It’s been well over a year since the last post here at Lost Laowai, and for that I probably owe an apology. Which, admittedly, is an odd way to start a post touting the fact that Lost Laowai has been in existence for 10 years this month.Read More
If you’ve happened by Lost Laowai recently, you’ll have noticed that the site was down. The reason should be pretty apparent why — she’s been redesigned!
For months I’ve been trying to find the time to sit down and give the site a bit of development love, and for months I failed to do so. The challenge was that I did not just want to slap together a cosmetic change, but rather I wanted to really look at what Lost Laowai was, what it’s become and where I’d like it to go in the future. Warning, there’s a bit of meandering ahead… tl;dr — site’s been updated, enjoy.Read More
Like to write? Got something to say about being a foreigner in China? Why not contribute your thoughts and opinions to the Lost Laowai Blog? We’re looking to stir some fresh expat pee into the writer pool here. If you’ve got a unique voice, a solid ability to write, and — most importantly — something …Read More
There’s a blogging meme circling called “My 7 Links”. The premise, conceived by TripBase, is simple: get nominated, select seven links from your archives that fit into the group writing project’s seven categories, and then nominate up to five others. I was nominated by Charlie at Chengdu Living, and am happy to oblige. I think …Read More
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Lost Laowai. To see how this very cool image was made, you need to check out the following video from our friends at NeochaEDGE:Read More
Back in 2008 I added a new feature to Lost Laowai called the “China Blog Network”, with the simple premise of creating a Webring for China blogs. Membership consistently grew over the next year and a half, but the script that was handling the CBN was beginning to buckle under the pressure. Wanting a more …Read More
Lost Laowai’s sister site, the Hao Hao Report, hit a rather remarkable (to me at least) milestone today — 10,000 submitted articles. For a site that depends entirely on member-submitted content, I find that fan-frigin-tastic. It truly would not have been possible without the amazing dedication of its motley membership, and so before I go …Read More
For what feels like forever, I’ve been tinkering away at a new feature here at Lost Laowai, and I finally feel its at a stage where I can announce it. It’s called “Laowai Answers” and it operates pretty much on the same principle as any of the many of other “q & a” components out there — most notably Yahoo Answers and Answers.com — except ours is completely China-focused.
The concept is simple — have a question about China, post the question, get a answers from fellow China expats and travellers. Just a lil’ Laowai helping Laowai love. A two-way street where expats can gain and share knowledge about living, working and playing in this crazy country we call home (even if for some that’s only temporary).
This post represents a bit of a milestone here at Lost Laowai, as it is (if the title didn’t give it away) our 500th one. The first post on Lost Laowai was back in September 2006, and we’ve averaged about 2 posts a week in the 3.5 years since. Going off visitation alone, the most …Read More
Hey all, pardon the mess. Am in the process of getting Lost Laowai 3.0 up and running, and am bound to be breaking stuff repeatedly while I do so. Apologies ahead of time if you come to the site and get a dastardly PHP function error, or 404 not found notice. A lot of things …Read More
Happy New Year from everyone here at Lost Laowai. Another year over and a new one just begun. Here’s to hoping that 2010 reverses what has been a terrible year for Internet openness in China. My New Year’s Resolution is to spend eight minutes each day sending positive mental messages to the switch flickers in …Read More
Just a quick note to let everyone know that should they be unable to reach the site over the next 24 hours it’s because we’re moving to better servers. Our servers are currently located in the US, but for whatever reason the pipe to the data centre is being squeezed when it hits its last …Read More