Due to circumstances beyond my control i.e. instinct and interest, I have been forced to overhaul the content of this blog. I have always been a music journalist, and I suppose that I love music too much to merely write a few bog standard reviews and article references to record labels and artists in China… Continue reading China Expat: When You Know It’s Time to Make a Change
This year some 700 million Chinese are expected to travel during Golden Week - the week long holiday enjoyed during and after the Chinese National Day at the start of October. With such a mass of human movement, it can be quite a disconcerting challenge to travel during this time, especially by car or by… Continue reading China Expat: Chinese National Day
This song is by a band called Car Sick Cars from Beijing. Their sound is of an alternative, punky, don't give a fuck type. It is called Zhong Nanhai which literally means Middle South-Sea, but which is also the name of a famous brand of cheap cigarettes in China. Undoubtedly it is a powerful youth… Continue reading China Expat: Musical Expat – 中南海
Durian, you know it, you love it, you hate it, you love to hate it, you smell it. No matter what, if you live in China, your life has been touched by Durian in some shape or form. I, myself, don't have the best appetite for Durian, I prefer to stick with my Dragonfruit and… Continue reading China Expat: Durian – A Timeline
As reported by Sixth Tone, Chinese officials have stated that imported brands of milk powder are not up to the countries standards. What does this mean for businesses and expatriates alike who make their living off importing, exporting in China. And does this mean that the government is starting to ramp up its focus on… Continue reading Chinese Banning More and More Imported Foods
In a shocking recent development in Expat life in China, Cheese has been added to the official list of things banned by the Chinese Government. True, it is, that this is no mere power play, but an act undertaken to avoid the import of dangerous moulds, the blow strikes hard here amongst the small community… Continue reading China Expat: What The Cheese?
As a young Irishman I struggle daily with alcoholic urges. Whether that is the urge to go on a night-long binge and trawl through pubs and clubs, or merely the urge to crack open a couple of cans before bed. In China, these tendencies of mine, and of my countrymen, are only exacerbated by the… Continue reading An Expat’s Guide to Chinese Drinks