Author Archives: The Kibbitzer

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A mean woman

Is the restaurant vegetarian friendly?” How do you define “vegetarian”?? Sorry to come off as a jerk but … is it no meat? No dairy? Eggs allowed? Do a little home work and check their menu, will you, pls?

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Wade-Giles vs Pinyin

Pinyin is the way to go, hands down. No if but and. Reading books that has written before 1990 and earlier, inevitable, one has to deal with Wade-Giles 韦氏拼音 and Pinyin. Such as personal name of 周学熙: Zhou Xuexi in … Continue reading

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Missing the Boat

This beautiful marble stone boat parked in Summer Palace was and is a tourist trap, for generations. When I was little, we visited Summer Palace, as well as ZhongShan Gongyuan like it was/were the only places on earth, which was … Continue reading

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Andrew Ross Sorkin interviews Jack Ma at Davos 2017

Youtube video This is a pretty good conversation. However, I don’t like the Chinese title. And the inaccuracy, i.e. at 10:31 mark, Ma said “… this is the first a Chinese leader made a number commitment. … He (President Xi) said … Continue reading

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A Douglas MacArthur for Mideast

I know this is crazy but I’ve been thinking, Japan was a war torn country when Douglas MacArthur arrived. There was no Japanese refugees fleeing and in a short time, Japan got on her feet and so became a power … Continue reading

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The race

… and ethnic 民族 is such a prominent character of a human, maybe we should not dance around it, making hyphenated terms, such as Chinese-American, African-American, etc. Here at Carnegie Hall, for “My Music Interests” lists African American Asian Indian … Continue reading

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Rhododendron 杜鹃

some other plants. In 2015.

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Azaleas

some of the plants

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Hostas

some of the plants     

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Why such high fee charged by government for online payment?

This parking ticket is $265. When choose to pay online, the government adds convenience fee of $13.12, which is 4.95%. To me, again, seems the government is discouraging people to use online service, which is more efficient to me. When … Continue reading

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Chives 韭菜

Home grown     

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A white orchid

Phalaenopsis orchid, wiki is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. It is native to southern China, Taiwan, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.   

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Herbs

The first basil under my green thumb.  

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Cactus

More cactus here

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Aloe or cactus

Or cactus?

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King protea (?)

Look what I find today? Don’t know what they’re tho 😂 – Trader Joe’s labels it as  spring flowers 🌺 wiki has it as king protea. Leaves look alike. 有人知道这是什么吗?春天之花. 公主花 (?) 帝王花 (?)

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Hyacinth 风信子

From Trader Joe’s (how to care) with tulips too.

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5 tulips

My green thumb: tulips in the tall glass jar, from Trader Joe’s. Also got the hyacinth 风信子           

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