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Thursday, October 28, 2010


Now it's happened! Yes, finally I'm on Facebook! Really never thought it would happen. Last weekend I joined all the others on this social network. I'm new on this, so have patience with me. I will eventually learn what to do and what to say. I will surely also learn what to share with all my old and new networking friends. Started out with sharing some small things from my own life, and now also things that I find and like from the internet. That's networking!

Many new friends have joined my Facebook site. I'm very happy that they soon are more than 150. Now I can share my thoughts and life with them. They have already appreciated my comments with a like. I feel a lot more warm in my heart over this. It will be an exciting weekend networking on Facebook.

This weekend I will also start with working on my new chinese learning apps in the android world. And maybe play some guitar as well. I will also help my wife change the tires of her bicycle. That's it for todays blog.

Love Peter

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


One of the oldest parts of Beijing is the area around the Bell and Drum towers. Many old hutongs with their charming looks. There's a lot of tourists circling around in the area. This year I heard other westerners telling a hutong tour bicycle driver that they had their own bicycles with them. That's what I do too in fact. I go around Beijing on my own bicycle. Much better way to get around town, and you can decide for yourself when to go home or where to go. Totally freedom and what a way to see all that's happening around you. I strongly recommend it.

Many tourist doesn't know how to get around the best way. Forget taxi, bus or subway. The traffic is very slow and heavy in central Beijing. What takes fifty minutes with a car can take twenty with a bicycle. Plus you can stop where ever you like, and go in on the lovely alley streets. Here you can see the real beijingers dayly life. It's a must when you visit this city. Hope you will find my tips usefull. I have been here for four years now. Still learning from the beijingers how to get around in their wonderful city.

Other good places for you to see is the forbidden city(Gugong), Huhai lakes area, Tiananmen square, the lamasery Yonghegong, and of course outside the city is the great wall. That's it for todays blog.

Love Peter

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Oh yeah! Alexandra is always in my heart all the time! I love Alexandra! My daughter has a wonderful and fantastic blog at for you to check out! She is a very good blogger and a wonderful daughter. To follow her blogg gives me the answer to all my questions every day. She really delivers all that you want to now about her life and what happens in her world! Alexandra keeps you updated with her life every day. This makes her blog very entertaining. Now she looks like a movie star, but that´s only because she´s my daughter! Like father, like daughter! The proud words of a true father! Now I have to admit that I can see a lot of her mother in her apperance and looks, but in her ways of behaving and thinking I see a lot of me! I always find a way to express myself on the internet and elsewhere. Her mother and I have given her a very good education about how to live and what to do or not to do in life. She have found her love in Michael from London, and he loves her. That´s cool! Now that´s all for my blog today.

Love Peter

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Finally saturday three weeks after coming home from Beijing in China! I´m joking! In fact I didn´t want to go back to Sweden. Here it´s right now winter with snow and cold weather. Who wants that? I´m not outside as I´m inside today! Inside physically and inside in my head as I work hard with my new blog. David Bowie´s "China Girl" is played on VH1 channel on my television right now. I just love that song! Wonderfully written by Iggy Pop(he has swedish heritage by the way) and David Bowie. It´s recorded by both Iggy Pop and David Bowie, but we all only remember David´s version. It´s more commercial! And that´s why he recorded it, just to help his friend Iggy Pop in economical troubles. That´s what friends are there fore in need! That´s love! Anyway it´s one of my absolutely most favorite sons ever recorded. It´s on my world top list!

Love Peter

Friday, October 22, 2010


Yes, you don't need new glasses! The first snow has come down in Stockholm. We are surprised as usual. It's not cold, but I've thrown this winters first snowball this morning on my way to the train. I threw it at a waste basket near the station. It's fun! I remember my childhood, and feel like a child again.
Today, three weeks ago, I was in Beijing and it was twentysix degrees plus. Very hot and nice. Wearing t-shirt because of the heat. We left around ten o'clock in the morning. Going by car to the international airport in Beijing. It felt very hard to leave this wonderful city. Zai tian, echoed in my head all the time. We will come back next year. And now this white on the ground. Winter is here, if only for a short moment this time. That's it for todays blog.
Love Peter

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Well White Knights is a restaurant near the russian embassy in Beijing. I mostly go there at nights, during my stays in Beijing, to kind of rounding up the events of the day with a couple of beers. Usually one Heineken and one Tsingtao. While drinking them up I go through the photos taken today. I also think through what I have seen, and what I want to do the next day. This year we also went there to eat one night with eight persons. The food is really good, although some chinese people say it is not. Typically chinese way to express them selves. But that is only their way to say it is good, but too expensive for them! In reality the food is very good, and the service from the owners and their staff is of super quality! Now the price I would say is medium, if you use these three classes of restaurant prices: cheap, medium and expensive in Beijing. Although as I said you get a very good service, and always feels very welcome.

White Knights is a place where many westerners go, but also many chinese go to eat and have a drink. So here you can meet a lot of different people from all over the world. I know the owners well, as I've been going there for the last four years. I also live near that place in Minan Residential Complex. It's a good place to live in. Near all things in Beijing. Close to the subway station, the buses, the food street and the central parts of Beijing. I can go easily to any place in the city. Many times I also use my bicycle to go around. It's a fast way to get around. Very good! Now that's it for todays blog.

Love Peter

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Now I go every day to Vreten in Solna with the commuter train. It's a two hours ride there and another two hours back in the afternoon. A lot of people go every day on the same train. Seats are small and it's not so much space to sit. Sometimes people have to stand up all the way, because the train is delayed for some reason. My personal record is two hours and fifty minutes to my work, but four hours and fifteen minutes going home. That is a lot of time taken from my free time. If it all works I can go all the way and back in three hours and ten minutes! That means one hour and forty minutes to my work and one hour and thirty minutes back home. I still think it's a lot of time to spend on a train just to work for eight hours.

During the time of my journey I listen to my mp3 music collection. I have a very good number of songs to play. I also have programs in my mobile phone to study and learn chinese. That's a challenge, and I'm doing good progress in my chinese studying. Now I can also read and write emails, and write blog posts to my two blog websites. This one will be todays blog post.

Love Peter

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Yes, where is the panda living today? Well it´s living in my living room right now! Well directly imported from Beijing in China! Just view my photos in this blog! They are a permanent proof of my devotion for the panda´s future life. Six Panda Ambassadors, also called Pambassadors, have been chosen in a worldwide competition and the winners will be working for one year at the famous Woolong Giant Panda Protection And Research Center in Chengdu in China. The "Pambassadors" are expected to work closely with Woolong Keepers, feeding baby pandas, learning about panda conservation and - I'm assuming - hugging them (glee)! Or as the competition says, "You will perform as photographer, videographer, journalist, scientist, and researcher in the course of one of the best months of your life!" Successful candidates had to be aged 18 to 40 and be in good physical and psychological condition, as well as possess English writing abilities. Also, they couldn't be "affected by any medical/chemical substance," so no smokin' doobies around the Pandas, guys. Judges last month whittled more than 60,000 entrants from 52 countries and regions down to just six - Huang Xi from the Chinese mainland, Wang Yu-wen from Taiwan, Yumiko Kajiwara of Japan, Ashley Robertson of the United States, David Algranti of France and Ali Shakorian of Sweden. Yes, you did read right, actually one of the six comes from Sweden! My country! What a lucky guy! Some facts down below:

The giant panda, or panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, literally meaning "black and white cat-foot") is a bear native to central-western and south western China. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the panda's diet is 99% bamboo. Other parts of its diet include honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, and bananas when available. The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. Due to farming, deforestation and other development, the panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived. This picture I love, because the panda is in it´s real chinese invironment trying to eat it´s main meal bamboo. You know I love to eat bamboo shots in my food, but in China you eat also woked bambu shots with a different kind of taste. I have tried it on a wedding in Beijing last year. This was the fourth of october 2009 at the Jinglun Hotel in Beijing´s CBD, 3 Jianguo Menwai Da Jie. This is a for star hotel. The latest fashion in Beijing is to invite westerners to your wedding or party, but this one was different. We were two westerners there, but somehow closely related to the couple who got married. Imagine the feeling of getting married at a four star hotel with two westerners at your wedding as your specially invited friends attending. That could break the heart of any Beijing millionaire, that would have to pay for that! Friends and love go well together! So I´m very honored to have been invited by the bride´s family. Now back to the panda and it´s life and surival future.

The panda is a conservation reliant endangered species. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country. Wild population estimates vary; one estimate shows that there are about 1,590 individuals living in the wild, while a 2006 study via DNA analysis estimated that this figure could be as high as 2,000 to 3,000. Some reports also show that the number of pandas in the wild is on the rise. However, the IUCN does not believe there is enough certainty yet to reclassify the species from Endangered to Vulnerable. While the dragon(I´m a dragon as I was born in the year of the dragon) has historically served as China's national emblem, in recent decades the panda has also served as an emblem for the country. Its image appears on a large number of modern Chinese commemorative silver, gold, and platinum coins. Though the panda is often assumed to be docile, it has been known to attack humans, presumably out of irritation rather than predation. Now this ends todays blog from me.

Love Peter

Monday, October 18, 2010


That´s right! We actually have three shopping centers inour backyard within walking distance from our appartment in Dongzhimen in Beijing! And what isn´t within walking distance from our home in Minan Residential Complex? The subway, the food street, the long distance bus station, the 2nd ring road, the lama temple, the nan guan park, all the restaurants and bars(like more than over 500 ones!), the shops and so much more! It feels like living in paradise in Beijing, just two kilometers from the actual center of this city! In Raffles City I found a silver ring(just to much wonderful), so we went all over Beijing to find one much cheaper. No way! No ring looking like this one, and I mean cheap or expensive. You just can´t find it here in Beijing! We just went to Raffles City to have a look. There is very many shops and stores, bur mostly for the rich chinese people that live in this area! Hello I also live here! Am I rich? No, but in the eyes of the chinese people every westerner is rich! That is not true, but when we are in China we have much more money than the normal chinese people have.

Now we look at trhe stores in Raffles City. Here we find many different kinds of worldwide brands like the swedish "H & M". Really I was not that surprised when my wife Liping showed my a leather jacket(very nice look and feel about it) in another store(I believe it was european). It looked very nice on me(in fact I loved it), but the price was to much! Would you pay five thousand yuan(RMB) for a leather jacket that you can wear in the spring and autumn? I would not! But you have to remember and learn that here in our shopping centers goes almost only the rich chinese people and all of us westerner idiots! They think we can shop here! Of yeah!, we can, but only the food to eat at home or right here in the fast food chains. The toilets are very good as they have guards and you don´t need to flush them afterwards! They flush on their own! Surprise! It´s like on the Beijing international airport. Here I have bought my silver ring, and some food stuff(like fast food, chips, nuts and garlc baguette). But just being there is lifting your own feeling of belonging to the rich and beautiful people! This is all for todays blog.

Love Peter

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Oh Yes! The lovely and tasty food in Beijing! I´m a very lucky guy, as I live within walking distance to most of Beijing´s restaurants open twentyfour hours! I´m joking, but I have something like over 500 restaurants within walking distance, and very good ones too! It´s like I live in the middle of the pulse in the city! Actually Beijing have more than sixty thousands of restaurants. Every day more than 100 opens up for business. But I live in the very busy food street area. That´s why I´m lucky. You know there is a joke in Beijing, that says if you visited a very good restaurant yesterday and wants to invite your friends the next day to this restaurant, please call it on your phone to be sure that it is still there the next day. All this before you call your friends for a dinner appointment there! Or you´re in for a big surprise the next day! My goal this year was to eat and try as many different kinds of food as possible during my five and a half weeks in Beijing in China.

Now doing this I have really tasted the most that you can do! I don´t mean monkeys or dogs, but I have tasted oysters(never thought I could eat that! Impossible!), eel(only tried once in southern Germany = Bavaria in the 1970´s!), blue mussels from the chinese sea, lotus root(fried one and very good and a bit sweet taste), chinese crabs, crayfish from Sichuan, lobster, small and large shrimps, different kinds of foods from any chinese kitchens and korean ones, different chinese fish, many different dumplings(fillings like shrimp, meat, chicken, mushroom, also buying deep frozen dumplings), bread(chinese ones as well as garlic baguette and bagels!), cow´s kidney(in hot pot!), and you now by now that I´m a guy who likes to try many different kinds of food! I just love the hot pot. Earlier I thought it came fro, m Mongolia, but it may be true, and it´s coming from all the different kitchens in China also! Another version eating the same way is "Kao Rou", in fact this means you sit with a grill fire on your table. They change the galler every 10 minutes. We did eat this kind of food at a korean restaurant in our neighborhood. Simply you order meat(lamb, pork, cow), vegetables(sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions, carrots, mushrooms) and get on with your barbecue at the table. You also get different sauces to dip your grilled food into, plus sallad vegetables to eat together with it.

After all this I have tried out the other solution! You wonder what is that? I know, because I´ve tried it out! Here in Europe we call it fast food! You know my wife´s son Yan Fan gave us the tip of the world! 7-11 has it all! You know what? They have the complete meal for you(korean, any chinese kitchen, just pick your choice!) for twelve to fifteen yuan(RMB)! Just pick your choise and you get it warm to carry home and eat right now! Now that is not all of my food experiences i China. I have more to share with you. I wanted to try out some new experience of fast food chains in China. One example is pizza delivery at your very own door. I tried two different pizzas in my home delivery experiment(one salami based, and one shrimp based). Good and fast delivery(they give you commercial ads in your mail box at home, and it actually works really good). The taste was the same as in Sweden, but different in the ingredients of the pizza(like I don´t think I have tried carrots and maize corns in the pizza before!). It´s really a very good ingredient to the pizza. Actually I wonder why we don´t use this in our swedish pizza restaurants? Another new experience was to visit the KFC(The Kentucky Fried Chicken). It was totally a very new experience for me. I bought two different kinds of "chicken hamburgers"(very much like the McDonalds, but still not!), with pommes frittes! I was wondering why we don´t have them here in Sweden? Because the food was really good and cheap! Once again why not in Sweden? KFC tried to establish themselves in our country in the early 1980´s, but without no success. I wonder why, and how can we make them try again here in Sweden? Because I very strongly believe that they have a future here! KFC, KFC, KFC, KFC, KFC..... We love you! To the right side in the last picture is KFC in this shopping center. Maybe this is all for this blog today.
Love Peter

Saturday, October 16, 2010


This is Really Beijing at it´s best, and specially by night! You know everybody in Beijing use the outside as their living room. People sit or are in the small and large parks all over this wonderful city. They read, relax, play badminton(or kick feather, chess, mahjong, cards). I have seen them playing guitar, drums, erhu and other instruments.Or they just have a nice walk and talk to people they know, if theyt don´t want to improve their physics with all the training tools you can find in most parks. This is something, I believe, that we westerners have to learn

about. If you look at Sweden we are just hopeless in this situation. It´s like we wake up when our short summer comes, and many people move their living room outside. The neighbors that are still inside think what are they doing and making so much noice. Strange way to behave! Come on! I think it´s nice to be a beijinger! So swedes come out of your hiding places and behave like normal people. After all we are a minority. Two times Swedens population is what you got in Beijing. What I mean is that we can also relax and have fun with our neighbors here in Stockholm in a natural way.

Now as I told you the beijingers come out at night to dance and sing. Not like during the weekend or so! It´s every night! This means that when I go to White Knights for my beer and relaxation, after a day filled with a lot of activity, and I am walking back home I pass by the park hearing the music and singing. Luckily my wife is with me, because I am the only westerner there in the park. There are music and dancing in two parts of this park. One is with traditional music and the other one is with modern music! This makes me wonder a little bit? What about disco? This ends at nine o´clock at night, so you can go to the disco after that if you wanna dance some more! The music in the modern part of the park comes from Cds, but in the traditional part you have local musicians that come and play and sing with the local people! I love it! If

you are a musician, like me,you can come and play for an hour or two! Paradise! I give you my first two video clips here from a night like this. The first one is from the traditional and the second one is from the modern dancing. Remember it is dark at night, but the sound is what you find when you don´t sit at home in your own living room at night! The second video clip has a notice? Do you hear the very traffic busy 2nd Ring Road that you see in the background? I didn´t think so! It´s party time! That´s it in my blog for today.

Love Peter

Friday, October 15, 2010


The blog of the day is about our bicycles in Beijing. In 2009 we bought our bicycles at Carrefour in Andingmen in Beijing. We went there in a taxi. It's a large supermarket with something like 25 cash registrators. Liping's bicycle color is purple and mine is cool black. So we now finally went back to our home in Dongzhimen on our new bikes. It took about 20 minutes to get back home through all these main streets to our own appartment. This was my first time on a bicycle in Beijing. Many people say it.s dangerous to go on bicycle in Beijing. The traffic is heavy. They are right about that. But I say you learn their traffic culture very fast. There is a pattern in it. I love to bicycle in the more quieter hutongs. The main streets are also cool, but with much more traffic on them.

Now in the narrow hutongs the traffic is slower, but sometimes also very busy. Here you somehow comes closer to the people living there. You see their daily life in a closeup view. Really fantastic experience! I recommend it. If you ever come to Beijing, please try it. You can rent a bicycle near any subway station. It.s not that expensive, and you need to put up a small deposit. It is worth it, just for the pleasure of this way to get around in the city. You can return the bicycle at any other subway station as well.To use the bicycle on the restaurant street, Guo Jie, is a tough experience, but I have learnt that too. And you can stop and eat in over 100 restaurants on this street. I live 4 minutes walk from here. Hope you have some use of my tips. That's it for today.

Love Peter

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Yes, today is the day of the miners. All 33 of them and their 6 rescue workers. They are all on the surface now after two months under the ground. What a fantastic rescue operation followed by the whole world on television. All my thoughts today go to them and their families. This picture is some kind of a symbolic one. It´s showing the view from Liping´s balcony at early night. Showing the dark in the mine, but also the still bright sky when the miners come up to the surface. By the way this is all in todays blog for you. I am writing this blog from my mobile device, Xperia X10 mini pro on the commuter train. I am on the way to my work in Solna. A two hours ride that feels so much easier now, when we know the miners in Chile are safe. Tomorrow I will send another blog. God bless you.

Love Peter

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Hello and welcome to my new web blog. This is my second blog. I already have a web blog at, and it is more like a travel blog about what to see and do in Beijing in China when you travel there. It also tells you a little about what I have done there on my visits in Beijing and maybe you can find some good tips in it. My wife and I live in her lovely appartment near Dongzhimen in central Beijing when we go there on our vacations. Her name is Liping. She is born there and has lived there for 40 years of her life. So we know a lot about how evrything works in Beijing. We are just back here in Stockholm after 5 and a half weeks in China. Very hot weather and a lot of things to do. The shopping was wonderful and the food was very good. I just love to ride on my bicykle through the old hutongs and the traffic is nice there compared with the avenues in this lovely city. I am honored to have this opportunity to go there every year!

This new one is meant to be more of a personal web blog about my self and what is going on around me and my friends. My name is Peter, and I work as a salesman in the food business in Stockholm in Sweden. Stockholm is also the city where I was born and live in. I am also a musician that plays instruments like drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and harmonica. In the sixties I played in various pop groups, like Smash and Obnoxious, on the swedish west coast and in Denmark. At that time I played mostly drums, but in some occations also bass guitar. One concert is always coming back to me in my mind. We played at a concert with the swedish popular pop group The Mascots as their warming up band. Anyway the seventies came and I went to the USA, where I celebrated my 18th birthday, and also learnt how to play electric guitar.

This story is also very unique, because I lived with a family in Woodbridge just outside New Haven in Connecticut. Their son, Duke, turned out to to be a drummer too. So his family rented for me an electric Hagstrom guitar with an amplifier. Now we could practise together. That´s how I learnt to play electric guitar. Duke took me to many concerts, and among them I remeber bands like Chicago and Delaney and Bonnie with friends. Friends included a very special guitarist named Eric Clapton. Big for me, though I had already been to concerts in Sweden when he played with Cream. Another musician at that time that gave many influences to me was Jimi Hendrix. I saw his concerts two times and I also spoke to him about his albums in more than one hour. And don´t forget Janis Joplin or earlier influences like The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and The Who.

Maybe I will tell you more about my music life later. Now I play in my music room in my appartment. I have 4 guitars, harmonicas, drum machine and two keyboards there. The pictures comes from my music room. Two differnt cool guitars. Feel free to check out my new blog now and then.

Love Peter