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Cause for Paws Pet Project
By MORE Hangzhou Team

For the past quarter century, China has undergone a sustained period of economic growth and development, giving rise to a middle class hungry for all the accouterments that come with accumulation of excess income. Just look at the development in our cities over the past ten years. Gone are the utilitarian 6-story walk-ups. In their place are luxury high-rise apartments and freestanding homes that wouldn’t look out of place in any Western suburb. Gone as well are the rickshaws and pedi-cabs that once shared street space with city buses and smog-spewing agricultural conveyances. Replaced they’ve been by a gridlock of gleaming new BMWs, Mercedes, Volkswagons, Peugeots, Ferraris, Fiats, and, inexplicably, Buicks. Revolution area uniforms have been pack away to make room for European couture, and old peasant homes have been renovated to house French restaurants and tapas bars.

So it should come as no surprise that pet ownership has become increasingly popular. Be it for status or snuggles, more and more people are looking to other, arguably cuter, species for companionship and class. It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a little old lady leading her St. Bernard around for an evening walk would be unheard of. Today, stylish young women match Pomeranian with Prada, and Shih Tzus with Chanel. Exotic animals from birds to boas have become en vogue as well.

In much the same way the car boom led to a car wash on every corner, you can’t walk a block without passing a storefront catering to your cats or pampering your pups. And why not? Pets are great. Don’t believe us? Read what these people have to say about their little bundles of joy!

Your name: Jane Lin (Resort Owner)
Your pet’s name: Roots
Type of animal: Alpaca
Pet’s age: 1.5 years


How long have you had your pet?
Roots arrived at the Roots Resort on May 30th of this year.
Did Roots have any problems with his new environment?
We believe physical, mental, and emotional ailments are cumulative result of our own actions, lifestyle, and disregard for the laws of nature. Roots Resort is a place providing colon hydrotherapy, fasting, meditation, and organic vegetarian food that helps us to detoxify the “diseases” of our physical and mental realms.
Roots was a bit shy and curious when he first arrived. However, after around half a month, he became so vivacious! Now he’s climbing stairs and finding cool places to relax in our garden! We do not really confine Roots. We let him to discover his own peaceful places and enjoy the surroundings.
How did you find each other?
We found Roots through a broker on the Internet and imported him from Australia! The whole procedure took about a month and that included selection, insurance, booking his ticket to Beijing for quarantine and after all that we got him!
What’s good about your pet?
Roots is a cute, polite, and curious boy! He is not afraid of new challenges. He can climb stairs and enjoys engaging with people and posing for photos, and taking showers in the pet house which we believe is a first for him. Roots is one of our family members and is one of the main attractions at our resort. We do not really confine him but just let him walk freely. Sometimes people scream when they see him, but he still keeps his temperament and waits there for compliments.
What’s bad about your pet?
He’s too quiet? He never complains! If he did, then we can at least know his emotions.
What makes your pet unique?
He always stays cool, always wearing a poker-face. However, when facing a camera, you can sometimes see a smile or a wink.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
The hair cutting! Like I just said, he ever complains. However, just two weeks ago, we were afraid he wouldn’t be able to stand Hangzhou’s crazy summer heat, so we sent him for a haircut. From 3:00pm to 8:00pm he was making a mooing sound. For the whole five hours! This was the first time we heard Roots!

Your name: Haohao (TV Host)
Your pet’s name: Mitt
Type of animal: Garfield (cat)
Pet’s age: Ten and half months


How long have you had your pet?
7 months How did you find each other? I have been looking for him online for about a year, and finally he came to my house on Armageddon, December 21, 2012.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, it’s just as same as my imagination.
What’s good about your pet?
He is a cute and sweet boy, maybe too sweet, he is a little sissy, but I love his sissy ways. He is an indoor boy and his favorite thing is to kiss his mom who is me.
What’s bad about your pet?
He’s got a huge interest in eating! Sometimes after finishing his dinner, he will dash towards me and try to grab my food.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
He is an indoor animal and very introverted in public.
What makes your pet unique?
We communicate a lot. It makes him a little bit human.
What other pets have you had?
A guinea pig and a rabbit
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
A talking animal, like Stitch.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
One morning, I was just waking up. My room was filled with hazy sunshine and I was still sleepy. I stretched my arm but it was too cold outside of my bed covers, so I kept sleeping. Suddenly, something warm and soft got into my hand. It was him, my sweetie, Mitt. He felt like a hot water bottle. It was like that. What was interesting was he started stroking my hand gently, like a little sun calling me, “Wake up! Wake up!” He is so warm and sweet. He is my sun.

Your name: Jerry (Guitarist)
Your pet’s name: Le Le
Type of animal: Husky
Pet’s age: 6 months


How long have you had your pet?
We have been together for 6 months now.
How did you find each other?
I went back to my hometown last Chinese New Year, it was snowing heavily, my wife and I went out to take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery when we passed by a pet shop. There she was, staring at me with that innocent look, and she ran to me after I walked in. I thought she must know me. I picked her up and hugged her. My heart just melted. She was so cute I decided to take her home. I named her, Le Le, which means happiness. She brings a lot of happiness.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, I always wanted a husky.
What’s good about your pet?
She’s got deep blue eyes. Every time I looked at her eyes, I forget about all the troubles and annoyances. She always wags her tail at me when I return to home and welcomes me with many warm kisses.
What’s bad about your pet?
She eats everything. She especially likes to eat flowers, and she runs around when she is excited, a month ago she broke my big vase. It’s funny but also makes me angry.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
Her kindness and passion are just like me, plus we are both a bit neurotic.
What makes your pet unique?
I think it has to be her eyes. I can always see the innocence in her eyes.
What other pets have you had?
I have had ducks, pigeons, many cats, and a few Pekingese dogs.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
A happy, and little neurotic, husky.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
It was a sunny day in the early summer. I went to a beautiful lake with Le Le. It was surrounded by mountains, very quiet. I lay on the grass, looking at the blue sky, listening to the wind whistle through the valley. I played my guitar, sung my songs, and Le Le was running around me. Sometimes she would lie down to listen to me play guitar. It was such a happy day and an unforgettable afternoon.

Your name: Samuel Wu
Your pet’s name: Robbie
Type of animal: Golden Retriever
Pet’s age: 7.5years


How long have you had your pet?
Almost 8 years.
How did you find each other?
He’s the best birthday gift I ever got!
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Of course! I always wanted a Golden Retriever.
What’s good about your pet?
He’s very clever! He can do a lot of tricks, and is very friendly with people. He has a very nice personality!
What’s bad about your pet?
Sometimes he is way too active! And he gets horny all the time! I regret that I not neutering him.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
He has a better temper than me! But amazingly, I have to confess, we share a lot of similar personality traits like being impatient, curious, and active!
What makes your pet unique?
Eye contact! I can read his mind, and he can read mine! We don’t have communication problems after living together for so many years! I can easily pick him out from a group of Golden Retrievers just by looking at his eyes!
What other pets have you had?
No other pets.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
Actually, I always wanted King Kong.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet. It’s a sad story.
It’s not between Robbie and me though! Robbie spent 6 months with his godfather. His godfather took him out one day. Unfortunately, this man had a heart attack in the park. After we found him, he had already passed away. We tried to find out what happened from CCTV footage. From the video, we found that Robbie was sitting beside his godfather, and barking very loudly to try to get any attention. But nobody passed by. So it’s Robbie who stayed by his godfather during his final moments. After I saw that video, I was so proud of Robbie. I was touched.

Your name: Tamlan (DJ)
Your pet’s name: Pepé
Type of animal: French Bulldog
Pet’s age: 1 year


How long have you had your pet?
Just under a year.
How did you find each other?
We met each other at a conference in Guangzhou. LOL! Nah, I asked around for a Frenchie and a few weeks later I got a call from one of the pet shops.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Definitely! You can't beat a bulldog for a drinking partner.
What’s good about your pet?
He attracts women. But obviously I can't benefit from that or my missus would be mad at us both. I've also learnt to benefit from his snoring and flatulence; I just blame him when my lassie nudges me in bed, "it was the dog sweetheart!” He also lends an ear when I turn up at 5am after a heavy night and I don't think he judges me like my other mates.
What’s bad about your pet?
He snores and has bad flatulence! As mentioned earlier, it works to my advantage when my girl is around. He is also partial to a piss at 7am in the morning and won't take no for an answer if I’m sleeping. He also sneezes on me when I give him hugs.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
I'd like to say no, but since I’m in an honest mood I’d have to say we are identical. He has short legs and a belly like me. He has baggy black eyes like me on most days and he's a bit of a moody c**t. We also love a minimal amount of exercise and the biggest portions at the dinner table. We are different musically, he likes soft rock but I’m an electro guy. This causes some tension.
What makes your pet unique?

Look at him! He looks like a cross between a pig, a panda, me, and a bulldog. I don't think you'll find too many dogs as individual as Pepé in this realm of teddy bear and poodle dogs. Why does everyone have one?
What other pets have you had?
I had a bald eagle when I was in the military that scouted ahead when we were on patrol but I lost him in a game of craps.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
I'd love some form of sea mammal, but that's unrealistic. I guess if I was within the bounds of reality it would have to be an orangutan, like in that film with Clint Eastwood. He drinks, drives, and slaps people. It would save me a job.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
I haven't had him for long, but I do recall, during the Spring Festival, taking him to the train station to pick up my girl. The place was chock full of folks of a raw demeanour, the kind that constantly eat seeds and scream. Anyway, a group of them started to show interest in Pepé and then one of them walks up, spits on her fingers and proceeds to try and rub off his black markings around his eyes. They thought I’d painted them on in order to make him look like a panda. Pepé has never been back since.

Your name: Sola
Your pet’s name: Tolu (とる)
Type of animal: Pig
Pet’s age: 4 Years Old


How long have you had your pet?
I’ve had Tolu since August 2009, almost 4 years now.
How did you find each other?
When I was in middle school, I saw a pet pig in the bird & flower market. He was quite small, but his calm eyes surprised me. I have changed my point of view about pigs since. After graduation, I had my own place, the idea of having a pig was in my head, although I had little information about owning a pet pig, despite the possibility it might grow up to be a big guy, I still bought one on Taobao.
Is this the pet you always wanted?
Yes, for all I know, I’ve always wanted it. There have been many surprises since I got it. It’s been a bit more difficult to raise than I thought would be.
What’s good about your pet?
He likes to sleep and eat, never picky with food, never barks. My favorite thing is to watch him sleep, his mouth looks like he is always smiling, whenever I’m sad or tired, watching him sleeping with a smile can always make me happier and relaxed. A sleeping pig is an angel.
What’s bad about your pet?
If I say a sleeping pig is an angel, then a waking pig is definitely a devil. He’s got a bad temper. If he is unhappy, he really knows how to torture me. For example, he would chew on the sofa while I’m too busy to give a s**t, or he will make lots noise on the toilet to make me understand he wants to pee. He has the capability to divide his pee into many times, so I had to clean the mess and pay attention to him. And a horny pig is a nightmare, and it stinks so bad. In summer, pigs need to shed, so I will have pig hair all over the place.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
If habit is a part of personality, I guess we are quite alike on diet. I don’t like vegetables and neither does he. He doesn’t eat vegetables, and he is so happy when he sees meat. We’re both afraid of being alone. We both like attention. I work very hard and want to make everything perfect, but my pig teaches me to sleep in and enjoy life.
What makes your pet unique?
He is a pig.
What other pets have you had?
This is my first pet, before him, I sometimes watch my parents’ dogs on the farm.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
Something that doesn’t get horny, doesn’t shed, has a good temper, doesn’t chew things, doesn’t drool, isn’t curious about things, has a short round body, less wrinkles, and is smaller than a husky. If there is a pig like that, that will be my ideal pet.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
Pigs spend most of their time on sleeping. If I have to tell an unforgettable story it would be when he almost died. I didn’t know how to raise a pig. I fed him with congee and fruits in the beginning. After 8 months, he couldn’t stand up, and didn’t touch his food all day long. I realized something was wrong, but I had no idea what. I had to carry him to the toilet, he was so shaky to walk, it really hurt me. My husband thought maybe he lacked calcium, so we stewed some bones and fed him that, he seemed to really like it. After three days he magically stood up and walked around. I realized I know so little about him. Since then, I started to feed him really well, and he also started growing really fast. Now he has finally stopped growing, everything is more stable, no more surprises or expectations, but we are happy together.

Your name: Snow
Your pet’s name: Xiao Hei
Type of animal: Mynah
Pet’s age: A Year and Half


How long have you had your pet?
For more than a year.
How did you find each other?
I bought it at the bird & flower market. He looked very spiritual. His two big eyes just staring at me. Is this the pet you always wanted? No, I have to say it was fate. I had a dog before, but I never thought I would have a bird, but since I met him, I’m just so in love with him. A pet who talks, that’s amazing!
What’s good about your pet?
He is so human. Whenever I arrive home, I whistle downstairs, and he will always reply. When the door is opened, he shouts, “nihao, dajia hao,” and says, “good bye,” to me when I leave. He loves to eat anything, mainly worms and bird food, but also likes my food, such as coca cola, bread, and ice cream. He’s got a sweet tooth, but his favorite is the meatballs made by my mom. He won’t accept leftovers, if I give him something from my plate, he will be unhappy and refuse to eat it. When he is hungry, he says anything you want to hear. He calls you daddy and grandpa until you are sick of it and give him some food. He’s also very keen on learning new things, once I taught him to sing, “lalalalala” after that whenever he heard me singing, he would start “lalalala…”
What’s bad about your pet?
Well, most of the time he stays in his cage. We let him out when we give him a shower or play with him. Once he is out, he is the boss, he starts to shit everywhere, he loves to play with my keyboard and mouse, and he won’t let me touch them. He would fight with me until I’m really pissed off, then he will walk away. He has a bad temper. My mom is the one who looks after Xiao Hei, she feeds him everyday and washes his cage, but every time she goes out and says good bye to Xiao Hei, he always ignores her. My mom said he doesn’t have a heart and she will starve him. Then Xiao Hei will come to my mom, jumping around and talking to her, finally my mom would feed him, after he get fed up, he starts pecking at my mom again.
Does your pet share or complement your personality?
I think he is the opposite of me. He is crazy, and I’m quiet, but we get along well. He makes me and my whole family happy. The happiest time of the day is after I came home from work, he makes me forget all the unhappiness and pressure. That feeling is really nice.
What makes your pet unique?
He talks a lot! He can imitate different voices. The funniest part is when you give him a hard time, he keep talking back in Hangzhouese, saying, “ze sa la?” which means, “so what?” Maybe because I used to say this a lot, he learned it. He is also a vengeful guy, my brother use to bully him, once he is out of the cage, he would recognize my bro and peck him violently. My bro was so scared. He covered his head and hid in the other room. Then Xiao Hei would laugh out so loud in the living room. The sound of his laughter is really scary. It’s so funny.
What other pets have you had?
I’ve had a dog before. Xiao Hei is my second pet.
What have you always wanted as a pet? Real or imagined?
I’m very happy with my Xiao Hei. I don’t know what else I want. Maybe a parrot or a snake.
Tell us a memorable story about you and your pet.
One day, he was walking and jumping around in the house, and accidently hit the ceiling fan. We were so worried. He wouldn't eat his favorite worm, wouldn’t make any sound, and couldn't talk. He was very hoarse. I was afraid he wouldn’t make it. I started crying. Mom said if worse comes to worst and he can’t talk anymore, we will have to release him. Thank God, he was fine after, otherwise, who knows where he would be now.

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PHOTOFAIRS - Shanghai: Program Highlights and Gallery List

T I M E  
September 20th-22nd

V E N U E 
Shanghai Exhibition Center
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PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai announces its program highlights and gallery list for its sixth edition which will take place at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from September 20-22 with Presenting Partner Porsche.

Since its beginning, the Fair has provided an unparalleled platform for collectors and audiences across Asia Pacific to revisit the history of photography and to be challenged to redefine the medium's boundaries.

​Recognizing photography as a changing and developing art form, the Fair presents moving images, installations, videos, digital art, sculptures and performance alongside classic masterpieces and still works.

This is clearly reflected throughout the Fair's 2019 public program which emphasizes the experimental features of photography, encouraging new approaches and ideas through special exhibitions, installations and new commissions by some of the most exciting artists working in the medium today.

STAGED

Staged is a curated initiative that spotlights artists working at the cutting-edge of photography.  Placed throughout the Fair, Staged 2019 is powered by Ocula and features:

- Chen Dazhi (Three Shadows +3 Gallery, Beijing & Xiamen), whose photography evokes the visualization of spirits across the dimensions of time and space.

- Johannes Wohnseifer (König Galerie, London & Berlin), whose ‘Polaroid Paintings’ challenge the functional use of Polaroids as a social and aesthetic means of documenting everyday reality.

- Michael Najjar (BANK, Shanghai), as a pioneer artist who fuses science, art, and technology into visions and utopias of future social orders emerging under the impact of cutting-edge technologies.

- Leila Alaoui (Galleria Continua, Beijing, Havana, Les Moulins, San Gimignano), with La Marocians which brings together larger-than-life portraits taken by the artist as she travelled Morocco.

Li Binyuan (Ren Space, Shanghai), whose performance ‘Room’ (2019) brings together video art and live action sculpture.

INSIGHTS FIELDWORK

In a newly commissioned exhibition, Para Site (Hong Kong) will bring together a diverse collection of artists from across East Asia/Asia Pacific who use photography and new media to challenge the conventional theme of landscape including Yang Yuanyuan, Lau Wai and Tan Lijie.

Titled Fieldwork, the exhibition reflects on ideas around territory, culture, identity and state by reframing the past to consider its role in shaping the future.  With artworks never seen in Mainland China, each artist will examine moments in history that have been previously overlooked or deliberately excluded to offer comment on the current geo-political situation. Works include:

- Intensely personal pieces such as Sim Chi Yin’s series One Day They’ll Understand.  The work captures the complexity of family history in relation to the Cold War era in South East Asia and examines the hidden stories, silenced memories and contested narratives. 

- Particularly pertinent against the backdrop of the Hong Kong protests, Siu Wai Hang's Inside/ Outland documents the very waters that separate Hong Kong from the mainland, a reminder of those who swam to the shores of Hong Kong to seek refuge, including the artist's own father, and the complexity in distilling "we" from "they".

Motoyuki Shitamichi's Torii project in which the artist photographs the Japanese torii outside of Japan’s national borders. Torii represents a symbolic shape in Shintoism and outside of Japan the torii lose their significance and transform into simple objects.

COLLECTORS' EXHIBITION TAKING THE LEAP

Artworks from the UK's University of Salford Art Collection, which focuses on digital and Chinese contemporary art, have been selected by celebrated Hong Kong curator Ying Kwok for the 2019 Collectors' Exhibition.

With the theme Taking the Leap, Kwok challenges collectors and audiences to move away from their comfort zone and demonstrates how to collect digital artworks by showcasing exciting artists including Cao Fei, Sun Xun, Mishka Henner and duo Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead. 

The exhibition also hopes to inspire collectors to commission artists to create new work.  Demonstrating this point, the leading, and often censored, female multimedia artist Lu Yang, has been commissioned to create a new photographic lightbox which will be shown in the Collectors Exhibition and will then enter the University of Salford Art Collection after the Fair.

Spotlight & Exposure Award

As announced earlier this year, the 2019 public program will also see two Mainland China debuts: Marina Abramović's legendary series The Lovers (1988) in the Spotlight exhibition and a solo presentation of work by French artist Noemie Goudal (Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris), winner of the Fair's inaugural Exposure Award powered by MODERN EYE.

Supporting PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai this year are 50 galleries from around the world, committed to showcasing the very best in contemporary photography. 

They include:  10 Years Ago (Toronto), Alter Gallery (Shanghai), Arario Gallery (Cheonan, Seoul & Shanghai), Art Labor (Shanghai), ArtCN Gallery (Shanghai), artspace AM (Tokyo), BANK (Shanghai), bitforms gallery (New York), Brownie Project (Shanghai), Cipa Gallery (Beijing), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins & Habana), Danysz Gallery (Paris, Shanghai & London), Galerie Dumonteil (Paris & Shanghai), Galerie F16 (Paris), Flowers Gallery (London, New York & Hong Kong), Gaotai Gallery (Urumqi), Christophe Guye Galerie (Zurich), Harmony Art Gallery (Shanghai), Sean Kelly Gallery (New York & Taipei), Klemm's (Berlin), König Galerie (Berlin & London), Leo Gallery (Shanghai & Hong Kong), Les Douches La Galerie (Paris), Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris), Ami Li Gallery (Beijing), Matthew Liu Fine Arts (Shanghai), M Art Center (Shanghai), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), Nine Art (Shenzhen), Nine Art Space (Shanghai), Anna Nova Gallery (Saint-Petersburg), Ostlicht. Gallery for Photography (Vienna), Pan – View Gallery (Zhengzhou),  Christine Park Gallery (New York), Pékin Fine Arts (Beijing & Hong Kong), Galerie Photo 12 (Paris), Rén Space (Shanghai), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (Paris, Salzburg & London), see + gallery (Beijing & Shenzhen), ShanghART Gallery (Shanghai, Beijing & Singapore), Three Shadows +3 Gallery (Beijing & Xiamen), Timeless Gallery (Beijing), Time Space Gallery (Beijing & Zhengzhou), Up Gallery (Hsinchu City), Per van der Horst Gallery (The Hague & Taipei), View Art Gallery (Lanzhou) and University of Salford Art Collection (Salford).

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PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai


PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is the leading destination in Asia Pacific for discovering and collecting photography; classic masterpieces, contemporary photography, large-scale installations, moving-image and the latest innovations in technology.  PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is dedicated to offering 50 international galleries a unique and personal art fair experience from the tailored environment of the fair, through to dedicated VIP and curator events and personal translation services on the booths. The fair offers two exhibiting sectors Main and Platform that are supported by an extensive Public Program of exhibitions, talks and events, including Insights, Staged, Spotlight, Connected and Conversations.

The sixth edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai will be presented by World Photography Organization and PORSCHE.

Sam’s Club: Recipes for the Homesick

Living outside your home country can be exciting and eye-opening, immersed with new experiences and culture and the idea of being independent. Yet there are times that we still long for the familiar. That is when homesickness strikes. Being away from what has been common to you for long is tough, and a totally different culture like China is of no help either.

What do you do when homesickness strikes? There are a lot of tips and tricks you can find online, but if there's only one essential thing these tips have in common, that would be cooking up your favorite comfort foods to start the day right. 

With that, Sam’s Club prioritizes food safety as much as you do for you and your family; that's why we make sure that our products are properly managed and controlled precisely from our suppliers to our display shelves. We also utilize advanced frozen at sea technique and transports with entire cold chain equipment to eliminate food concerns and ensure food freshness and quality. 

Not only that we at Sam's Club offer high quality food at great value so you don't have to break the bank in order to enjoy good and healthy food for you and your family.

We also have prepared a couple of events for you to check out and know about Sam's Club more.

13th Expat Show
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We have the information you need on schools, medical service, shopping and more, exclusively for Expats just like you!

Also, you can enjoy delicious free tasting and DiDi Premier coupons and discounts only at Sam's booth!

9/20-9/22
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Sam's Club Pop-Up Store
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9/19-9/22
Qibao Vanke Plaza, Caobao Road, Minhang District, Shanghai

We at Sam's Club asked our customers for the dishes and recipes that made them think of home, and here are the 2 best recipes we've compiled for you to enjoy as well.

Mexican Egg Bacon Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is absolutely delicious. It's a go-to for a quick and easy healthy breakfast that is so versatile and can be topped with a variety of ingredients.

Ingredients
- 2 slices Member's Mark Black Wheat Toast
- 2 slices Hormel Selected Bacon
- 2 large Member's Mark Eggs
- 1 large Dole avocado
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pico de Gallo and Feta cheese for topping

Recipe
1. Cook bacon over medium-high heat.
2. While cooking the bacon, toast the bread, scramble the eggs, and make the avocado mash.
3. To make avocado mash:
- Cut avocado in half lengthwise.
- Take out the seed and scoop the avocado out of the peel with a spoon.
- Mash avocado with a fork.
- Season with paprika, garlic powder and salt to taste.
4. Once everything is done, top bread with avocado mash, scrambled egg, bacon, Pico de Gallo and Feta.

Member's Mark
Eggs

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¥29.8 / 1.85kg.

Dole Avocado
¥29.8 / 1.5kg.

Hormel Selected Bacon
¥74 / 1kg.

Member's Mark
Black Wheat Toast

¥24.8 / 0.46kg.

Super Fresh Grilled Shrimp Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

A simple salad made almost entirely lettuce, shrimp, corn and bell peppers, and using it in this fresh grilled shrimp salad.

Ingredients
For the Shrimp
- 1 ¼ pound Member's Mark Raw Tail-Off Shrimps
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons Member's Mark Pure Olive Oil
- ½ teaspoon salt

For the Salad
- 3 hearts of romaine (Sliced down the center with end intact)
- 2 ears of corn, husked
- 2 bell peppers (yellow, red, orange whatever you like)
- 1 hothouse cucumber, diced
- 1 large avocado, diced (optional)
- 2 ½ cups of chopped grape tomatoes

For the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
- 1 tablespoon yellow or dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- ⅓ cup Member's Mark Pure Olive Oil

Recipe
SHRIMP
1. Add the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, olive oil and salt in a bowl.
2. Add the shrimp and stir to combine. Let marinate for 10-15 minutes while you chop all the veggies and prepare the dressing.
3. Place 4-6 shrimp on wooden skewers before grilling.

VINAIGRETTE
1. Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of honey with a pinch of salt.
2. Continue whisking as you stream in the olive oil.
3. Taste and adjust with an additional tablespoon of honey if you prefer your dressing a little sweeter.

GRILLING
1. Preheat the grill and spray with cooking spray if desired. Grill time will vary for the ingredients so start with the corn.
2. Spray the corn with cooking spray, season with a pinch of salt and roast, turning every 4-5 minutes for about 15-18 minutes total.
3. Add the whole bell pepper next and grill for 1 minute or longer if you’d like it to char a bit.
4. Add the shrimp skewers near the end of cooking time, they’ll take about 2-3 minutes per side.
5. Spray the romaine hearts with cooking spray and sprinkle with a tiny pinch of salt, grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

ASSEMBLE
1. Add the chopped cucumbers, avocados, and tomatoes to a large salad bowl.
2. Remove the stem from the romaine hearts and chop.
3. Chop the corn kernels off the cobb.
4. Dice the bell pepper.
5. Add all the ingredients to the bowl and toss with the dressing.
6. Serve immediately.

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On this Harvest Moon: The Mid-Autumn Festival

This year the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, falls on September 13th. This is the 2nd most important festival in China, after the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival blow out extravaganza. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival that coincides with the autumnal equinox and marks the end of the summer harvest season, and its date varies from year to year because the Chinese can’t seem to let go of the Lunar Calendar. Of course, they’ve seen silverware too, but Jerry Seinfeld already did that bit.

Like everything else here, the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates all the way back, 3,000 years, to the Shang Dynasty, when the powerful sorcerer Lo Pan broke the curse of immortality by marrying a girl with green eyes…no, wait, that was the plot to Big Trouble in Little China. Here’s the real one, according to legend (or, Wikipedia, if you want to be a jerk about it):

“Chang'e and her husband Houyi were immortals living in heaven. One day, the ten sons of the Jade Emperor transformed into ten suns and scorched the Earth. Having failed to order his sons to stop ruining the Earth, the Jade Emperor summoned Houyi for help. Houyi, using his legendary archery skills, shot down nine of the sons, but spared one son (who conveniently became the Sun). The Jade Emperor was obviously not pleased with Houyi's solution to save the Earth as it involved Houyi murdering nine of his sons. As punishment, the Jade Emperor banished Houyi and Chang'e to live as mere mortals on Earth.

Seeing how miserable Chang'e felt over her loss of immortality, Houyi decided to go on a long, perilous quest to find the pill of immortality so that the couple could become immortal again. At the end of his quest he met the Queen Mother of the West who agreed to give him the pill, but warned him that each person needs only half the pill to become immortal.

Houyi brought the pill home and stored it in a case. He warned Chang'e not to open the case and then left home for a while. Like every other woman in the history of the world, she didn’t listen. She opened up the case and found the pill just as Houyi was returning home. Nervous Houyi would catch her fiddling with the pill, she swallows the whole thing like a stooge and starts to float into the sky because of the overdose. Although Houyi could have used his wicked archery skills to shoot her and tether her down, he couldn’t bear to do it and Chang'e kept on floating until she landed on the moon.

Although Chang’e missed her husband dearly, she wasn’t alone. She did have company of a jade rabbit that manufactured elixirs, and that of the lumberjack Wu Gang. The lumberjack offended the gods in his attempt to achieve immortality and was therefore banished to the moon. Wu Gang was allowed to leave the moon if he could cut down a tree that grew there. The problem was that each time he chopped it down; it would instantly grow back, effectively condemning him to live on the moon for eternity. Gods are tricky that way.”

So to commemorate this story, as well as the end of the harvest season, people throughout China gather their families together to catch up while eating moon cakes (discussed in more detail later) and pomelo. They also light lanterns to adorn their homes, temples, and even the sky. This last kind of lantern, called a, “sky lantern,” is really quite cool. They’re basically an ornate box kite that’s lit with a candle, but when they’re launched, after night fall, they make for a beautiful, candlelit sky. Add to this luminescence that of the full round moon and you’ve got yourself the makings of one festive evening. It’s also the perfect occasion to pull out your old Neil Young albums (namely Harvest and Harvest Moon) and rock out.

Alternate Uses for Moon Cakes:

Let’s face it; the moon cake is the fruitcake of China. No one actually wants them (other than for re-gifting purposes). They’re just the gift you give people to let them know how little you care for them. For the person on the receiving end, it’s really a slap in the face. The giver of said crap cakes gets to slide by on the kindness of the gesture, while you’ve got to work up a smile, and pretend to appreciate what is in essence, an empty, backhanded act of passive aggression. Giving someone moon cakes is the same as saying, “I’ve nothing but contempt for you, but I do plan on knocking you up for a favor in the next couple weeks, so try not to choke.” But all’s not lost because moon cakes can serve many other functions besides pissing all over the definition of cake. So as those decorative boxes of banality from all your condescending know-nothing colleagues at work pile up in your home, don’t think about how drunk you’re going to have to get to choke them all down. Get creative. Think like Martha Stewart, or just keep reading and use some of the ideas we’ve come up with. It’s a good thing.

Stabilize that wobbly chair or coffee table

One of the nice things about a cake that’s got the density of a brake pad is that it can endure a sizeable amount of force without breaking apart. That makes it one of the best materials to use to support that bothersome short leg on your table, chair, or bar stool. It also won’t scuff up your hardwood floors.

Serves as a fantastic replacement puck for ice or street hockey

Thanks to the moon cakes stout, cylindrical design, (It’s called, yeast, you a-holes! It’s what makes baked goods fluffy and delicious. Stop living in the past.), it has, not only the same shape as a standard ice hockey puck, but also, almost, the exact same dimensions. So here’s what you do. Take a box of these abominations and throw them in the freezer for a couple hours while you gather the gang for a good old fashion game of street hockey, or take them down to the skating rink at the MixC Mall and have at it.

Give to the needy

This is just to prove our point that these shit snacks are universally reviled. Go up to a homeless person asking for money and give them a box of these bastards instead, and see if you don’t get pegged in the back of the head with one as gratitude for your selfless gesture.

Protect yourself from stray dogs

It’s late and you’re stumbling out of the bar after a few too many with your buddies. Your senses are impaired, as is your sense of direction. You find yourself alone, walking down a dark street when you spot a mongrel dog that has shown an interest in you. You’re too drunk to outrun it, and it’s the only thing between you and your warm bed. What do you do? You pull out the moon cakes that some jackanapes forced on you and you force them right into the dog’s mouth. Like peanut butter on their nose, this should keep it occupied for at least 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to make a staggering escape.

Whip at motorists who don't obey the traffic laws

How many times have you been on your bike, or in a taxi, and you’ve almost been killed by some motorist who thinks the rules don’t apply to them? If you’ve been here a week it’s happened at least once. Don’t lie to us. Of course, you want to throw something at them, but all you have handy is your cell phone and/or wallet and, obviously, you can’t throw those. Moon cakes combine the heft of a billiard ball with the softness of a dessert you’d still pass on in a hostage situation. You make your point, no damage to the target’s car, but the message was received. Everyone wins.

Earmuffs in the winter

Get creative this winter and be the first one on your block to chase away the chills with some homemade, moon cake earmuffs. All you need is a needle, some decorative, elastic yarn, 2 moon cakes (one for each ear) and a microwave. Cut 5 lengths of yarn at a measure of one and half times the circumference of your head. Work the yarn through the moon cakes laterally (through the sides). Adjust the position of the cakes so that each one rests comfortably over each ear, with your lengths of yarn going around your head like a sweat band. When you’ve got them positioned how you like them, tie the ends of your yarn together to ensure a snug fit around your cabeza. When you’re ready to hit the town, throw your stylish new earmuffs in the microwave for 30 seconds and prepare to laugh derisively at Old Man Winter.

Haze the new guy

Like snake wine and unicycles, moon cakes serve no purpose. They do, however, work well for gags, especially when the new guy in your office starts getting a little too big for his britches. Knock him down a peg, and remind him of his place by challenging his manhood with a moon cake eating contest. Basically, you just tell him that it’s a rite of passage we’ve all gone through and if he can’t eat 10 moon cakes in 10 minutes, no one will respect him. Whether or not he finishes them is beside the point. The point is, no one else is going to eat these things and they’re starting to take up space.

And there you have it. Seven great ways to get rid of your moon cakes, when re-gifting is simply not an option, but by no means, are these the only ways. Get creative and think up some yourself. You like building models? Build yourself a 1/10 scale trebuchet and see how far you can wing them. Or give them to kids. They’ll put anything in their mouths. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everybody!

2019 Qiantang River Tidal Bore and Surfing Competition

Qiantang River tidal bore is one the largest tidal bores in the world which reaches the most spectacular on the eighteenth day of the eight month on Chinese lunar calendar. To watch the 9-meter tidal waves, you can choose the best locations in Haining city, about 50 kilometers from Hangzhou.

2019 Qiantang River International Surfing Competition will be held from Sept.11th to 16th, during which the Qiantang River tides are surging frighteningly high in the year.

Opening ceremony (about 40 minutes)

Time: 3:30pm - 4:10pm, September 12th
Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

Qiantang River International Surfing Competition (4 days)

Time: September 13th - 16th (13th-15th: preliminaries, 16th: finals and closing ceremony).
Venue: Qianjiang No.9 Bridge to No.1 Bridge (Qiantang River Bridge) 钱江九桥至钱江一桥(钱塘江大桥)

Closing Ceremony Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

Teams: 9 teams (China, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, California, France, Indonesia and Puerto Rico)
Prize: 200,000RMB

Surfing Carnival (5 days)

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm, September 12th - 16th
Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

What to expect: There will be four surf theme carnival activities: water rafting, surfing pool, surfing culture exhibition, surfing board teaching, as well as magical spider wall, frisbee, bowling and many other activities.

Qiantang Music Festival (1 day)

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Saturday, September 14th
Location: Garden Lawn at Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园大草坪 (江干区5号港路)

The referee of Qiantang River International Surfing Competition, Peter Towndend is the first World Surfing Champion and the former coach of China National Surfing Team.

Nine teams from home and abroad will surf on the so-called “Silver Tides” from Sept. 13th to 16th. World top surfers, Dean Morrison, Eneko Acero, Kyle McGeary and Made Garut Widiarta will participate in the event.

Dean Morrison, who is the champion of Australia and European Division of World Men's Shortboard Surfing Championship Tour. He is one of the most celebrated Australian surfers of the modern era, finishing a career best ninth in 2007. In the water Dean is a pocket dynamo, known for his compact, fluid style and sublime cutback. On land his humility and good nature ensure he is the kind of pro surfer who is approachable for people from all walks of life.

Eneko Acero, one of the most important and influential surfers of Spain and Europe. At that time it was just him on a worldwide tour with surfers from all over the place but his hometown/country. Still today, Eneko is surfing in a daily basis, manages a team of an international brand and of course proudly holds the surname Acero, a surfing family you might heard of from him, his older brother Iker Acero or the charismatic Kepa Acero.

Kyle McGeary, Team (NSSA) champion surfer, he is an underground local surfer from Huntington Beach, California. "Never heard of Kyle? Then you probably don't surf the pier, because if you did, you'd see him hucking big rotators everyday."

Made Garut Widiarta, born and raised in Kuta he started surfing at the age of 9 at his home break Half Ways, Garut is one of the most recognizable Indonesian surfers in the world and he has received more high profile attention in the media than any Indonesian surfer since Rizal Tanjung. Is name is I Made Widiarta a.k.a Garut.

The top local surfers will also participate on behalf of Chinese National Surfing Team. Surfing in the Qiantang River has only been allowed since 2008. During the competition, surfers will follow the tidal bore in motorboats and jet skis, and then take turns riding the waves.

Surfing will be included in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The inclusion has given a boost to the sport in China, where it remains relatively new.

Hangzhou government hopes the competition can further promote the sport among citizens, especially the youth.

The competition will be broadcast nationwide by China Central Television.

HIS Welcome Back BBQ Party, A Great Event For The HIS Community!

On Saturday, September 7th, 2019, Hangzhou International School held their Annual Welcome Back Barbecue and once again gathered the HIS community, parents, students and teachers, they had an opportunity to welcome the new families and to catch up with the old friends while enjoying themselves, the tasty food, and the activities provided.

MORE’s editor Loren was fortunately enough to be invited, while it was initially a little foreign to him—not having kids going to the school, not being a Binjiang-er—his years of being in Hangzhou felt like they finally paid off, and he bumped into a good cross-section of international folk he has known for a while now.

The food was predictably excellent, with burgers from returning favorite Slim’s one of the queues we had to try, but also present was the Indian faire from Pita’s and Tika’s and pizza from Angelo’s.

The kids had a great time too, with musical and dance performances, face painting and candy.

We had a great time talking to some new and returning teachers, eager to get the new school year fully underway, and had a great time talking about the crafts of teaching and parenting, as well as the sense of community that HIS brings to its families and faculty who come together from more than 50 nations to make events like this fun and engaging. We are looking forward to continue having a great school year!

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