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Television and Wandering

June 16, 2010

People who pick up and move to a foreign country experience many of the same culture shocks. New language, new food, new customs, etc. Dealing with these culture shocks can be extremely difficult and coping methods can often fail, but there is one tried and true system that works time and time again. LOADS OF TV SHOWS.

Literally everyone I know who has lived abroad has gotten addicted to countless TV shows. Maybe it’s all the free time? The need to be transported somewhere else for a few hours? All I know is that I somehow and somewhat scarily went through all of the following:

Dexter seasons (1-4), Californication (1-3), How I Met Your Mother (1-5), Prison Break (1-4), Gossip Girl (1-3), True Blood (1-2), United States of Tara (1-2), stayed up to date on The Office and 30 Rock, and watched tons of Seinfeld/Curb Your Enthusiasm. I’m sure I’m forgetting something here.

I mean I only work 10-12 hours a week I can’t be reading books and doing productive things ALL the time. =)

All this TV nonsense, Insanity + weight training, cooking, trying to eat more protein and wandering aimlessly has really kept me sane/happy and funnily enough is exactly what I do at home. Culture shock coping mechanisms to the rescue. As much as I really want to immerse myself in Chinese culture, as humans we ARE tribal beings, and sometimes I just miss my tribe ok??

Today’s protein conquest:

Egg White Pumpkin Banana Cinnamon Oats with a side of egg whites

+ Insanity and upper body weight training

+ New show = The Tudors….amazingly spicy scenes goin on…have I mentioned that China is holding my sex drive hostage?

+ Wandering (the result of my wandering was documenting different common Chinese snacks that I had to stop eating months ago because they were making me gain massive amounts of depression inducing weight….more on that tomorrow).

Miles of Tofu

Yikes…spicy as hell =) but loaded with MSG

Steam Shack

What you get at the Steam Shack

Chinese bread is really sweet! The most common of these is the “bao zi” on the top left. Filled with meat. Damn I used to love these things. One Chinese slang i learned recently is saying “ni shi bao zi.” Ni shi = you are, bao zi = steamed stuff bun, ni shi bao zi = you are fat. Ha! True story.

Limitless options at the Drink Shop

You can get ANY sort of drink you could ever imagine here. Any fruit flavored drink, coffee, tea, topped with red beans, tapioca balls, jello, ice cream, you name it. An old favorite:

Taro Shake with Red Beans

This actually isn’t so bad for you considering its 80% ice and has beans on top! And on a hot China summer day, these frappacino like “sha bings” (which literally translates to sand ice) are LIFESAVERS because holy hell, China gets HOTTTTTTTTTTT.

Spicy Chinese Pancake

This snackage right here was probably the most offensive thing I’ve ever done to my body. This is basic dough, flattened, covered in spices and MSG (I saw the dude pouring it on) and practically deep fried.

Frying Contraption

People really love this stuff here and I completely understand why—it’s delicious and SO addicting. Dangerous territory since the MSG keeps you wanting more and more and more and more……

And then there is salvation:

Fruit Stand

These fruit stands are EVERYWHERE in China. I hit this place up multiple times a day. Wo xi huan shui guo = I like fruit.

Anyway, enough of this rainy day off randomness…time for me to go out and wander/explore the streets of China yet again. I only have 4 days left (4 days!!) so I’m sure that I’ll be doing lots of reflections on health/depression/exercise/fun Chinese things so stay tuned!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2010 12:11 pm

    There’s no shame in missing your tribe! But enjoy the experience while you can :)

    The fruit stand pic makes me want to hit up the Asian market soon!

  2. June 30, 2010 5:56 am

    HA! This is too funny. I have watched the office seasons 1 through 6 (well, the first half of 6) at least five times all the way through, grey┬┤s anatomy (several seasons), scrubs (1-3), House (1-6), Heroes (1-3), SATC (season 1), 24 (season 7), Glee (first half of season 1… again, at least five times) and tons of others that I cannot even begin to remember… oh, 30 rock too. Haha. its true, when I get home and am just stressed and tired I just want to eat and watch something and pass out by 9. The funny part is though that I never watch TV in the states, except for lost on ABC.com! That was it. I wonder what will happen when I go back now…

    Good job on the snacks. You have motivated me to document mine, which are WAY less cool than yours :) basically… different types of white bread fried in several different ways. exotic, eh?

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