Dumplings don’t make good halloween treats.

1 11 2010

Yeah yeah, I know it’s been a few weeks since phillipinbeijing has seen an update, but when life is just kind of…consistently nice, there isn’t much to write home about. I’m reaching the 3 month mark here soon, and would say that things are fairly settled in at this point. The apartment looks great, we’re still having little adventures here and there, and every day brings its own little challenges. For one, the weather is getting significantly colder, and word on the street is that fall comes and goes. So before long, we’ll be getting freezing temperatures and biting Mongolian winds…without the benefit of central heating.

But hey, holiday season is here yeah? And to kick it off proper, Phillip’s first halloween in China! You get the feeling that the ex-pat community, because they’re in China, takes the holiday a little more seriously than they would if they were state-side. The Chinese know of Halloween, but for the most part, don’t really participate. So to get everyone in the spirit here in the office, we threw a little Halloween party. We decided that everyone would draw names out of a hat and dress up as someone else in the office. What I wasn’t aware of, was that half the office thought it’d be funny to dress up as Phillip Yang for the day. The word surprise at this point is an understatement, but the coordination has to be commended. Oh, and I actually cut my finger, but look at that attention to detail.



So for Halloween, I went as a volunteer Chinese crossing guard, those power crazed megalomaniacs standing on the side of the road yelling at everything that moves. Christian was a monkey. Lucy was a japanese love pillow. And ben was a 酒鬼, which literally translated means liquor ghost, but is colloquially what people call alcoholics here. The restaurant owners thought we were drawing too much attention, so they moved us to the back room out of sight. Parties were attended, merrymaking was had, and all emerged from the evening relatively unscathed.

On another note, I’ll be on the road again at the end of this week, but this time, back to the states! I’ll be in NYC from Nov. 5-7th, and then off to a company retreat in the Poconos for a few days. It’d be nice to familiar faces in my time there, so drop me a line.




4 responses

1 11 2010
Amy Lee

OMG ny so soon.

1 11 2010
Amy Lee

also…for halloween…you dressed up as an asian person ? is that what you’re saying ? taco bell when you get here ?

2 11 2010
O'Hagan Blades


2 11 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hope you are having a blast in China!

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