Not sure if American culture is commercial capitalism phony nonsense or the chinese are even bootlegging holidays

As you know Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I find myself on http://www.taobao.com (chinese amazon) shopping around only to see Thanksgiving sales banners all over the place.  Not even the europeans do that. I had to check my url and make sure I wasn’t on amazon. I have no idea what relations china has with thanksgiving but that is weird as hell. A country 5,000 years old is copying a country that is 300 years old.

I guess the real question, is why?

Is American culture so mainstream and commercialized that people are willing to install our culture and use it to sell products? Is that the power of capitalism? Or maybe its so sad that people don’t see any importance in our holidays (they’re not) and just a means to sell products (which it is). Even the chinese are jumping at the opportunity to make money on these superficial days, they can’t have america’s stock market have its weekend jump all alone, now can they? I find it remarkable that even here, I see halloween, thanksgiving, valetine’s day (there is also a chinese valentine’s type of day which is ancient) , christmas, just about every holiday that isn’t ‘national’ like independence day (for obvious reasons). I’m not exactly sure what to make of it or how to feel about it. I came here with the idea that I left that commercialized superficial bullshit behind, and that I was going to have spring, autumn festivals (which are ancient holidays with a lot of meaning) and the many other interesting chinese holidays which follow ancient folklores, and I do,  but to see american capitalism in full force where you can see a starbucks attached to a temple, in such an ancient rich-in-history country like China is a bit disheartening.

Ah well. It is what it is.

 

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I haven’t been blogging much. Basically my birthday just past and on the same day I ‘damaged’ my camera for the third time, I swear the lens is weak as piss because I’ve had to go to the notorious computer city for the third time now. I’m still alive and well, but recently I’ve been doing a lot of freelance work and making beats on my spare time trying to finish up this instrumental mixtape (clips down below). But other than that, life has been good, Qingdao is getting colder and I’ll probably be more indoors this winter making music and playing PS4 with the dozen or so games I haven’t been able to play lately. Seriously, I’m aging, and I have the love of my life, the club scene and wildin’ out has faded from my life, and quite frankly I’m glad. Everything is falling into place exactly as I wanted it.

That doesn’t mean no fuckery though, you’re subscribed to me, you know there’s always fuckery. So last weekend (here we go), I wake up with a toothache. Now typically I use champagne to numb whatever dumb shit is happening to my teeth because to be honest I have teeth problems (they’re not crooked or rotting, just aches here and there) due to my love of (sour) candy, I can’t help it, it’s an addiction since I was a teen. But anyways I wake up like whoa whoa what is this????? side of my face felt like a big girl sat on it and it was half flat…that’s around the time I knew hmmmmm maybe I should get this checked out, it kept throbbing more intensely every hour! whoa whoa. By 4pm, I was hauling it to the dentist office, luckily we have one literally a half a block away right next door and they are western educated and speak english. Now, I have  been to this place before they wanted to take a wisdom tooth out and it was fail (I’ll get into this another time) but I had a new dentist named Dr. Irene. I swear, within 5 min of going there she had me in the seat, x-rayed and shot up with novocane, 10 min after, teeth pulled and one root canal, best DR ever! I was feeling great, she pulled a tooth which had already been broken in half from a root canal that was neglected. Kind of strange to see a chunk of bone come out of your mouth, it threw me off.

My jaw is a bit sore and I’m using my secret champagne remedy to numb the area since they don’t have painkillers (thank god), but it’s kept me out of commission these past few days, it’s getting better though, so don’t worry.

I’m doing aright other than that, just living life, going to sort out my camera in a couple of days, and I’m supposed to travel to Korea in a week, hopefully its fixed by then and I can have some cools shots of the DMZ.

Anyways, it’s late and I’m tired, but I just wanted to let yall I am safe and sound, take care folks!

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