My Anecdotal Experience on the Lack of Hygiene in China

Fish out in the market

In 2014 I went to Zhengzhou, China. It was the dirtiest place I had ever been to in my life. It does not surprise me that one of the world’s deadliest pandemics originated from the country.

Where do I start? The markets are dirty. There is trash everywhere. People are walking around coughing and spitting on the sidewalk. This is normal behavior, no one bats an eye.

There was smog everywhere.

There are no health standards for food. Someone I was eating with pulled a very large hair out of her soup. The open-air markets are pretty dirty, but I did not see any strange meat like dog or pangolin.

Most people I saw had gray or black teeth.

The hospital was a nightmare. I had to give a urine sample and they give you a tiny thimble which could easily spill. Then they have you put it on a tray with rows and rows of these thimbles. You have to be careful or else you could spill someone else’s urine on you. This was the standard medical practice there.

Hygiene is non-existent. I asked people in Zhengzhou where I could get tooth floss and they did not know what it was.

There is trash everywhere. People throw their garbage behind them. It wouldn’t surprise me if they threw around hazardous materials like this.

Some people might accuse me of racism for saying this, but it is my truth. I saw it. It is probably the case in many places in China.

What I Will Miss About Hawaii…

There’s a few good things about living on the Big Island.

First and foremost I love the wildlife. I have lived with geckos the past six or so years and it’s wonderful. The Big Island geckos are bright neon green and have cute personalities. They love to ride on the dashboard of my car. The babies love to crawl on me. They are sweet looking. I talk to them and make sure they eat bugs.

Mongoose, related to weasels, run around and they are cute. Chickens and hogs run around. The occasional goat wanders around.

The beaches are probably the best in the world. There is so much aquatic wildlife including bright colored fish. There are not too many dangers like poisonous snakes or saltwater crocodiles. The water is clean and deep blue.

Old Asian people are everywhere. They remind me of my grandmother who is very cute. These people are adorable as well because they putter around really slowly and look two-hundred years old. It is not like when I was living in Orange County and everyone was white and crabby.

The air is very clean. It feels good to walk around and breathe. It is better than breathing in big city air.

There are a few local foods that I love. Not to mention tropical fruit.

Living here has been quiet and peaceful. Most of the time too quiet and peaceful but I have used this time to grow as a person and learn new knowledge. I attend Jiu-Jitsu classes. I have built a WordPress server and File Sharing Server.

Chiang Mai Markets

Chiang Mai Outdoor Market

I don’t want to be too negative with my posts so here is something lighter.

This is an outdoor market in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Thais are master craftsmen and you can get the most amazing objects carved in wood.  Not to mention fresh, delicious, and exotic tropical fruits.

This is just a regular street market but there are more extravagant ones like marketplaces on the water.

Keaau Middle School Kids Smoking

Middle School Kids Smoking a Cigarette

Here is a video I like to call “Keaau Middle School Kids Smoking”

You can see the tough scrappy young girl take a big drag and hand her cigarette over to her male friend.

Her male friend takes a hit.  Blows out smoke, but he can’t handle it and starts coughing.

Then toward the end of the video you can hear one of the middle schoolers yelling at me in a threatening tone to stop filming them.

It’s So Hard to Love You

I want to say that I try very hard to actually love Hawaii.  I wish I could love Hawaii.  I wish I could like Hawaii.

My family has a heritage and history here.  My grandparents were raised here.  It’s the main location my family goes on vacation.  A lot of the women in my family hula dance.  I have cousins with Hawaiian blood.

That being said, I don’t love Hawaii.  Sorry, I just don’t love it.  I never really could.