My first encounter with
That’s Beijing The Beijinger, or more specifically the people behind it, goes back to February 7th 2005 for Superbowl XXXIX at the old Goose & Duck over at the west gate of Chaoyang Park.
At the time, I was residing in Tanghsan, Hebei and my satellite dish broke down on the eve of the superbowl. Not wanting to miss the fun, I hopped on a train to Beijing (4 hours), dragged my ass to Poachers Inn and looked up Superbowl parties in Old Smoggy. I figured that the party ran by the main magazine should be a good enough choice…. turns out it was!
I met General Manager Michael Wester that day at the door and we had a lovely conversation at the end of which he gave me a bottle of Montrose labelled white wine for being the person that traveled farthest to come to the party… I’ve been a loyal fan ever since.
Almost 7 years later, I live in Beijing and still consider The Beijinger as the overall top expat rag in town. They might not have the best writers, or corporate backers but they try harder than most. They’re the everyday Joe Laowai’s expat rag. Sometimes trashy, sometimes classy but always sticking to their gun and having integrity…. (one more bottle of wine please, thank you!). In the time they’ve been around, they’ve survived rebrandings, name changes, partner changes, the olympics, SARS, Swine Flu and more… how about that? There’s plenty of business that can’t even survive their own opening. Congrats guys… let’s have a few toasts on Saturday.
The party takes place from 4 to 9 pm Saturday October 15th at Sanlitun SOHO with free flow of alcohol, nibbles, Live music by DUDE and a whole bunch of DJs..
I have 4 tickets to giveaway to saturday’s bash and I’m gonna give them away in pairs (2*2). To win said tickets, leave a comment with the name of a song from the past 10 years ( must have been released in 2001 or later) that describes your average Beijinger and explain why you chose that song.
I will personally pick my favorite answer (2 tickets) and then do a random drawing for the other 2 tickets. Contest ends Friday October 14th at 3:00 p.m.
Here is an example:
I pick Lose Yourself by Eminem from the 8 mile soundtrack. The lyrics can describe many a foreigner I’ve met over the course of the years that came to Beijing and changed completely. They either found themselves or lost themselves in old smoggy.