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

Side Car Through Beijing

A friend is starting up a sidecar tour group and put out a request for passengers willing to test drive her service. My grandma started her campaign against motorcycles when my cousins and I were young, instilling a fear of motorized two-wheelers at an early age. While I remain hesitant to jump on the back … 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

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

A Middle Kingdom Easter

Wangfujing Cathedral

Last week I celebrated one of my favorite holidays knowing the fam was about to enjoy a morning dose of Easter candy, inspiring church sermon, deliciously satisfying brunch followed by an equally satisfying nap, and another huge meal concluded with my Dad’s famous Easter cake. This is what I consider a great routine, so I … Continue reading

The Beijing Bubble

After reading international and domestic media’s interpretations of this past month’s events in China, I am confused. Yes, Beijing does sometimes feel like a bubble centered on Sanlitun (a popular westerner hangout), and I’ve never broached controversial topics with Chinese friends or coworkers out of respect. And yes, I’ve missed historical events unfolding around me … Continue reading

Hooked on Wangba 网吧

While studying abroad in Madrid, a nearby internet café offered my only connection to family and friends back west. Although it provided brief (it closed at 9:00, my senora finished dinner at 8:30) and hazy (it was the sketchiest internet connection) interactions, I frequented the dingy room consistently enough that by the time I left, … Continue reading