The above photo has nothing to do with the story I’m about to share. I just think it’s pretty and it reminds me that blue skies out there somewhere.
I’m having a harder time coming up with blog posts at night. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s because I have a job now and well, let’s face it, Microsoft Outlook is only so exciting.
Then again, there are some things that I get to do in my job that are a lot of fun. Today I went apartment hunting. In China, apartments are usually leased fully decorated and furnished.
Some are furnished with a pretty tasteful modern look. I really like most of these units.
Unfortunately there is another aesthetic that is quite popular in this part of China. I can only describe it as Baroque-meets-Victorian-brothel.
It’s a look that deserves a full post with photographic evidence, but for now, I’ll just say that, if you give a certain kind of Chinese property owner the opportunity to cover his/her home in fake crystals, gold and ornate curlicues, he/she might very well do just that.
Gold, flowery foil is not just a decoration for chocolate boxes here, it literally covers people’s walls.
And sometimes, the design choices are not just ornate, but strange as well.
The apartments I saw today were mostly unfinished and they were, quite honestly, amazing units. Spacious feeling, full of light, with plenty of balconies. Most had great foyers and a small little bedroom in the master suite that could be either an office or a nursery, depending on your persuasion. After looking at 2 or 3 places, I was beginning to really like what I saw.
Which made what happened next all the more bizarre.
To wit: Imagine that your bathroom is a mere 2 feet from your bed. Now imagine that, rather than using a single (heavy) door to separate the bathroom from the bed, you installed tinted but definitely transparent sliding double-French doors.
In other words, you take a wiz and the person lying on the bed can not only hear it, but see it, all too clearly.
Why one would choose this set-up in a city where the most iconic meal also serves as a mechanism for weight loss and “cleansing,” I have no idea.
So there you have it. Beautiful 4 bedroom apartment with crystal clear views of the skyline…and the porcelain throne as well.
I guess I do have strange and interesting things to write about even now that I’m working!