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.
25 working days until the next holiday! Get away from it all? Nah - China Opinion
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25 working days until the next holiday! Get away from it all? Nah

Getting away from it all needn't involve airport security and dodgy tan lines. With a change of view, we can discover rewarding experiences closer to home.
Happy birthday: We're all getting older, so let's end ageism - China Opinion
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Happy birthday: We're all getting older, so let's end ageism

The one thing everyone reading this is going to get? Old. And yet, most of us are scared stiff. Why?
Bright lights, big benefits: Six ways Shanghai is good for us - China Opinion
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Bright lights, big benefits: Six ways Shanghai is good for us

Those that have quit the rat race in favor of a quiet time are loud about the ways rolling hills and babbling brooks cure all ailments. Well, I know bullcrap when I smell it.
From spaces to places: How Shanghai's local entrepreneurs make our city a home - China Opinion
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From spaces to places: How Shanghai's local entrepreneurs make our city a home

Communities are built on the backs of neighborhood entrepreneurs. Spending our money close to home has far-reaching benefits that shopping online or in chain stores can't offer.
Speak for yourself. Don't let emoji say more than you do - China Opinion
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Speak for yourself. Don't let emoji say more than you do

Messaging enables us to hide our true feelings. And when the emoji lexicon is the fastest growing language in history, it begs the question: Do we rely on it too much?
Shanghai, let's make sleep our superpower - China Opinion
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Shanghai, let's make sleep our superpower

The intolerance of sleep throughout industrialized nations is damaging our health, wellness and safety. We're dog-tired, the impact of which is enough to keep anyone up at night.
Get over yourself and say 'yes' to pleasure - China Opinion
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Get over yourself and say 'yes' to pleasure

A guilty pleasure is something we enjoy, but feel embarrassed by. Everyone has one. But when we're all one WeChat moment away from being canceled, is snobbism getting worse?
Mentally ill columnist on media rampage! - China Opinion
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Mentally ill columnist on media rampage!

When news spread that a woman with a mental health condition attacked an actor at Disneyland Shanghai, I couldn't help but wonder: Is mental illness getting fair representation?
Mother tongue: Why your language matters - China Opinion
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Mother tongue: Why your language matters

Tomorrow is International Mother Language Day, an observation established to protect world tongues. But the sad thing is, we're losing languages all the time. What about yours?
Spring Festival:  a chat about  family, food and  holiday hang-ups - China Opinion
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Spring Festival: a chat about family, food and holiday hang-ups

At the heart of any celebration is its people. To learn what Spring Festival means to our Chinese friends, I sat down with mine to talk family, food and holiday hang-ups.
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