Everyone knows there are a lot of substandard products out there. Some of them are dangerous, like baby food laced with poison while others are just downright annoying, like Q-tips that break off inside your ear. A Q-tip broke off inside my ear today while I was digging around inside of it trying to get the key out that broke off inside it earlier. Now I have a Q-tip inside my ear and my nose. It's really annoying. If I…Continue
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Today our reporter talks to three spokesmen, Mr. Ming, Mr. Chen and Mr. Zhang, from the company that invented and produces the Asian toilet, which Better Homes and Gardens (China) describes to as a “miracle masterpiece of modern technology.” Here is a transcript of that report:
Reporter: “Thank you for joining me today, gentlemen. First, I’d like to ask how the design for the Asian toilet came…
I gave Ultra Man his nickname. I don’t remember his real name, probably because I always called him Ultra Man since our first class together. The lesson was, “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” Most of the students gave realistic answers; Ultra Man said he wanted to be Ultra Man —a super hero.
I thought he was joking, but he was dead serious. He was a tall, skinny, bespectacled Chinese boy. He had buck teeth, and was clumsy as hell. Like most Chinese students, he…Continue
The neighborhood I lived in was adjacent to the first hotel in Chengdu in which foreigners were allowed to stay after China opened its walls to foreign tourists. Travel writer, Peter Jenkins, stayed in the hotel during his stay in Chengdu in the 1980s, which became a chapter in his bestselling book, “Across China.” The hotel and a nearby restaurant were referenced at the end of his book—which is how I realized I was living in the…Continue