All the Canadian(ish) things I’ll miss (and definitely won’t miss)

Dear Canada. I have been inside you for over a year now. Your winters suck. Your summers are the best. You’ve inspired me as an artist. You’ve made me a nicer person. You’ve brainwashed me into saying “eh?” all the time… It’s been fun. Before I remove myself from you, I just wanted to endContinue reading “All the Canadian(ish) things I’ll miss (and definitely won’t miss)”

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”

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”