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dry oil vs. wet oil

The beauty industry sure loves to confuse consumers. All the rage these days is “dry oil,” which supposedly hydrates skin without clogging pores. That sounds great and all, except I’ve been conditioned to expect the exact opposite for decades. Since … Continue reading

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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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eating meat in the U.S.

While I was in China, I became a little (!) educated about factory farming. And I vowed that when I came back to the U.S., I would become an ethical meat eater (well, as ethical as you can be as … Continue reading

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Ace Power from Korea

Ohmygod, Korea is killing me with these weird weight loss/fitness contraptions. This one is called Ace Power, and it’s supposed to give you the workout benefits of horseback riding. Which sounds fine, except… it looks like this. And you thought … Continue reading

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“The Hunger Games” poster in China

“The Hunger Games” was never released in China, but that has not kept the Chinese people from ripping off the movie poster. Prominently displayed all over Shenzhen are these ads for Suning, a major Chinese electronics retailer. Katniss and Peeta are … Continue reading

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Buttocks Bras in Korea

When we were in Seoul last month, we came across a shop selling this amazing product — Buttocks Bra! It’s so weird and awesome that I wish I’d tried it (for, you know, research), but I didn’t think that was … Continue reading

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Binch by Lotte

I bought this box of cookies in Seoul not because it looked delicious, but because its name cracked me up. Binch. Looks a lot like that other word that begins with “Bi” and ends with “ch.” There’s also something about … 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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not cool, MBSKY, not cool!

We were walking through a tiny department store in Pingshan Village the other day when the husband noticed this rather disturbing poster for MBSKY, a Chinese fashion brand. In case it isn’t obvious, let me spell it out for you: … Continue reading

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UCLA in Asia

I should start by assuring you that I have nothing against UCLA — the school. I always thought of it as a great institution with lots of smart folks. It actually has a very good MBA program, which is one … Continue reading

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