Oriental Pearl

Shanghai Tang bottle with gray Chinese character and gold ball cap, and a strand of pearls.

Elegant hippy–they dress up to get high, roll only the good stuff, and eat their gourmet snacks with a pinky raised.

Spicy benzoin, labdanum smoke and sheer patchouli, on the sweet side of unisex.
Lasts a long lazy afternoon.

Edit – 8/24/21

Was thinking about words and meanings today, and pulled this one out.
I’d forgotten how nicely patchouli cuts through late summer humidity–Eau de Star is another good one for that.

(Here’s an interesting article about the cartoon frog appropriated by the U.S. alt-right, turned into a symbol of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement. The original artist approves.)


Many locations, from Shanghai to Manila to Sri Lanka, claim the title Pearl of the Orient. Here’s a punk band from Wuhan covering Lo Ta-yu’s ode to Hong Kong.

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