working

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Today was my first day of “work.” That word is in quotations because I feel like hell and I’m not even getting paid for it. Oy, how do people manage to work full-time? There should be a nap break in the afternoon … I want a siesta. I was on the computer all day, researching precedents for a design competition I’m supposed to help this guy work on. Utter tedium. Thankfully, the University of Texas library system still allows me access to all its wonderful sources. Yay. Unfortunately, it’s ridiculously hard to find information on the mass of chaos that is the internet. The project is for a high school in Henan province, but it’s ridiculously big (estimated around 100,000 square meters), with dormitories, classrooms, 10 basketball courts, et cetera. Anyone know of any projects that I could use as precedents? It’s not just architecture, there’s some urban planning and landscape elements to it too … which I’m not familiar with. Any help would be appreciated. Ugh … so tired.

not chinese

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Went to Ikea for the first time ever. Despite all my many plans to visit the one in Round Rock, I never actually went. So yeah, it took a trip to the other side of the planet to get me to an Ikea. Just bought myself a little table for my laptop and a small shelf. Outside of the store there was a line of taxis waiting like at an airport. Weird. On the one hand I miss driving around, but on the other hand, traffic in Shanghai is a scary mess.

There was also a trip to KFC, and goodness gracious, it ain’t the same. Oh no. If there’s no mashed potatoes and gravy or cole slaw, it just ain’t KFC. Shame, none of those delicious biscuits here either. Nope, but rice and soup are available. And their chicken sandwiches use dark meat instead of the standard white meat. Weird. I miss artery-clogging food. I’d probably kill for biscuits and gravy right now.

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day’s recap

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  • The Boston Celtics lost. It was very sad.
  • Watched old people “dance” to Asian club music. Hilarity.
  • I’m bad at dancing. I always forget which foot I’m supposed to use and I have no sense of rhythm. The freakin’ waltz gave me trouble.
  • Ate wonton made by the maid (good but not quite mommy’s) and bought Chinese ramen. Yay for food I can make myself.
  • Still don’t know what my cell phone number is. Must figure that out.
  • Watched “Remember the Titans” for the first time in years and cried like a baby. I love the English-language channel.
  • My birthday is coming up soon. I don’t know when I was born, but it was Eastern time, so I’ll have to wait until noon for it to be my birthday.

the expo

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Photographs of national pavilions from the Shanghai Expo, taken June 12, 2010.

  • China – “Chinese Wisdom in Urban Development”
  • Republic of Korea – “Friendly City, Colorful Life”
  • Macao – “Spirit of Cultures, Essence of Harmony”
  • Japan – “Wa: Harmony of Hearts, Harmony of Arts”
  • Russia – “New Russia: City and Citizen”
  • United Arab Emirates – “The Power of Dreams”
  • India – “Cities of Harmony”
  • United Kingdom – “Building on the Past, Shaping Our Future”
  • Israel – “Innovation for Life: Dialog with Nature History, and Future Needs”

visited ECNU

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Today I headed over to the university campus where I will be studying. It was pretty easy to get to and everything looks like it’ll be fine. Also went grocery shopping, bought myself some pasta (aka food I actually know how to cook) and cereal. I’d call it off-brand Froot Loops, but it’s from a German company so I’m not sure if it’s necessarily “off-brand”. Still trying to figure out the whole units of measurement over here. For instance, the cereal is 250g = 1/4 kg = 1/2 jin = .55 lb. Like my Chinese, I still have to convert things into the language I already know in order to understand. After a while hopefully I’ll become more fluent.

Ah, and I have comments now on this blog. Yay! Now if only the Celtics would win tomorrow morning I’d truly have something to celebrate.

starting here

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Alrighty, so after a really, really long time of searching the internet, I finally found this site which would allow me to make a blog that I could actually see over here in China. I probably should’ve done more research before I made my way over here to the other side of the planet, but oh well. I was in shock when I realized that I wouldn’t be able to make a Facebook status update for a year.

[NOTE: This blog and the following few posts were originally hosted on Publr because I had issues accessing my Blogspot account in Shanghai. Now I’m on WordPress, which I much prefer, so I consolidated everything.]

Hopefully, this blog will work well enough for my purposes. So everyone, I am alive and well. This will be quite the adventure. Over here in Shanghai I’m 13 hours ahead of US central time, meaning that at this moment, about 5:30 PM, it’s 4:30 AM over in Austin. Don’t forget about me. E-mail, Skype, et cetera. I’ll reward you with pictures and riveting tales.

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