Aug 11, 2020

We are electro-boy (and -girl)

A weekend in Chongqing

Masks on, you are now entering Chongqing.

Chongqing — our big sister neighbor city, just a short bus ride away — had been a frequent destination for us in the past, but since the virus … well, you know.

However, since we danced for zero way back in March, we felt ready for some short-hop travel again! And, a cool band was going to be there! And, another China vlogger! There was no reason not to go. Sure, we had a script due for “Drink up, Luzhou” (it sounds fancy when I say it like that!), but writing on the road is easy, right? How hard can it be to find a quiet coffee shop?

How did it all turn out? You’ll have to watch the video to know for sure.

Jul 26, 2020

“Drink Up, Luzhou!” coming soon

An exciting new web show for your eyes to enjoy

We wrote the script, and now we’re busy filming.

Presenting: “Drink Up, Luzhou” — a web series. We follow a rag-tag group of expats and locals, working together to make the best darn show-featuring-local-restaurants-for-an-influential-liquor-company-to-be-shown-as-marketing-to-tourists that they can … but the problem is, they all hate each other! You’d watch that, right?

Peter and I are really excited to be working on our first real feature project after years of vlogging. (Not to slam vlogging … well, OK, let’s slam vlogging.) We’re hoping to finish shooting by mid-August, and then shortly after that, have something to publish! Follow us on YouTube to keep up. And, we have a whole playlist detailing the making of the web series!

Jul 19, 2020

Where can I be myself in China?

The crap advice from China show!

One car, no plan.

After years of resisting, we’ve started giving out advice for living in China. Crappily. This episode we tackle getting away from the crowds during National Day. It can be done — by staying home.

May 30, 2020

The kids are alright

Let them do it themselves

After a cold knocked Emily out of commission for a week, she’s back with Chinese language sentences about disappointment.

So, we’re part of a genre now. We belong!

May 26, 2020

Bye bye Happy Face

Hello karaoke

We want to reward your good behavior, so keep watching Hello Uncle Foreigner and your Happy Faces are in the mail.

The new washing machine is here! Finally we can clean our clothes.

May 16, 2020

I got paid!

Glasses for everyone!

As of today, our YouTube channel has more than 600 subscribers! Have you seen the light?

My school is back open again and handing out paychecks, was the significant thing that happened this past week. The kids are getting their temperature taken every five minutes and they get hand sanitizer squeezed on them as they walk in the door, so, you know, normal stuff. Also, I have all these empty bottles, but I don’t know what to say about them in Chinese. If only there were a language-based-jackassery podcast that could tell me what to say …

May 6, 2020

Am I safe in China?

It’s all about asking the right questions

Peter fixates on one aspect of living in the world.

Stories are made interesting by the questions we ask, not the answers we provide. And here’s a question that gets asked a lot.

Apr 22, 2020

A normal Chinese lunch with us

Tofu and ham!

How do you learn a new language? Is it by talking to people? That sounds impossible.

Over our favorite tofu soup, we discuss how hard it is to learn Chinese, why people are microwaving their mail, and the existence of face masks for children. Yum!

Apr 9, 2020

Hello Uncle Foreigner: The game show!

Making learning language ridiculous!

Wait, WHAAAA?! … hopefully the first in a series.

We’re a little overwhelmed by the tide of news about the VIRUS, so we took a break with a completely silly show. The thing about language learning apps and textbooks is that they are full of phrases that would never actually come up in real life … or would they. We try to find the situations in which some of these language-learning sentences would be useful. And it’s funny!

Mar 30, 2020

Simple machines need maintenance

More news you can't use

Getting back on the pull-up bar is hard after two months inside.

The sun is out and our restrictions are loosened — a perfect time for exercising.

I had just gotten started on the Reddit r/bodyweightfitness Recommended routine this winter after my gym closed. And then … I had to take a two-month Covid-19 break. Getting back out there was hard, but I’m really glad to be using my muscles again. Indoor-yoga-sometimes doesn’t really cut it.