Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Spring has sprung:

I am way too excited about having tadpoles than a grown woman should be...

Ah, the serenity.

Unfortunately, this literally is a rather peaceful place to sit and have lunch by Shanghai standards.

PS. 10 points for guessing the movie reference in the title... common Aussies!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Vax on vax off

As a foreigner, it is difficult to communicate in Shanghai at any given time. Often, even if you do speak Chinese, people will look at your appearance (i.e. your skin colour), and assume they won't understand you before you even open your mouth. Other times you have the problem of mixing dialects and other Shanghai-centric slang to overcome.

However, English is becoming more and more common, and these days if you go to a place catering to foreigners, you can be fairly certain you will be able to use English with the staff.

This serves me well, but it is still a problem for the many, many thousands of foreigners living in Shanghai from non-english speaking countries.

The other day I walked into a beauty salon which caters to foreigners almost exclusively. The salon offers massage, facials, waxing, and manicure/pedicure services. The woman who had walked in off the street in front of me, walked up to the counter and in a very thick accent (Russian?) said:

"I vant a vax please."

The receptionist behind the counter stared at her blankly.

"Excuse me?" she stutters.

"A vax. VAX. I vant a VAX!"

"A... I'm sorry... a.... what?"

"VAX! VAX VAX VAX! You know, a VAX!"

More stunned mullet looks ensued. At this point I felt I should help her out.

"She wants a wax."

The receptionist had a lightbulb moment: "Oh, a WAX! Well why didn't she say that?"

Friday, April 18, 2008

More inappropriate Chinglish

My beyond-awesome fellow-nursery teacher, Kelly, bought this lined Hello Kitty exercise book in a stationary store here in Shanghai. Keep in mind that it is a children's exercise book:


Monday, April 14, 2008

Art Art Art

I have finally got my art website updated with a whole heap of new paintings in the Acrylics and the Series sections. Go check it out... I'll wait right here.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Justice is Blind

Phil's new assistant, Alex Cheng Loew, ran back to take this photo after they spotted it in the drop-off zone at Jinan International Airport, in Shandong province, China.

Phil titled it "Justice is Served", but I prefer "Justice is Blind":

Friday, April 04, 2008

Life in Shanghai as a Mastercard ad:

Life in Shanghai as a Mastercard ad:

Taxi to the bar: $1
Drinks and food for you and 8 of your friends: $200
Taxi home: $2

Discovering that together you can sing the theme song from Fraggle Rock in 4 different languages: Priceless.