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Shanglow Days – Car Troubles

Among the expats living in Shanghai, it’s common to talk about Shanglow days. The opposite of feeling high, you’re feeling low, or a little blue, in Shanghai. Lots of things could bring on a Shanglow day – the weather, the traffic, the cost of...

Our First Chinese Collection

Our New Collection We started our first collection in China, and it’s not what I thought it would be. Nothing as classy as Chinese calligraphy or tea sets for us – we’re collecting plastic Disney figurines! The biggest store near us, Carrefour,...

Mosquito Attack

Before we moved to China I took some Mandarin lessons. I learned things like greetings, numbers, and telling time. Little did I know that one of the first new words I would learn after moving would be for an insect. Wénzi蚊子, (mosquito) is now my nemesis, and part of...

House Quirks

There are some things in our Shanghai house that make me chuckle. Here are just a couple. 1) The faucets. My faucets are labeled Kalt and Caldo. His are Caldo and Warm. Hmm….. Mix and match languages and meanings. I had to look up some of the meanings, and...

Tokyo Disney

While in Japan, we had a chance to spend a few days at Tokyo Disney. It was a welcome change from the big cities of Shanghai and Tokyo, and felt very familiar. The layout of Tokyo Disney is very similar to Disneyland in Anaheim, and had many of the same attractions....