22
Jul

Pooper gets his dog license 

Pooper looks appropriately impressed in his dog license photo.

Our favorite resident canine is now officially registered with the city of Beijing. Pooper, expat Eric’s friendly, mid-size, mixed-breed mutt, got his dog license the other day.  

The license contains all his pertinent information, such as his name, color, the owner’s name and address. Plus a great mug shot that captures Pooper’s quiet, stoic demeanor.

There are a variety of pets among the residents of China Daily’s apartments for foreigners, including cats, dogs, a pair of big turtles and fish. There are even a couple of dogs, but Pooper, frequently seen out and about with Eric, is a stand out.

The kids love him. Six-year-old Ben beams when Eric lets him help take Pooper for a walk. And Ben’s mom says he sometimes runs up to Eric’s apartment, to see if Pooper can play.

21
Jul
Did one of the neighborhood noodle joints name itself in my honor?

Did one of the neighborhood noodle joints name itself in my honor?

18
Jul

Gifts from Brazil 

Bruno’s mom sent me this lovely gift 

My friend Bruno is an energetic photographer and assistant photo editor at China Daily. He just returned from his homeland, Brazil, where he journeyed for the World Cup. 

So it was a nice surprise to run into him today and receive a little gift from his mother, a university professor who I met when she and Bruno’s father and younger brother visited China back in February. It was so kind of her to remember me.

The soap is from an apothecary shop frequented by the former Brazilian royal family. It’s got a lovely scent but the packaging looks too pretty to unwrap! 

17
Jul

Mule cart in a modern city  

Peddlers rely on their mule cart in Beijing.               Photo by Anne Ruisi

Streetside peddlers are a regular sight in Beijing. But not many use a mule and a cart to sell their wares.

We regularly see these sellers around our neighborhood or parked near the entrance to the alley where I work at the China Daily website. They’re usually selling fruit or vegetables, but I don’t recall what was in the back of the cart the day this photo was shot. 

16
Jul

Fish brighten up China Daily  

The fish in the pond at the China Daily lobby.           Photo by Anne Ruisi

It’s relaxing to watch the fish meander through their artificial pond in the lobby at the main China Daily building. Their orange skins provide a punch of bright color against the deep blues of the pond as they glide through the water.

Stand near the edge of the marble lip circling the pond and the fish will swim right up to you. Walk along rim and they’ll follow you like puppies.

14
Jul
Aboard Delta Flight 189, six miles above the desert in China’s Inner Mongolia province. About 45 mins from landing in Beijing.

Aboard Delta Flight 189, six miles above the desert in China’s Inner Mongolia province. About 45 mins from landing in Beijing.

14
Jul
Our 14-hour flight from Detroit to Beijing carried copies of China’s national English language newspaper.

Our 14-hour flight from Detroit to Beijing carried copies of China’s national English language newspaper.

8
Jul
Nice coffee shop on West Oxmoor in Homewood. Had a good cup of hot chocolate here the other night.

Nice coffee shop on West Oxmoor in Homewood. Had a good cup of hot chocolate here the other night.

8
Jul
Boarded, ATL-ROC, at the end of a wonderful week in Alabama!

Boarded, ATL-ROC, at the end of a wonderful week in Alabama!

4
Jul

Happy Fourth of July! 

It’s just past 10:30 at night in Beijing but here in Alabama, I’m preparing for a cookout with friends and a day on the water.

Alabama was just another British possession known as British West Florida, not one of the breakaway Colonies, when the Battles of Lexington and Concord were followed by the Declaration of Independence. That changed when Spain got into the revolutionary mix against the British and captured Mobile in 1780.

I’m proud that one of my ancestors, Jacques Santiago Ladner, was among those who fell in with Bernardo Galvez as the Spanish general marched east from New Orleans to seize British territory along the Gulf Coast.

It would be 33 years before Alabama became part of the United States, first as part of the Mississippi Territory in 1813. In 1817, the new state of Mississippi was born and the Alabama Territory was established.

Alabama became a state two years later in 1819.