China Life


This is what our fast food delivery bikes look like. For some reason, there were

three Pizza Hut guys at the same apartment complex next to ours.

All the manhole covers look like smiley faces.

 This is our gate with our building in the background.

Those are all delivery “tricycles” waiting for people to come pick up deliveries.




This bike has a seat behind the main seat, a a foldable seat in front of it.

 My new favorite juice (grape).


The church skyscraper on an especially blue day.

Squidgems on the last train on the way to church.

 I think I was trying to get a picture of three older ladies all wearing similar outfits (super patterned shirts with gray/black sweatpants). But also, this is the little alley next to our grocery store and McDonalds.


B hasn’t tried this one yet. I’m sure he wants to. I think the highest he’s tried is 86%.


 A Lionel Messi scooter!


Crowded transfer between lines 1 and 10.


Asleep in the baby carrier on my back.

 Thin Oreo flavors here in China.

 Gum and toothpaste, packaged together.

 Prepping veggies for the restaurant (and smiling and Squidgems).


Matchy Matchy. There was a third but she walked away.

We finally found a sprout for PS to wear in her hair. It’s the new trend here.

 Tow truck for a bus.


In our wet market… before I snapped the picture, the tiny butcher was pretending to chop meat.

 On the way to church a different Sunday. We get on the first stop

of line 13 so we get on an empty train.

Food… this is a restaurant south of B’s school. We think it’s the one all the teachers refer to as the tree bar. These sandwiches are called Chinese hamburgers and are really good (the bun is just okay). I forgot to take pictures until we were already part way done eating.

We always order Papa Johns pizza on Tuesday nights (it’s 50% off and it’s the night I have to take PS across town for young womens activities). Usually we order pepperoni, cheese, BBQ chicken or Hawaiian but the boys also like meatball and sometimes we get one called Thai chicken. They have John’s favorite here, but it’s a little spicier than in the States. This day I logged in and there’s a Mexico corn chip pizza option. Not sure if we’ll try that one.


Coming home from church. I’m going to pretend that everyone is starring and taking our picture because I have four kids, not because we’re all on devices.

And some China scene’s from B:

An alley market near our apartment had a collection of small busts. You know, all the great leaders of history.

Wait, what?


One day outside the mall there was a giant temporary sculpture of a whale. We took a picture because our oldest son loves whales. This makes it look like the whale had its own security guard, but really it was a guy standing there to keep the metal fence pieces from blowing away. (It was a very windy day.)

Generally speaking, if there’s a safety sign up in America, it means their lawyers want to protect themselves against possible future liability. If there’s a safety sign up in China, though, it means several people have died and management is getting tired of having to deal with it. This sign translates as: Please note: Watch out for bumped heads.

Sam’s Club sells giant-ass bathtubs. That’s just under $300 for an adult-sized bath pod.

And for only $780 you can own a life-size Boonie Bears bear. (Sexy model not included.)

If I wasn’t trying to limit my meat consumption, I would totally try this yak meat.

The motorized ramps down to one of our local groceries stores recently received these “one-way street” signs. The Chinese translates as “please don’t go in the direction not allowed by traffic regulations.” When each character is an entire word, you can get wordy like that, I guess.

When my school took all the students on a field trip to an auto museum, I didn’t know what to expect. If it was going to be China-centric, wouldn’t it be a fairly small museum? Evidently, no, not when moving giant blocks on rollers counts as a “car.” But seriously, this museum was pretty cool and my family is going to return sometime soon for our kids to check it out.

I’m curious how this pillow is supposed to improve my eyesight. But not curious enough to buy it and try it out.

Since there are no laws against negligent parenting here, we’re allowing our kids to do the kinds of things that used to be totally normal. A few weeks ago, our oldest kid, 13-year-old Princess Sparkley, rode the subway across town by herself to go to the movies with a friend. She even got back home okay!


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