The Oyster Pail

'The Oyster Pail' is an expatriate's take on Shanghai life. Expect candid dialogue and sincere reflection, set to the backdrop of this unique city.
'The Oyster Pail' is an expatriate's take on Shanghai life. Expect candid dialogue and sincere reflection, set to the backdrop of this unique city.
Appy days: Zen inducing apps for calm commutes - China Opinion
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Appy days: Zen inducing apps for calm commutes

A challenge of big-city living is getting from A to B. Whether you ride or walk, apps can be a useful way to get between places in good spirits.
The kindness problem: an olive branch to shoddy waitresses everywhere - China Opinion
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The kindness problem: an olive branch to shoddy waitresses everywhere

We all know kindness is a virtue, and we're all as decent as we can be in any given moment, right? Wrong. What's our problem?
Dry January, I'll drink to that: a positive piece about alcohol - China Opinion
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Dry January, I'll drink to that: a positive piece about alcohol

Dry January is a phenomenon that's grown in popularity, the idea being to kick-start a healthy new year by abstaining from alcohol for a month. In 2021, I have no such inclination.
Resolutions without remorse: a revealing conversation with Shanghai's dream coach - China Opinion
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Resolutions without remorse: a revealing conversation with Shanghai's dream coach

The trouble with "new year, new you" is no matter the resolution or drive to fulfill it, you're still ... you. I call dream coach Fionn Wright to talk resolutions without remorse.
No Second Fiddle: Celebrating Shanghai's lesser-known gems - China Opinion
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No Second Fiddle: Celebrating Shanghai's lesser-known gems

One thing's for sure: Boxing Day is not the main event. And nobody likes to play second fiddle.This Boxing Day, we're celebrating some of Shanghai's lesser-known gems.
Christmas under COVID-19: How to celebrate and why you should - China Opinion
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Christmas under COVID-19: How to celebrate and why you should

At a time of traditions, reunions and merriment, what might Christmas under the chilly blanket of COVID-19 look like?
Shanghai's surprising answer to Martha Stewart and the gift of saying: 'Yes' - China Opinion
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Shanghai's surprising answer to Martha Stewart and the gift of saying: 'Yes'

Nurturing friendships and tending roots comes with the expatriate territory. Despite the fragility of it all, we work hard to cultivate homes-from-home.
Grief connects us all: Welcome to the club - China Opinion
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Grief connects us all: Welcome to the club

Under the gravitas of COVID-19, it's fair to say we all experienced a shift in how our world turns. Simply put, we've suffered.
Saying no to the willing mute: Why it's never too late to learn Mandarin - China Opinion
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Saying no to the willing mute: Why it's never too late to learn Mandarin

An estimated 73 percent of expatriates in China barely speak Chinese. What's more, Shanghai is the most popular city in China for expatriates, making ours a city of willing mutes.
Street cats in Shanghai: Why you should jog on - China Opinion
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Street cats in Shanghai: Why you should jog on

Four months later and the kitten was fast becoming a cat. One with teeth and claws and some serious cattitude. 
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