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I'm sure you've heard, but Beijing's pollution levels are setting new world records.  And not in the good way.

Updates on China - maryhalloran - 秋春粉墨

I think that photo really says it all.  The US Consulate AQI Index has a maximum capacity of 500, but I guess Beijing put the pollution index to shame by jumping way over the 500 mark and going all the way to 775.  Forbidden City might just turn black soon if Beijing keeps this up... 

I remember when I lived in Beijing (and the pollution wasn't even half as bad) and my skin was red, itchy, flaking and, well, I pretty much looked like a leper due to the dry air and pollution combination.

Shanghai looks like a natural rainforest in comparison with levels around 250, but anything over 200 is still deemed 'unhealthy.'  I'm sure Japan or Utah would only get up to 80 on really bad days, so I guess that puts some perspective on just how bad the air quality is here.  Shanghai subways are full of warnings about how children and the elderly should just stay inside.  "Pollution masks" are also becoming all the rage, although whether this actually helps I'm unsure.

Oh yes.  500 AQI Index = smoking 10 packs of cigarettes today.

I don't even want to know how many years of a healthy life I've lost from living in China.

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You all know I read Japanese news on a daily basis, and every now and then some weird shit comes up.  Like the above.  I mean, I think this is an advertisement for some English school--but the English is wrong!  And if it's supposed to be wrong then, well, it's really hard to tell.  In Japanese underneath it simply says, "Buy an American coffee?  What is that?"  I just don't understand the point of this ad, other than to reiterate the fact that Japanese companies--and the companies that try to promote English learning--just plain suck at English.
 
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I love the Japanese "Konkatsu" (marriage seeking) advertisements, just because they're so damn creepy.  Look at this guy.  I mean, he either looks like a pedophile or a sleazeball, it's hard to tell which.  Plus the sparkling roses in the background make the ad look like some weird kind of "bishoujo" (young women's) manga.  The text reads, "A man in his 30's is in his prime time to seek marriage--start your marriage seeking activities today!" 

The purple button on the side says, "measure your marriage appeal."  Man, I bet my score in the 'marriage seeking' game is probably negative and burning in hell (I'm over 26, want to be successful and don't dream of serving my man beer when he comes home from work after karaoke with a bunch of women).  

I guess in Japan, if you have a good salary your score increases by 100 points and if you're cute another 100--I mean, who cares about how nice you are or if you think slappin your wife is a good way to shut her up--just show me the money (and the biceps), dude!
 
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This picture I'm particularly fond of, because I stole it from an article about "社会人ニート."  In all honesty, I don't even know how to really translate that because it's such a weird Japanese phrase, but I guess it would best be para-phrased as "part-time slackers."  The word "neat" in Japanese (and apparently it is an English word as well) means that you failed in your goal of finding a full time job and committing yourself to one company for the rest of your life and, instead, your unmotivated ass is just a no-good part-time worker.  But, I mean, who cares right?  You sit around the office, answer the phones, copy some papers, wear a nice suit and look like you help push profits up--but in reality, you don't do anything.

I guess that sums up a neat, as well as the picture listed above.

"I'll get the copy!"  says blue suit.

"I'll answer the phone!" says pink in the middle.

"And for now, I'm just here!" says beige on the right side.

I guess Japan is having a huge problem because, well, they're paying these people to do nothing basically.  Huge problems all abound.

And... back to Shanghai.

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My friend J and I couldn't help but giggle at this scene and take a hidden iphone photo.  You probably can't tell, put that guy in the blue coat literally has his nose up to the door.  Chinese people just CANNOT wait to get into the subway and scramble for a seat.  I'd bet money that Chinese people run faster to grab a seat in the subway than they do out of a burning building. 

Anyway, you'll also notice Mr. Blue Coat standing right smack in the middle of the doorway.  This is also a huge pet peeve of mine here in Shanghai, because with mr. idiot standing there it's impossible for people to get off the train, thus he cannot get on the train in the process.  Despite the yellow instructional arrow on the floor, mr. idiot would rather press his nose to the door and make the whole boarding/unloading of the subway process all the more painful.


Updates on China - maryhalloran - 秋春粉墨

Walking down one of my favorites streets in Shanghai (南昌路)when I stumbled upon this clever place.  Somehow, though, don't think all the clothes or goods were made in there..
 
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Went to the 'ol Boxing Cat Brewery near 思南路 for some real beer (sometimes, Tsingdao gets old real fast).  Nothing like a frothy amber ale to get you in the mood for, well, discovering the meaning of life.  In the last 3-4 years Shanghai has had a number of breweries poppin' up all over the city.  Personally, I prefer Shanghai Brewery to Boxing Cat but hey, that's just me.
 
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Ah, now this is what a bathroom wall should look like in a pub.  While some of those bottle caps are undeserving (wha?  Corona?) I think I can point out some of my favorites on there (Chimay, delicious!).  Shanghai's plethora of beer bars has taught me how to appreciate the Belgian beer, my favorite meal, dessert, and late night snack.

And that's all everyone.  In other news, I have found employment to be a full-time Japanese/English interpreter at an advertising agency.  Very excited.

Adieu.
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