Clean Windows

Hello again,

Anyone who had been in China and many other Asian countries has probably realized that keeping something clean is not their strength. Especially when it comes to the exterior of buildings and also much of the more public interior such as the stairways, lifts etc. Sometimes it is even that dirty and in such a desolate condition that you might think that the building must be near hundred years old even though it is standing there only for a few years.

However this is nothing compared to how the windows are taken care of. In hotels you might try to watch out of your window but then you see…nothing! Ok, you see something and that is grey or brown, sometimes even oily blackish,  depending on the area and their industry. Chinese seem to avoid to clean windows at all cost.

In a restaurant I saw once how they cleaned their front window (the side facing the street). So what they did was to put newspaper in water and wipe the windows with those newspapers. Needles to say, the window appeared to be more dirty afterwards than it was in the beginning…

So when we had my wife’s parents over here in the “western” world they noticed that the windows are actually clean. Very often it happened that we went through the streets and my mom in law pointed out the clean windows. She asked then “Why are the windows so clean? Special glass?” oh well oh well, sure they know something about how to clean windows but it seems its more a task they do every decade or so.

On a side note, they really seem not to know too much about cleaning equipment for windows. In a store they had some window wipers and my dad in law wanted to buy one of those to use it as a floor wiper in the bathroom.

Again my question, is this normal? Is it depending on the city or area the people come from? Or are they just joking around and I just miss the hint? 😮

Right to Return

So, my parents in law were just here visiting us and they were amazed by the contour sheets for the bed. So they decided to buy lots and lots of them here in the stores.

Mom in law wanted those sheets in a huge measurement like 200×180, no questions asked by me, because she should know herself how big the bed is…

So the other da my wife got a message from her mom (who is now back in China) that the sheets do not fit   SURPRISE!!!  The bed is only 150cm or wide.

My wife asked then why she had to buy so big sheets and the answer was:
“These are contour sheets so I thought they would fit on any size”

Okay okay, sounds already a bit weird but it gets better.

My wife wasn’t too happy about it because we bought the sheets for the parents. The great idea to rescue the situation came by her mom once again:

“I come back to visit you anyways in half a year, so I just bring the sheets with me so you can return them”.

SURE, bring back opened sheets after half a year to the store.

Asian logic? Chinese logic? Or did I just hit the jackpot with my parents in law? 🙂

The Zoo

You’ve been ever in a Zoo with Chinese? No, well you didnt miss a thing. The problem is that according to them (at least my parents in law) all the animals are some kind of mouse or other standard house pet.

So when we passed by some walrus my mom in law asked my wife “What is this for a weird mouse?” My wife tried to convince her that it is a sea mammal but all what happened then “That’s a really huge mouse!”…D’oh.

Have you ever seen the red panda? It’s a fluffly little thing and my dad in law “Oh, what a nice cat.”

You might say that this is all not so bad, just amusing. Ofcourse its amusing in the beginning but it all adds up to create a mass of confusing and irritation for a normal mortal being such as myself

My crazy Chinese Family I married into…