#alienadventures: how men in China keep their cool (literally)

When the heat hits the upper 30’s and humidity hovers around 80%, a man’s gotta do what he has to, to keep cool, and the simplest way (apparently) is just to hike up your t-shirt and expose your belly. It’s a strange sight but you see it all over China: in rural cities as well … Continue reading

#alienadventures: streetstyle in China

People watching is always pleasant past-time, especially in a developing nation like China where new affluence and conspicuous consumption wrestles with an emerging street savy identity. These pictures were taken on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai last week. The Shanghai girls were the most sophisticated and polished, favouring lots of sheer flowing chiffons. Their … Continue reading

#alienadventures: Into food porn? This is the hard-core S&M kind.

So I’m back from a 2 week tour of China, and what an experience it was: part culture shock (yes, even if you are Asian), part historic time warp, part future wonderland, but an all round eye opener. There is so much to share, so expect numerous posts around Alien Adventures in China for the … Continue reading

#alienadventures: when life imitates art – what’s it’s like to experience a parallel universe

So how’s this for an alien experience? On Thursday I leave for an extended trip to China. The first four days of the trip will be spent in smaller cities in Guangdong province, South China, where my family originated from. This leg of the trip was planned so that my brother’s family (who all live … Continue reading