Month: March 2015

Contrasts 3

This is my Beijing… the community square where Chong Chong plays and learns, the trees and shrubs, the apartment complex where we live, all under the beautiful skies we often have.

The contrast here is between my Beijing and the Beijing that is most often portrayed in Western media.

Contrasts 2

This building is being constructed on the UIBE campus.

Some contrasts:

  • The tall white cell tower and the orange payphone at the base
  • The immensity of the building compared to the people and cars around it

Another thing to note is the use of cinderblocks in the building. I’ve seen this a lot in Beijing. I think this is because the relative price of using them is far cheaper than in the US. Also, I’d imagine that it takes far less skill to use these than it does to pour concrete.


The steel beams are forming a globe that is part of the UIBE logo. The globe was assembled on the ground, and then lifted into place.

Chong Chong at 17 Months

Or, as I also like to call it… “All Day. Every Day.”

I’m the foley artist in this video. Finally putting some of my military training to work with trying to keep in step. Biggest success was not running into him.

He knows the names of things in both English and Mandarin. I mostly speak English to him, Shanshan is about half and half, and Lao Lao and Lao Ye mostly use Mandarin.

The video was taken with the back camera of my iPhone 6, and processed with Movie Maker.

Return to Beijing

Yesterday was the fifteenth day of the lunar year, and marked the end of the Spring Festival.

Like most families here, we celebrated by having tāngyuán, and watching fireworks in the evening.

For many people who had left the north capital, it was a day of return… carrying bedding in one hand, and a bag containing clothes and other belongs in the other.