Budweiser Not Only The King of Beer-Wrapped in GOLD!

Budweiser in the US is known as the King of Beers and in China a Super Premium Imported Beer. Does anyone else giggle to think Budweiser in such a way? Budweiser in China is the #3 brand of beer.  Sorry Dad and Papa Blum, Coors Light or the Silver Bullet as it is called in China comes behind Bud. The reason could be because they are not wrapping their beer cans in gold! Look at that. Only the best beer is wrapped in gold!




Shanghai Hipster Shoes!

We walk by a small shoe store (it is the size of a walk in closet) near our apartment and say we need to go in there and buy shoes. We finally did it!  We got original style Feiyue shoes, or as I like to call them Shanghai Hipster shoes or Chinese Chuck Taylor’s.Feiyue Store

Todd likes to copy my good ideas so we have the same shoes. Now isn’t that cute? Good thing one of us is moving.


Interesting enough… these shoes made in Shanghai became popular in 1920… a few years after Converse All Stars…what a coincidence! Learn more about these shoes here Feiyue I didn’t know they are official Monk shoes and of the martial arts. Well now I am all set to take up Kara-Te.

We paid full retail 50RMB ($8 USD) a pair (even for Todd’s monster feet). The packaging is great. They come in a simple, printed paper bag with a Pinocchio like character.  Love the idea of paper bags instead of boxes! That would have been smart back in the day when we had to over textbooks. I got a new pair of shoes for school and I had to cover textbooks! Anyway, a little piece of Shanghai history for our feet.

Wear test. They are pretty comfy, actually I find them more comfy than Chucks. My beef with Chucks is they are too flat and in time make my feet hurt.  The Chinese Chucks have padding on the ball of the foot making them pretty comfy.

Freedom Fries!

Wonder whatever happened to the Freedom fry movement?  I don’t at all, that was stupid in my opinion but they are here in China! Along will some grilled something I had to google meaning oyster mushroom. I bet they would sell more calling them grilled mushrooms. As for grilled swan shell.. no idea but could be a fancy name for duck beak or could be some kind of shelled something from the sea or river.

Freedom Fries

Another Reason To Carry Nail Clippers

Not only do you carry nail clippers to take care of your personal grooming needs when you are at your desk at work, on the metro, on a plane, walking down the street, in the airport lounge (Todd) all things I have seen. You also keep them handy to trim your food’s nails. A friend of mine who works at the CCTV building in Beijing (the one that looks like pants) took this when eating at the cafeteria. I am concerned he was eating chicken feet and will take that up with him later.  I have heard them called chicken paws and chicken claws. I thought it was a translation thing when going from Chinese to English. I am rethinking that.. they are really chicken claws, I think chicken talons is the better word choice. EEEEWWWW!

Bring your clippers!

Bring your clippers!

Innovative Scooter Child Seat

I remember when Britney drove with her child on her lap and people lost their damn minds. At least she was in a SUV. In China, people, babies, pets or packages are not strapped in. I know about the packages my heater arrived to me as if it fell 3x off a scooter from the top of the Jin Mao building. Even in cabs there are no car seats. What you do is chain the chair to the scooter, not the child to the chair here is an example spotted on the sidewalk ready to go.

Scooter Child Seat

It does amaze me how when expecting a mother in China may be on bed rest the whole time, wears a special smock everyday to prevent radiation and such from computers, tvs, cell phones, to keep the unborn baby safe. I understand where this comes from having a one child policy for so long, it is precious cargo. What I don’t get is once birthed the child travels in a chained chair on a scooter. The baby is protected from harmful rays from TVs and computers yet you drive around with your once precious in a lawn chair where there are no traffic rules, just guidelines. Doesn’t make sense to me but what do I know I don’t have kids.

Bumblebee Wedding Car!

It has been a while since I posted a good wedding car photo I think this one could be my new favorite wedding car. It is not just a wedding car, it is Bumblebee with the Transformers logo on the gas cap. Nothing says cool, performance, muscle car like flowers! Todd I wish we could go back and make your Datsun a wedding car… how cool would that be?

Wedding car

A Baby on the Metro #2

I have seen a lot in China… I have seen a lot of public relieving of bodily things. From nail clipping, snot rockets, spit, public urination, you name it.  I have yet seen any relieving on the metro but my friend Brad has and here is the photo. OMG. Shouldn’t that thing on his head be on his bottom? What do I know I don’t have kids.

That just happened!

That just happened!

The first question is why is he not wearing diapers? Good question! Instead of diapers babies may wear split-pants that split up the behind so they can do their thing. I am told the reason for this are: diapers are  expensive, uncomfortable for the baby, makes them hot, and are gross. Again, I don’t have kids but I can think of something that may be more gross and that is having a child pee or poop on you but what do I know about such things. What do you do when the baby goes? Most public bathrooms in China don’t have toilet paper, paper towels or even soap. EWWWW!

I have also been told because many parents in China don’t have fancy strollers, play pens, cribs, or other baby contraptions they hold their child for most of the day and can tell their child body reactions and when they need to go. When that happens, they have split pants and can hold it over the street, trash can, bush, or in this case on the metro. There is also no embarrassment about it, it is just natural, what are you going to do?  An accident I get but this can be prevented with what? Diapers. I would be embarrassed.

China has a lot of people and a lot of people mean a lot of diapers, even more soon with the 2 baby policy change. A positive, you can say it is green! If only China cared about such things… Let’s go with it though, it is green! A nuisance for anyone else but green!

Off the brave the metro, looking down as I walk and hope I don’t see anything like this today.

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