About Me

Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong (Canton) province in southern China. Bisecting the city is the Pearl River, with the stunning Guangzhou Tower on the left. On the right is the new Central Business District (CBD, also known as Zhujiang New Town), which is capped off by the IFC (International Finance Centre), the city’s tallest skyscraper at 100 storeys and where my husband – whom we shall call Herr Hubby – works at the newly-opened Four Seasons hotel. In the middle of the river, that sparkling-bright structure is the Asian Games stadium (for when the city hosted the Games in 2010). Just in front of that, also right smack in the river centre and flanking the CBD, spot the small island topped by trees? That’s Ersha Island – our new home in Guangzhou πŸ™‚

Ni Hao, World!

Hi, my name is Diane and I’m an Asian expat wife – for which I’ve appropriated the Cantonese word “gweipor”, which actually means “foreign woman” and tends to carry pejorative associations. In Mandarin, probably a more appropos term would be “tai tai”, which means “wife” or “Mrs.”. However, the word “tai tai” somehow always conjures up an image of a pampered, well-coiffed, overly made-up designer-clad housewife whose lifestyle concerns revolve around luncheons and shopping – and this is SO not me! As a former rat racer in the deceptively glamorous, highly stressful world of international hotel public relations who has evolved into being an expat wife living a non-“tai tai” life, I’d rather use the word “gweipor” to describe myself.

I’m a FOP (Fresh Off the Plane) new arrival and working from home in southern China, where we’re living out our dreams while on a budget. Guangzhou is the third city in China for my husband and myself, having lived first in the capital, Beijing, before moving to Shanghai. Β And now, we’re here!

We’re lucky that both of us are somewhat used to this kind of nomadic expat lifestyle. From his native Germany – and with a brief stint in Austria – Herr Hubby lived and worked in Vietnam before coming to China. Whereas I grew up in the Philippines and later moved to Hong Kong and the United States for work and grad school, before landing in China. Before Beijing, the last cities I lived in were New York City and San Francisco. Herr Hubby and I actually met in Beijing, can you believe…yes, forget Paris, Beijing is the new romance capital of the world! πŸ™‚

Growing up around beaches in the tropics has made me hopelessly hooked on chic, summery, beach house-inspired interiors & home decor, in Asia and around the world. Herr Hubby and I dream about owning a simple yet fabulous beach house of our own someday…we don’t know if we’ll ever be able to save enough money for that type of luxury but in the meantime, we console ourselves with occasional bouts of indulging in what I call “beach real estate porn.”

As you can also guess from the name of my blog, I’m a self-confessed incurable addict of killer stiletto heels and all fun, fashionable footwear! So if you’re into meanderings about all of my above obsessions – and if you’re curious about what expat life may be like in southern China – then you’ve stumbled onto the right blog.

Welcome to The Bamboo Stiletto, glimpses of an ordinary gweipor’s everyday life in Guangzhou, one of China’s most fascinating cities. These are my stories. Enjoy!

Do say hello when you’re visiting the site…I always love hearing from people!
aka The Bamboo Stiletto

Give a girl a good pair of shoes and she can conquer the world – Marilyn Monroe

17 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Diane,
    This morning found this place by reading message which you leaving in GZSTUFF. I note you invited friend to here but with no VPN issue. I can provide it if you friend need it. Also I’m in fashion jewelry field, I interest about your topic here. I follow up you.


  2. Hi Yang! I just stumbled into this! It is sooo you, I can “hear” you πŸ™‚ It is simply marvellous!! Better late to the party than never right? Now at last I can hark back to the days when we were just silly college girls chatting up about life πŸ™‚ Congratulations on the Blog and here’s to more wonderful virtual fireside chats. Xox, ec

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