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I've spent the majority of my Asia adventures in China, where I studied all four summers of high school and worked during the Shanghai World Expo. Now, I live in Hong Kong. I've traveled to Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan for business, and visited Thailand.

A Slow Transition… and It Begins!

Well, the jet lag has finally worn off. Two nights ago I went to take a nap at 5:30 PM and ended up waking...

Exposed Bellies as a Means of Ventilation: The Best Quirk of...

Now that you've been introduced to some Chinese quirks- matching clothes, squatting, and tiny, tiny chairs- I think you are ready to learn about the...

Pats of Butter for You and You

If you are ever planning on starting a business in China, I'd strongly suggest learning about the Chinese culture first. Some of the gimmicks that are...

Adventures in Walmart and Noodle Eating

If you've never been to a Chinese Walmart, you need to. They are nothing like American ones. I can't assume that no American Walmart...

Shanghai’s Barbie Super Store

While walking down a random street in Shanghai today with my roommate Jillian, I noticed something that isn't seen very often anywhere. A six-story...

Did You Lose a Child or a Shoe? – The Curse...

Most people have heard of Mandarin and Cantonese- those two languages that are both technically Chinese, but completely different. Well, those are only two of...

A Lithuanian Drunk

Last night, the USA Pavilion hosted a 4th of July party for all the USA staff inside the pavilion. We closed down the pavilion to visitors...

Goodbye World Expo

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 is officially over. It lasted 184 days, from May 1 to October 31st, and received more than 73.08...

Brutal Honesty at the Massage Parlor

I like to seek out massage parlors "one step above brothel". If the sign prominently displays a neon blinking foot and the menu uses...

The Ever Vigilant, Oh So Patient USA Ops Team

The Student Ambassadors who work on the ground floor of the USA National Pavilion are called the "Ops Team" (as in operations). We organize...

A Friendly Stranger and a Failed Spontaneous Adventure

Our exciting plans to explore Shanghai last night evaporated when our 5pm rejuvenating nap became a 17 hour slumber. To make up for yesterday's...

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Leave: Two Very Different Educational Systems

If you are going to attend a college meeting in America during your junior or senior year, I can confidently predict some of the admission...

Neon Hospitals and Bowel-Burning Hot Pot

There are many different types of dangers lurking out there in the big city. Some types are easily identifiable. You see it and you...

I’m Moving to Hong Kong!

Kung Hei Fat Choy!! Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财! (And a very belated one) It's a few days past the end of Chinese New Year and officially...

I Paid Someone to Bruise Me with a Metal Rod (in...

Last spring, my lower back was really hurting. It's a long story that started with, "ow, my back really hurts", and ended, many months later,...
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