though we are having temperatures of around 25ºC, way cooler than usual for this time of the year, and it’s been raining almost nonstop for the last two weeks) and… Continue reading

Back to the Past II: Vietnam & Cambodia

Smell is a powerful sense. I’m sitting in my office in Suzhou and I just need to spray the mosquito repellent on my legs to transport my mind to a guest house room in… 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

Cleaning in China

It might seem like a strange topic, but one of the main differences that I have found between China and Spain is in the daily, common and boring act of cleaning. I am not referring… Continue reading

Meeting the parents

I don’t remember the exact date when I met C.’s parents for the first time; it must have been around October 2012. We had been dating for a few months before he told… Continue reading

Travelling on a Chinese passport

Being a Spanish citizen and possessing an European passport has a lot of advantages I wasn’t really fully aware of until I started dating C. I was used to travelling freely almost everywhere,… Continue reading