Urumqi, China (part 2)

So about two years ago, when I was living in Foshan, China, I had a friend teaching in Kazakhstan. This of course meant that I had to go visit him, but as one might suspect, there aren’t too many direct flights from southern China to the largest city in Kazakhstan, which also isn’t the capital.... Continue Reading →

Urumqi, China (part 1)

So about two years ago, when I was living in Foshan, China, I had a friend teaching in Kazakhstan. This of course meant that I had to go visit him, but as one might suspect, there aren’t too many direct flights from southern China to the largest city in Kazakhstan, which also isn’t the capital.... Continue Reading →

Heated Toilets at Osaka Castle

Japan is renowned for various things: cuisine, transportation, cleanliness, history, politeness and so on and so forth. But by far the most underrated aspect of Japanese culture is its love affair with over-the-top toilet seats. My understanding of this culminated in one of the more revered places of Japanese yore: Osaka Castle. So let me... Continue Reading →

How to Resolve Office Disputes When Working in China

[Note: This article was first published on eChinacities.com on February 12, 2018] No matter which company you work for and which country you live in, there’s always the possibility of workplace disputes. The language and cultural gaps that exist for foreigners working in China, however, further compounds the difficulty of avoiding and resolving disputes. Whether... Continue Reading →

Outcomes in Capitalism vs Communism

All humans are the same. We require air, water and food. We usually need shelter. We deeply appreciate companionship on some level, and we can all agree that Tottenham Hotspur Football Club are shit. How we get those results, those differences, are what color this world. Everyone and their mother likes to proffer truisms. “There... Continue Reading →

Break Etiquette in the Chinese Workplace

[Note: This article was first published on eChinacities.com on January 23, 2018] You’ve just bagged yourself a job in China. Congrats! You’ve swatted up on China’s overtime rules, lunch break etiquette and even know the do’s and don’ts of dealing with your Chinese boss. But what do you do if you want to take an... Continue Reading →

Chinese Skywalks

This is something that everyone thinks about constantly. Why am I stuck on this stupid bus on the tarmac with 50 other people crammed in, while my plane is right there? Why didn’t I just walk across? Skywalks (or Skyway or Skybridge or “that tunnel I take from the gate to the airplane) is actually... Continue Reading →

Buying Chinese Fruit

Near my subway stop in Foshan, China was a row of vendors, some selling fruit, others selling knockoff electronics. I’m not sure which had a longer shelf life.

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