About Ben

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A Photolog of Ben in Asia

My name is Ben Piscopo and I live in China; Zhuhai to be exact. I’ve been in Asia since 2004 and I have loved almost every minute of it. Yes, there are always roadblocks and wrong turns in every adventure, but they have all been worth it. In fact, I’ve experienced enough in 5 years to truely last me a lifetime and that is why I’ve created AsianLiving.Me.

Ever since I became blocked from my  Chinese Learning Curves blog (on Blogspot), I’ve been thinking of a way to get my lessons to the outside world. I decided that weird or funny news stories have already been blogged 1000x over; and only a few volunteer-related blogs really make a difference;  and Chinese learning blogs…. forget about it! So what interesting or noteworthy stories are out there to cover?

When I thought more about my life out here, I realized that my daily routines have drastically changed since I was at Southern NH University in Manchester, NH. I eat, sleep, cook, exercise, communicate, and enjoy life differently than before. A lot of these changes were for the better, because I can see the traditional reasoning behind the way people live in Asia. But, should I be the only beneficiary of these tradition-based, non-scientific lifestyle changes?

Of course NOT! My family, friends, relatives, co-workers, and guests are welcome to share in my growth here in Asia. Let’s consider questions like: Why do we do eat how scientists tell us to eat? How much meat is too much? Why don’t we get more rest in the middle of the day? Why do we drink most of our liquids cold?

There is a healthier way to live than our “scientific and well-researched” ways suggest. I know it comes from tradition and I think we all need to remember that.

Get the latest AL.ME posts by email: Email me directly at ben@asianliving.me or please leave a comment below:

  • Hi Ben:

    Sorry I am just viewing your blog. As you know things have been busy and sad lately during my Dad’s illness and then losing him. I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you and how much my Dad thought of you and your family.
    Don’t have to tell you that because I am sure you already knew his love and caring for you all. It is such a loss for all of us but I know he is at peace. We miss him so much!
    Your Mom is having a very hard time with this. Please help her through this grieving process. She has lost a great deal in recent years and this hit her hard. Thinking of you with love,
    Noreen

    • ben.piscopo

      No worries at all Noreen. Your visit is a wonderful surprise ^^ though I’m truly sorry for your loss. I’ll forever remember your dad similar to the way I remember my grandfather. They both were such wonderful people and memories of them will always stay fresh in my mind. I think my mom is having an equally tough time dealing with the idea that Mrs. Simpson is not planning on going up to the lake anymore. As a Piscopo, I’ll say that we wholeheartedly respect your family’s decision and hope that you let us know when you need anything, anything at all.

      I’ll be in NH in August and I’m looking forward to seeing you all. Stay well, and stay in touch.
      Much Love – Ben

  • jennynakao

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for getting in touch. I love your blog! We do have similar interests so I’m going to add you to my blog roll! Yes, I would love to guest post and to have you add a Chinese touch to my blog too as I am more familiar with Japanese culture. I’m not very good at technology, so I did try to reply to you on my blog but it hasn’t appeared! Sorry, it’s a struggle for my generation…
    Best wishes,
    Jenny

    • ben.piscopo

      Thanks Jenny!

      Japanese culture is extremely interesting and I’d love to add more related-posts to my blog. I teach a Japanese expat-family English in my spare time while I’m here in China. They are sooooo nice and soooooo friendly (and funny)!

      I’ll develop a formal link area on my blog and add you to it. You are more than welcome to think about a post with a Japanese touch that would be suitable on AsianLiving.me and I’ll do the same (with a Chinese touch) for you.
      Have a great day!
      -Ben

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  • Hi Ben,

    I am starting a new podcast show for early next year and would appreciate having the opportunity to interview you via Skype or phone for about 30 minutes.

    I lived and worked in Asia for about 14 years and wanted to interview people still living in Asia. It’s an open topic show so you can talk about anything you feel comfortable with. I ask about local trends in business and great places to grab good food. We can chat about what’s happening for expats and how that has changed over the years. If you are interested in participating or know a few “old hands” that like to talk up a storm please drop me a quick note.

    Cheers
    Bob

    • ben.piscopo

      Hi Bob,
      Thanks for the invite! I’m curious about your podcast and would love to hear more about it. You must have loads of stories too. Keep me posted and send me a link so I can check it out.
      All the best – Ben

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  • john.wangqiong

    Hi Ben, This site is fabulous! I love it! I hope you will be the future Embassador of Chinese contemporary culture!

    John

    • Anonymous

      Hi John,
      Thanks for your comment! Perhaps I’ll consider an ambassadorship in the future!

  • matt and sharon thomas

    Ben I am loving this but I’m going to miss u guys at our Christmas open house.when u guys came as a family it was so great..have a great holiday and keep posting….
    .Matt and Sharon Thomas!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for visiting guys 🙂  Ya, Christmas has started changing over the years and probably won’t keep much of its former glory. Hopefully there will be chance to visit during another holiday. Best wishes to you guys too!
      Happy Holidays, 
      Ben

  • Jacque H

    Nice site! =)

    • Ben Piscopo

      Thanks Jacque 🙂 It’s a labor of love.

  • Nabil Assal

    Hello Ben! I am the co-author of the “Quick Reference Dictionary of the most common American idioms.” Thank you for your review and your constructive comments. We are implementing them as we speak! Would you mind elaborating on your recommendation for the examples? Do you mean more examples, or something different? If you are willing to comment further, please email me at assalnabil@gmail.com. Thanks, and I love your website 🙂

    • benpiscopo

      You’re welcome Nabil 🙂 Thanks for your complement too. I’ll shoot an email off to you really soon.