The plastic sheet doors bring a cool air and tanks of giant crabs softly scraping at the edges of the water, abalone, mollusks, spindly lobsters, sweet shrimp, tiger shrimp, giant shrimp, geoducks, mussels, oysters, and coral-colored fish. It’s dizzying and intoxicating and I want to eat all of it.
“Foreign girls are so brave. Your parents cut you off at 18 and then you’re left on your own. I wish people in China did something similar.” I nod, silently wishing that I could still spend the rest of my manicure finishing…
The bead of sweat forms at the nape of my neck and travels to the small of my back. We breathe in the warm air, gulping sea water in the Shanghai humidity. My shirt sticks to the back of my…
Things I'll miss about Russia and things I've missed about Shanghai
Not having to confront my mortality every time I cross the street..
The Yellow Mountain
“The Lonely Mountain! Bilbo had come far and through many adventures to see it, and now he did not like the look of it in the least.”
Living in China is dangerous
.. isn’t it?
Making a dessert for a potluck should be considered cheating. My kitchen scale sighs under the weight of the brown sugar, the gluten-free flour, and the butter. It heaves as I upturn 1/4 of a cup of rolled oats into the bowl, kneading…
The thing that always happens to writers
When I don’t write for long stretches of time, it’s not because I have nothing to say, but because I find that I don’t have the words to fully express what it is that I have to say. I’ve started and stopped entries…
An apartment, a boyfriend, and a dog
There are times where I am afraid to fall into the rabbit hole of my own picket fence nightmare.
36 Hours in Macau
In which we drink Port, bet on Greyhouds, and I climb a Portuguese fortress in the pouring rain.
Living healthy in China is exceedingly hard
a.k.a. How to survive Shanghai despite your daily diet of gutter oil and smog.
Terracotta warriors, biang biang noodles, and other things you can't find in Shanghai Part I
Parts of western China seem trapped between the ravages of 1970s Russian communism and pre-1920s Chinese imperialism