Everything from:China

I lived from 2005 to 2011 in Shanghai, China, and blogged every now and then about this fascinating country.

Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa.

I’ve got a little cold from all the heat, to be more precise: From all the air conditioners standing everywhere. It’s not really healthy to have sudden temperature changes from over 20 degrees, but some people simply ignore this fact. Example: When I enter our office building, the temperature changes from 38° Celsius to 20° Celsius. Is that nuts or what? Anyway, so when I got a cold, my wife was so sweet and went to buy me some chinese medicine. She came back with a bottle containing dark fluid, the name of the medicine was the same as this title’s post: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. It tastes damn good, and my eyes went big when I read through the ingredients. Here’s what’s in this medicine: Tendrilleaf Fritillary Bulb Loquat Leaf Fourleaf Ladybell Root Indian Bread Pummelo Peel Platycodon Root Prepared Pinellia Tuber Chinese Magnoliavine Fruit Snakegourd Seed Common Coltsfoot Flower Thinleaf Milkwort Root Bitter Apricot Seed Fresh Ginger Liquorice Root Almond Extract Menthol Honey Maltose Syrup I thought of the beginning scene from END OF DAYS, where big hero Arnie mixes whatever he finds laying around his apartment together in a mixer for breakfast… Yummy! Seriously though, this […]

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SEO Tip: There’s not only english (and America)!

So I just realized, in order to gain a broader audience, why not add more chinese in future posts? … And with sites like Wikipedia or the Google Language Tools, it’s easier than ever to have keywords or names translated to a foreign language (please write a Wordpress on-site plugin, anyone?)…

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8GB iPhone in China much cheaper!

Quite a surprise, the price of the 8 gigabyte model of Apple’s iPhone dropped a whopping 125 dollars since the last time we asked! Back in December we were running around in that big electronics store at the Hong Kong plaza and back then the price was almost 650 dollars. Now the 16 GB version is available for 690 dollar and thus the 8 GB version dropped down to 530 dollars. That’s quite a jump for just three months. The iPhones I’m talking about are unlocked and running the newest version, 1.1.4 if I’m not mistaken. One of the sellers said though, that ‘within 6 months you will be able to buy legal iPhones from China Mobile’. I wonder if he is just kidding around or if he really has inside information. As far is I know, Apple is in negotiations with China Mobile but wants too much? Well, let’s see how things are in September 2008, when the 32 GB iPhone or even 64 GB iPhone is available… […]

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Falling, Falling Down.

No Country For Old Men was this year’s winner at the academy awards, telling the story of an aged cop in a Texas that is getting more and more violent and out of control. Of course, it showed again the mistakes of normal people and how these mistakes can cost them their lives, as featured before in Fargo. The Coens really like to show us how stupid we are sometimes. If I had to make a movie similar to No Country For Old Men in Shanghai, I would change the title to No Country For Weak Men. What happened yesterday explains this: After shopping around a bit on Huahai road with beautiful sunshine and a nice dinner at a low-budget italian restaurant keychain, my wife and I headed home to Pudong by subway in the evening. We had just changed to line 2 at people square and were in a pretty empty wagon, when a guy all of a sudden lost his consciousness and fell down on the ground, hitting his head on my wife’s back during that fall. What happened then really made me sad and angry. Nobody, nobody at all moved or did anything. Everyone sat or stand […]

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John Rabe – Little Report, With Video!

When Ben commented to my last post about the pictures from the movie John Rabe, I just headed over to YouTube to see if anything had been released there – officially or not. Sadly, I found no trailer – but a little report! DW, Deutsche Welle, was on the set reporting and seemed to have been allowed to capture some stuff with their cameras. Now the bad side: The video is almost half an hour long and over 60 megabyte big. But I watched through it and the John Rabe part is right at the beginning! So just watch it until the report of John Rabe is finished, the rest has nothing to with it anymore. Here we go: […]

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Edison Chen’s sex scandal reaches the Beijing Olympics 2008?

And just when you thought it was over a new story hits the internet! So one of the girls Edison Chen (陈冠希) bedded, Gillian Chung, has been banned from the Beijing Olympics 2008. Gillian Chung was supposed to perform during the the opening ceremony of the big show. Now she has been kicked out due to the scandal… Too bad! That reminds me, when do the pictures of Maggie Q (李美琪) finally show up? Har har har. In case you have no idea what this post is all about, read my post ‘The Edison Chan “Sexgate”‘. Shanghaiist reported some new stuff, too: Three pictures of 19 year old Vincy Yeung (杨永晴), Edison Chen’s current girlfriend, have also been released by the mystery man “Kira”, and here’s where it gets a lot juicier. Vincy is the daughter of Ricky Yeung (楊超成), brother of tycoon Albert Yeung (楊受成), the boss of Emperor Entertainment Group who is said to have numerous triad affiliations. Read that here: Jolin Tsai, Maggie Q, Vincey Yeung sucked into Edison Chen scandal; Gillian Chung admits involvement . […]

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Official John Rabe(约翰拉贝) pictures.

Most of my friends know what I’ve been doing during the last three months: working with the VFX team on the german movie John Rabe. Sadly, no trailer has been officially released yet so I don’t really have anything to show. But! ‘Majestic Film Verleih’, the company who will bring the movie to german cinemas this year (or so I hope) released 8 official press pictures. So here you go, a little something to feed your appetite in regards to this movie. 8 pictures! Dr. Georg Rosen (Daniel Brühl), employee of the german embassy, tries to handle the threat in regard of the chinese civilians in diplomatic ways. (Picture: Majestic / Ruggero Rossi) Dr. Robert Wilson (Steve Buscemi), leader of Nanjing’s hospital, fights tireless for the survival of the people. (Picture: Majestic / Tomoko Kikuchi) Valérie Dupres (Anne Consigny), leader of the International Girls College, can’t enjoy the festivities – she’s worried about her students. (Picture: Majestic / Tomoko Kikuchi) Nazi Werner Fließ (Mathias Herrmann, 3.v.l.) is supposed to take John Rabe’s (Ulrich Tukur, 5.v.l.) place as the leader of the Siemens branch in Nanking. (Picture: Majestic / Ruggero Rossi) John Rabe (Ulrich Tukur) is desperate, the uncertain future worries […]

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