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  1. Hell Froze Over

    November 8, 2012 by admin

    Hell’s Kitchen that is, and the rest of Manhattan and New Jersey. I experienced my first “Nor’easter” and it’s not pretty out there when you’re trying to walk two crazy dogs. Niu Niu went into full Chinese Country Hound mode, lurking low and on high alert. Bernie, sporting his ski jacket circa 1973, looked like he was going to get caught in a gust of wind and pirouette away. All this just after Sandy stormed through, can we get a break??? Is it wrong that I wanted to order a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts, including one topped with multi-colored sprinkles, and eat them all myself? Aren’t I supposed to put on my so-called “winter coat”?

    The good news is that it’s past now and there is a light blanket of snow and the city looks beautiful.


  2. Gross

    June 14, 2011 by admin

    I don’t know if it was the 3-day-old piece of Tiramisu cake I ate for lunch or reading this news from Shanghai Daily that is causing great pain in the pit of my stomach.   Before I tell you the story though I want to say that I had been staring that cake in the face for sometime now and had no problem simply shutting the door on it.  So why today, all that time later, I had to eat it is beyond me.  It’s like it sprouted arms and was pulling my face into it.  Weird.

    But weirder than that…“SWARMS of termites resistant to normal pesticides swept across downtown Shanghahi yesterday, bringing misery to householders and businesses.” Shanghai Daily reports.

    “I was startled to see so many termites flying into my face in a supermarket on Zhenning Road,” 27-year-old Jing’an resident Kevin Zhou said yesterday evening. It Gets better…“But when I came out, there were thousands of them flying and crawling under every light and neon sign along the street.” Is your stomach hurting yet??? Meanwhile, Alex Dong, a 31-year-old from Hongkou District, told Shanghai Daily that she had been terrified to see hundreds of termites marching into her room in an old building on Yulin Road. “My father sprayed water on them but that didn’t seem to work,” Dong continued, “I don’t know whether these ugly insects will tear down the old building. There’s more… “Another termite control worker surnamed Liu with Zhongxin Environment Protection Co advised residents not to spray normal pesticides on the insects.  They have become immune to these and spraying them would only drive them into nooks and crannies where they would produce more offspring, he said.  Short of calling in the professionals, Liu suggested residents who suffer from termites turn off all the lights at home, leaving only a flashlight next to a bowl of water.  “Ideally, the termites will be attracted by the light, crawl into the water and drown,” said Liu.

    These termites are pretty fascinating.  They are immune to pesticides, they like to march and are able to tear down large buldings but cannot swim in a small bowl of water.

    Alas, some pretty things in Shanghai

  3. And in animal news…

    March 28, 2011 by admin


    Imagine my complete and utter surprise when I saw these poor Teddies imprisoned while awaiting their sale to the spoiled rotten children of Shanghai!   I threw myself in front of the cage and tried to pry them free but to no avail…I’m afraid I had too much wine at dinner and didn’t really want to ruin my fingernail polish.

    Shanghai Daily News reports that in Putuo District, 5 men, all under the age of 21, were recently sentenced from 8 months to 1 year for beating a taxi driver who refused to let their friend’s dog ride in the taxi.  Apparently, a young woman and her golden retriever tried to enter a taxi.  When the driver refused to let the dog ride, the girl called her boyfriend and he and his 4 friends beat the man, leaving him with fractured ribs and a bruised body.  At the sentencing, the girl’s boyfriend said he got angry and beat the driver because he wouldn’t let his “son” ride in the taxi.

    I found this sign at the Vet’s office…it’s good to know that at 8 weeks old these puppies aren’t vicious killers.

    Catty Chaplin?

  4. Huh?!

    January 26, 2010 by admin

    In today’s Shanghai Daily News it reads:

    Woman hopes Alba face-lift gets boyfriend back

    So this 21 yr. old girl living in Shanghai wants to win her boyfriend back, who’s completely obsessed with Jessica Alba.  He bought her a “Jessica Alba” wig for Christmas and made her wear it.  He also made her wear heavy makeup and false eyelashes.  People laughed at her so she threw the wig on the floor and broke up with him.  BUT, “It was heartbreaking after splitting with him…(he) gave me a feeling like a family…I don’t want to lose him”.  She also adds, “I am a psychologically weak person.  I want to do something to challenge myself and build a strong personality through it”.  SO, as she doesn’t have the money to pay for her “Jessica Alba face-lift” surgery, she posted an add online and The Shanghai Time Plastic Surgery Hospital contacted her and told her if she REALLY wants it done and she REALLY thinks it over, they’ll do it for her, free of charge.

    Here’s a photo of her and with her Alba wig and false eyelashes

    There is so much wrong with this story I don’t know where to begin.

    A. If it’s that easy to get a free face-lift than why the hell haven’t I gotten mine.

    B. There is so much wrong with this story I don’t know where to begin.

    C. She DOES look kinda cute in that wig.

  5. In the News

    January 21, 2010 by admin

    This is what I mean when I say we don’t need to worry about the “Pajama wearing situation” right now when there are BIGGER things that need to be addressed.

    In Shanghai Daily News today it reads:

    A man died and his wife injured after falling into an uncovered man hole this past Sunday night in Pudong New Area.  The couple had been walking home from a Funeral.

    How incredibly sad.

  6. In the News…

    October 14, 2009 by admin


    I find this very hard to believe as it would appear the police are good for one thing here and that’s smoking.  But apparently there are different “kinds” of police and this particular branch pulled a Sherlock Holmes on these Bernie Madoff’s.

    CHINESE police cracked a pyramid scheme worth about 1 billion yuan (US$147 million), according to the Ministry of Public Security.

    The company allured (their typo not mine) people into the ring by claiming they were selling highly profitable cell phone chips. With the chips, people could view advertisements on their phones and receive rewards.

    Three chief suspects, Shi Yongbin, Qiang Kexin and Fu Yanping, have been arrested and confessed to their crimes.

    This “confessing” thing happens a lot here.  Hmmmmmm.

    Anyway, we need some of them po po back in the States!

  7. In the News

    September 22, 2009 by admin

    The headline in today’s Shanghai Daily News reads:



    “The nation’s quality regulator said they were among 154 imported food and cosmetics items that failed to pass muster”.  “Frozen chicken from the US and cookies from Denmark also had flaws”.

    I’m going to let the chicken thing go otherwise I will be writing for the next hour, but cookies from Denmark??? Did they have too much love and care in them?  However, interestingly the article continues that orange juice from Pepsico (read Satan) got turned back and Pepsico issued a statement that they got it from Brazil and that the orange concentrate WAS below par.

    So they knew the stuff was bad AND they threw Brazil under the bus.  People, you better check your orange juice back home.