We've known for a while but I guess it's time to make it official…we're moving to Singapore! My feelings on the subject vacillate between being excited to being very excited to panic. There are many things I will not miss: the pollution, worrying about how many chemicals I'm ingesting by eating an apple, the pollution,… Continue reading Big News and Deep Thoughts
That's right, an actual, legitmate website (that is not my own or someone I'm related to) is going to start publishing some of my writing. Right now, I'll be writing online articles every other week for Shanghai Family magazine. As you might have guessed, it is geared toward expat families living in Shanghai. I'm hoping maybe I… Continue reading I’ve been published!
I've recently been feeling simultaneously more and less Chinese. Which means I'm feeling more and less at home. Confusing, right? I've been drinking hot lemon water. I know it doesn't sound that refreshing, but do yourself a favor and try it. It's very Chinese. Your friends will think you are very Sino-chic. My Chinese friend… Continue reading Feeling at home (but maybe not really) in Shanghai
I was in the bedroom. From the other room I heard a soft crash, then, "Fuck!" Ayi Jiang doesn't speak English and Hunter was at school. There was only one other person in the house…my mischievous, two year old birthday boy. I walked out and he was picking up one of his cars. "What did… Continue reading Say What?
I'm a little ashamed to admit this, but last week marks the first time I've taken the Shanghai metro. It's not that I have anything against subways, but I'm using my tired excuse of "but with kids, you know, it just harder." Taxis are cheap and so convenient. And, if I really think about it,… Continue reading To New Places
Over the weekend, I happened to catch the CCTV news. I was half watching but they were running a story about the growing Chinese protests of Jimmy Kimmel - calling him racist and holding up signs that said, "genocide is not a joke." Intrigued, I did a little more research and found out that back… Continue reading The ramblings of an uptight, politically correct mom.
What are you doing now, Mommy? Washing my hair. What are you doing now? Putting in the conditioner. Why? To make my hair nice and soft. What are you doing now? Shaving my legs. Why? To make them smooth. What are you doing with that? This is the soap I use to wash my face.… Continue reading On Beauty
After Hunter's first full day of school by himself, we went to get a special treat for being such a brave boy. I think I bought him M&Ms. After his second day, he told me he was a brave boy. Hint hint. So go ahead and call him spoiled or call me soft but how… Continue reading Working hard or…
I don't know when my kids took their first steps. I heard that. You, with your neatly completed baby book proudly on display marking all of your baby's precious firsts, I heard you gasp just now. I'm just glad I can't see the look of horror, or pity, or disgust on your face at this… Continue reading The Slow March of Time
We're back to the land of hazy sunshine and skyscrapers. I'm told we have missed the oppressive heat but we've been back for 3 days now and the thermometer has vacillated between 78 and 93. Thank goodness for cooler weather. When we were home, it didn't really phase me that I knew exactly what was… Continue reading Living in a Haze