Monthly Archives: February 2012

put your back into it

I spent most of my 20s feeling smug about my (relatively) strong, healthy body. And now, in my 30s, I’m starting to pay the price for not taking good care of myself during the past decade. Two of my biggest … Continue reading

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clearing tables

All Ikea cafeterias seem to have this sign that says, “Why should I clear my own table?” We have them in China, too (in both English and Chinese), but these signs seem particularly important here, because Chinese consumers are not used … Continue reading

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“ondolbang” in korea

one of my favorite childhood memories is of our family sitting together on the toasty floor, talking, laughing, and watching TV during cold winter nights. we would crawl around feeling for warm spots and beckon others to come sit: wave, tap … Continue reading

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across the border

whenever i’m returning from a trip to Hong Kong, i like to look around at the border to see what people are bringing back to China. and without fail, i always see people carrying many packages of diapers. we have … Continue reading

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it’s a fake, fake world

i became a lot more aware of intellectual property issues since The Husband went to law school. now i notice infringements everywhere — fake handbags, DVD copies, celebrities’ faces on random posters,etc., etc., and once you start seeing them, you … Continue reading

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shopping in seoul: part 1

seoul has a lot of famous department stores, like Lotte, Hyundai, Shinsegae, but they tend to be a little fancy. and by fancy, i mean expensive. hella expensive. i also find them a little annoying because most brands in women’s … Continue reading

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market research and more bare bottom babies

since i am an aspiring market researcher, i think it is important for me to take some time to step back on a regular basis and reflect on my product — this little blog, that is. who are my readers? … Continue reading

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toilets in korea

toilets in korea are awesome. most public bathrooms are clean and beautiful and many even have bidets. i confess i have never actually used a bidet myself, but the most amazing thing about these bidets is that the seats are … Continue reading

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toilets in thailand

if you know me well, you know that i am absolutely obsessed with bathrooms. more specifically, i am obsessed with avoiding gross bathrooms, and sometimes i will hold it in (whatever *it* may be at that time) for hours until i … Continue reading

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first world problems

my friend at Sweet + Condensed sent me the link to this hilarious quick meme page, and i’ve been cracking up the past half hour. the sad fact is that i have actually complained loudly about 99% of the first … Continue reading

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