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…. your in-laws bring this home from a trip downtown: I helped carry my wife’s rucksack into the house and got a distinctive rotten smell in my nose. My mother-in-law bought this pack of Durian wafers and had opened it slightly. Neither my wife, nor my father-in-law likes them or the smell. I decided that I didn’t need to […]

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Stupid me

I head a beeping noise and thought to myself that a truck must be backing up. Then I started laughing as I remembered that I was in China.

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Silenced by myself

What do you write, when you have loads on your mind, but it’s too personal? The answer is: nothing. You may have figured that already if you looked for new entries here lately. It’s not like I’m dying or anything, but somehow dice of life just rolled an extravaganza of challenges the last 1½ years […]

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More than you bargained for

In attempt to teach our kid some Chinese, C got hold of some VCDs with Chinese children’s songs. Actually calling them ‘Chinese’, may be overdoing it, since many of the melodies are oddly recognizable to me (like Jinglebells for one). Anyway, the lyrics are in Chinese, and that good enough for the purpose. Yesterday, as […]

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It’s the thought that counts

As promised in an older post, here’s the picture of one of the gifts we got for our boy. It’s a pair of “special” Chinese pants:

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You never know

When you’re married to a Chinese woman here in Denmark, you are bound to have tried something like this: 5.30pm the phone rings while you’re almost done cooking dinner. It’s your wife’s Chinese friends, who’s just in the neighborhood and wants to come around. If we lived in C’s hometown that’s would be quite all […]

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Keep walking

Saturday morning C was moaning about the flexibility of barbershops here in Denmark. I understand her woes. I china she used to walk into the nearest barbershop and get a haircut right away. That’s rarely the case in Denmark. Here you make an appointment in advance. 1 day before, would probably not be enough. Later […]

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Happiness is…

…being alone with 3 yakking Chinese mothers and their 3 screaming infants. Well now that I think about it, it’s either that or a warm gun.

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When you already know the answer

At the party celebrating our son’s baptism I watched C happily munching away on a piece of watermelon. She suddenly stopped eating, and looked to her left where the Chinese guests sat. She then looked around to the other guests and said: “Why are only the Chinese eating?”.

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Roast me

C has a very good friend in Harbin. She has been extremely helpful with train tickets and similar, both when we visited China in 2007 and last summer when C’s parents were visiting us here in Denmark. A few months ago she even sent us a gift to our newborn son. Its 2 silver bracelets […]

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The official day for spring is…

…. when my wife starts messing up the garden. It might not be pretty, but I’m rather sure its well worth it when the plants begin to give vegetables.

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Gifts from the past

After Mark’s birth, we have a regular visitor from the city district. It’s a nurse checking up on how Mark is growing, learning and similar. It’s a normal procedure here in Denmark and a good safety precaution for us. The other day she came around when I was working so I had to hear the […]

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Chinese Days III

Finally got hold of some pig’s feet for the missus to cook. The picture below is the end result after +2 hours boiling with cinnamon, anise seeds, garlic and ginger. If you live in China or are Chinese, you might not find this anything special, but here in Denmark pigs feet is not considered normal […]

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Chinese days II

Does this often happen to you too? My wife just called from home telling me to grab some pigs feet in the supermarket for her on my way home…. Only old ladies normally go for those here in DK now that we write 2010.

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Chinese days

Overheard today: Half asleep I notice C come into the bedroom. She takes a quick glance at my leg and mumbles: “What a big leg – looks very tasty!” (I know she weren’t talking to me). Watch C check out a strange plate of hash-looking stuff her girlfriend gave her while muttering: “This is partially […]

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Not as naughty as one had hoped

Think I have to re-evaluate our marriage. This evening as I helped my wife out with some Danish translations she accidentally called me 教师 (teacher).

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A banks tale – Part II

Here I should have been writing a whole lot about how we tried to get our money back from the Chinese bank. As you may know, they decided to “withdraw” the fee we already paid here in Denmark from the transferred cash, instead of getting them from the Danish bank as the OUR agreement states […]

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Free stuff… Yummy! – Pictures

Fifth in the series of ”What we did in Norway on our vacation pictures” and some thoughts I had a small discussion with C the other day. It followed one of my many friendly taunts regarding C’s love for fruit and fish. More precicely: free fruit and fish of course. She does love them bought […]

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Bout rice

This post is inspired by Ben’s recent entry. My wife always tells me that she does not feel full for a long time unless she eats rice. If we eat Danish food (potatoes, pasta, salad, bread or whatever) one day, she will often complain that she miss rice the next. When I giggled at her […]

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Gang of four

Ok – I may not be an expert when it comes to Chinese games. Some would say that I’m an amateur, while most would say that I’m a complete ignorant. Regrettably I have to agree with the latter. Even so, no one could predict what it really meant when C said the following yesterday 1 […]

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