By Tania McCartney
'Beijing Tai Tai' is a set of witty observations on Beijing expat existence, from a mom, spouse and lady reason on taking pictures her love-hate affair with China. Intensely own, now and then a bit debatable, it is a rollercoaster experience of honesty and openness as a mom and spouse (tai tai) juggles suburban kin existence in city Beijing. it is a e-book approximately undesirable hair and silk markets up to it really is approximately China's quest to stick precise to its old origins, whereas the area sucks this advanced nation headlong into the long run. 'Beijing Tai Tai' is a booklet for someone prepared to profit extra approximately this different and culturally wealthy nation. it is for a person, from anyplace, who understands what it truly is wish to fall in love, discover new worlds and reside with demanding situations. either humorous and deeply unhappy, its content material epitomises the dichotomy that typifies China.
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To ride or not to ride... Today I had to stuff our kids into a taxi with no seatbelts. It was horrifying to me. How incredibly negligent to ride the hazardous streets of Beijing completely belt-free. I mean, come on. This kind of thing attracts a whopping great fine in Australia and is absolutely unheard of; you just wouldn’t get into a car without a firm, operational seatbelt for every occupant. Well, anyone with a brain wouldn’t, anyway. Beijing is a little bit different (along with most of Asia, for that matter).
Yes, a little nudge can be a good thing. So, after less than a year of part-time kindergarten in Australia, my little tot, who had not even begun learning phonics, has been ‘nudged’ into full-time, big-girl school, entering a curriculum around eighteen months ahead of her Aussie peers. How will she cope? I’m not too worried. We’ll take things a day at a time. She only has six weeks of school before the summer holidays, so things are in wind-down mode anyway. I’m actually more worried about how we’re going to cope with the long summer than I am about her grades.
Whether they actually do anything is negligible, but it can’t hurt to try. Humidifiers wet the air and weigh the dust down onto furniture more quickly; not so good for the furniture, but helpful for keeping lungs pink. This morning I leaned against the window of our high-level apartment and feasted my eyes on the swirling white muck, grey-scaling down through the atmosphere and onto the streets below. It creeps down to the pavement. It lingers with the people. It turns your hair dull in hours. It dries out your skin and cements the walls of your gut.