This past weekend the good folks at Hanggao had a lot on their plate: on Saturday, While we enjoyed the Xixi wetlands and their river pearls, the school was administering several sections of the Gaokao, or college entrance exam, and on Sunday, the student-run Sakura was to be held. Wode Tian! (My heavens)
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Sent at (China time): 5:48 PM
But old folks, many feign as they were dead;
Unwieldy, slow, heavy and pale as lead.
Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 5
Though it is highly unlikely that the Chinese government takes its cues from Shakespeare, in China women must retire at the age of 55, and the theory behind this mandate is that women who are 55 and older tire easily. Really? Walk through any public square in China and you will find more than enough evidence to easily debunk such a cockamamie idea. Everywhere there are women lined up in rows, dancing to music either played by live musicians or blasted from boom boxes. And they aren’t just dancing; they’re moving and grooving. Some of them even put John Travolta to shame.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Sent at (China time): 1:00 PM
Yesterday, in the evening, I went to get my hair cut at the local hair salon. When I held my forefinger and thumb a half inch apart to indicate how much I wanted taken off, it seems the stylist took me to mean that was how long I wanted my hair. Holy Eisenhower! Nevertheless, my hair will grow, and the experience was yet another adventure. I had heard there was a salon on an alley just off one of the lanes of the silk market, and I might have missed it but for the old fashioned barber’s pole outside the door. Inside, customers occupied each of the two chairs in front of mirrors, and beneath the mirrors were all the clipping and combing paraphernalia you’d find anywhere.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sent at (China time): 8:14 AM
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sent at (China time): 10:41 PM
Sent at (China time): 8:15 AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Sent at (China time): 7:46 PM
Sent at (China time): 12:39 PM
Sent at (China time): 8:43 AM
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sent at (China time): 9:30 PM
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Sent at (China time): 5:00 PM