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Share Is that a Penis in the Shandong Skyline?
mutafire 2014-7-2 08:30
Is that a Penis in the Shandong Skyline?
Not that it is, but it could well be. I was blissfully galloping in the capital of Shandong, Jinan, with a friend from Hebei. She is an unquestioningly a conservative and traditional Chinese girl. The moment her eyes met the building, she chuckled and she was like... "that building looks like a penis, why did they let them build it in the city center?" I followed her eyes. I have lived in Jinan since I learned what to say after 'Nihao' and i never gave it a thought, ...
Personal category: Taboo|2886 views|0 comments Popularity 11
Share 18 Years Without Dad
mutafire 2014-6-15 09:28
This father’s day marks exactly 18 years since my dad died. I was a kid when he left, never really felt the gap or the pain, and grew up under uncles that quickly filled his gap, but still…I miss Simeon. He was tall, almost 2 meters, always had glasses on because of all the chemistry he had to study. Galloping in his safari suits and whistling about as he fumbled with his bunch of keys - keys for the laboratory, his office and who knows what other rooms he manned. After s ...
Personal category: Lifestyle|3628 views|0 comments Popularity 11
Share Why Westerners belittle Chinese
mutafire 2014-6-11 11:32
Why Westerners belittle Chinese
When I set sail for China, my family and friends were grave worried. Some cited diseases such as bird flu, some air pollution, some warned me never eat meat saying it is usually human or dog meat. Some warned me to stay off Chinese women because they are emotional wrecks. Some said the government here is a dictatorship and I would not survive with my loud mouth and my love for Facebook and Twitter. One year on in China, I sit back and laugh at the hysteria but I started ...
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Share Dont try this at Home
mutafire 2014-6-10 03:38
Dont try this at Home
This... is esoteric Signed Mutafire, SC
Personal category: This World|4212 views|0 comments Popularity 10
Share Man vows to go 21 years without shoes for sister
mutafire 2014-6-7 01:46
Man vows to go 21 years without shoes for sister
People go extra miles for their relatives but among those people, the story of one Shailendra Yadav comes out somewhere on top, second to only very few. He sits back comfortably in his maroon chair making money from sales from his hardware shop in Mzuzu in northern Malawi in Central Africa, breathing the sweet incense-scented air. To his customers he is just another Indian guy trying to make money, to those who get a chance to talk to him, Yadav is a legend. Back ...
Personal category: This World|3395 views|5 comments Popularity 3
Share [topic] How Internship sent me straight from class to dream job
mutafire 2014-6-5 09:55
[topic] How Internship sent me straight from class to dream job
In my country, to work for this paper is bliss, it is at the top of every journalist’s wishes. Despite the many graduates that get churned out every year, only the lucky few can get in and I did, and it was all started with an internship. As we were about to write our final exams, the HOD came to class and asked if anyone wanted to intern for The Nation Newspaper from a rural town - no one wanted – just me. Lesson number one: do not be picky. I went to t ...
Personal category: Commentary|3558 views|19 comments Popularity 14
Share Snake on the Changsha Train!
mutafire 2014-6-3 08:39
Snake on the Changsha Train!
It all started with an Iphone. Of all things one could buy in China, my sister asked for an Iphone. And I still have the Whatsapp recording she sent after I told her that I had bought one for her. She said: ‘Iphoooone, I phoneee Bra…. Haw haw hawwww,’ yes, like a rugby team. That is why I needed to go to Changsha. A friend from my university days was briefly visiting Changsha and if my sister was to have the phone any sooner, I needed to go to Changsha. The ti ...
Personal category: Lifestyle|8007 views|34 comments Popularity 14
Share I Hate My Roommate
mutafire 2014-5-29 04:50
I Hate My Roommate
He speaks French, English, Swahili and his native Kinyarandwa language from Rwanda. I can only speak English here. He can pick a call and go ‘Amakuru yawe…’ (Rwandan for Hello ) and then…go French…’oui oui oui’ and then turn to me and mumble some English and then continue in Swahili… ‘Shauri yako…hahaha… Mzee!’ When I pick a call, either it’s a Chinese insurance seller to which I will go ‘ ting bu dong ! Or Bu yao !’ and discon ...
Personal category: Lifestyle|7363 views|59 comments Popularity 21
Share Mission Impossible: Cook for a Chinese Family
mutafire 2014-5-26 07:32
Mission Impossible: Cook for a Chinese Family
‘We want you to have lunch with us,’ said Mrs Qiu Having taught at their school, the lovely young couple does not seem prepared to let me off their hook, they want to practice their English on me and they want their kid to get international inspiration, so I accepted the lunch invitation. When I got to their home, there was no lunch - just ingredients one would use to make lunch: pork, cabbage, rice… all in raw form. ‘We want you to cook the food like in you ...
Personal category: Lifestyle|3887 views|43 comments Popularity 15
Share China should learn from India
mutafire 2014-5-22 13:38
Whenever you compare China and India in economic terms, India always loses, China rules in almost every aspect and I have seen a couple of Chinese-endorsed commentaries saying India should learn from China, but is this fully true, that China’s economy is better that India? In the short term, yes, China is the bomb with an exploding economy that is almost four times larger than India…but here is what we might not be considering. China’s one-c ...
Personal category: Commentary|2513 views|8 comments Popularity 8

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