Its been a while I know, a long while. Simple fact of the matter is that I've been insanely busy with my job since December and have neglected writing in this Blog along with writing various family and friends. I've never really been in a situation like this before where I'm living so far away but so damn busy with my time that I can't seem to focus on much more than week to week.
So to everybody, I'm sorry I haven't been keeping in touch.
On to the good stuff!
Being an editor for a Lifestyle Magazine is both the greatest job in the world and the most exhausting. Btw the website is www.hintlistchina.com . I built that website by the way! Well, I designed it at least. (Proud of that, as I was initially just supposed to give the coders an idea of what to do.)
So let me see here, what's been going on. Well, my life as of late goes something like this:
During the week I spend about half my time in the office, more if there's deadlines, then the other half out gathering material for stories. For example, this week I've gone sprint karting, ate at a club that just started serving fancy food to review it, and taste tested English beers. Tonight I'm going to a Quiz Night at an English Pub to write about that.
Then throw in party planning (we started throwing bi monthly parites), running the website, going to club and restaurant openings, and spending time with my girlfriend, and you get the general idea of why I haven't been around!
There have been numerous times as of late where the phrase "Only in China!" has come to mind. Like driving the Sprint Kart without a special license and no seatbelt, having my picture on the cover of the May issue of our Magazine, and attending one or two openings a week. The pace of life here and the craziness is like no other. I seriously can't imagine any other place in the world is blowing up quite like Shanghai is right now.
I've definitely been getting a better insight into more facets of life in the city. I'm starting to see the same people at all of these events, so its losing a bit of the luster. The first few were fun, but I can see how people get burnt out. An "exciting event" becomes just another dinner or PR schmooze fest, and people are out to get to know you not for your personality, but for who you are and what you represent. Which is fine for work, but it can kill your social life with people who are truly your friends.
I've started to blather on. My bad.
Other news, Sarah is leaving for France in August and our magazine has until the end of september to at least break even. So, some changes could be coming up in the next few months depending on both of these factors. If the magazine does well, then I'll probably hang around until next February, and come home for xmas time, and Sarah said she would come for xmas. If it doesn't do well, then I might try to get another job that pays well and save up some cash to go to Europe for a while. OR, I come home and get a job and save up cash for Europe. Things should start to clarify once I know what's up with the magazine. I will be sure to let everybody know my situation and what I plan on doing. It also depends on how my familia is doing.
So that's the plan for the upcoming few months and year.
Back to China; Shanghai is a great city, I love living here. I've adjusted to having a few sleepless nights a week and still functioning during the weekdays. I've crossed the thresh hold of being bitter at locals for being "rude." Its just the way they are. I now look at other tourists like, "haha! There's a tourist!" as many other longer term expats or locals look at them. I got a crappy haircut from a shitty Chinese barber who gave me a mohawk WHEN I DIDN"T ASK FOR ONE!
I went to Yangzhou to take care of my visa and had a terrible day. Went alone, bumped my head on the Bus TV infront of everybody in there, screamed out to their amusement. Then my phone died and I had no way of contacting the person who i had to meet. Had to borrow a chinese guy's phone, and when I did it drew a crowd of onlookers. Finally met the guy and he told me they weren't going to be ready to see me for another 2 hours. SO we went to lunch. The guy drops tofu into the hotpot and it splatters and stains my new pants and shirt, ruining them and leaving me looking like a disheveled bum for my visit to the police station and visa agent. I get to the police station and get my visa taken care of, then they mistakenly give it back to me when they were supposed to keep it. So i had to send it BACK to Yangzhou and wait another week.
My new apartment is pretty cool. I have a roommate, a British friend of mine. And as of late Sarah has been living with me because her complete waste of life of a roommate is 99% intolerable. Hey, I can't say I mind!
I want to travel more around China but money has been tight ever since I got back from America and got an apartment. I don't know why it is, but I get down to my last RMB like a week before payday every month. So the traveling will have to depend on the money situation.
Ok, I'm going to get back to work. I just felt it was time for a bit of an update. I would seriously love to hear from everybody and how you're all doing. .
Oh, here's me Sprint Karting!