Monthly Archives: February 2007

Prof Ding Zilin 丁子林

Juggling memory with my g/f now that she’s up.. Prof Ding Zilin 丁子林 taught Chinese at People’s University, Renda. The boy who died was her younger son from her second marriage. She has an older son – who was at … Continue reading

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Gifting

At beginning of every holiday season our school district would distribute ‘no gift’ to teacher/staff policy. Sweet nothing made by kid is ok but extravagant purchase from the parents are no no. When King first started in kindergarten, one day … Continue reading

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Report: Man dies after ‘marathon’ online session

An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a “marathon” online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday. Lord … so the mild shock treatment failed to save him …

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Tiananmen moms urge open debate

I’m not sure China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.. needs an open debate or a resolution. It seemed to me, a few college kids seized the opportunity and profited handsomely on those who died/jailed – blood shed and lives ruined. Back … Continue reading

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Green opium

FT: .. .. Golf has a severe image problem in China, and no senior official would dare be caught playing the game in public. .. .. A senior official, Hao Heping, who had been in charge of government purchases of … Continue reading

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Golf enthusiasts in a hole as China brands sport ‘green opium’

During difficult moments in talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme, China’s chief negotiator, Wu Dawei, sometimes slipped away to thrash out problems over a round of golf with his South Korean counterpart. Such out-of-work encounters should come as no surprise. … Continue reading

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A kinder and gentler country

Due to my credit card expiration date change, the oil company wasn’t able to get payments in few months. I ignored their letters b/c they all looked like those marketing materials. Finally I noticed, from other vendors’ payments patterns… can … Continue reading

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Split second decision

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, (2005) by Malcolm Gladwell. A very good book. There were moments in life that require quick thinking, making split second decisions. Last week I was in a losing doubles game.  I was at the … Continue reading

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Daddy’s little girl

We had New Year’s dinner at my in-laws when we talked about kids growing up fast, the old times and yesterday’s wedding they just had attended – Uncle Richard’s daughter’s. It’s very moving, particular for my father-in-law – Golfer’s kid … Continue reading

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A nosey parent

Few years ago, I was at Uncle Jimmy’s house listening to few mothers’ conversation, bout their kids. They lament at their experience: waiting in the car few blocks away after dropping off; insisted on hosting the party; .. and even … Continue reading

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Rita

Before my kids started their Chinese school (see, I tried!), I didn’t have any Chinese-speaking friends, either Mandarin or Cantonese. Then it just mushroomed. I met Rita thru one of my g/fs at a dinner in a private room 10 … Continue reading

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