Beijing, we need to talk

Dear Beijing, We need to talk. I’ve known you for three years now and it’s been awesome, really. We’ve had such great times together. Remember camping out on the Wall? Or all those days in the summer when we would just lounge in Chao Yang Park? Man, those were the days! The thing is, “this” … Continue reading

Taking the GRE in China

Wow. It’s been so long. I feel like I haven’t seen you in forever! I’m sorry I’ve been out of touch – work has been busy. No, I haven’t been avoiding you. OK, so maybe it wasn’t just work. But I really have been busy. Let me explain. At the beginning of the summer I … Continue reading

The god of Chinese weather

Every once in a while, the Chinese government inaudibly demonstrates its supreme control over life in the mainland. Now, I’m not exactly saying that we live in an oriental Hunger Games (or at least won’t get into the indisputable overlap between themes in the book and life out East), but the unbelievably fortuitous blue sky … Continue reading

Paintbawlin in Beijing

I’d never gone paintballing before, and frankly was pretty terrified of the idea, but my friend Dave loves it. And Saturday was Dave’s birthday. I was initially relieved that we had decided on paintballing instead of the famous shooting range in Beijing’s suburbs, but once we arrived and I saw the field splattered with white … Continue reading

I Got China-Conned


I often joke that I picked up the talent of easily spotting shady characters from my South America days, along with other paranoid habits such as running whenever I cross a street, but tonight my sixth sense fell short, leaving me 600 kuai shorter. After picking up some cash at the bank, I made an … Continue reading

Acupuncture Part Two: The adventure continues with house visits!

In an effort to treat my budding wrist syndrome, last month I saw a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, whose treatment unfortunately left me with new pain and doubtful of his competency. Additional research, however, restored my faith in acupuncture, which I put to the test again a few weeks ago with a new practitioner who … Continue reading

The basic dos and don’ts of acupuncture

While attempting to penetrate the vast maze of Chinese culture can be shocking and hilarious, recently I also discovered it can be quite painful. Sitting in the doctor’s office chair last week, I desperately tried to force a state of relaxation while pain shot out of my head as he chanted incoherent Chinese and attempted … Continue reading

Beijing’s Nirvana and Jillian Michaels

Woah it’s been a long time since I wrote something here. I started out the summer with the goal of posting once a week, but as it is the time for travel and workloads, and I’ve been familiarizing myself with the latter, time has passed me by. So far, summer in Beijing has been hot … Continue reading

The rents have arrived!

The rents arrived for the first time to China, let alone Asia, last week to be my first guests here. As I am quite new to the task, there have been a few bumps along the way, including arrival at the final gate of the Forbidden City (after trekking through the four-odd gates) the minute … Continue reading

Buying a Beijing-worthy Bike

They say getting your bike stolen in Beijing is a rite of passage. I only hope having it happen a second time means you’re a turbo Beijinger. This weekend, for the second time since I arrived in Beijing, I went in search of the perfect bike because two weeks ago, for the second time since … Continue reading