The Seafood’s Shells Are Never Wasted

You better eat that entire shrimp or I’m gonna steal the tail tip! Shells have calcium! Okay, Laos is not on the sea, but it is where I first encountered what I consider ‘seafood’ in Southeast Asia. I was fresh of my flight from Bangkok, where I’d only been for…

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I Don’t Like China’s Time Zone

All this land, but only one time zone to play in! Eating Street Food in the dark Even Laos has three zones! and Mongolia, better sunsets I am in yet another Beijing taxi, this time caught in the apex of rush hour. Please don’t ask me why I am here,…

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Oh No, Not A Train Ride!

Be sure to take ear plugs on a Chinese train The Beijing-West station At least the station is clean Haven ridden from the Atlantic to the Pacific on all manner of Iron Horses, including a few in my home country, I’d like to think of myself as an expert on…

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I Want Out, But Am I Allowed?

Can I dislike China and still be cool? Not my temple of heaven Keeping the kids in line The Soviets were here too I wanted to write about how cool Shanghai is. How it is everything Beijing isn’t; cosmopolitan, liberal, exciting, and filled with foreigners, but I’m not. Shanghai is…

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Chinese Don’t Have Any Manners

There’s a lack of manners in China No, Buddy, wait your turn! Hence the blank page….

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Easy Come, Easy Go

Don’t even think of being a foreign expert in China! Able to poop small mountains Bye-Bye kids! I’ll miss play time! Well that was quick. In less than one month, Beijing Review, or at least the publishing house behind it, exceeded my bullshit quotient and forced me to walk away…

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The Silk Road in a Back Alley

Islam in China? Yes, if you follow the Silk Road all the way from Istambul to Beijing Mad musician at his day job They look Finnish to you? I heard the sounds of the Silk Road tonight. Yes, I know it once passed from Beijing to Istanbul, so I’m not…

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Mysteries of Chinese ISP’s

Something fishy is going on with my ISP The cages protect the birds For one whole week in November, I emailed back and forth with my website host about problems I was having trying to upload new pages onto my website. I thought they’d changed login parameters on me, or…

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Learning a Language Isn’t Easy

My first Chinese word, “mayo” is still the most important! I should’ve gone here first No language skills needed here Just nod your head, fool! Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with one of my workmates. She and I were talking about traveling and she was surprised that I’d traveled…

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Just Ping-Pong the Day Away

Watch Out! We’re playing Ping Pong here! The one and only dominators The sun lazily drifted through the window, illuminating delicate puffs of dust as the focused combatants swirled around the table. Quickly, they darted from side to side in the pale light, never allowing their opponents to achieve what…

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