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Brand America, Chinese omelettes and running 1 km

November 1st, 2008

Weekly Snippets

Brand America

The Brand America is getting close to Sanlu status. Unfortunately it’s easier to change to melamine free baby milk powder than to an USA alternative.

Healthy Running

Chinese school kids have run 3 km since the mandatory exercise program started.

“Primary schoolchildren run 1 km per day, junior high school students 1.5 km, and senior high and college/university students 2 km.”

My step-daughter has been running her daily 800 meters since June

She enjoys it and feels fitter. Maybe an idea for European and US Schools as well considering the increase of obesity

Chinese Omelette Recipe

1. Get an iron wok, make sure there’s some rust left in it.

2. Ingredients

3 eggs, preferably from a brand with “green” in it
2 table spoons of local milk, preferred brand Sanlu
Some MSG for seasoning purposes.

3. Put the eggs in a bowl, add the milk and MSG and whisk it.

4. Poor the mixture in the wok and swish it around so that a fine layer of egg sticks to the side of the pan.

5. Leave the egg mixture alone for a few minutes to allow it to cook and “set up.”
Once the egg whites have actually turned white you’re ready to serve

Enjoy your melamine breakfast

Dressing Up

I survived last night’s US Dress up contest, otherwise know as Halloween, in my own clothes.
I’m afraid though that in the future not dressing up will make me an outsider as the number of costumes in the street was considerable.

My Favorite Beijing Olympic Quote

August 23rd, 2008

Yesterday, just before the football match Belgium - Brazil was about to start. The anthems had been played and the referee was about to start the match.

Behind me, on row 3, a little girl asked her dad, “Which one is China?”.

note: I had promised myself that I wouldn’t write anything during the Olympics but this was just too cute.

Bill Gates Makes It To Baidu Logo

July 7th, 2008

Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and co-founder, who officially retired has made it into the Baidu Logo. Click the logo and you will get to his profile (in Chinese)

He is the second American who makes it to the top of the page of China’s most popular search engine. US Presidential candidate Barack Obama was the first.

Bill Gates Baidu

To see more person logos, click here

Vertical Blogging in English

July 4th, 2008

┃c│o│ │p│h┃
┃l│ │l│t│n┃
┃y│e│o│ │s┃
┃ │r│ │c│n┃
┃ │t│b│a│i┃

Hope you can read it, formatting didn’t go so well.

Do it yourself.

Read for the reasons of this vertical blogging here.

Is that water or alcohol?

May 23rd, 2008

Entering the building the female guard looks at the big jug (5 litres) I’m carrying.

When I open the door, she asks, Is that water or alcohol?

I wonder what else they’re thinking and not saying :)

Black and White Search

May 19th, 2008

search engines mourn

Search engines in black and white for the 3 days mourning period that started yesterday with 3 minutes of silence on 2:28 PM.

3 minutes/days to think of the devastation the earthquakes in Sichuan have caused.

If you like to donate, I suggest you to check the Shanghaiist website which is very up to date with the latest news.

Google and Kingsoft Launch Free Chinese Dictionary

May 8th, 2008

Google and Kingsoft launched today a free Chinese-English-Chinese dictionary.

Now go and read the Chinese bbs yourself to really find out what’s going on in China.

If you install it on a non-Chinese operating system you probably see a lot of weird symbols (not Chinese but more machine language like), on the first page of the install, tick the box (you probably agree of giving away your privacy to Kingsoft and Google and whoever else is listening in) and then continue with clicking wherever it shows a (n) on a button.

You can download it here.

t/t (Twitter Tip) to Tangos for referring me to the Sina article with the link to the download.

Here’s a screen shot.

Google Kingsoft Chinese dictionary


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