Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Spring brings lots of changes, several major thoroughfares in my neighborhood have been fenced up and marked for demolition, what will replace the dive bars and convenience stores? Chinese papers have said everything from hotels to luxury high rises. The non-stop construction and urgent sense of prosperity remind me of a developing city in China, where the sight of construction sites are as ubiquitous as ads for massages. Speaking of which, I walked past several very subtle ads for massages, some posted on booths selling calling cards, but one was on a huge placard hoisted by a old man, advertising Japanese style hair-washing, with massage and ear wax-removing included. I almost wanted to go undercover and see what kind of set-up they've got, but don't want to be mistaken for a potential worker.