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fat jiggling machines in asia

The first time I went to the gym in China, I made a beeline for one of these fat jiggling (vibrating belt?) machines. While The Husband lifted weights and ran on the treadmill, I just stood around with this band … Continue reading

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milk powder in china

I’ve been talking to my Chinese friends about starting my own business. My idea was to create a little on-line jewelry shop, but they keep telling me that the money is in importing milk powder to China. No one trusts … Continue reading

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things people like in china: part 2

It’s been several months since my last post about things people like in China. I have a few more things to add to the list. Naps. Chinese people all take naps during lunchtime, after they eat. At the office, they … Continue reading

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doing laundry in China

I’ve never seen anyone use a clothes dryer in China. While most of us have washing machines in our apartment units (which is a pretty big luxury, actually), no one has a dryer. As far as I’m concerned, they do not exist … Continue reading

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celebrating women (who like to shop)

Happy Women’s Day! I got an email yesterday evening announcing that all women employees get a half day today in honor of International Women’s Day. So we got to leave the office at lunchtime and got all sorts of treats, … Continue reading

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exercising in jeans

When I’m at the gym in China, I always see at least a few people exercising in jeans. I’ve noticed that in general, people in China don’t seem to have very strong preconceptions about fitness wear. So there are a … 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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regrets/blast from the past

Do you ever look back on your childhood and think, “Ohmygod, what was WRONG with you?” Yeah, I have those moments all the time. I just had one this morning, when I was suddenly reminded of a book I bought … Continue reading

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flower bouquets in china

Everything is different in China —  even flower bouquets. I don’t know how I’d describe the flower bouquets in the U.S., but I would say that in general, they’re pretty un-fussy, wrapped in some clear plastic and maybe tissue paper. … 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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