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Back fom Seoul.

February 22, 2007

It’s nice to go to other Asian megacities because you can start to see the similarities and distinct differences between them. Seoul is about an hour and a half away by airplane, but it feels entirely different from Beijing. Unlike in China, there were no New Year’s fireworks, though the Lunar holiday was celebrated by all. We spent four days wandering the streets, meeting up with old friends and making some new ones, and drinking more liquor than we thought possible.

A “Burberry” branded scooter in Hongdae. Seems legit.

Street food featuring a choice of fried meat and vegetables mixed with a spicy red sauce and white rice noodle cylinders.

SPAM is so popular that it comes in gift packs.

Met up with Emil Goh, who took us to some amazing restaurants and a lovely bar where we found some more former-New Yorkers.

Dinner wit Boram.

The highlight, however, was having our flight delayed by bad weather for 7 hours! The airline was nice enough to house us in a hotel for a few hours while we waited for our flight.

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moving up

February 7, 2007

We recently moved to Jianwai Soho, so a house warming was in order. Tammy brought over her newly-acquired Nintendo Wii and people went to town.

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February 4, 2007

NAMOC stands for National Art Museum of China. Nick was back in town for the opening of the Guggenheim-NAMOC joint show of 100 years of American art, so we went for a look.

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We donned our furry hats and headed off to Harbin for a couple of days. The capital of Heilongjiang province, Harbin is known as the “Ice City” as temperatures here dip well below freezing and the inhabitants use ice from the Songhua River to make spectacular sculptures. Rather than keeping people comfortably bundled indoors, the cold brings everyone out. The brave ones take dips in the river while others play soccer on ice and attempt to bicycle on frosted lakes.

Some people keep their ears warm using hamburgers.

Meals always involved a lazy susan and a big, round table.

Snacking on frozen fruit pops gave us the sugar we needed to deal with the intense cold.

Must be some Year of the Pig thing.

Given its proximity to Russia, it was no surprise that a crew of Russian ex-Olympic ice dancers was imported to enhance the festivities.

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Two Suitmans?

February 3, 2007

On a recent trip to 798 we discovered that the artist known as Suitman, who I profiled last year for THEME, may have a twin! Or perhaps the world is filled with so many good ideas that they are bound to be repeated. I suppose I could have asked the artist since he was there in person, but he seemed rather focused on his work.

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February 2, 2007

Just discovered these photos from last fall with Cynthia and Christian in Berlin.

Ballhaus for Christian’s post-Kunst Werke dinner.

Wrapped up the week with a performance of Casanova.

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February 1, 2007

Been totally negligent in keeping this thing going. After the move it took a while to get our internet up and running, but we’re back in business.

Back in January, John and Jiae dropped into town for a few days. They were super busy w/ meetings for the next issue of Theme, but Shu and I tagged along to a few stops and we all met up for a few meals. I love when friends from New York show up in Beijing – constant confirmation that this globe is getting tighter and tighter.

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