Monthly Archive: March 2012

Dried peaches, maybe? Plums?

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Next in the series of random packages of unidentifiable food… No English, strange unidentifiable contents, we’re good to go. In case you are wondering about the date on the bottom, that’s the date of manufacture, NOT the expiration date. I know this because there’s some English on the back. But the English on the back …

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Where East Eats West

¬†Where East Eats West is a terrifying guide on just some of the ways you will get screwed in China. The entire book leaves a continuous stream of “oh crap oh crap oh crap” repeating in my head and making me wonder why I’m not on the next plane out of this crazy place. Only …

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My apartment

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This is the place where I’m living for three months. My apartment is near the Daxin metro station, which makes it somewhat convenient to get around. The building is the middle one with the green glass on top. This is taken from near the Daxin station. Notice the KFC on the corner. KFC is HUGE …

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First post of random snack food

The aisle of awesome.

Eating in China without knowing the language has been challenging. I’ve been fortunate enough to frequently be in the presence of people who could order for me so far during this trip, but I haven’t forayed out much on my own. That doesn’t mean I haven’t eaten adventurously. I’ve had frog, snail, chicken wing tip, …

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A quick note on some upcoming posts

We had the opportunity to visit a PCB manufacturing factory and a rapid prototyping factory and the Shenzhen electronics market last week. I have video and lots of photographs, but I am only now having the resources to assemble it. Expect some detailed posts within a couple days. I didn’t want to (or have the …

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An entire conversation in silence

Engineering is a universal language, and a hardware store is a forum for communication. It happened that I was in need of a special metal part for a prototype of a separate project. I went downstairs to the small hardware store (think of a cube the size of a living room with no internal lighting …

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Sheets

One of my first experiences interacting with the Chinese was a lesson in futility. Well, a few lessons, really. After a few nights freezing with no sheets and my only long-sleeve shirt being my jacket, I desperately needed sheets. The nearby RenRenLe (the equivalent of Fred Meyer or a Super Walmart) had sheets, and I …

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First Meal Alone

It’s strange, but the first meal I had to order alone was on the fourth day in China. I don’t know how I avoided it so long. Having had a few catastrophes interacting with people at the supermarket, I was hesitant to order food from a place I didn’t know where the best I could …

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The Internet here is AWFUL

When planning a trip to China, be aware that the internet is ridiculously slow. Generally, I get dialup speeds. That is, when I have internet. Often it will just die entirely. This is a common problem that everyone I’ve talked to has mentioned, so I know it’s not just me. For things that do not …

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Poorly Made In China

One of the recommendations from a presenter was the book “Poorly Made In China”. The book was written from the perspective of an agent who deals with importers who are trying to have their products manufactured in China. Usually he is brought in when there is a communication problem and things are failing. In each …

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