Category Archives: Rhapsodies and Blues

A blog about my private, alternative Shanghai, from a traveller/sinologist/anthropologist point of view, aiming to describe some moments of awe and ailing in this urban energy bubble.

Wheel-gazing

I’m pedalling, hog-wild, good for the cellulite I guess. Urban grand-heat and I’m staring, gazing, wiping my glowing forehead. No time for pondering, biker on my right, pedi-cab on the left, nueveou-rich four-wheelers in front and behind. Fast, through the … Continue reading

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I’ve Adopted a Grandparent

This should’ve been an older post as it happened almost 2 months ago but for some reason today is the first day I’ve been able to access this blog in weeks, so here goes today’s 6th entry! And counting. A … Continue reading

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Where My Teaching (is) Stopped

After having taught English for 16 years, now comes a moment to admit defeat. I guess I’m ultimately stuck with a bunch of 16-year old high-school kids. Out of sheer despair the other day, I broke down and told them … Continue reading

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A Fuzz of Feelings

Does it happen to you often that you think you’ve had a busy day, whereas it was, instead of events, full of, well, sheer sentiments. Rants (about the incessant cacophony of construction-clamour outside your bedroom window), PMS (ah, bueno), regrets … Continue reading

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No Photos

For some reason I can’t post photos on the blog. I’ll need to get a more reliable VPN connection from somewhere!

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Porter Syndrome – May They All Go To Where The Sun Don’t Shine

I’ve been back in SH for a couple of hours only and I managed to lose my cool already. “Porter syndrome”, I call it. My suitcase weighed 30 kg for holy cow’s sake. Of course he had to, skinny little … Continue reading

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Extension of a Previous Post, or a Story of an Accidental Haircut

The older I’m getting the more I deal with girlie beauty topics. This, more often than not, culminates in stuffing my bathtub-size suitcase with a whole range of prettifying knick-knacks, which then usually fattens up to twice its size after … Continue reading

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