Maintaining a healthy friendship at the best of times requires some work and commitment, and when one of you moves far away, things can get more than a little tricky. Over the years I have picked up a few tips about how to maintain friendships abroad, and specifically, from China.
Today marks exactly one year since my husband and I arrived in Beijing. It’s been quite an adventure for us both, and as with any life change, I've learned, grown, and changed a lot. Mostly because I did everything ass-backward. There were moments when I've wished that a future version of myself could whisper the secrets of Beijing in my ear and smooth the path before me. But if I actually had the opportunity to go back in time and share such pieces of advice, what would they be?
Drop by a stand-up comedy night here in Beijing and you'll probably see a lineup of straight, white men behind the microphone. But if one of those such men, David Jacobs of Comedy Club China, has anything to say about it, that's all about to change.
I’m on a quest to remove plastic from my life. Making the change in the bathroom is much easier than you might think, and there are dozens of awesome makers right here in Beijing to help you on your way.
The petite Sqair, with it's stylish, Scandi-minimalist design represents a natural next step for the social enterprise who started out selling super-cheap DIY air purifying packs and running education workshops in 2013.
While death-by-dragon, incest, and a casual beheading or two is fun to watch, ultra-popular HBO series Game of Thrones can also serve as a useful language learning moment. It's time to go full nerd and learn some of the character names in Chinese, so you can casually drop them into the conversation.
Beijingers have taken to social media to express support and solidarity with sister city Paris following a blaze which has destroyed much of the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris and Beijing have been sister cities since 1997.
Anti-pollution skincare has become big business in recent years, but with the boom of products on the market, there has been a parallel boom in misinformation. Product reviews abound with confusing jargon and vague trademarked terms.
"What do you call somebody from Xi'an? Xi'anian? Xi'aner? Xi'anese?"
After 2.5 months in China, and before going back to my hometown of Perth for the first time in almost 2 years I reflect on what ‘home’ means to me now.
In the first piece published from China, I examine the mistakes I’ve made so far, and lay all my cards on the table.
I never expected to move to China, nor begin to learn Mandarin. Yet while the language may be totally unfamiliar, the process of learning a language from scratch is not. I wrote about how already speaking French has helped me to tackle this third language for Babbel Magazine, which is the official online publication of one of the worlds largest online language learning resources.
During our visit to Beijing in November, we spent a day hiking on an a beautiful and empty, 'wild' section of the Great Wall of China. This article was published in the Washington Post, and the grammatical error contained in the first sentence earned me a slew of annoyed emails.
I spent 10 days in Beijing last November, and high on my list of things to do was the Lost Plate culinary tour. Driving from stop to stop by tuk-tuk, we dove head-first into the local food scene that is at the heart of the dense 'hutong' neighborhoods. I wrote about it for The Washington Post.