Category Archives: Arrrrggghhh!

Materialistic Chinese

A study by French market research firm Ipsos recently suggested that Chinese consumers are the most materialistic across the 20 countries the survey covered. As many of you know, I am a market researcher by profession so I think it’s … Continue reading

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Did Someone Say My Name?

Sorry about the long silence. What can I say, I am a busy man and the blog doesn’t really provide much reward these days. Even the comments are drying up which was just about the only remaining motivation to keep … Continue reading

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The Final Landlord Showdown

So I moved out on Sunday and if packing everything up wasn’t stressful enough, I had one final unpleasant encounter with the worst landlords I’ve ever come across. I had dreaded this moment from the second I moved in, 4 … Continue reading

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Say It Loud

This was originally going to be a food review, but well, it got hijacked by a loud ABC (American born Chinese). I haven’t been to Southern Barbarian for several years. It was popular among my circle of friends during the … Continue reading

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No Dogs Or Chinese

It feels like yesterday I had my housewarming party, but it’s actually been 4 very happy years. Sadly, I am being evicted because my landlord’s grand children will be starting school nearby and so they will be moving back in. … Continue reading

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Oblivious Card Players

It’s almost a weekend ritual for me to stop by K11 and grab a Tutti Melon frozen yogurt after brunch. When K11 first opened a few months ago, the place was empty and I felt sorry for the retail outlets … Continue reading

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What, No Cheating?

I picked up my son at midday [from his exam]. He started crying. I asked him what was up and he said a teacher had frisked his body and taken his mobile phone from his underwear. I was furious and … Continue reading

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Ding Jinhao Was Here

Although I do love living in China, the behaviour of some of the people here does make many expats question their decision to live and work here. Common complaints include queue jumping, pushing and shoving, spitting, pooping in public and … Continue reading

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Tight Fisted Landlord

I’ve had problems with the air conditioner in my apartment for as long as I can remember. It’s never been great, but it’s better than nothing in the stifling summer heat. We’re a long way from the peak temperatures but … Continue reading

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Oh China, Why Can’t You Be More Like Singapore

I’m back in Singapore once again after a break of 2 years and I have to say, even more than usual, it’s great to escape from Shanghai. Two years ago, there was no bird flu worry about and pollution was … Continue reading

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