Tag Archive: reflections

Heart of glass

Heart of glass, aka 玻璃心 is a condition that seems to affect many Chinese people lately. This term is used to refer to someone who gets easily offended, especially on the internet. I… Continue reading

“Fruit makes you fat”

A couple of weeks ago I went to a childbirth preparation class that ended up being more of an informative speech by the doctor –I expected a more practical approach, to be honest.… Continue reading

There’s a man in China that does everything

There’s a song from the middle of the noughties called “There’s a man in Spain” and the lyrics are very cryptic. They go like this: There’s a man in Spain that does everything,… Continue reading

Fleeting spring and bitter cold

We thought spring had arrived. Well, according to the Chinese calendar, it did start February 16th! We had some warm days, the plum trees blossomed first, and then the magnolia trees. Everything seemed… Continue reading

The difficulty of choosing

I am an indecisive person. But I have a strange form of indecisiveness: it doesn’t really affect my big decisions in life, only the trivial, non important stuff. Like buying things. When I go… Continue reading

How not to organize your wedding

Is it true that some women start thinking about their dream wedding when they are little girls? That they grab bed sheets, curtains or any piece of white cloth and fashion dresses and veils? Does this happen… Continue reading

Ramblings about games

The movie Warcraft, based on the game World of Warcraft, was released today in China. Even though it got dismal reviews worldwide, Chinese people booked their tickets in advance and many attended the premiere that… Continue reading

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

Leftover women

Last week, a video published by the Japanese cosmetic brand SK-II went viral on the Chinese internet and subsequently appeared in the news in other countries. The video is about the so-called “leftover women” (剩女),… Continue reading