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

Hi, my name is Deng Peaceful Concrete 邓安凝

One late night at the office a few colleagues and I were discussing the Chinese names of the office laowai. Selecting a Chinese name is an interesting process. Because there’s no family name to start with, you instead must attempt to mimic the sound of your given name with words that also, hopefully, have a … Continue reading