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City Weekend Beijing: “Family: Third Culture Kids”

When a stranger asks you where you come from, do you break into a cold sweat? If so, you might be a Third Culture Kid (TCK). The term refers to children who have grown up in a country that is different from the passport they or their parents hold. Symptoms of being a TCK include: not knowing where you come from, accidentally swearing in a language those around you don’t understand and having no clue how to write the date (is it day/month/year or year/day/month or month/day/year … who knows?) Read the whole article here. 

City Weekend Beijing: “Family: Teaching Your Child Manners”

You know that age when kids keep asking why, why, why? Well, we’ve been asking that too—why is it important to be polite? And what is the best way to teach your child manners?

Why learn manners?

It’s hard for a child to be polite if they don’t see a point in all the please-and-thank-you business. So how do you justify your endless nagging? Alison Thompson, academic and communication assistant at 3e International School, says she breaks manners down to her children like this, “[I tell them] that being polite makes people that they interact with feel happy and [willing] to help them. By being rude, they are less likely to get help from someone.” Manners cost nothing, Thompson adds, and it’s never too early to start reinforcing the idea that you should treat others the way you would want to be treated. Read the whole article here. 

City Weekend Beijing: “How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyesight”

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by the narrowing of arteries behind the retina. This leads to several complications which are divided into stages. In the first, the damage or narrowing of the artery behind the retina causes the contents of the artery to seep into the eye. Patients in this stage will begin to experience problems with their vision, including blurred vision or darkening of sight. The second stage is even more serious. Here, new blood vessels form behind the eye and since these new vessels are fragile, they burst easily, which causes blood to seep into the eye. When this happens, patients might see black dots, or experience blurred vision—in serious cases, patients are only able to distinguish light from dark. The scary news is, while this blood may take days or months to clear, in some cases, it may take years or never clear at all. Read the rest of the article here.

City Weekend Beijing: “Miss Eliza Vintage” Review

For Gulou-dwelling fashionistas who have run out of shops to sustain their eccentric style, Miss Eliza Vintage is your answer. The owner of the store is Miss Eliza herself, a Beijing-born vintage fanatic with a great sense of style and a love for afternoon tea. The shop is crammed full of finds that have plenty of character, with everything from a hippie rainbow-hued jean jacket to a wide selection of ankle-length plaid woolen skirts. The clothes and accessories are all sourced from Japan and most of the clothing dates back to the ’70s or ’80s.

Dresses, skirts, and blouses from unknown brands all fall in a price range of about RMB300-500 and jackets are priced at about RMB800—bigger brands cost twice that, with one beautiful vintage Yves Saint Laurent jacket priced at RMB2,350. Read the rest of the review here. 

Time Out Beijing: “The best places to get tattooed in Beijing”

Tattoo artist Chacha

Where are you from? ‘My hometown is in Hunan. You know, it’s Chairman Mao’s hometown so it’s pretty famous.’

Why did you decide to become a tattoo artist? ‘It was when I was in Yunnan. I realised I should probably start making money so that I could actually buy food. But I didn’t want to buy a tie and work in some office building, so I thought it might be a good idea to start tattooing.’

Were you always good at art? ‘I wasn’t that good in the beginning. When I [started out] in Yunnan I made a lot of horrible tattoo works. People said, “No, don’t go to Chacha. He’s just awful!” But you’ve got to keep practising, and you’ll constantly improve.’

When did you get your first tattoo? ‘My first tattoo was a big mummy skull on my chest. It was really horrible, the line looked wrong, but the tattoo artist said it would be fine after it healed. After it healed, I realised he was just lying. So I was really sad about that. And it’s affected how I tattoo people today as well. I don’t want to make any mistakes because I don’t want my customers to have the same feeling I did back then.’ Read the rest of the article here. 

City Weekend Beijing: “Health Matters: Helicobacter Pylori”

Gut Feeling

Helicobacter pylori is one of the most common bacterial infections in human beings. However, studies have shown that in a minority of cases, this bacteria may result in several diseases including gastritis, stomach ulcers, and even gastric cancer. In Asia, where gastric cancer is more common than anywhere else, it’s important to understand what helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is and whether it’s worth getting screened and treated.

What Is It?

H. pylori is a bacterium that is well-adapted to survive in the human gut and in most cases does absolutely nothing. The consensus among experts is that about 50 percent of the world’s population is infected with H. pylori.

However, in some cases, the bacteria can lead to diseases like gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) and stomach ulcers. Most importantly, helicobacter pylori has also been classified as a carcinogen for gastric cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer since 1995, and there is also evidence that H. pylori infection is a risk factor for gastric mucosa-associated lymphoma (a lymphatic cancer of the stomach).

Read the rest of the article here. 

City Weekend Beijing: “Memoirs of a Rolling Stone”

Quite honestly, I have no clue where I am from. People want a simple answer; they want to squeeze you into a well-defined box. What people don’t want is the truth: that I have a Swedish father, an American mother, was born in Sweden and before the age of 18 had already lived in the UK, Taiwan, Shanghai and Sweden. Try yelling that to a stranger in a nightclub who has made the terrible mistake of trying to spark a conversation.

My Swedish sounds northern though I lived in the south. My Chinese sounds Taiwanese though I am now living in Beijing and even my English – my mother tongue – is some strange cross-Atlantic blend.

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City Weekend: “Six Ways to Improve Concentration”

Get your blood pumping, your brain will love you for it! A study conducted by the British Medical Journal found that the increase in blood flow to the brain during exercise leads to an immediate boost in concentration. According to John Rately, clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, this peak in concentration lasts for about two to three hours after a work out. So if your feeling a bit slow before a big test or deadline, try taking a power walk around the block instead of sitting at your desk in despair.

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Time Out Beijing: “Apple Pay is Coming to China”

This week you’ll find Apple-lovers and shopaholics alike jumping for joy. It’s official – Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, is planning to launch in China. According to reports by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has already made deals with four major Chinese banks. China is set to join the super-exclusive club of countries with Apple Pay services, including the US, UK, Australia and Canada.

Don’t give up on WeChat Wallet or cast away your cash just yet, though. The Apple payment service won’t be around till February 2016.

And it looks like Apple Pay will be facing some major competition when it finally launches. According to the Wall Street Journal, Alipay constituted 45 percent of total online payment transactions this year.

Time Out Beijing: “Eat it: Da Dong’s duck burger”

When you walk into a restaurant where the bizarre concept is ‘duck burger fast food joint‘, the biggest shocker is that it’s, well… not that bizarre. The décor at duck master chef Da Dong’s new fast food joint is sleek, and the restaurant is filled with smartly dressed customers scoffing duck burgers and Salt and Pepper Duck Chops before heading back to the nearby offices.

The counter is made to look like a Western fast food chain, but the menu is unlike any other. Forget nuggets and chips, here customers can expect laoganma spicy mashed potato (5RMB), Petite Meat Moon Cakes (9RMB), and egg tarts (8RMB). Oh, and let’s not forget the whole point of the place: the Classic Crispy Lean Roast Duck Burger. That name’s a bit of a mouthful already!

Read the rest of the article here.