A typical Chinese New Year: Food, Family & Fights

Aaaah, Chinese new year. A yearly get-together with loved ones including fireworks, dumplings, alcohol, karaoke, red envelopes and… lot’s of fighting! In today’s episode, me and my friend’s foreign faces got us a free ticket to spend Chinese New Year in rural Beijing with a random Chinese family in the most traditional setting. Foreign guestsContinue reading “A typical Chinese New Year: Food, Family & Fights”

The Matchmaking Scheme

Currently I live together in an apartment with a 40-something year old bachelor who sleeps about 20 hours a day; the rest he spends in front of the computer doing “stock market” things. Whatever that means. As a foreigner, you need to register your address in order to change your visa to a residence permit.Continue reading “The Matchmaking Scheme”

Mirror mirror on the wall

“I am in such a hurry,” my roommate says to me one morning, cigarette in her left hand,  head literally hanging in the sink trying to get off the cleanser. She had a rough day at work the day before, and even after coming home immediately started working on another article she needed to finishContinue reading “Mirror mirror on the wall”

Auctioned off

27-01-2017 In Hebei at a a friend’s family celebrating Chinese New Year. Here’s a short conversation when meeting a friend of the family: * How old is she? “She’s 26 * Has she found a partner yet? “Not yet, she’s currently looking – I’m not looking *Maybe we can introduce her to my son -I’mContinue reading “Auctioned off”

I’m a bit of a pervert

He walks nervously around the gym space mumbling, eyes fixed to the floor. Then it’s time: “S..S..Sarah. I like you. Please don’t reject me” 雅婷,我喜欢你,请不要拒绝 – I didn’t know Chinese people were so direct “I watched on television that European people like directness” – You should watch less television. What do you like about me?Continue reading “I’m a bit of a pervert”

Misunderstandings on Love

17-11-2016 “Is Bingbing related to you?” I ask my roommate, Bree, about the guy that sort of lives in our house but then sometimes just isn’t there. He’s been living in our apartment ever since I got here, but I’ve never seen Bree touch him or smile at him; so I just assumed maybe theyContinue reading “Misunderstandings on Love”

My new flatmate: Mr. Lim

19-10-2016 This is Mr. Lim from Korea. He is one of my 4 new flatmates, and boy are they an interesting bunch. One of them is apparently really famous and Mr. Lim is his agent. This picture was taken on the day they arrived and when I didn’t know anything about them yet. I wasContinue reading “My new flatmate: Mr. Lim”

Smog Kills & Instafamous

First of all; don’t be an idiot like me and do a workout in a park in Beijing when the smog levels are high. How self-defeating can you be ?! I don’t know wat astma is like, but I think it felt pretty similar. I also have a throat infection. It’s great. Also: After 10Continue reading “Smog Kills & Instafamous”