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Forever YOUNG
By Eve Waites

Eve Waites in Hangzhou talks to jazz singer and recording artist Norwood Young

L.A. City Beat Magazine inducted him “The King of Hancock Park!” Norwood Young doesn’t just live up to but thrives within his royal Hollywood socialite status. A longtime veteran of the entertainment business, he started singing at 6. Norwood soon after signed his first album deal with major label, MCA/Magnolia records, where he recorded an album titled “I Can’t Let You Go!” This album garnered major critical acclaim and was quite successful in the UK. Songs like the remake of, “Time Be My Lover,” (a classic by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes) and “Shoulda Been US Together,” turned Norwood into a UK celebrity, and are considered R&B classics! This album toured Norwood all over Europe, Japan, and even Lima Peru where fans loved the music of “Norwood B.”… Norwood got his first big break on “Star Search.” He later became owner of a very lucrative nightspot Club Collage in Germany, saw the world as a singer on both concert stages (as one-time lead singer of the R&B/Jazz band Pieces of a Dream on its gold-selling single, “What Can I Do”) and Broadway musical theater stages as Jimmy “Thunder” Early in an off-Broadway revival of “Dreamgirls,” and was a regular on the reality TV series “High Maintenance 90210” (on the E! channel). 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - from Norwood Young, A Biography

I’d like to say that journalist’s intuition is how I knew this was a man who deserved to be politely accosted and corralled into a conversation; but to be more honest than I’d prefer, my professional sixth-sense was aided and abetted by the sheer anomaly of a 6’3” black man gliding into the McDonald’s at Carrefour at one-thirty in the morning with a mad ‘fro, bespoke threads sharper than a razor and cooler than liquid nitrogen, and diamond earrings the size of small olives. This is simply not the sort of thing one expects in Pondville – and so much the worse is Pondville for that. It also didn’t hurt that the man in question – supermodel meets Soul Train – was accompanied by chanteuse extraordinaire and semi-permanent fixture of the local jazz scene, “Ms. Kokoh.” The induction that this regal looking chap was very likely a famous musician or entertainer was less than well-warranted, and possibly on the cusp of being offensive; but it still seemed worth the embarrassment of a slightly-exaggerated salutation.

Stereotypes be damned. It was going to be a pleasure to shake the hand of Koh-koh and thank her in person (finally) both for her many memorable performances and her unique role in developing the jazz culture in The City with a Lake. Getting any 411 on this cat would be a bonus, even if it couldn't be the mission.

I hailed Ms. Kokoh from across the tiled floors of the Golden Arches, issuing a faux admonishment for her crossing the threshold of a Mickey D’s at that woozy hour, and threatening to publish photos of her gobbling a grease-paddy while wearing sequins and spidery false-eyelashes. Name card at the ready, I introduced myself, asked her how the evening’s gig went, and eased gradually into a chat with Mr. Norwood Young. We part fifteen minutes later leaving the skeleton crew at McDonald’s bewildered – if not bewitched and/or bothered, too.

“Google me,” he said as we shook hands, parting. And I did.

A few days later I trot into JZ, wondering if Mr. Young – the man and the vocalist – will live-up to the modest amount of adulatory hype I found online. I arrived mid-set, and within 30 seconds I was uncharacteristically self-satisfied with my earlier decision to bother two unsuspecting patrons in a fast-foot restaurant in a sleepy one-horse town that was, for the most part, asleep. Helping Kokoh negotiate pickles and ketchup for her fishburger might not have helped redeem my first impressions, but I’m suddenly mindful of the fact. Had I not rolled out of PIN Pub exactly when I did and surrendered to a craving for a vanilla shake, I would probably have never heard Norwood Young sing.

Over the course of three-and-a-half numbers, I heard the round, warm, gentle tones of Nat King Cole, the raw but controlled power of Teddy Pendergrass, and the explosive can’t-sit-still enthusiasm of Stevie Wonder. Mr. Young’s voice and stage-presence is his own – he’s no mimic, no tribute-act. On stage he was relaxed, charming, personable, and audience-engaged in ways only the very best of the best are on their very best days. Luther Vandross has nothing on Mr. Young; and if I still can’t believe he’s on-stage in Hangzhou, the packed-house on a weeknight immediately made sense.

Between sets Mr. Young and I bounce up to the chill-room at the tippity-top of JZ, and chat leisurely about (inter alia) how he got to the Far East and to Hangzhou, why his water glass is a blinged-out grail (“not inexpensive”, he confirms with modesty), why he was sans-afro that night, how he picked-up a healthy dollop of Mandarin, who his tailor is, and a few things we believed wouldn’t work quite so well in print. Not wanting to deprive the artist of a much-needed break, I invite Mr. Young to do the proper, on-the-record, interview by email.

How in heaven's name did you end up in Hangzhou?
I was initially invited to appear at a venue in Taipei, "Brown Sugar," and a dear friend, an amazing singer/performer, Ms. Kokoh, was performing in Hangzhou at the JZ Club. She informed the "powers that be of the club," that I was in Asia, and they invited me to come and perform at the JZ Club.

So are you transitioning at this point? How does Asia fit with your career trajectory, and what are you aiming to achieve on this side of the planet?
Yes. I am indeed making a "transition" of sort. In life as well as music, and have plans to move to Taipei. It has been many years since I have been in Asia. When I was here for the first and only time, I was in Japan for a very short stay performing with legendary singer Millie Jackson. The stay was a very short one and I never had the "personal" experience. I don't have a specific career trajectory, as I have never operated from that place. However, my aim is simply to create great music, and hope that the wonderful people here will love and appreciate it.

Settled in Taipei, will you likely have any opportunity to play Hangzhou, or any other Mainland cities anytime soon?
Taipei will be my "base," my home. Taipei will be where I record my music. I love the city as it also affords me to be in most Mainland cities within two hours travel time. I will absolutely have the opportunity to come back to Hangzhou.

How are the masses treating you -- on and off the stage? Does Pondville get you? Do you get them?
The treatment here offstage has been great. The audiences have been consistently wonderful, and love having a good time. Of course, the language barrier tends to create occasional frustration, but that is to be expected. People are people all over the world. There is nothing to "get." We must learn to accept people for their differences and only surround yourself with like-minded individuals.

Let me shift direction for a moment. Anyone who googles you is going to come upon the House of the multiple Davids. You feel like giving us some updated intel on that?
"Youngwood Court" is the name of the estate I owned in Los Angeles. It became a quite famous landmark partially because it was adorned with 20 replicas of Michaelangelo's David that lined a circular driveway.

Tell me something about the book -- why you wrote it, the story you tell, and what you hope it does for readers.
The name of my book is called, "Getting Back to My Me." (It can be found on Amazon.com.) I wrote the book to share some of my Hollywood experiences (some with celebrities,) also as a way to help people. I was a victim of many things; childhood sexual abuse, drug abuse, and self-mutilation via plastic surgery. I overcame all of those things, and I felt I should share how I did, to perhaps prevent anyone else from having my experiences, or how to cope if they did.

And if we google you five years from now, what are we likely to find out about Norwood Young?
You will read that I became an American who came to Taipei, and learned to speak and sing Mandarin. Although I sing in Chinese now. You will read that I performed and sold records throughout Asia, including most of the Mainland cities, and that I adored my audiences.

*Mr Young asked to add a note: “thanking Mr. ‘JZ’ Zhang Zheng, for the opportunity here in Hangzhou, and his ‘right hands,’ Blue Zhang, and Joey for making the experience a great one!”

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2028592/The-2-1m-mansion-sold-singer-Norwood-Young-famous-is.html

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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
上海展览中心

T I C K E T S 
Public Ticket: 150RMB
VIP Preview: 660RMB

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).

About 
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. 

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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.

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Dole Avocado
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¥74 / 1kg.

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¥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.

Member's Mark
Raw Tail-Off Shrimps

¥89 / 0.91kg.

Member's Mark
Pure Olive Oil

¥36.8 / 1.46kg.

Member's Mark
Oranges

¥49.8 / 0.1kg.

The fun does not stop there!
We have a lot of other products you may want to experiment with your recipes:

Southern Sun
Triple Mix Berries

Imported from Chile.
¥48 / 1.3kg.

McCain
Peas, Corn and Carrots

Imported from New Zealand.
¥19.5 / 1.02kg.

Kyvalley Farms
Organic Full Cream Fresh Milk

Fresh organic milk air freighted from Australia.
¥56 / 1kg.

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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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