...it's worrying, depressing, and slightly comical.
Great job to whoever thought this was a good idea. I did want to see your page. Now I don't. Guess I'll find another way to eat healthy next time I'm in Beijing.
(P.S. This is why I enjoy/prefer using Chinese mobile social networks on a daily basis such as WeChat - They are young enough to have not yet evolved crap like this.)
(P.P.S. I discovered while in the process of writing this post the 'forced-like' screen can be circumvented by clicking the welcome button at the top and selecting a sub-page. I still feel it's cheap, annoying, predatory design and they may have lost my business because of it.)
It's 5:30 am. Why am I still up?
America’s panda obsession — U.S.-based news agency UPI reported the then-unnamed Bao Bao’s uneventful first check-up on Aug. 25 — has long fascinated and bewildered Chinese people. In Feb. 2010, the major news site China Youth Online reported that Chinese found it “hard to understand” why fans in the United States were “brokenhearted” over the return to China of a giant panda named Tai Shan.
As a proponent of the Red Panda's superiority over the Giant Panda, I am also baffled.
An eyewitness said: 'He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more.
'She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument.'
The shouting match ended when the man chucked the bags on the floor and jumped over the balcony, smashing into Christmas decorations on his way down before hitting the floor seven stories below causing shocked shoppers to flee in panic.
China Mobile might reverse the unfavorable situation it faces in the 3G area with the upcoming 4G, but the challenges it will face are expected to be much higher than the hurdles that tripped it up during the 3G rage, said Chinese media and market observers.
The weak market demand for 4G services in China is the key to China Mobile's business, which is similar to 3G services.
As the article states, a majority of Chinese smartphones owners who use data simply need it for chat applications like WeChat and QQ, applications for which 2G internet is already satisfactory and 3G is more than enough. Even me, the heavy mobile internet user, doesn't really need 4G internet here, especially if there is an associated cost increase.
What's in this season? Masks, it seems. At a recent outdoor jewelry show in Shenzhen, China, the models strutted their stuff on the runway in masks.
My take on the deal has not changed from when I wrote this piece in September: the value of this deal is far from clear. As such, it might be time to add a few more points to the debate to provide some perspective:
Following up on their neighbours in Guangzhou, Shenzheners have upped the ante by dressing up in outrageous costumes for the annual Shenzhen marathon. When did marathon running (we use the term loosely) turn into Halloween?
I love Shenzhen.
For all of US$23, you get a Festival Premium Beef Pizza (with cheese/hot dog crust), Creamy Tomato Soup with Seafood, a snack platter composed of Roe-stuffed Shrimp Balls, Western Zesty Waffle Crispers, Maple-flavored Chicken Wings, New Orleans-flavored Chicken and Gristle, and BBQ Roasted Wings, and two drinks (choices of which include Corn Juice, Caramel Hazelnut-flavored Latte, Hot Milk Tea with Red Bean Stuffed Pearl, and Longan Red Jujube Tea).
Too bad I won't be in China Christmas Day or else this may have been my meal of choice.
It's the ultimate throw-down: Party Mix vs Orange Peels
I've always notice my cats absolutely hate the smell of orange peels. They are interested in smelling and tasting virtually every other food I eat but they detest orange peels, and will do anything to get away from them.
A search online shows my cats are not alone; it seems the cats' entire population (as well as other animals) do not enjoy being in close proximity to oranges.
So I did a little experiment to see just how far this hatred and fear of orange peels goes. I took one of Connor's favorite cat treats (Friskies' Party Mix), and surrounded it on a table by a triangle of orange peels. Which emotion would win out, his love of cat treats or his fear of orange peels?
He sat, he stared, he walked circles around the pile, and his head even darted in and out two or three times quickly trying to reach the delicious fish-flavored treat but in the end he bailed out every single time, finally walking away, utterly defeated.
If the stink of orange peels is enough to get between Connor and his Party Mix, then it is enough to detour him from any meal. I'll remember that next time I need to get up from my meal and leave the room for a moment; I'll just put some orange peels around the dish and be secure in the thought the chicken will (hopefully) still be there when I get back.
Gold, shoes, and apples.
China, the world’s second-largest economy, is on track to overtake India as the world’s biggest consumer of gold this year as falling prices encourage purchases for both personal use and investment. Combine that penchant for gold with a population that is rapidly urbanising, and becoming more affluent and trend-conscious in the process, and building customer loyalty as well as keeping up with fashion becomes key to the prospects of jewellery retailers. About 100 million people are likely to move into cities over the next 17 years, according to ratings agency Moody’s. China is already the second-largest market for Zara-brand owner Inditex , the world’s biggest fashion retailer. “Just like fast fashion, fast jewellery is the right stuff to target at the youth and the products can also sell at a better margin when they are limited edition,” said Renee Tai, a Hong Kong-based analyst at brokerage UOB-Kay Hian.
Of course China is a much wealthier country than India but this is still hard to believe. I saw so much extravagant gold jewelry being worn by the women in India. You don't see that much gold being worn in public here. Must be all kept safely at home.
A Chinese factory worker says walking in huge iron shoes weighing more than 200 kilograms each can cure back pain, but faces hefty competition in his bid to build the country's heaviest footwear.
"I've been walking with iron shoes for seven years," said Zhang Fuxing, before strapping two crudely-welded iron blocks to his feet.
"After they reached 400 kilograms (882 pounds), I felt very proud. Next spring I plan to add 50 kilograms."
I'll try it (if my knees can take it).
Ensuring that Fruit Ninja is available through multiple channels helped reduce the fruit-slicing game’s Chinese clones from 40 to zero, says Lyndon. The distribution strategy has proven successful for Halfbrick. Phil Larsen, the company’s CMO, told me that China currently delivers about 30% of Fruit Ninja’s revenue. That figure could “easily be over 50% by the end of 2014,” when the game marks its third anniversary in China.
China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And that's OK with growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop.
Having the world's No. 1 apple producer as a competitor may seem counterintuitive, but growers say opening U.S. borders to Chinese apples means American farmers should in turn be able to get a foothold in the country's lucrative and growing market.
"We need to export apples," said Mark Powers, vice president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, a Yakima-based group that handles trade disputes for apple growers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
China today issued serious alert for worsening smog in central and eastern regions, a day after the country's financial hub suffered one of its worst bouts of smog, delaying flights and forcing people to stay inside.
The China Meteorological Center (NMC) upgraded the alert from yellow to orange alert, the second-highest warning in China's weather system, in central and eastern regions.
The lingering smog is expected to end in two days, the NMC said.
Shenzhen's air wasn't too good today. I wore a mask outside.
With great fanfare, Nike unveiled this year’s must-have sneaker on Dec. 4: the Kobe 9 Elite, professional basketball player Kobe Bryant’s latest signature shoe. The Los Angeles Laker phenom is huge in China—drawing crowds wherever he goes, and selling more jerseys there than any other player for six out of the last seven years.
Given Nike’s recent, disappointing revenue in the Chinese market, could the release of the Kobe 9 be a turning point?
Those are some ugly shoes.
I spent two weeks in South Africa in February 2005. Ever since, South Africa has held a special place in my heart. Whenever I order wine, I always choose a glass from South Africa if available. I root for South African sportsmen when they compete internationally. I was close to deciding to go back to South Africa (either there or Washington DC) after graduation before ultimately deciding to move to China.
Thus it was very sad waking up last Friday and seeing the notification on my phone (to the right) of Nelson Mandela's death. This weekend I looked through some of the photos from that February 2005 trip. During our time in South Africa, my class made a one-day trip to Robben Island and it was a powerful experience. We took a boat to the island, walked through the prison, met ex-prisoners, and took a bus on the road circling the island. Below are some photos from that day, include photos of Mandela's prison cell. I had the same emotion seeing his cell as I did visiting the space capsules in the Air and Space Museum as a kid; you see it right in front of you and you know it's the real deal but it is still difficult to physiologically accept that this single prison cell you have grown up reading about and seeing photos of, and of which is now within such a distance that you can smell and touch it, is indeed one and the same. The full magnitude of the experience only reveals itself at a later time, once you've stepped away and have had time to reflect. I believe I appreciate and fully comprehend my Robben Island experience much more so now than I did at the time of the actual visit. I would certainly love to make a trip back.
The past few days I have also been watching some documentaries and video footage of Mandela. One of the post powerful is the ESPN 30 for 30 special "The 16th Man," about Mandela and the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (Also available on YouTube). Take a watch if you have some time.
Below are photos from my visit to Robben Island. I hope to upload all my photos from my South African trip soon.
February 10, 2005. Mozambique (near South African Border).
Mercedes workers at a South African plant united to build their hero a most special gift. Using donated parts from Mercedes and working on their own time, they built what maybe is the most lovingly crafted and constructed Mercedes of all time.
On the computer, obviously.
Both my friend from yesterday and a business partner sent me new photos today from Shanghai and the situation looks even worse than before. Pollution in Shanghai was rated 500+ today, which is categorized as "Beyond Index." In comparison, Beijing is an "Unhealthy" 180 and Shenzhen is an amazingly "Good" 92.
First let's look at a view from the balcony of my partner's apartment. He has a beautiful apartment that overlooks the main downtown area and Pudong's skyscrapers can be scene in the distance. Here is what the view, looking south, was like on a clear night this past April:
Here is that same view today:
Not good. And below is an updated view from yesterday's friend:
Might be a good day to stay inside.