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”