Category Archives: Life in Beijing

Our daily existence in China, and how it’s funny, boring, frustrating, or whatever.

Ode to the Flying Pigeon

When we first moved into our apartment in Beijing, we found that the previous owner had left, among other things, a copy of a slick design magazine (Wallpaper*). Its pages were a parade of posh restaurants, oddly-shaped buildings, furniture and … Continue reading

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English is my business

Working in Beijing when you don’t speak Chinese isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Continue reading

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Requiem for the receipt store

Not far from where we live is a grocery/odds and ends/clothing store housed in a giant warehouse. Its English name is the “High Honesty Supermarket;” its Chinese name is “Chinese people’s supermarket (华人超市),” and we call it the receipt store. … Continue reading

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Our apartment: it’s, like, a metaphor

In terms of space and design, our apartment in Beijing might be the nicest apartment I’ve lived in up to now. I had some nice digs in Seattle, back in the days when I had a real job and some … Continue reading

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The gold farm upstairs

I think our upstairs neighbors might be running one of those video game sweatshops that are popping up all over China. Every morning around 10 am the unbearably repetitive background music (alternating between two base notes, over and over again) … Continue reading

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