Okay, so this post has absolutely nothing to do with Easter, but that’s the time frame in which these things occurred. On Saturday I went to a short film night at the Dutch Design Center on Shaanxi North Road with Natalie and Will. There were some great films and free Bombay Sapphire gin – bonus. … Continue reading

Papa Don’t Preach

In the early mornings, old people do Tai Chi in the parks. But this evening, Darcy and I saw them dancing to Madonna. Amazing.

Shanghai Thriving Hotel

Yeah, looks really thriving.

Queen Sea Big Shark

Last night I went to see Beijing’s Queen Sea Big Shark, a Chinese band famous enough that I’d read about them in Time Magazine before moving to Shanghai. Freshly returned from SXSW in Austin, they wowed the new Mao Livehouse with their catchy indie rock. At one point I even forgot that I was ill … Continue reading


I woke up this morning exhausted, sunburnt and having lost my cardigan. But it was okay. Because yesterday was one of the best birthday celebrations I’ve had in a long time. It was a beautiful day for a picnic, and I went to Century Park for the first time. It’s one of my favourite places … Continue reading


I was tagged in this meme by Shelly Three names I go by: Alexis, Lex, Alexicle. Three places I’ve lived in: York, Brighton, Jhunan (Taiwan). Three places I’ve worked: Priestley’s Vintage (York)… Bellerby’s College (Brighton)… freelance writing for art/music/literature magazines and websites (wherever). Three things I love to watch: weird and wonderful animation, Woody Allen … Continue reading


I had to work on Saturday even though the uni is normally closed at weekends… but am now enjoying a belated three-day weekend (it’s the way national holidays work in China). Yesterday I had a Chinese lesson but since then have been delighting in the fact I don’t have to do too much. I haven’t … Continue reading

Police Visit

I’ll add pictures of my flat soon, but in the meantime here is the view from our balcony (on the 25th floor). I’ve become a bit obsessed with the miniature setting on my camera, which blurs the top and bottom to make objects look like toys. An annoying thing happened last week. I work at … Continue reading

Packaging of Dreams

If I use this hair dye, will I look like Blythe?