Beijing Tai Tai: Life, Laughter and Motherhood in China's by Tania McCartney

By Tania McCartney

'Beijing Tai Tai' is a set of witty observations on Beijing expat lifestyles, from a mom, spouse and lady purpose on taking pictures her love-hate affair with China. Intensely own, every now and then a bit arguable, it is a rollercoaster journey of honesty and openness as a mom and spouse (tai tai) juggles suburban kinfolk 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 real to its historic origins, whereas the realm sucks this advanced state headlong into the longer term. 'Beijing Tai Tai' is a booklet for somebody prepared to benefit extra approximately this different and culturally wealthy state. it truly is for an individual, from wherever, who is familiar with what it truly is prefer 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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The one time we left the bikes out of eye-shot for about ten minutes, we returned to see someone had attempted to free them from their Fort Knox locks. Clearly frustrated with their failed attempt, the wannabe thieves decided if they couldn’t have the bikes, they’d make off with my removable basket. Not the sharpest knives on the block, they failed to notice the easy-release mechanism and instead, probably in a flying panic, forced the basket right off the frame. This did naught but break the mechanism and leave the basket hanging loosely from the bicycle like a broken bottom lip.

It was just breathtaking. As we twirled around the floor of our massive, open-plan living area, we marvelled and grinned. We were right in the middle of it all, like a pin in the middle of a pincushion of pins. With the kids bathed (in an effort to rid Riley of Eau de Wee-Wee and Spew) and straight to bed, Xiansheng and I settled down with a glass of wine, while resting our feet on ten unpacked suitcases. We had eyes only for the view. Three hours in and China was going okay. So far so good. First Full Day Overload It’s the little things...

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.

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