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Do I speak Chinese? Well, yes, some, but it’s complicated. I’ve been an attentive student for fifteen years, but I am not fluent (as hard as I’ve tried). Well, that is not exactly true. When it comes to cursing, I am as eloquent as a Chinese sailor. But in any real use, I suffer. IContinue reading “My life in China, Part 25- Learning Chinese”
The mind is a strange thing, and mine loves to become most active precisely when trying to go to sleep. So last night, I lay in bed staring into the dark, trying to think of a good topic for this post. Suddenly, I realized that the last time I rode a bicycle was in China.Continue reading “My life in China, Part 24- Ode to a bike”
It is a beautiful snowy day here in Boston, and I’m savoring my coffee. I took today off from work, not because I have anywhere to go, but because I’ve maxed out my vacation. Hence, it looks like a long day of writing! It has been an exciting and productive few weeks. First, I hadContinue reading “My small but mighty fan club and updates!”
过年好 (Guònián hǎo)! Happy Lunar New Year! Say bye to the rat and welcome the bull! Interesting fact, my book, the Slaying of the Bull, actually takes place in the year of the bull 780 years ago (1241). Check it out! In my last post, I discussed the question of whether China is safe. IContinue reading “My life in China, Part 23- CCP”
Many asked me this question as I packed my bags and moved across the world (especially my family). At that point, I didn’t really know. I hoped so and would soon find out! Ah, to be young. But the question continued to pop up over the years, especially when I tell someone one of myContinue reading “My life in China, Part 22- Is China safe?”
I realize it has been a bit of time since I published a blog post, so I wanted to provide an update. I’ve started yet another writing project, which means I am currently writing three separate books on top of blogging, marketing, and my day job! I know it’s crazy, but there is a methodContinue reading “New Adventure in Dark Fantasy!”
I can’t believe this is the 21st post of the My Life in China series, and I haven’t overtly addressed this question! Sure, I’ve hinted here and there, and hopefully, the love of my experiences shines through, but this series requires a bit more. It is a complicated question with an answer that is probablyContinue reading “My life in China, Part 21- Why China?”
Interruptions, writer’s block, dead-end ideas, low (or nonexistent) sales, bad reviews, lousy vendor customer service, keyword boxes, watching others skyrocket to success while you’re stuck in the mud, the list is endless. You’ve spent hours of your life pouring your heart on the page only to find that no one seems to care. Roadblock afterContinue reading “Are you a Frustrated Writer?”
It’s Sunday and time for some grocery shopping. As I scribble a list, I started thinking of the differences in this experience while living in China. It seems like such a mundane thing, and in many ways, we take a lot for granted as we zoom over to our local supermarket. Do they have supermarketsContinue reading “My Life in China, Part 20- Grocery shopping”
Over the years, I’ve had the great opportunity to travel over large swaths of China. More importantly, I often traveled like a local and experienced things I would have missed if I traveled just as a tourist. Crazy crowds, tasty and exotic food, quiet and remote villages, less than par hotels, uncomfortable seats, harrowing rides,Continue reading “My Life in China, Part 19- Once and future travels”
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