Category Archives: life is a mystery

mystery of the 59fifty hats and their golden stickers

When I returned from China and rode the NYC subway for the first time (in years), I noticed a young dude wearing a baseball cap with the sticker labels still on the bill. I assumed he’d forgotten to take it … Continue reading

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hot and cold food in China

When Chinese people talk about “hot” food, they could be talking about three different things: temperature hot, spicy hot, or inner fire hot, which is this mysterious thing that I haven’t quite figured out yet. Basically, people in China believe that certain … Continue reading

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as promised: carved wooden penises in Thailand

I haven’t been posting very often these days because I have a lot of distractions in my life right now, and my entries are starting to sound manic and incoherent. So I decided to just share a delightful little story … Continue reading

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things to do on tomb sweeping day

We had a day off last week for Tomb Sweeping Day (yes, this is a real holiday), so we and a couple of friends decided to hop on a bullet train and run away to Guangzhou together. I’d been hearing so … Continue reading

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(no) swiffers in china

Our apartment in China has white ceramic floors. Being Asians, we have dark hair. This is not an ideal combination. When we first arrived in Shenzhen, we searched high and low for a Swiffer or something similar with disposable dry cloths, but the closest … 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 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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house of spirits

when we were in thailand, we saw these little houses in front of just about every home/building. we also passed a lot of stores selling these little houses, all lined up outdoors. at first, i thought they were super fancy … Continue reading

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the art of buying art

i tend to feel pretty confident when shopping for most things because i know what i like and don’t like. but there are a few exceptions. i struggle when making decisions about the following: 1. electronics (they bore me to … Continue reading

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ladies only zone

WARNING: the following blog entry contains graphic (well, ok, it’s not that graphic but it kinda is) descriptions relating to womanly issues and may not be suitable for all readers. please do not click “continue reading” unless you are — … Continue reading

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