New article: “Love Through Actions”

New post over at LoveLoveChina:

My Chinese wife rarely says “wo ai ni” (“I love you”).

One day at dinner I remarked offhand that I had worn holes in a pair of socks. It was just one pair; God knew I had plenty more at home.

She showed up the next day with a new pair. Like I said, she rarely says “wo ai ni“.

Perhaps she doesn’t have to.

Check out the rest here. Thanks to Crystal!

First Impressions are Everything

Here’s something I wrote up the day after my arrival in China:

– Driving here is insane. On the way from the airport, our driver nearly hit a several people, pedestrians included.

– Drivers here are not hesitant to honk their horns at you. Even if you’re a pedestrian crossing at a designated crosswalk. But I have the right away! No, you do not.

– The dollar is worth more than the yuan (RMB). It will carry you far.

– My apartment is brand-new, furnishings included.

– The internet is of course filtered, so I cannot officially access wordpress. Right now, I’m using a web-based anonymous proxy.

– At our welcome dinner last night, the food packed quite a punch. The Wuhan delicacies tend to be on the VERY spicy side.

– There is a street close by, I don’t know the name, full of street vendors selling an assortment of items.

– Try to learn some Chinese before coming here. That way, when you order noodles from a street vendor, you know the price they are quoting and are not stuck with handing them a 10 and hoping for the best.

– However, now that I have internet access, that should change. There are lots of online tools that assist language learning.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back later with clearer, more in-depth posts.

August 29, 2008

Coming to China for the first time is an experience I’ll never be able to relive. The best I can hope for is stumbling across old writings like this. :)

Old blog imported

I’ve imported all the posts from my old blog, Chronicles of the Dancing Laowai, all under the aptly titled category, Chronicles of the Dancing Laowai.

You are now free to wince your way through my early China columns, ruminations, rants and general musings.