Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fatty Tuesday: Challenge Met

Remember the burger challenge Mike attempted last month? Well, my cousin heard about it and couldn't pass up the opportunity to leave his mark in Shanghai -- or at least attempt to do so.
Slightly nervous at the start, he made it look easy and destroyed the three-patty burger with minutes to spare.
Doesn't he look oh-so-proud of himself? As well he should be, immortalized on the wall of Burger Bistro in Shanghai, China.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Zhoumo kuaile!

As Shanghai emerges from a sleepy winter and before she retreats to an air conditioned refuge in the summer, the city is celebrating. There are so many cool events taking place this weekend:

It'll be hard to participate in all of these, especially with our British-Irish visitors in town (my cousin and his wife). But I was never going to make a showing at Formula 1 anyway (we all remember how I felt about it last year). The beer festival, on the other hand, is a likely contender for weekend plans.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day Dreaming

It's eery here today. The air is once again filtered by a foggy lens and today, seems to be suffering from a bit of jaundice. With the weather forecasting thunderstorms, I'm not itching to go out. And so I sit here at my regal dining room table daydreaming about trips.

Up next is a mystery. I told Mike that all I wanted for my birthday was to leave Shanghai. He took that and ran with it. Here's what I know:
  • We'll be gone from May 15-19. 
  • The destination requires a layover, somewhere. 
  • We'll be at a beach, somewhere. 
  • We'll spend most of our time there (somewhere) scuba diving! (A very exciting prospect seeing as how I haven't dove in -- omg -- 10 years.) 

Who can help solve the mystery? 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chinglish Part V

You knew it was coming...

I don't know about you, but I'm not rushing to eat at either of these establishments:

They're not terribly confident in China:

Because in China, it's not a guarantee:

Sometimes I feel as if they just place one random English word after another:

This isn't Chinglish, but is it China's version of "the boot"?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Zhoumo kuaile!

Welcome to my 300th post! I suppose I should mark the milestone with some news:
We're going home! 
It looks like we'll be back in the States by the Fourth (of July). Fitting, right?

Emotions are mixed. After all, I've just begun feeling as if I've gotten my groove down. And there are certainly things I'll miss (crepurritos, mostly). But I'm anxious to get back to real life. 'Cause living here isn’t real. It's freelance chump change instead of a corporate paycheck; it's a driver named Bob instead of car insurance bills.

More on the move to come, but in the meantime, we're making our "Shucket list" (Shanghai bucket list) and anxiously awaiting our next (quite possibly our last?) visitors who will be making the trip from London, England.