Thursday, August 13, 2009

waiting for you 等着你回来

This video is strange and terrifying. I would have never interpreted the song this way.

For all you china people who can't access youtube: the video is a scary interpretation of the 白光 song. It's really not all that exciting, but I'm always looking for another excuse to listen to this song again.

Does anyone else obsessively listen to the one track? Why does listening to the same song over and over feel so great? Is it a building of the familiar that makes us so attached to a particular song? repetitive ingraining of familiarity...?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

the last couple of weeks


the pacific from the other side


sweet cherries


SF symphony at dolores park




rollercoaster at Santa Cruz


The view from the smallest park in SF


Harris and Vicente playing chess



using pretty light to trace something


video
I let these kids attack the piano. 加油!

Friday, July 17, 2009

do da stanky leg

I recently found a job at a summer camp. I'm working as a teaching assistant in a 4-week language summer camp where the children are taught in Mandarin and encouraged to communicate using Mandarin, which means I must speak Chinese for 8 hours each day. I'm happy.

During dismissal yesterday I saw two of my students dancing while singing, "do da' stanky leg" and came home to find this on youtube. Am I really late on this stanky leg thang?








Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Avril's Screechy Voice Transcends Linguistic Divides

Avril Lavigne recorded the refrain of her hit in eight languages: English, Japanese, Portugese, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Spanish and French!

See a compilation of Avril's 8 versions (turn on your unblockers, china friends). It's worth it.

我知道你喜欢我! 不是一个秘密![加老外口音]
No es un secreto! Yo quiero ser tu novia! [apply gringo accent]

Monday, June 22, 2009

the city and a birthday














mmm green onion biscuits and GRAVY











happy birthday, Harris!



charlie and the monkey king (孙悟空)

Monday, June 15, 2009

san francisco

A lot has happened since I last posted. Blogger is blocked in China and so it became more difficult for me to post.

I moved to San Francisco last Wednesday. Here the sky is blue, the air is incredibly fresh, people dress great, everyone is pretty, the food is delicious and mexican food is cheap!

I'll be sure to take more photos in the near future. It's just, I've been too excitedly dazed to remember what a camera is.



cloudy day in beijing


siberian sunrise






delicious


fun


my brother!!


a tiny cone of delicious ice cream


a bookstore i passed had a summer sale: free books! you were allowed to take 2 books on the rack. I picked one and it was extremely uninteresting, but the drawings were nice. and it felt nice cause it was free...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

我到香港啦!




I've reached Hong Kong (香港). It is a strange place where the buildings are enormous, people would prefer to speak to you in English, the food is delicious and Indian people speak fluent Cantonese.
I came here via Shenzhen (深圳), which was incredibly convenient. I took a train from Guangzhou (广州) to Shenzhen and then followed the signs pointing towards Hong Kong. I had to fill out a questionnaire when I reached Customs about the Swine Flu, and there was a looped recording advising the public to seek a doctor if they are feeling flu-like symptoms. It was all a bit intimidating.
I found a cheap hotel which is run by a very sweet old man. I will stay here tonight, pick up my visa tomorrow (it's already processing) and be on my way back to Guangzhou tomorrow.

Friday, May 8, 2009

广州 Guangzhou




Martyr's Park (烈士陵园)





delicious


sexy santa chicken










Gar (a band from Beijing)


Kelvin and Demon





Erin and Jero


video
an old song from Henan, China  河南的一个老歌

Sunday, May 3, 2009

lately


veggies


2 days after the H&M grand opening...


Ross and I biked all day long


and we took pictures near Tian'anmen



We went to a tiny village on the outskirt of Beijing. Ross posted about it.


Emily and Ralph just woke up.


and Emily's neighbor drew eye charts and wrote an essay about her uncle on the wall with chalk.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

guangzhou


erin!

(chai1) It means "destroy". This building will soon be destroyed.

night street food.

a bar we went to called ping-pong. The sign says 'ping'

This sign says 'pong'.


Chinese people like Clinton and flowers