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adb2014 Sep 06,2017 21:05

Tags: Expat Tales, Lifestyle

I always knew that parenthood would be a challenge, though I assumed that I’d be doing it in my home country instead of China. In many ways it's what I imagined parenting to be like but raising ...

adb2014 May 08,2017 00:00

Tags: Expat Tales

I’ll start by coming clean – after nine years in China, my Chinese still isn’t very good. The main reason, I think, is the lack of incentive. I speak to my wife and sons in English and it’s the ...

adb2014 Apr 05,2017 16:35

Tags: Expat Rants & Advice, General

I recently read an article by an American expat living in China. It was a good article overall but there was one point I disagreed with: that expats can live a good life in China or save money but ...

adb2014 Mar 13,2017 13:43

Tags: Language & Culture, Teaching & Learning

The first rule of English class is that students are forbidden from speaking Chinese. This is fair enough, but until they have the ability to confidently switch between both languages, they’ll ...

adb2014 Feb 28,2017 14:59

Tags: Expat Tales, Expat Rants & Advice

I have a big confession to make. I did something recently that may well turn me into the office pariah – shunned, ignored, ostracized and more likely than ever to be passed over for promotion. In ...

adb2014 Jun 27,2016 19:51

Tags: Teaching & Learning

In my eight years as an ESL teacher, I’ve dealt with all types of parents – from the supportive to the apathetic and everyone in between. Being a parent myself and teaching both my sons English, I...

adb2014 May 04,2016 12:16

Tags: General, Language & Culture

While you're out and about today, have a look at how many people are wearing English-language t-shirts. Lots, right? The funny lines and squiggles on these shirts will probably have generic or ...

adb2014 Apr 11,2016 14:22

Tags: Expat Tales

A little while ago, I posted a blog on memorable flatmates. They were real characters for sure but lately, I’ve been thinking about some of my most memorable coworkers over the years as well. ...

adb2014 Mar 08,2016 15:30

Tags: Relationships, Expat Rants & Advice, Expat Tales

Life as a parent can be difficult. It’s tiring, stressful, kills your social life and can be emotionally and financially draining. However, these are mere irritations compared to the challenges of ...

adb2014 Nov 25,2015 15:23

Tags: General, Relationships, Expat Rants & Advice, Lifestyle

For so long I was lead to believe that all expectant Chinese couples prefer boys. Maybe in many small to mid-sized cities, that's still very much the case. Here in the first-tier city of Guangzhou ...

adb2014 Oct 06,2015 23:57

Tags: Expat Rants & Advice, Lifestyle

This blog is aimed mainly at the newer arrivals who are about to go shopping in China for the first time. Whether you choose to frequent the big chain department stores or the thousands of 'hole in ...

adb2014 Jan 11,2015 18:46

Tags: Expat Tales

One thing I appreciate about living in China is getting job opportunities that wouldn’t be available back home. On top of teaching and freelance writing, I can now add actor to my list of ...

adb2014 Nov 18,2014 10:01

Tags: Expat Tales

Queuing is easy. Or at least it should be. Logically, there’s nothing difficult about waiting in line with a group of other bored people to do what you need to do, get served and leave. But ...

adb2014 Nov 08,2014 22:58

Tags: General

When I first moved to China in 2008, my intention was to stay a year, maybe two before returning home. Six years later I’m still here, with no plans to leave any time soon. Upon reading this, ...

adb2014 Sep 22,2014 13:01

Tags: Expat Tales

So, where was I? Oh yes, I had already told you about the midnight runner, a guy who stayed for about a week and now, a weird skull collector. As well as being very strange and messy, Evan had very ...

adb2014 Sep 16,2014 14:41

Tags: Expat Tales

In my six years of living in China, I’ve lived in quite a few apartments of varying quality and with people of very different personalities. The first company I worked for in Guangzhou offered...

adb2014 Sep 10,2014 15:18

Tags: General, Expat Tales, Lifestyle

Time has just flown by. In three years, my international baby has turned into an international toddler and started kindergarten. It’s an important milestone for both parent and child, as ...

adb2014 Jul 26,2014 22:24

Tags: General, Relationships

Relationships between Western men and Chinese women aren’t uncommon in China these days. I myself have been married to my Chinese wife for three and a half years, which has been a very ...

adb2014 May 07,2014 15:00

Tags: Expat Tales

For some ESL teachers, part of their job responsibilities may be to go on summer or winter camps with their students. That was the case for me with my last company five years ago. It was a winter ...

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