Monthly Archives: August 2010

Smoking on the john.

Seriously. I had to ask our landlord what these little porcelain trays were for.

See: you can remove the tray to dump your ashes!

What really cracks me up is that these are all the way from America!!! Our landlord told me over and over that he personally imported all of the apt’s fixtures from America when he built the building in the seventies. Although he is Chinese himself, he seems to think anything from China is complete crap!

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Review: Waiting, by Ha Jin

Also on Krissy’s list of recommended books about China: Waiting by Ha Jin.

What I liked about it:

  • This book went a long way to helping me understand what life has been like for the Chinese. The title could not be more accurate… life in China for the last fifty years has been a lot of patient waiting… waiting for something better to come along, for someone else to figure out whether traditional values or the party would win out,¬† for the government to actually recognize its people as individuals, for reform to catch up to the needs of your personal life hopefully in your lifetime, for a better promotion to maybe or maybe not come your way, for a party official to decide to make you his wife–or not, for the leaders in power to die off, or for 18 years to pass so you can marry your first love.
  • Patiently plodding through this rather slow moving book made me really realize how big of a luxury all the immediate gratification we have in the States is. In every way, but especially as related to the main storyline in this book: being able to decide whom to marry. Continue reading
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Move.

So our stuff has arrived! It’s quite exciting, it sort of feels like Christmas morning opening it all up… it’s just bizarre to see your beloved couch or your stained towels all the way in China, you know?

I should mention that I have a lot of stuff. That was true before we got married (one year ago on Sunday!), but it’s even more true after all of the wedding gifts we received. The Mr. can not do stuff. At all. He had literally the bag on his shoulders and a few stacks of clothes when we got hitched and is absolutely appalled by the extensive “dowry” I brought with me. He nicely brought me lunch in the middle of the move, but when he saw these boxes he literally broke out in a full sweat and sprinted down the hill back to the office.

The scary thing is we put a lot of stuff in storage, too. Even I wish we had less stuff now… but nevertheless as things emerge from their packing it’s starting to feel more and more like we actually live here, as opposed to an extended vacation.Back to it… I’ve got my work cut out for me! Somehow the toaster ended up in the same box with toothpaste and the printer cables so there is a lot of sorting to be done.

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Moving announcements and stamps.

So as you all know I work for Minted, so I can’t help but share our moving announcements with you here. I was uber eager to get these out so people could 1. start writing us and 2. so we wouldn’t miss out on Christmas cards. Hopefully people won’t mind adding on a few more stamps to get them to us here in HK.

I went with float + taking off by Float Paperie–I just love this design, like I love all of Andrea’s designs. She is immensely talented!I have a twinge of regret of printing this on pearlescent–our shimmer paper–maybe it would have been better on just flat paper (the Mr. thinks so) and yet I was just dying to try out our new-ish paper for my personal use. Regardless, I still like them and was happy I was able to get most of them in the mail State-side where the postage is much more affordable. Of course, it meant waking up in my hotel room at 4am before a day of meetings and stuffing, licking, stamping like crazy! I was so happy to find some great new stamps to dress up the envelope. Are you like me and wait in line at the Post Office just to get stamps that will live up to your stationery? Although I wouldn’t consider myself a huge lover of Modern art, I do love this new series. Isn’t it cool how the stamps are such different sizes?And so I am truly crazy–I also got some of these Scouting stamps because I thought it fit in well with our Asian adventure. Then, yes I really did this, I sort of pick and chose who got what based on what I thought they would like best.

Given that the Post Office lost 3.5 billion dollars in just the third quarter of this year alone (expect another stamp hike again in Jan ’11), I am worried they won’t be around much longer. But while they are still with us, I really wish they would crowd source their new stamps like we do at Minted with cards.I wish they had some Mother Teresa stamps after my long wait in line, because I might have considered mixing those in, too.

Being the insane planner that I am, I’m considering buying some now for my Christmas cards–I think it would be a nice fit for a card about peace or love, don’t you?

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Housewear.

So one of my new resolutions–the kind that just sort of happen to you, rather than the kind where you rack your brain trying to think of a good one–came when packing up all of our crap to either send it to storage or send it here on a container. And it went like this… “wow, I have a ton of sweat pants from high school. And from college. And from, God knows when.” Despite the fact that I do have some cute loungewear, I always opt for the compfiest option, which is not very fitting of a housewife. Just ask Betty Draper of Mad Men who has the ultimate house wear wardrobe. So, I decided to send all but one of my favorite pairs of much-too-big sweats over to Good Will to get rid of that temptation entirely. The next day I was out shopping with my friend Tam and I couldn’t resist getting a Princesse Tam Tam housedress in her honor.

So if you live in SF, you should know that Les Cent Culottes is the spot to get anything for Valentine’s Day or for a bridal shower:

I just love little details… like these velvet covered buttons on the sleeves. I am loving this little number. I can’t tell you how often you want to climb out of your street clothes here after all the hot mugginess out there and put on something fresh!

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