Archive for 2005

Weekend Update

Monday, December 12th, 2005

On Saturday we went shopping for a silk carpet to help use up our $1000 house-furnishing allowance and ended up picking out two that we like. We plan to pick them up today, because we need to go to the bank to withdraw enough cash to cover it. Afterward, we went for lunch at Alameda, […]

The Hunt for 5:19

Monday, December 12th, 2005

On Friday night we finally made it to the elusive 5:19 cafe and bar. I saw a listing for it a few weeks ago that said it was just down the street from our apartment, but when we went looking for it, the space was empty. We called, and they said that they weren’t quite […]

The best thing since Roselyn’s!

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

I was at Jenny Lou’s (the ex-pat grocery) yesterday, and there’s a small sales outlet for Kiss N’ Bake bakery in front. They had some really good-looking Christmas cookies: iced sugar cookies – my favorite! Despite my efforts to diet, I caved and bought a particularly large Christmas tree cookie. It tasted like a “Happy […]

Weekend Update

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Saturday morning we dragged ourselves out of bed (Friday ended a little late to be up before noon, but we managed somehow) and headed down south to see the Temple of Heaven. It was cold! Really, really cold! At least for being outside walking around. The upside of this is that the place was really […]

The Joy of Cooking

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

The Limitations to Making Food in BeijingĀ  A few weeks ago, we hit one of the major milestones for living in a new country – we cooked dinner at home! We’ve been here for a month and a half, and we have cooked at home once. I’m not counting cereal with milk or just-add-water noodle […]

Mei You Decongestant

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Getting Sick, and Then Getting Better So the change in climate, the smog, the stress, and all the other things that come into play when moving from Texas to Beijing, finally got to me, and I developed a sinus infection last weekend. Based on years of battling every kind of cold or infection that found […]

Are You Going to Eat Beijing?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Learning Chinese Pronunciation The tonal language concept comes up a lot when people try to explain how difficult it is to learn Chinese, but I think that’s just because it’s a completely foreign concept that doesn’t show up when you try to learn most other languages like French, German, Japanese, etc. However (and I’m probably […]

Hello, Mr. #%&@!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Fun with Tones – Our First Adventures Stateside So everyone tells you that learning Chinese is really hard because of the tones. You’re bound to hear all about how important it is to not just say things right, but to say things the right way. There’s a common example that shows up in our Chinese […]