The Bitch Is Back!

No, this isn’t about Shopgirl. Some of you may have noticed I’ve been a bit quiet of late, ever since my Qing Ming Hong Kong trip in fact. There’s no special reason other than the usual lull that hits every blogger from time to time. In my defense, this blog has already outlived Shopgirl (although she’s back, well, sort of), Swiss James, Dingle, SHE In China and many more, so don’t give me a hard time!

I am going to of course, have a moan about the lack of comments as well, which contributes to my waning of enthusiasm. If you’ve never blogged, you may not know that it’s the readers’ comments that provide the motivation to continue. Without comments, it’s just some sad guy talking to himself, whereas with a healthy contribution from a few, or many, loyal readers, the blog comes alive and there’s a real sense of community. So if you’re one of those lurkers who never contribute, speak up or you may find that your daily dose of WoAi swiftly evaporates.

HK awesomeness - glass bottled Coke Zero and amazing cuttlefish ball noodles

My beloved PRET how I've missed you

Cheap and cheerful at the Australian Dairy Company

Hong Kong now has a Superdry store

There’s a lot of catching up to do. Hong Kong was as it always was. Sheer joy. Don’t ask me what I did there. By now, you all know the drill – eat, shop, eat, shop and if there’s time to spare, catch up with some family.

On the topic of shopping, once a firm WoAi favourite, Superdry has now got a store in Hong Kong (on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui). Four years ago I would have rushed in and bought out the store, but times have changed and I’ve moved on. I didn’t even go inside! I ended up buying most of my clothes from Armani Exchange, not because I’m crazy about the brand, but just because their stuff seemed to fit me better than most other brands. But also because they had a crazy promotion so every time I bought something, I got a voucher to use on my next purchase!

Grossed out

And then the inevitable, but thankfully short lived depression, as I had to leave HK and return to the mainland. It started at HK airport waiting to board for Shanghai with this lovely man who decided to cut his nails and scatter all the clippings on the carpeted floor just in front of me.

But it’s spring in Shanghai, so it’s no time to be depressed. It is amazing how much difference the weather can make to my mood. After a long winter that has finally passed, we’re now enjoying what must be the best time of the year. Autumn is similar in terms of temperature, but the difference is we all know winter is just around the corner which makes it slightly less enjoyable. If only spring could last forever.

Well, that’s quite enough for today. Assuming his visa arrives today, my baby bro (Entourage reference!) will be boarding tomorrow for two weeks of hard core partying in Shanghai. I’m excited but slightly nervous that the visa doesn’t make it in time, so let’s not dwell on this till we know for certain!

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25 Responses to The Bitch Is Back!

  1. Mike says:

    I’m still reading the blog. Keep it up…
    It always baffles me why people feel the need to cut their nails in public or clean their ears in public. A nail clipper is not the kind of thing I would ever think to carry around with me, and it’s not like there’s ever been a nail cutting emergency where someone was out and about and urgently needed to trim their nails.

  2. WoAi says:

    @Mike – Thanks for making the effort to kick of the April comments. Think of comments as the fuel that keeps this going, without it, it will fizzle out like all the bloggers I mentioned.

    I guess the nail clipping at the airport is an effective use of down time, but so it masturbating. I just prefer to avoid doing it in public! At the end of the day it comes down to culture and what’s accepted and I guess clipping nails is no big deal. I should be thankful he didn’t start doing his toes too. It has happened before!

  3. CP says:

    Good to have you back. Just keep posting the great China stories and of course the pics of hot girls and there’s no chance of it being a sad guy talking to himself!

    Glad to hear it’s still spring in Shanghai. Beijing has already bypassed spring and moved straight to summer.

  4. IC says:

    Face book, twiter, social networks stuff are the real killer of blogging. It happpen to every one.

  5. Kevin says:

    this is a great site

  6. M says:

    Don’t stop blogging, please! I live in Shanghai and I love this blog, it’s so helpful and interesting :) And I just went to hong kong for the first time a few weeks ago and freaking loved it. I did the same thing as you, minus the family part – shop, eat, repeat. I even hit Pret a couple times!

  7. CP says:

    @IC – you missed Net Nanny, but otherwise your list was spot on.

  8. Heinrich says:

    yo bish i is reading and there was no caturday last week j0 pal what is up with that

  9. WoAi says:

    @CP – Thanks mate. China stories, no problem. Hot girl picture are getting harder and harder now I am a family man with two “kids”.

    @IC – Yes, it’s a known issue. I confess I have been posting on FB while ignoring this site.

    @Heinrich – I know you’re from Norway, but I wrongly assumed you weren’t black! Thanks for noticing the lack of Caturday. I am STILL waiting for photos of yours so I can do a guest Caturday feature!

  10. flutter-by says:

    Used to be a frequent commenter but now a lurker re-emerge to say “hi, keep up blogging”. Have been following you all the way. I submerged just because I evolved into a new stage – to talk less but read & think more. Keep in mind what I said before: “If you publish your blog into a book I would buy one”. Wo Ai this place!

    That “handcraft” photo depicts a typical Chinese government official image. Business shirt + tie + jeans + blue nylon socks = classic off-CPPCC-meeting outfit.

  11. WoAi says:

    @flutter-by – Thanks for coming out of the shadows. I appreciate your change of status to lurker, but reiterate my earlier sentiments – if there are no comments, the blog dies, because it’s just me talking with myself. So please keep the comments flowing. Please!

    And you see, that kind of CPPCC insight is why I love comments. You’re spot on of course. I may dress up as one for Halloween this year!

  12. Robbie says:

    Hi Matey

    As a UK laddie and sometime Shanghai resident I always follow your blog. Keep it up, at least for me its a good way of finding night spots to hang out.

  13. WoAi says:

    @Robbie – Cheers. If you want a list of night spots I can just give you a list – Bar Rouge, M1NT, The Apartment, The Geisha, Muse, G Plus etc. I’ll be sure to post more nightlife posts soon now the weather has improved.

  14. Bitter melon says:

    Notice his wife, if indeed that’s who she is, turns away with a look of resignation.

  15. Heinrich says:

    @WoAi j0 pal y u h8 so much?

    Actually WoAi, I _did_ send you a quite thorough mail containing [links to] pictures of Charlie the cat as well as the full biography. Maybe your spam filter picked it up as black guy mail and assumed it was jibberish? Or maybe you’re just racist against black people (but not so much white!) like most mainlanders.

    Problem is i’m white. And not just white, but the nice kind of white (you know the kind that mass murderer and terrorist Anders Behring Breivik is).

  16. WoAi says:

    @Bittermelon – She’s thinking “I hope he finishes soon so I can do MY nails”.

    @Heinrich – I’m so sorry, I didn’t see that or I deleted by mistake. Any chance you could try again? You have my email address, right? How’s that working out for you?

  17. T. says:

    AUSTRALIAN DAIRY COMPANY!!!!

  18. Lil bro says:

    Always nice to see a fresh post. Sorry I didn’t leave more comments but I’ve been busy… partying in Shanghai!

    Oh and you missed one from your list. To anyone who’s interested I’d highly recommend the newly opened Eden. Our 1st night out in Shanghai was awesome and sets the bar very high for the remaining two weeks.

  19. WoAi says:

    @T – It was awesome as always.

    @Lil bro – Eden was indeed a pleasant surprise. For those not in tune with the latest Shanghai nightspots, it’s a new club on Nanjing Xi Road.

  20. WoAi says:

    @M – Your comment got caught in the spam filter for some reason, but thanks for commenting and KEEP COMMENTS COMING! Glad you liked HK. Let me know if you need some suggestions for places to try on your next visit.

  21. N says:

    keep up the good work woai! ‘Hot girl picture are getting harder and harder now I am a family man with two “kids”. ‘ then more photos of your kids!

    just got back from England. no spring this year.

  22. Heinrich says:

    @WoAi resent it.

    Don’t forget to check your black guy mail spam filter. Just in case.

  23. Tinsku says:

    Guilty as charged for being a massive lurker. I especially enjoy yours and shopgirl’s blogs since I am also an European Asian. Haha. Feels terribly pretentious to slap on that label, could possibly be the ‘heritage awareness’ influence I am surrounded by in the US. I digress, but keep up the excellent blog! I love your writing style and the fact that you write very enlightening blog posts!

  24. DaveNYC says:

    Woai,
    Please keep the blog going. if there’s only one blog i can visit it would be this one.
    Have not been a frequent visitor but i do check your blog and look forward to the interesting read and interesting post to catch up on ever so often. I am shock to find out from your post that all the other blogs have been since died because i used to visit those as well.

  25. WoAi says:

    @N – Thanks, but I would prefer to have more hot girl pics. I’m working on it so stay tuned!

    @Heinrich – Thanks. You are today’s Caturday!

    @Tinsku – Many thanks for commenting. Keep them coming and I promise I’ll keep posting. Which European country are you from by the way?

    @DaveNYC – Thanks for the comments. You see what happens when you stop visiting / commenting. I am literally the last blogger standing!

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