After spending four months abroad (from already being abroad?), I’m finally back in 上海. For the second time, I’ve packed two, way too heavy suitcases, boarded that 11-hour plane ride, and made it back to the land of not-so blue skies, 包子 (bao zi, meat or vegetable filled bun) and really interesting stories. Actually, I take […]Read more "China: Volume II"
It’s stereotypical, I guess, that I can’t be bothered to paint my own nails so I choose to find some little 中国美女 (Chinese lady) who I can pay $12 to paint my nails whatever colour I choose. So, the other day, after finding a cafe where I was finally (FINALLY) able to get the closest thing I […]Read more "The Smoking Manicurist"
Over Chinese New Year break, I found myself in the depths of Southeast Asia, eating thousands of rice paper rolls a day, falling in love with Vietnamese children and discovering Vietnam has better baguette rolls than France does. Welcome to my little account of my 小的 trip to Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh […]Read more "Entering Ho Chi Minh’s Territory"
With one final left, I’m quickly winding down my first semester at college and preparing myself for beach weather, clean streets and blue sky. That includes getting rid of the 包子 weight, as soon as possible. I’m happy to say that I’ve gotten through four months in Shanghai, with a few bumps and bruises (both […]Read more "Only 3 and a half more years to go."
I hope this finds everybody (including anybody who either attends NYU Shanghai, who is thinking about NYUSH or whoever just reads this little thing of a blog) well. I’d like to paint a little outline of the reasons why I chose this school and why I’m currently here. Almost nine months ago, I made the decision […]Read more "NYU Shanghai With All Its Beauty and All Its Flaws"
In forty five days, I will arrive home and have a home-cooked meal, sleep in my own bed, wake up to minimal pollution but I guarantee you – I’m still going to want to be back in 上海. I’ve been here for 八十天. Every single one of those days has been completely different. Every single one […]Read more "45 days and not counting"
Apologies for my publishing delay – college has been overwhelming and I haven’t had the chance recently to go out and explore Shanghai. But I’m here (and 100% not leaving)! I realised that one thing I haven’t yet discussed here is the fake markets in Shanghai. If you’re completely new to this concept of a […]Read more "Fakes and faux pas"