She’s Just a Rookie…

Yesterday, I ventured to IKEA with my friend Andrea.  This is her first year here and I was asked to be her social buddy.  You might not know this but currently here in China, it’s the Chinese National Holiday, which is similar to the Fourth of July in the US.  As a result, I have a five-day weekend.  Go Mao. The thing is about a holiday here is that everyone is off work, so everything is just bit busier and more crowded.  And that means more people shopping. We get to IKEA pretty early in an effort to avoid the…

Girls and Chinese TV

About three years ago, I took a writing workshop in San Diego.  It was one of those extension courses through SDSU that turned into monthly meetings in Del Mar with some of the people from the course.  I enjoyed that workshop for a couple of reasons. Mostly because it was surprising to see what people wrote. For instance, I would have never guessed that this one woman lived and worked in Africa with her husband for half her life.  Also, it got me writing. Like photography, I don’t think I am the best but I enjoy it and people seem…

The Sky is Falling!

School is Closed Due to Typhoon. These words were music to my ears this morning at 7:15am. Two of my friends and I have a driver that picks us up every morning at 6:50am to take us to work.  One of those friends and I usually meet at a coffee house beforehand and right as I got there this morning, she informed me that a big bucket full of dirt (we think) had fallen from the one of the apartments above – the wind was blowing that hard.  So when I got home early after shopping for some typhoon supplies,…

And The Crowd Goes Wild…

I feel the bumpy softness of the last beanbag as I take it off the board and hold it in my hand. If I don’t get this one in, we lose and everyone is watching. Cornhole is a game that we play here in Shekou and twice a year, we have a tournament.  It’s a lot of fun because we all just hang out and it’s a friendly competition in a game that everyone can play.  All you need is eight small beanbags, two slanted boards with holes at the top, a bit of luck, and you are there. Competition…

Tweetersation

Since living in China, behind the iron firewall, I’ve realized how valuable information is.  Many times here in Shekou, I have been stared out, or should I say, stared down by numerous Chinese and at times, it can be awkward.  But then someone said something about the impact of censorship.  I might be the only Westerner or one of a handful they have ever seen.  Last year, the government dropped Star TV because it was deemed too racy.  Glee? Top Model? But there you go.  It’s their decision and I have absolutely no say in the matter.  It’s not the…

Shanghai Darling

This October, I plan on taking a digital film making class in Hong Kong.  Although it’s a bit pricey, it’s with the instructor that I took my digital photography class so it’s in English! The class promises to teach students how to create a movie that tells a story – something that I think is missing from my current videos.  It also seems like a great class to take before I head off to Turkey in November!  Plus, movie making looks interesting and fun! So right now, I am afraid you are stuck with a very amateur film that was…

Shanghai, You Had Me at Ni Hao

I can’t hide it any longer.  I am a city girl and my new crush is Shanghai. Sure, there is ridiculous pollution that would probably give me black lung if I stayed another day and a half, a steady demolition of the old ways, and taxi drivers who love their horns (this morning, mine tested his and it worked for two minutes straight-true story)… but it is vibrant.  Many times people will ask me about a situation and all I can come back with is a feeling.  Like, well, I was really uncomfortable or yeah, that felt great but I…

Graceful Chaos

There are many cultural differences living here in China and most of them are subtle and sometimes just sneak up on you.  The ones I point out are meant to be just observations.  So with that in mind, one of those things that I struggle to reckon with is that the Chinese people here simply don’t get out of the way. For instance, if I am in the store looking at something and I see someone coming up the same aisle, I make the effort to move a bit so they can get by. As a rule, that just doesn’t…

Chinese Apartment

As you can probably tell, I am loving video right now.  It’s such a nice way to show people what it’s like.  Photography is still my favorite, but video is a whole new world for me at the moment.  Anyway, I took a quick video of my apartment as I feel like it’s finally ‘done’ in the sense that I am not planning on adding much more.  For a limited budget in a foreign city, I think it looks good! I hope you enjoy a look into my China home.  Enjoy!

Decisions and Mad Men

Things in China are moving along.  It’s the time of year when I have to start making some decisions on whether I want to stay here or move on to another location.  Like anything, there are positives and negatives and in many ways, the easy thing to do would be to stay. The question is, do I want to do the easy thing or go bold? I recently passed on a job opportunity that would have been wonderful, but it meant an additional two years here (four years total).  Some might say that this is crazy, what’s another two years? …