Oct 17, 2018

Instagram always: Indulgent writing selfie

The light was just too good to resist!

The big window in the Mango Tree Cafe provides such nice light, and an excellent view. I love writing there, and I love looking good while I’m doing it.

Oct 17, 2018

Bearing musical fruit

The sounds of Uncle Foreigner

Enjoy the soundtrack from “Bearing Fruit: Pomelos and Mortality.” And visit us on SoundCloud to hear more all-original music from the videos of Hello Uncle Foreigner.

Oct 14, 2018

Hello Uncle Foetus: Nine months of video blogging

This baby’s ready for the world

Time flies when you’re making videos! It’s been nine months of short filmmaking for Uncle Foreigner and we’ve been oh-so chuffed to watch our baby develop.

To celebrate the growth so far — and in anticipation of exciting changes to come — we’ve put together a compilation of all of our videos since we first started posting in earnest last December. The clips are in order of posting, so you can chart our journey from those first embryonic ideas onward. Look at those teensy, little toes on Uncle’s Shorts No. 1!

Next week, we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled, all-new programming … this baby’s taking confident steps out into the world.

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Oct 14, 2018

Tweet(s) of the week: The why of working out

It’s cake. Always cake.

The complete saga of the Friday night cake. My trainer is a great guy, but … oof, those workouts are rough.

Oh, and follow us on Twitter!

Oct 13, 2018

Bearing fruit

Pomelos and mortality

In China, watch this video on YouKu.

We recently marked the anniversary of Peter’s hospital stay last year. (In fact, coming soon is the anniversary of the date that he came home … a much happier day.) And a friend’s recent gift of some pomelos reminded me of some of the hope I had felt while Peter was sick.

It’s amazing the difference a year can make.

Oct 11, 2018

Instagram always: Remembering Lijiang

A cold and beautiful place

The view outside of our apartment complex in Lijiang, 2015. We really were right in the shadow of the Himalayas. They started paving that road just before Chinese New Year 2016, but they had not finished it by the time we left in May.

Oct 11, 2018

The Music of Uncle Foreigner

Western Toilet is born

Did you know that Uncle Foreigner uses all original music by Peter Sikoski to score its videos? It’s true! For the early part of this year, we’ve been using work by Peter from earlier on in his life, back when he was a rocker. But for the past few months, Peter has been working hard composing original scores for each new video. (Take a gander at our studio on Instagram.) To celebrate that fact, we’ve put together a playlist of just the music we’ve spun off a whole new channel: Western Toilet! Just close your eyes and imagine you’re in China! With some Americans!

Subscribe to Western Toilet on YouTube to keep up with all the new music!

Sep 24, 2018

Pop quiz on this

Learning Chinese at the school of life

Some foreigners get annoyed with the small talk questions that strangers tend to pepper us with, but not me. I look at it as a pop quiz … and I am a very good test taker.

Sep 19, 2018

Humble shyness

Don’t be shy, just try!

The subhead of this post is something I used to chant with my middle schoolers, to get them comfortable with speaking while facing up to the possibility that they might make mistakes. But the substance of this weeks video is about those kids who are shy … and why they like me as their teacher.

Also, it was so hot our first week of school that the government called it off for a heat day; my first one of those. To me, it didn’t feel crazy hot … not more so than usual for Luzhou summer, but I did also spend the day in the air conditioning inside. And I’m not one to look a gift day off in the mouth. What?

Sep 14, 2018

A summer shorn

The new back-to-school hair

School has started up again, and we’re all trying to look our best. At every age.