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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Photo taken at our old house in Tokyo!

Strange faces peering out of shadows of the bushes. Family friend Kyoko experiencing an out-of-body experience.

Happy halloween!

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(1) If you can’t afford to lose, don’t play the game of chicken.

(2) My mother always said, “look both ways before crossing the road.”

(3) “It’s not the size of the cock, it’s how well he clucks!”

(4) “So I said, who’s your rooster now?!”

(5) “After you,” said the egg.

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“The instant noodles for an instant afro!”*

Now that’s a brand promise!

Think of the possibilities of Chinese versions of ethnic brands!

Jheri-Curl potato chips!

Afro-Sheen soy sauce!

And, of course, J-Lo Steamed Buns!

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* P.S. For you cunning linguists out there, yes, the copy actually says, “NEW! straight noodles” which I suppose is funnier than “gay noodles” but that’s another post.

Our local supermarket is having a promotion on Yanjing beer at CNY 1.98 per can.

Or an incredible US$0.89 (JPY 72) for three cans!

Okay, that’s the case price (i.e., you have to buy 24 cans) but the last time I bought beer in Tokyo, it was JPY210 per can!

Yanjing Beer is a light-bodied, crispy-finishing beer that would be perfect during the summer in L.A. or Tokyo.

At 3.6% alcohol content, Yanjing Beer is less potent than Japanese beers but at this price you can drink a six pack!

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Would you trust this man to sell you a mop bucket?

I love this guy’s emo glasses, buzz cut, and definitely the it-was-cool-in the-1970s powder blue polyester jacket and bow tie.

And he’s got such a sincere smile! Who could resist?

And if you buy one today, they’ll throw in the surprised-looking lady in the background absolutely free!

Too bad we already have a mop bucket.

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Would you trust this man to sell you a mop bucket?

I love this guy’s emo glasses, buzz cut, and definitely the it-was-cool-in the-1970s powder blue polyester jacket and bow tie.

And he’s got such a sincere smile! Who could resist?

And if you buy one today, they’ll throw in the surprised-looking lady in the background absolutely free!

Too bad we already have a mop bucket.

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Oreos. A favorite cookie from my youth. Split the cookies apart, eat the creme, dip the cookies in milk, and you’re there.

So, it was kind of exciting to see Oreos in Beijing. Being able to read Japanese kanji, I could this was a “green tea” flavor. Worth a try, I figured.

Oops, I neglected to read the “cool and minty” part. The cookies look and feel like their American cousins but are less sweet and lack the salty tang that is a hallmark of American cookies.

The creme, however, was kind of a khaki-green color … and the fusion of minty coolness with the full-bodied density of Japanese green tea just doesn’t work for me. I think it’s the minty green tea finish, slightly overwhelmed by the chocolate cookie taste that just doesn’t click.

To be fair, this could just be a case of unrealistic expectations. Or lack of discipline in not reading all the characters. Don’t tell Lǐ Lǎoshī (teacher Li) that the Lazy Laowai didn’t look up all the characters!

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Wal-Mart in Beijing is like those in the U.S., except perhaps for the dried fish, barbecued pig’s heads, and roasted ducks hanging from hooks in an open display.

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Makes me wanna get up and dance!

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Makes me wanna get up and dance!

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