Lifestyle / Hot Pot Column

Loneliness is furthest from the mind when roaches invade

[2012-08-15 09:31]

Before moving to Fuzhou, I thought the periodic sense of loneliness would be the first challenge I had to face. I was wrong.

Rain fails to stop play in beloved Beijing

[2012-08-09 10:21]

I've told at least eight people the same tedious anecdote in the past four weeks.

Italian masters educate me on the rights of the lord and lining up

[2012-08-02 10:34]

There was a loud altercation at the head of the line. A big Chinese chap was shouting angrily and stabbing his finger at museum attendants.

Count your blessings, Beijingers

[2012-07-19 09:37]

56 percent of Beijing citizens claim they are unhappy. What's the matter with Beijingers? Why are they so miserable?

Don't count your dragons before they hatch

[2012-07-05 09:56]

As I arrived at Beijing airport on the morning of June 22, I couldn't help feeling that my flight to HK was as in-tune with the heavenly spheres.

Just call me Styrofoam

[2012-06-18 13:34]

The first day teaching new Chinese students English is always interesting.

Eeyore goes well between the bread

[2012-06-14 10:57]

An apple, a yogurt, a chocolate bar and a sandwich- that has been my lunch every day since I switched from mother's milk to solid food.

Bye-bye Beijing, farewell to thee and thanks for the memories

[2012-06-07 13:37]

The other day my friends Keiko and Oliver were having a barbecue in the handkerchief-sized courtyard of their siheyuan home, in a hutong off Beijing's Dongzhimennei Dajie.

Following in the footsteps Jack Kerouac never trod

[2012-05-29 11:08]

I think it was Jack Kerouac who wrote that everybody should have the experience of total solitude at least once in life. The same could be said about living in a very foreign culture.

Over the top for a Sunday of free fun

[2012-05-17 14:37]

If you want to learn a new skill, you should go to the top exponents in the field.

Painting a pretty picture when it comes to speaking Chinese

[2012-05-03 09:47]

I am a self-made woman in several fields, including learning languages. As I preach to others: Don't wait to be perfect in a language before you start to use it.

I dressed to impress but ended up depressed

[2012-04-24 10:06]

My appearance stood out like a sore thumb - but not because I was the only foreign guest attending the banquet.