Category Archives: This is how we do it

She Drinks Hard For The Money

As we approach the Chinese / lunar new year, I was amused by this story of a boss making his staff drink for their year end bonuses. The more they were able to drink, the bigger their bonus. Men were … Continue reading

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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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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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Drive Through Haircuts

Yet another example of how enterprising the Chinese can be. Dingle may still be fishing on Lake Minnetonka but his people are still roaming the streets of Shanghai looking for amusing photographs to share and he kindly agreed to allow … Continue reading

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Won’t Wear A Seat Belt If It Kills Me

I’ve written about this before but nothing has changed. Taxi drivers are genetically programmed to do everything they can to avoid wearing a seat belt which would save their lives in the event of a collision. The lengths they go … Continue reading

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Hit And Run

Horrific footage of a hit and run in Fuxin, Liaoning province in northern China. Yes, the car involved is a police car which doesn’t even stop while the civilian car that captures the incident on a dash mounted camera slows … Continue reading

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Bad China Day Part 2

So moving on to part two of my bad China day. It had been a few months since I paid my mobile phone bill and although the phone company had not chased me even once, I like to clear my … Continue reading

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Bad China Days

Well, this was never intended to be a political blog, and the last post was starting to get quite heated (Maggie I love you!), so let’s get back to basics, by which I mean being a spoiled expat moaning about … Continue reading

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