Posted by: daradoodle | December 31, 2008

Beijing (北京)

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The capital of China, host city of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and home of the Peking Duck. Four months ago, I was sitting in my living room in Los Angeles glued to the television watching Michael Phelps swim himself to golden glory. I couldn’t wait to get to China to visit Beijing (北京). With a few days free at the beginning of November and the upcoming weekend being my buddy Paul’s birthday, I felt the need to venture up north before the winter temperature set in. Read More…

Posted by: daradoodle | December 16, 2008

Fire Prevention at Fudan

Recently, four female students at Shanghai Business School died while escaping a dormitory fire. Clearly this tragic event initiated the recent fire drill at Fudan University’s Foreign Students Dormitory.

What you’re about to see is exactly what took place following the fire drill (on a very cold afternoon mind you). Fire extinguishers were being passed out left and right, and fire pits were ignited. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Talk amongst yourselves.

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Posted by: daradoodle | December 13, 2008

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Who says that you can’t have an American style Thanksgiving in China? I did just that this year with four Brits, two Americans, one Aussie and a whole Turkey. Read More…

Posted by: daradoodle | December 1, 2008

Hangzhou (杭州)

After all of the confusion with booking travel arrangements during the National Holiday, I figured it was time to take another stab at getting out of Shanghai. This time the destination would be Hangzhou (杭州), a lush green city located an hour and a half south of Shanghai via train.

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Posted by: daradoodle | November 14, 2008

Minus One Wisdom Tooth

The time has come...

The time has come...

Believe it or not, before I moved to China I did not live in fear of government censorship of media, or the unreliability of food safety, or living in a communist country, or the massive environmental issues. My biggest concern was the likely chance that I would have to undergo dental treatment while in China.

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Posted by: daradoodle | November 14, 2008

Holy Halloween!

I celebrated Halloween with a vengeance this year. My oh my, not only did I dress up on Friday night (Oct. 31st), but again on Saturday. The main reason being that Aaron came down from Beijing, so the whole weekend was coordinated in advance. Read More…

Posted by: daradoodle | November 6, 2008

HOPE

Today was the first day that I’ve been homesick since leaving the United States. Today was also the first day that I’ve genuinely been able to utter the words, “I am proud to be an American.” Read More…

Posted by: daradoodle | October 31, 2008

Western Weekend

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Expat.

In China, this word is thrown around like beads during Mardi Gras. We have an expat bar here… an expat newspaper there… an expat website here… an expat coffee shop there. Expat is the Jenny Craig version of the word “expatriate” defined by Webster as (adj.) “living in a foreign land.” When a person in China is referred to as an expat, more than likely they’re talking about a Westerner living in China.

After a month and a half of residency in Shanghai, I’m not gonna lie, I started missing a few things Western. One of which was a burger. Nothing says the U.S. of A. like a cheeseburger. It was time to do a weekend in Shanghai “expat” style. Read More…

Posted by: daradoodle | October 25, 2008

Thank You for Voting

The absentee ballot has been cast!

The absentee ballot has been cast!

U.S. election fever has made its way to China and I’m happy to say that I’ve officially cast my ballot for the 2008 Presidential Election. There was a pep in my step this morning after learning that The New York Times has officially endorsed presidential candidate Barack Obama. Things are looking up my friends, things are looking up.

If I can vote all the way from China, you can vote in the U.S. Make that happen on November 4th.

And if you’re still unsure of who to vote for, do yourself and all of our “freedom fighters” in Iraq a favor by clicking here.

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Posted by: daradoodle | October 21, 2008

Chongming Island (崇明县)

Somehow, I’ve always managed to live near an ocean. I grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, lived in Manhattan, which is an island, and for the past five years I’ve lived in Los Angeles, a hop, skip, and a jump from the Pacific Ocean. Once again, I find myself residing in a coastal city. The water source is the East China Sea and I was excited to learn that there is an extension of Shanghai just 45 minutes away via ferry called Chongming Island (崇明县). Some friends and I decided to make the trek to China’s third largest island during the National Holiday to see if the scenery was different from that of municipal Shanghai. Read More…

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