Sunday, May 27
Wednesday, May 23
A couple of months ago, however, there was a big sell-off as the developers wanted to fill the emptiness (had something to do with the Chinese government - possibly induced by Kellogs - threatening to stabilise house prices). All vacant apartments were duly snapped up.
I have since learned that the 10 empty places in our block were bought by the same company. Which is fair enough. It's a buyers market and if they want to spend untold millions on Shanghai apartments and sell them on at a profit, then fair play to them. What I do NOT like, is they are taking the approach of renovating all the residences AT THE SAME BLOODY TIME. Meaning power drills and hammers shrill and bang from early morning to evening.
The soon-to-be infamous Guangming Chenshi building massacre is not so far away....
after: rambo the rat
Tuesday, May 22
Don't get me wrong, I do love Chinese cuisine (except cantonese food which is manky). I could happily gorge on pork and celery dumplings until the end of time, but always there remains a deep yearning at the pit of my soul for even half a slice of decent bread with some nice irish butter.
As the big cities in China grow more and more cosmopolitan, and as the newly established middle class - and also the newly established filthy stinking rich class - get out more, western food is growing ever popular. In Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, foreign restaurants and deli's are popping up like nobody's business.
And so it comes to pass that western cereal is finally moving out of the uber expensive foreign food stores - 70 kuai for some coco pops? I think not! - and into the more mundane Chinese supermarkets.
It may only be a few brands for now, but Kellog's is moving its flagship cereals into a supermarket aisle that until recently housed but a few bland nestle samples and a selection of oats. Cornflakes and Frosties, together again!
However, no silver lining comes without a cloud, and Kellog's are being very shrewd concerning the way their product is packaged; in true asian tradition, the cereal comes in individually packaged portions. Call me a fat bastard if you will, but I like my cereal shovelled into a bowl and then drowned in a sea of ice cold milk.
From the face of it, it would seem Kellog's are bent on saving money. "5 sachets" one reads. Surely a handsome amount of cereal for such little money? But NO. The only thing 5 sachets does is to multiply the air inside 5 times, detracting actual cereal room and keeping cereal levels at a depressingly low level. If these bright boxes of cereal weren't so damned cheap to begin with, we would have a problem.As the price is not so high, we are faced with a more disturbing reality. What these individual packages equate to is yet another form of consumer control. They, 'the man', are saying to us, 'the consumer', how much we are allowed to eat at any given time. "You can have but one 30 gram portion of cereal. You can't have two, because that's just too much, and there is no point having one and a half because who's going to eat that other half. 30 grams it is."
One can only guess how high this goes in the Chinese government. Once the nation is hooked on cheap western styled breakfast cereals, there is no telling how far the mind manipulation and plebian control will go. World domination, surely, can not be that far away.
I will continue to eat these cereals. For now. But at the same time I will be refusing to conform to the 30g sachets, and squinting with determined defiance at all attempts the Kellog-PSB super alliance. Together we can fight the beast.
When they come, hide the spoons.
(*let's face it, there ain't nothing communist about China save for the repressive leanings of the red tape loving senile government)
Wednesday, May 16
Friday, May 4
Thursday, May 3
What I can blame though is Facebook. Far be it for me to do some inadvertant advertising for another one of those friends-keep-in-touch website, but it's really good! Been talking with some people I haven't seen in years. The whole world and their dog is on it! I never joined the whole myspace movement, and I'm not sure why it was such a huge hit, but I can say that facebook is way better!
Monday, April 9
Monday, April 2
- Happy birthday to Jeni, whose birthday was last week. My present is, as always, in the post.
- Fabulous few days of international football saw the mighty Northern Ireland (the best little team in the world) win away to Liechtenstein (1-4) and at home to Sweden (2-1)! Silencing all critics, St. David Healy was scorer of all bar one of Norn Irun's goals. Classic stuff.
- Saw the amazing 300. It's great. I wanted to hurt things for days afterwards, but all Persian hunts I tried to organize did not materialize due to lack of interest. But I'll get them, mark my words.
- We got a government! The cloud of idiocy has temporarily left our borders and the Reverend Ian is sitting down with Gerry in order to form a real live government for Northern Ireland! May 8th is the date, so here's to hoping we get there with no hiccups/Stormont fisticuffs/Michael Stone rampages. Just in time for marching season.
- Finally bought a new cap. I'm very particular about my caps, and it takes me ages to find one I like. Last one was eaten by Rambo, the one before that was stolen by monkeys in Vietnam. Damn monkeys.
- I'm struggling finding things to fill this list. Haven't done all that much. Poker night, lots of eating out, gym visits..... The weather was pretty nice though, until the other day when thunderstorms came.
- Two TV Splitters. Oh yes.
Monday, March 19
Sunday, March 18
I hate the french.