Hongkou market

Fresh from the Farm Minhang 01

Fresh from the farm

The idea of fresh vegetables for me, a born and bred city girl from Singapore, is having my produce vendor pick out crisp greens at 7am in the morning…

Yoyo in Hongkou 01

Barrel roll a yo-yo

He rolled his eyes and sighed. I had proven to be an utter disappointment, having failed to master the yo-yo. Scowling, I slapped the toy into his open…

Hongkou market BW 01

Fruits and vegetables

Each time I go to the market, I see the same vendors sitting in the same spots, only marked by different clothing and wares. Each season, the fruits…

Building a steel nest

The steel nest

I’ve always wondered how much steel is required to hold up an entire building. Tons, I imagine, snaking through concrete and plaster. I watched a group of construction workers…

Animal Farm 01

All animals are comrades

 “All men are enemies. All animals are comrades.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 1 At first sight, the chicken was sleeping. Next to it, the sign screamed…

Family business

Children are excellent sales people at the market. Adorable ones attract browsing customers, even if you’re just selling garlic and ginger.  To call this grandmother’s place of merchandise…