strolling in england

China is famed for its counterfeit stuff. DVDs can be bought on the street for 9 RMB (less than 2 USD) a pop … for movies that are still in theaters. So it really shouldn’t surprise me that there’s a neighborhood in Songjiang District, Shanghai, called Thames Town, which is a replica of an English town. But it does. It’s just so weird. I went there two weekends ago and wandered around a bit. Seeing Chinese security guards wearing red English uniforms is just weird. That being said, there wasn’t much to see there and I found it kind of boring.

I’ve been buying lots of stuff lately. Shoes for 39 RMB? It’s hard to turn down. The next month is going to be ridiculously busy between midterms, traveling, and having visitors. Also, this Sunday is Easter, so I’m going to invite some people to my place for brunch. Now I need to figure out what I’m going to make for brunch. Eh, it’ll be fun.


i need pigs to fly

Some days I feel like crap. Then other days I tell myself to suck it up. I’m not quite sure where my head’s been at lately. Probably because sleep is not really my friend these days. It’s like when your friend is mad at you and you’re not exactly sure why but you kind of have a feeling that you deserve the cold shoulder so you let your friend have his/her space. That’s my relationship with sleep these days. And yes, I just anthropomorphized sleep.

School is as usual. Finally got my passport back. Work is work, still haven’t settled on an opinion (I keep wavering). This week I have a field trip and the following week there are midterms. I don’t know. I just wish that someone will swoop in and tell me that I’m needed immediately back in the United States to begin a life of luxury, where I have a sewing machine, comfy bed, and oven. That would be great.


cha shao bao

These delicious things called cha shao bao (barbecued pork buns) are addictive. Absolutely addictive. Especially because they’re only 1.5 kuai each at FamilyMart, one of the popular convenience store chains around here. That works out to around 20 cents each! These ones don’t look too great and the cha shao bao were definitely better in Hong Kong, but whatever. It all looks the same in my stomach.