Mar 28, 2019

I can’t put my shoes on any faster

Where’s my shoes genie?

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After kindergarten, I never thought I would care about how fast I can get my shoes on … but I do! Also, we talk about Internet advice, international chips, a vacuum update, and where do remixes come from? Plus, the return of “And then now.”

Mar 25, 2019

No sleep ’til nap time

The less well-known Chinese “siesta”

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Everyone knows about the Spanish siesta, but did you know that China has an unofficial nap time after lunch as well? They do! Our building even turns off the ads in the elevator from noon to 2pm so that it’s quiet. Supermarkets and stores are still open, but government buildings and schools also take a break during that time. So, whatever you do, don’t try to go to the post office.

Mar 19, 2019

Don’t change your clothes

It’s fine

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Content warning for existential dread and meat. This week’s vlog thoughts consider how often one should change their clothes. In our part of China, it’s actually OK to wear the same outfit for a few days in a row. Not to bed, of course. That’s what pajamas are for.

Mar 17, 2019

Fish Mint (official music video)

The Music of Hello Uncle Foreigner

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What do you do when you end up with fish mint in your dinner order? Get back on the phone!

Mar 15, 2019

Fish mint in Chinese cuisine ... at your own risk

Beware this stinky herb

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Fish mint is a delicacy … but I don’t want it. Watch what happens when some shows up anyway. Also, I can speak Chinese on the phone!

Mar 8, 2019

A semi-secret park on a blue-sky day

A New Year’s city adventure

There was a park and a nice day. You do the math.

Luzhou has some beautiful parks tucked into some surprising corners. This one, you reach from a busy overpass that’s all malls, restaurants and an amusement park. It’s a really nice green space that takes you down to the Tuo River.

Feb 28, 2019

Straight out of Luzhou

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Chill out with this music video that takes you on a ride throughout central Luzhou. It’s always more peaceful when someone else is doing the driving …

Feb 27, 2019

Back away from the expensive pants

A shopping adventure

The search for a decent, but cheap, pair of pants.

Baseline: I hate clothes shopping, so it’s even worse in a country where I regularly max out the size of what’s available. But, that can turn into a handy excuse when I’ve accidentally tried on a pair of pants that is too expensive.

Also, stick around after the story for a recent Taobao purchase, a complaint, and a viewer comment of the week!

Feb 25, 2019

A McCheese of noble and delicate stature

Chinese McDonald’s has different stuff

Sometimes it’s time for McDonald’s

I saw this cheese-filled monstrosity on the McDonald’s menu and I had to try it. It wasn’t that great, but it came with a surprise lesson in Chinese language and literature. I’m always learning!

Feb 23, 2019

Pork or Chicken for Chinese New Years

A giraffe decides

For the year of the Pig, we have hot dogs!

For a more traditional Chinese New Year experience, a big family dinner would be in order. But because it’s just us, Peter and I had a Foreigners’ Spring Festival — which still entailed staying in and eating, but our meal was 100% macaroni & cheese and hot dogs. We bought some green beans, for health, but we forgot to cook them. 新年快乐!