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Some of the responses to what Chinese students think of typical American foods are hilarious.

It’s interesting that we find our cultural food normal (mmm CLAM CHOWDER!!!), but another culture’s food can sometimes seem very odd to us (Filipino balut, or Chinese bird’s nest soup anyone?)

I was also tweeted a link by @matthewchat with images from a book of a Chinese girl who moved to Germany at the age of 14 and created infographics detailing the difference between German and Chinese culture:

Yang-Liu-German-Chinese-German punctuality, Western ego and how to stand in line like a Chinese.

I would most definitely consider myself more German in this case, but can “German” be substituted for “Western” then, seeing as I have never lived in Germany?

The punctuality one, and the problem solving approach sealed the deal for which side I’d heartily choose.


Nina Garcia’s Manhattan apartment from AD, which she obviously does not take care of on her own (why would she!?) because it is too spotless and white. Plus the kitchen looks unused.

Pretty sure she eats out all the time.


That closet is divine, however. Look at all that SPACE!

At least Nina Garcia is not a politician, because she would have been ridiculed like Theresa May for wearing the most amazing leather jacket.. EVER.





For me, I travel quite a bit which is why I have so many posts on traveling, but just in case you need yet another one because you don’t travel as often, here it is.


Want to be inspired by what you can do to pare down and become more of a minimalist? I think you should read this.


Swoon. Start swooning now. This bag is GORGEOUS.


Max out your retirement accounts or at least, put all that you can into those accounts and you could shave off 2 years versus not maxing out your accounts.


Blackberry has officially bombed.

Follow along this succinct timeline of how and why it happened, particularly when you consider that they turned down Justin Bieber to become their brand ambassador way back when for a piddly $200,000 and 20 devices.

And speaking of awkwardness, just reading how desperate some guys are to get girls made me cringe.



Award winning recipes for sandwiches.

Need I say more?


Wow. I wish I knew the name of this Korean artist.

Update: Thanks to readers chiming in, her name is Jee Young Lee and here is her site!

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Posted on September 17, 2016

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  1. SarahN

    Sorry I’m late to the party, but thank you for the link! I’ve been away on vacation.

    With the other links – I’m surprised I don’t like Nina’s home. There’s just too much going on for my eye.

    I like the sandwiches, but the Eaton center stalking is just weird!

    And I remember seeing signs for bird nest soup in Malaysia and taking photos, having never heard of it! Now I ‘get’ it, though I’ve not tried it.

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      No worries!

      Nina’s home was fine for me, but that closet was where I swooned πŸ™‚

      (Bird’s nest soup is interesting. I had it once, don’t think I’d have it again.)

  2. Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans

    Funny you mention balut. I remember watching Fear Factor and one of the challenges was to eat balut – the competitor wanted to throw it up! Being Filipino, I was like, “give me some salt, rice, and it’s on!”

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      I have never tried balut but I would be game to. That, haggis, and pretty much everything that is cooked I could give it a shot (no live monkey brains please).

      I tried cow’s tongue for the first time 3 years ago and got hooked. I was a bit grossed out at first but now I love it.

  3. Tania

    Design Sponge did a post on that artist recently. I loved the shot they included in their post with all the paper clips. Thought she was amazing too.

    I would say the inforgraphic (the Chinese side) also reflects Hawaiian time and style. Some of us are direct but many do avoid addressing something head on and you can be perceived as too aggressive if you do. We do have a very large Asian population so it is definitely influenced by Japanese and Chinese culture/etiquette. I’m more like the Germans but I do try to be a bit more delicate when approaching others, I do still ruffle feathers from time to time though.

    Total girl crush on Nina Garcia since the 1st season of Project Runway. She’s up there on the list of famous folks I’d love to meet. I have no actresses on my list, mine are filled with editors like Nina, artists, photographers, writers and of course, Ms. Oprah.

    Have a wonderful holiday and I’m off to check out some of the links you’ve left.

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      An actress I’d love to meet is Jennifer Lawrence πŸ™‚ She would be amazing at my imaginary dinner party *makes a note*.

  4. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life

    I think clam chowder is just as disgusting as balut πŸ™‚

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      I like clam chowder but I can see how it would gross people out!

  5. Mad Fientist

    Hey, thanks a lot for linking to my Retire Even Earlier post! Sadly, I think I was upstaged by number 9 but thanks for including me anyway πŸ™‚

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      @Mad Fientist: Oo sorry.

      But really, who can resist a delicious sandwich? πŸ™‚

  6. Michelle

    I want a baby Puffin..and a sloth!

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      @Michelle: They’re SO.. SO cute.

  7. Pauline

    haha so many “why” in the Chinese students reactions to food.
    This problem solving by country is pretty funny too

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      @Pauline: I LOVE that infographic!

  8. Eli

    The artist is Jee Young Lee.

    I LOVE this series too!

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      @Eli: Thank you!

      (Thanks for loving the series. I find so many good links I want to share them without overwhelming folks so this is it..)

  9. nadine

    The awesome artist is JeeYoung Lee. I stumbled accross a different article on her a week or two ago. πŸ™‚

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      @nadine: Thank you! πŸ™‚ Updated the post.

  10. Laura

    I hardly have any clothes, but I would LOVE that closet! Thank you for the sandwich link – they all look amazing!

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      @Laura: That closet would be perfect for me. I have a ton of clothes πŸ™‚

      Tell me if you make any of them!


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