After the Parents

This post should really be called "Colors". lots of great colors in these shots. After my parents left, the next afternoon I took a bike ride around the Hutong areas btwn my house and Houhai searching for the perfect shot to use as reference for the NPR calendar i'm working on. so many amazing sights to be seen and things to be discovered along the way.

if you can't read it it says "Beijing No. 6 Hospital" interesting to think that they just number their hospitals

don't know what this says but it looks cool, looks like yellow chalk

look at all those complimentary colors on that clothes line!

tons of beer

this is the coolest/cleanest garbage tricycle i've ever seen, and again with the contrasting colors!

No Name Yunnan restaurant, i finally found it in this part of Houhai i've never been too. gotta try it soon.

Zizzo says this is the best xinjian restaurant, and it is just down the street from my house. I have to say it was pretty good, and the people working there looked like they were from Xinjian. Xinjian is a province in western China that borders a bunch of 'stans including pakistan, and afghanistan so it has a lot of chinese muslims and muslim influence, which is reflected in the food, which is delicious. On a side note i had to ask my friend about the proper wording, chinese muslims or chinese people that practice islam or etc....? I am so ignorant when it comes to religions, and even more so if it is Islam. There is really no excuse but come on, I bet a lot of you out there are the same! me so confused.

check out the colors!

paper cut art of kids wearing tiger hats. awesome.

Meet the Parents

The Parents finally came to Beijing. It is the most opposite from their world you can get. they stayed for a week in a traditional courtyard hotel. My dad's knee is really bad and he's had surgery on it like over 10 times but like dad's do he kept saying its ok. I'm sure it is killing him now.

I made a crappy computer print of my parents faces for their arrivals gate sign because i am a jerk.

Jet lag

yuyuetan park to see the cherry blossoms.

Japanese "sakura"

and more Japanese "sakura"

baby chickens

see all that white stuff? it was in the air and rolling around on the ground everywhere this week. seeds from some tree. very bad for allergies and even just walking because it gets in your eyes. awesome.

my buddy Eric "Fu" Concepcion worked on this Coke project. he is a 3D and motion graphics guy. he told me they had to rent out an additional building to have room for all the people they had to hire to finish this short movie.

one of those birds you always here around here tethered

great wall. the Mutianyu section. it is easier and more reconstructed than the section i went to this summer. it is funny to see my mom holding on to the side of the wall at all times.

for some reason I like seeing my parents here, with the vast lands of China in the background

there is this chute car thing at the end to get down the mountain. shouldn't have let mom go first she went slow and held everyone else up.

when life imitates art. my bruce lee icecream t-shirt comes to life in one horrible milisecond at the forbidden city.

some new kind of pepsi product ho's in sanlitun!

this was at beihai park. he is holding a baby with a lion or dragon head i think

the 1st of 9 sons of the dragon, Bixi again. this is the biggest i've seen, its at lama temple.

went to the Lao She teahouse where they have short performances of a bunch of traditional old Beijing stuff like, music, comedy acts, dancing, peking opera, kung fu, kungfu tea pouring.

i liked the peking opera part. now i have to go see a full opera. the costumes are pretty insane and pretty wild. stuff you could never dream up yourself.

we didnt understand anything that was going on in the comedy act.

this guy had this mask that was able to instantly flip down a new version of the mask. there must have been at least 10 different masks in that thing. he would shake his head and a new mask weould pop down over the old one. how cool would it be to have one of those as a kid?

So i can't believe that the parents actually came to china and tried everything, even tripe. hopefully i can get them to come to japan next year. they were very accepting of everything so i have a good chance.

Spring make Jason no want Die.

It's amazing what a change in the weather can do. Spring is here in Beijing and suddenly everything is ok. Let me list the ways. I have basically been trapped in my apartment all winter because it is so g darn cold outside. it is also freezing in my poor apartment. i live in fear of dying everyday. Now that its warm i can actually ride my bike around without losing fingers or my weiner! i can actually go down the street to eat everyday instead of nibbling on bread and ramen. I can open the window and see the sun shine(and let pollution and dust, lots of dust in). I can practice kung fu outside. I can explore. ride through the hutongs. Somehow it has lifted my spirits as it always does. Spring, my main man. I am enjoying it while i can because in a month it will be ballz hot and you will see a post full of complaints about that.

So I finally got more of these Bruce Lee shirts made, with my friend Angel's company in Beijing. Now's your chance! You can have some of Jason.......'s art rubbing all over your body all day long! there are only like 36 out of 50 left! they are supposed to be about the same sizes as american apparel if that helps. you can buy them on etsy and the shipping is like $8 from Beijing.

The brand is called "UGK"

my shirts in the front of the store in Sanlitun across from bar blu, cheers, le petite gourmond, etc...

my roomate getting her bike fixed. there are tons of these guys everywhere, cuz there are tons of bikes. so cheap. replacing a tube is like 2 dollars.


I finally played badmitton for the first time since highschool, probably junior or senior year when my gym class partner Dave Hooper and I won our gym class badmitton tournament. It was a momentous moment for us to hoot and holler and jump around because we were both non team sports playing jerks and we beat out all the jocks too. ok now you can make fun of us. too bad it wasn't a manly sport like shuffle board that we won. I still got some fire in me, although I played mostly girls. anyway it's pretty crazy how its so popular here. look at those ingenious side mounted hanging light fixtures!

the equipment was for real! look at this shuttlecock. it has like real fake feathers! and the rackets were feather light. all the better for slamming on girls, which i did in high school. i am a jerk

that is a lot of kimchi. bad kimchi. i haven't had good korean food in china yet, and i dont want to go to those super expensive places either. Korean food here is super salty, super watered down, and a p!ss poor attempt at what might be my fave food in the universe.

we finally got an "Aiyi" or maid to come to our house and clean it. Actually my roomate did because she is so f'ing lazy. she has never cleaned our aptment, I always have. but I don't think i will anymore when it cost $4 for her to clean the whole place in 2 hrs. Still I was raised as a hard worker, and the thought of someone cleaning my house for me makes me kind of ashamed. thats why all you get is her hand in this shot. I was terrified and ashamed for 2 hrs when she came. our place was reaaaal dirty.

another thing to be ashamed of is after that we had mcdonald's deliver our dinner. they came in 10 minutes. at least it was because i had a wicked deadline and am not fat and lazy. It is a 24 hr mcdees too. I know we will be having more of this show up at our door. the delivery fee is $1

I had to pay $650 to change my visa from L to F, meaning tourist to business. it really stings. the alternative was leave the country and probably get handed a 1 month visa. at least i got a 6 month visa and didnt have to leave. the visa agencies here "work their magic" and in a week you have a new visa.

where did this guy get straight up logs?

you can't really see in this pic that well but see those white blobs? there are lots more of them that were moving too fast for the camera to capture. they are huge floating seeds of some sort. it looked like it was snowing. I have developed allergies in the last 3 years and days like this are awesome for my nose.

speaking of allergies, my pal Jerry Liu has wicked debilhitating allergies. Now that he has joined this Chinese shred/thrash/futuristic dragonslayer rock band he has enough money to get those allergy shots.

jason like shiny

think these are all dead?

this guy is no match for me I will defy his rainbow colored athuority and cross as I please. he is not concerned about my safety. I am hurt. On the inside.