Tag Archives: Cultural musings

How to WIN in your life in China

Some people do well here, some less well. How often do you see people arguing in WeChat groups, trying to be the ‘China expert’, trying to show off how ‘successfu;’ they are? Don’t be angry in your life. Take some steps to win in your own life. Careless talk costs lives A key part of […]

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How many WeChat mistakes have you noticed?

A WeChat photo might only tell 5% of the real story, but if you learn to look a little harder, you can see where the real fakes are, and the false reality is … All The Single Ladies Be single, be dating, be married, whatever. But probably don’t be single and keep telling everyone HOW […]

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Stand-out memories of Shanghai: Racial discomfort

I’ve lived in Shanghai for a long time. It doesn’t matter exactly how long. But long. In that time, there have been some memories that stand out among the rest. Here’s one: Racial Discomfort I was in a restaurant with two friends. They were Eurasian – mixed, with a difficult-to-define look. I’m white. I think […]

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Stand-out Memories of Shanghai: Pizza Restaurant Cutie

I’ve lived in Shanghai for a long time. It doesn’t matter exactly how long. But long. In that time, there have been some memories that stand out among the rest. Here’s one: Pizza Restaurant Cutie I was in an Italian restaurant, years ago. It was the kind of place that summed up 2005 Shanghai dining […]

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Shanghai Airport Pick Up

When you arrive to Shanghai, it’s great to use an English-speaking Shanghai airport collection. The alternative options are: Over-priced hotel collections with a non-English speaking driver The dread taxi, a filthy, stinky crash-box Drivers that will arrive late, drive dangerously or the wrong way To be collected in style, on time and driven safely to […]

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How To Use An Elevator In China

Conquer complex Japanese machinery with aplomb (1) The game begins When waiting for the arrival of your carriage to the sky, stand within 5 centimetres of the doors. Even better, stand with your nose actually touching the doors. Being an only child means you are special, and the elevators know this. They travel only for […]

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Quote of the day

Quote of the decade on this website, because we don’t do quotes. But here’s a rather prescient one from Oscar Wilde: “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing” Deep.

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Some buildings in Shanghai

‘Some’ – such an inoffensive word – and therein lies the reason for its usage. Naming this tale ‘ugly buildings’ or ‘vile buildings’ risks raising the petty and childish rage of those unable to accept opinion. Not that the laughably moneyed owners of buildings tend to read either this Shanghai expat website, or any website […]

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Miss China 2013: a 25 yo from Hebei who likes reading

Ye Jin was ‘crowned’ to be Miss China for 2013. If you take a look at the contestants page, they are all young girls of around 22 years old. Most of them like reading and dancing. It is not clear what other qualities or particular ‘skills’ a young girl must have to either be nominated […]

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Good advertising in China: Budweiser

This Shanghai Expat website blog thing talks about advertising in China a bit. This is because most of it is just awful, dull, repetitive and bad advertising, I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Advertising is interesting because it allows both manipulation of the human mind and a chance to do something new and interesting. This […]

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