Big City, Small World.

Depending on whom you ask, Beijing is a city of almost 30 million people. So the question I keep asking myself is how could a city this big be so small? My friend Mike sent me an email the other day asking if my sister and I would like to join him to go to a friend’s birthday party on Saturday night. I asked my sister and she said she already had a birthday party that night. The conversation went like this: me: just sent you an email from mike cocktail bday party sat. Sabrina: cool i thnk i am going ot this bday party with karl is it the same one?! 3 guys. hahahah me: omg same???? is it? Sabrina: w this guy, american me: xian bar? Sabrina: YES YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS WIN me: AHHHHHHH SHUT THE HELL UP! Second example, my closest (only?) friend from work, My Khanh,...

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Strategic Subway Riding.

I miss my NYC commute–one stop on an express train. Mere minutes on the train. I never had to worry about getting a seat. Here, that’s not the case (I spend well over an hour on the train daily). So, I’ve developed a serious seat-getting strategy. Maybe others employ this type of seat-getting strategy in NYC if they have a long commute, but I don’t, so this is new to me. Here’s a brief tutorial: In order to get a seat, you need to be on the ball. You have to anticipate who is going to get up next (so if someone is sleeping–far less rare than you might think during rush hour–that’s a good indication that he or she is not your target). Transfer stops are the best chance for turnover so be ready at those stations. You...

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Acquiring Halloween Costumes.

Given that all Halloween costumes you see in the US (except for the handmade ones) are likely made in China, you’d think finding a Halloween costume in Beijing would be simple. Not so. I have purchased each piece of my costume separately. Finally, all the pieces are falling into place. This is just another teaser post because I’m not revealing my costume yet! Stay tuned. Share It: Hide Sites

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The Crew.

My sister Sabrina has been living in Beijing since she graduated from college minus one year while she was getting her masters in the UK. And she has developed an amazing group of friends here. There’s something special and amazing about an ex-pat community. When I go out with my own friends in NYC and meet other people’s friends, I usually don’t take their phone numbers or plan to start hanging out with them. In Beijing, I’m constantly making new friends. Everyone here is connected to everyone else through no more than one degree of separation and everyone becomes friends with everyone else. I exchange phone numbers with almost everyone I meet and then put them in my phone with an “@ Spark” or wherever I met them. I’ve...

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Survivor Philippines Episode 5! Rant Against Quitters.

If you’re interested, check out my weekly article on this week’s episode of Survivor. I go on a pretty harsh rant against Dana, who quit the game this week. There’s nothing I hate more than quitters on Survivor. Read about it here: http://www.realitynation.com/tv-shows/survivor/philippines-dana-medically-removed-quits/21506/ Share It: Hide Sites

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