• The Reality of Recycling in China

    The Reality of Recycling in China

    Sasha | March 14, 2012 | Comments (5)

    In China how things are run and managed are far from conventional by western standards so it comes as no surprise that China has adopted a clever yet somewhat unconventional way to run their recycling system, a system so crucial to the reduction of China’s massive volumes of waste thrown out everyday.

    But unlike in other countries where the recycling systems are generally government initiatives, here in China the recycling system has nothing to do with smart local government policies and good management around China’s neighbourhoods.  And if my neighbourhood is anything to go by there isn’t a visible …

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  • China Tree Slapping Workout Video

    Sasha | February 17, 2012 | Comments (4)

    Tree Slapping, you only have to walk past any park particularly in the mornings/evening to come across this amazing exercise phenomenon (…or if you’re lucky enough to be me you can watch it from your bedroom window!). Clearly China’s elderly are on to something!

    There are many great health benefits of Tree Slapping including:

    • Stimulating the nerves, you know, when you hit the tree just a bit too hard and injure your hand reminding yourself that you do in fact still have nerves!
    • Scratching that annoying itch on your back.
    • Loosening up the joints.
    • Improve blood circulation.

    Besides the …

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  • Strolling Suzhou’s 山塘街 Shan Tang Old Street

    Strolling Suzhou’s 山塘街 Shan Tang Old Street

    Sasha | January 8, 2012 | Comments (1)

    Suzhou’s 山塘街 Shan Tang Old Street like seemingly every other old water town street in China displays the common, charming characteristics of the traditional, quaint, whitewashed buildings, red tasseled lanterns softly swinging in the breeze and canal boats chugging tourists up and down the canals.

    Then of course there’s the not so charming side, the commercial side, the main drag lined with tacky souvenir shops, Suzhou embroidery shops selling the same generic embroidery as the store two doors down and any other piece of generic China wide merchandise imaginable.

    Now Shan Tang Street could certainly never claim to be as …

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  • 中国 Song Spotlight: Long De Chuan Ren

    Sasha | December 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

    The song Long De Chuan Ren 龙的传人 known in English as “The Descendants of the Dragon” is a tribute from Taiwanese pop superstar Wang Lee Hom 王力宏 to his Chinese cultural heritage.

    Growing up in the US Lee Hom longed to get back to his motherland, back to the culture of his ancestors, back to the place that truly felt like his home and eventually he did.  Now he’s one of the most adored artists in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong not to mention loved by a few Chinese pop music enthusiast foreign girls!

    English Translation

    The far east

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  • And this is what we're breathing in - Shanghai on a bad day!

    The China cough, it ain’t a medical myth!

    Sasha | December 16, 2011 | Comments (9)

    In all my time in China I could never understand just why so many Chinese spat on the streets.  There were two things I wondered about…1.Why it is that they had no regard for public hygiene? and  2. Why on earth did they have nasty goo in their lungs to cough up all the time anyway, don’t you only get that when you’re sick, are the Chinese just always sick?

    And then after living in China for nearly two years I finally understood…

    It was China they were coughing up on the street, it was all the nasty pollution that …

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The Reality of Recycling in China

The Reality of Recycling in China

March 14, 2012 | Comments (5)

In China how things are run and managed are far from conventional by western standards so it comes as no surprise that China has adopted a clever yet somewhat unconventional way to run their recycling system, a system so crucial to the reduction of China’s massive volumes of waste thrown out everyday.

But unlike in other countries where the recycling systems are generally government initiatives, here in China the recycling system has nothing to do with smart local government policies and good management around China’s neighbourhoods.  And if my neighbourhood is anything to go by there isn’t a visible …

Read More

China Tree Slapping Workout Video

China Tree Slapping Workout Video

February 17, 2012 | Comments (4)

Tree Slapping, you only have to walk past any park particularly in the mornings/evening to come across this amazing exercise phenomenon (…or if you’re lucky enough to be me you can watch it from your bedroom window!). Clearly China’s elderly are on to something!

There are many great health benefits of Tree Slapping including:

  • Stimulating the nerves, you know, when you hit the tree just a bit too hard and injure your hand reminding yourself that you do in fact still have nerves!
  • Scratching that annoying itch on your back.
  • Loosening up the joints.
  • Improve blood circulation.

Besides the …

Read More

中国 Song Spotlight: Wo You Wo De Young

中国 Song Spotlight: Wo You Wo De Young

January 28, 2012 | Comments (0)

If you were wondering if you still had your youth maybe you can ask these guys…

Fahrenheit  飛輪海 a cheesy and well loved pop band among Chinese youths shows you just what youth looks (and sounds) like in their song Wo You Wo De Young 我有我的young (I have my youth).

English Translation

Every time my stare meets yours, I show my styles, I have my youth
Just like everyone else, like following the current, just one look and it’s forgotten
Every time my energy controls yours, I show my styles, I have my youth
Just like everyone else,

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Despite what this sign says, what it's really saying is un-clip your seat belt!

What ever you do don’t fasten your seat belt!

January 25, 2012 | Comments (4)

*Disclaimer: This is a tongue in cheek look at China’s culture of not wearing a seat belt, please do not take any of this as actual advice!

Whatever you do, when you get into a taxi or private car in China don’t fasten your seat belt!  Too bad no one told me that before I came to China!

In Australia where I grew up, wearing a seat belt was drilled into my head from a very young age with public safety campaigns saying “buckle up” all over the TV and radio.  Not to mention the advertisements plastered all over roadside …

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中国 Song Spotlight: 稻香 Dao Xiang

中国 Song Spotlight: 稻香 Dao Xiang

January 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

If you’ve even feeling down and in a rut, 周杰伦 Jay Chou’s sweet lyrics about hope and contentedness in his song Dao Xiang 稻香 (Rice Aroma) is just what you need to pick you up.

Dao Xiang despite its light and happy musical arrangement explores a side of life many Chinese don’t want to think about, hardship.  It’s a song about hope, persistence, patience, dreams, being grateful and cherishing everything you do have!

It’s a song that really hits the root of one of the failings of Chinese culture, a belief that if you choose the right number’s you …

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For the love of 王力宏 Wang Lee Hom

For the love of 王力宏 Wang Lee Hom

January 13, 2012 | Comments (6)

It was love at first sight the moment I locked eyes on him.

He was handsome, talented, he could play guitar and he could sing songs that would sent ripples to the depths of my soul.  His eye’s gazed deeply into mine in a way that said I will take care of you, I will love you with every fiber of my being.

His name was Wang Lee Hom 王力宏 and he was the guy to take my Chinese guy crush virginity away from me with one song and a long gaze.

You see I may have lived in China …

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中国 Song Spotlight: Zhong Guo Hua

中国 Song Spotlight: Zhong Guo Hua

January 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

Do you need a reason to learn Chinese, do you need motivation to kick you into action for your Mandarin studies? Well here it is: Bamboo forests, Kung Fu, Chinese tongue twisters and undoubtedly China’s biggest female pop group S.H.E singing the very persuasive song Zhong Guo Hua (Chinese Language). Now if that doesn’t convince you to learn Chinese nothing will.

Forget about Chinese being one of the most difficult languages to learn, forget about the frustration of the tones, forget about the 3 million different character’s for a word with the same pinyin spelling and tone (ok 3 million …

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Strolling Suzhou’s 山塘街 Shan Tang Old Street

Strolling Suzhou’s 山塘街 Shan Tang Old Street

January 8, 2012 | Comments (1)

Suzhou’s 山塘街 Shan Tang Old Street like seemingly every other old water town street in China displays the common, charming characteristics of the traditional, quaint, whitewashed buildings, red tasseled lanterns softly swinging in the breeze and canal boats chugging tourists up and down the canals.

Then of course there’s the not so charming side, the commercial side, the main drag lined with tacky souvenir shops, Suzhou embroidery shops selling the same generic embroidery as the store two doors down and any other piece of generic China wide merchandise imaginable.

Now Shan Tang Street could certainly never claim to be as …

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Shanghai’s thermostat is completely out of wack!

Shanghai’s thermostat is completely out of wack!

January 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

Shanghai seems to be a city that’s internal thermostat is completely out of wack! Now how did I come to such a conclusion without being any kind of thermostat expert I hear you ask? Well it was pretty simple…

I stepped into a building, then another one and another as you just tend to do going about your daily life and every single time without fail I had an instant desire to want to strip off my clothes down to my underwear.  WHY? Because every single building is just so damn HOT!

You see the people of Shanghai seems to …

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中国 Song Spotlight: Long De Chuan Ren

中国 Song Spotlight: Long De Chuan Ren

December 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

The song Long De Chuan Ren 龙的传人 known in English as “The Descendants of the Dragon” is a tribute from Taiwanese pop superstar Wang Lee Hom 王力宏 to his Chinese cultural heritage.

Growing up in the US Lee Hom longed to get back to his motherland, back to the culture of his ancestors, back to the place that truly felt like his home and eventually he did.  Now he’s one of the most adored artists in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong not to mention loved by a few Chinese pop music enthusiast foreign girls!

English Translation

The far east

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