Saturday, August 29, 2009

I've been a slacker blogger

The sunshine, the fresh air, the outdoors have all gotten to me since I've been back in California for the summer and I haven't done a single post at all. 

But....I'm back in Shanghai on Tuesday, after my long luxurious 6 week vacation and since this is a blog about my life in Shanghai I'll be back at work blogging again next week. While Shanghai has it's bad points, I can't wait to get back to my "real life", my friends, my own home (and crazy neighbors) and of course my adorable husband! I miss Shanghai, the craziness, the seemingly endless streams of people and the excitement of the everyday hustle and bustle. 

I have some crazy neighbor stories to tell next week, but in the meantime enjoy this blog by one of my best friends. It'll make you smile and wish for a hotdog of your own. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why I am staying in Shanghai for May Holiday....

Based on this Shanghai resident's experience at Yellow Mountain 3 years ago - I feel confident and happy with my decision to stay in Shanghai this holiday weekend.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

China's Middle Class

An interesting piece from the National Geographic on the new found opportunities and anxieties of the Chinese Middle Class.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Most Remote School, Hidden in the Clouds

Most Remote School, Hidden in the Clouds

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Follow up...

This a follow up story to something I posted a few weeks ago. Parents in the Dongguan region are experiencing the worst pain imaginable - many children are being kidnapped.

Here's the story posted on

"Hundreds of parents set to the streets on April 15th in a peaceful march, begging for help in finding their missing children. Originally reported by the New Express (translated by Danwei), the parents claim that about 1,000 children have gone missing from the Dongguan area since 2007. At their wits end, they've set out to draw more attention to the apparent, widespread abduction problem.

Neither the New Express nor the Shanghai Daily piece on these families' plights suggest a reason for the kidnappings, but according to the New York Times, many of the children are being sold off to other Chinese families desperate for a male heir. The children, most of whom are young boys are also suspected of being sold to buyers in Vietnam, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

"Male heir" is probably one of the better outcome for these children, otherwise they often end up as indentured servants, for-hire beggars, or prostitutes. The lucky ones get sold to orphanages for adoption to wealthy foreigners.

The police at Wednesday's march appeared sympathetic to the parents' ordeal, escorting them peacefully down the street. According to a number of marchers however, the police and government have been mostly unhelpful in tracking down the missing children. In a case cited in the Shanghai Daily article, a child was located and brought to a local police station, but before his parent could claim him, an impersonator took the child as his own.

The Chinese government claims that total abductions number about 2,500 people per year including both women and children, but some non-profit organizations argue that the number might possibly be upwards of 100,000.

Either way, the number is too high. More attention needs to be paid to this issue both here in China and elsewhere in the world where human trafficking is an issue. Both buyers and sellers of other human beings need to be tracked down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Read all about my hometown!

The New York Times recently did a travel piece on my hometown/the area I grew up - The fabulous Silicon Valley!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Interesting China News....

The Unites States is having a hard time finding an Ambassador to China. Interesting, isn't it? I always assumed the Ambassador positions were "highly coveted". But maybe not?

Read more here:

Some good news for those of us who own Real Estate in China:

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hainan Island - Girls Weekend!

In anticipation of my upcoming girls weekend to Hainan Island, I'm doing research on the island itself. Kinda geeky, yes I realize that, but this is typically what I do prior to any trip. I'm a research geek, I love to wiki, google, and search through travel websites to download information on my next destination.

Basic Stats on Hainan (Hai = Ocean, Nan= South) Island:

Location: Hainan Island is located in the South China Sea, separated from Guangdong's Leizhou Peninsula to the north by a shallow and narrow strait. It has an area of 33,920 square kilometers, making China's southernmost province also its smallest. Hainan is comparable in size to Belgium.

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Native Peoples: Hainan first enters written Chinese history in 110 BC, when the Han Dynasty established a military garrison there. Settlement by mainlanders was slow however and from early on the island was considered to be fit only for exiles. It was in this period that the Li people arrived from Guangxi Province and displaced the island's aboriginal Austronesian-speaking peoples.

Tourism: We will be staying in Sanya, a town on the southern tip of the island, Sanya is supposedly the most common tourist-y location with nice beaches, hotels, outdoor activities, etc. We're looking forward to spending a lot of time on the beach, reading and relaxing away from the craziness of Shanghai.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Emotional Pitfalls of Living Abroad

I lost my grandmother yesterday to a long hard battle with alzheimers and old age. She was one of the most incredible people I've ever known, of course I'm not biased or anything. ;-) Living abroad is a blessing and a curse for so many reasons and one of the hardest are these moments when you want so badly to be physically close to your family. Skype and calling cards can only make up for so much distance.

Here is the obituary that ran in her local newspaper, I think my mother did a wonderful job writing it. She will never be far from our hearts and minds.

"Dorothy Roady Wilson, 102, of Bowling Green, died at 9:50 pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at a Bowling Green nursing home.

The Alton, Illinois native was born on July 4, 1906, a daughter of the late Charles Henry Roady and Nell Rowena Roady. She was the wife of the late George T. Wilson, Jr., and was also preceded in death by her brother, Paul W. Roady, of Alton, II., and a sister, Blanche Roady Clark, of Woodriver, Illinois.

Mrs. Wilson was a secretary for the Owens Illinois Glass Company and later worked at the Vanderbilt University Bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee. She was an avid gardener, reader, and bird watcher. She was a graduate of the Alton High School and a member of the Episcopal Church. Mrs. Wilson was a loving mother and grandmother who outlived many of her friends.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the following: A Voice for Animals (270-783-9195); Bowling Green/Warren County Animal Adoption Center, 1925 Old Louisville Road, Bowling Green, KY, 42101; Rainhill Equine Facility, 11125 Highway 185, Bowling Green, KY, 42101

Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Demuth Wilson, of Bowling Green; two grandchildren, Emily Slaten Lopez, of Mountain View, California, and Lilia Roady Lopez, of Washington, D. C.; two nieces, Nell Foster Waltz, of La Jolla, California, and Jane Louise Wilson, of Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire; two cousins, Judith Schlieper Laronge, of Vancouver, Washington, and Gary Cummins, of Denver, Colorado."

Monday, April 6, 2009

Kidnapping in China on the rise...

I had no idea that this was a problem here in China, nor did I think that people still favored boys over girls to this extent. Perhaps it's because we live in Shanghai that people seem to have more modern ideas but this article moved me and I feel awful for any parent who has to go through the loss of a child, no matter where in the world they are.

From today's New York Times:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Emily's Cupcakes at Kid Expo this weeekend

Come visit us at the "Enjoy" booth this weekend! Cupcakes are free to those who sign up for an Enjoy card at the Expo.

Hope to see you there!!

The Details:

What: Kid Expo
Where: Shanghai Exhibition Center
When: March 28-29
Why: Have fun, get your kids out of the rain, and see what Shanghai has to offer expat families!!!

Chinese 'find' radioactive ball

Check this one out...just when I thought the most dangerous things about living in China are the air pollution and tainted food.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Indoor Air Quality or Lack of...

My husband and I invested in an IQ Air Filter when we moved into our apartment in Shanghai. Based on the terrible outdoor air quality one can infer that the indoor air can't be much better for you and so many people use some sort of air filter at home.

The IQ Air is supposedly one of the best, and comes in many different versions to best suit your needs. The other day we noticed that one of our filters needed to be changed, this is the first time we've had to change so we had no idea what to expect.

Here are the photos of our filter - it's truly disgusting. I'm glad none of this stuff made it's way into my lungs but who knows what else I've ingested that didn't make it into the air filter.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The truth about moving back home....

I like many other expats am not moving home immediately but eventually down the line my family knows we will move back to our home country. Something I never considered is how hard it could be. Due to the recent economic downtown, as we all know, many of our expat friends are being sent back to their home countries to repatriate.

Here's an article I just read in the NYtime about the problems that come with "going home".

Thursday, March 5, 2009

China clampdown on Tibet

Front page article of the New York Times, you can come to your own conclusions.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cupcake Contact Information

If you're interested in ordering cupcakes from Emily's Cupcakes, please send an e-mail to: Our website will be up soon with more information!!

Happy eating. :-)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dance your heart out.

This video is awesome. Check it out:

BOOMBOX from Ely Kim on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

China's new fleet of mobile execution chambers. No, Seriously.

I know, I was totally thrown off guard when I read this article earlier in USA Today.

Check it out here:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chinese New Year - Welcome the Ox

Chinese New Year has come and gone in a flurry of fireworks, ox caricatures, European vacations and hazy weather. This is the year of the Ox and depending you who you ask will bring in more of the same economic woes or an upswing for the Chinese economy.

A and I spent our Chinese new year vacation in Italy and Germany, it was a wonderful trip and we ate our weight in cheese, cured meats and shnitzel. Italy in January, while not at it's best as far as the weather is concerned, is still breathtaking. Germany even with snow on the ground runs efficiently and makes eating a warm pretzel in the afternoon the best snack ever.

We are off to Hong Kong this weekend, and I'll be sure to post photos of our eating escapades, we can't wait to indulge in a weekend of fresh seafood!

Emily's Cupcakes coming soon....

I haven't posted in awhile, many apologies!

Currently, I'm in the final stages of opening a small business here in Shanghai - "Emily's Cupcakes" will be open soon and I'll let you know as soon as our website goes live and you can order online or over the phone!

Ever since I moved here a little over a year ago, I've been thinking about starting my own cupcake business. With my culinary background in catering and as a personal chef as well as my background in Marketing and Advertising it seemed like a great idea! Plus, I love cupcakes - they're adorable and bring back so many childhood memories. We aim to be open for business in 2 weeks, so keep your eyes open for some new delicious treats on the Shanghai scene!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Ring in the new year with homemade yogurt!

I love yogurt, and I'm on a constant search for truly good think tart yogurt that isn't sweetened with sugar here in Shanghai. There is a lovely homemade yogurt called Bebamine, made by another expat that you can have delivered to your home, but you must commit to something like 10 - 120g jars per week. That's something a family could consume, but little old me can't eat that much no matter how much I love the stuff.

So, I was really excited when I ran across an article in City Weekend magazine written by food writer Crystal Mo who tells of how she bought her own yogurt making machine from for only 28RMB. That's only US$4! Woo hoo! She also explains exactly how she makes it from fresh milk, I'm pretty pumped to try this homemade yogurt making experiment out myself!