Monthly Archives: February 2008

Siheyuan 四合院 and hutong 胡同

. China is hot and sexy, so are the one storey grey brick Siheyuans (quadrangles or courtyard dwelling) and the surrounding hutong, the sprawling and vernacular narrow lanes that lattice the heart of Beijing, 咸鱼翻身 too.  Oh well .. don’t throw away your … Continue reading

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We’ll fill the arena

The tickets to the Olympic games are hard to find and expensive, Jiujiu told me.  For the coveted ones.  “Beijing said they will populate the arena [w/ plebs] with the unpopular games, such as jump, discus throw.. .. ”  I have no … Continue reading

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The other American power

NY Phil scored huge in N Korea.  Maestro’s suggestion that one day some composer might write An American in Pyongyang as he conducted Gershwin’s An American in Paris.  (Was this his spontaneity or preconceived?)  In any event, music knows no boundary, and … Continue reading

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The coping class

The Brit has bestowed a new term for middle class: coping class, with the undertone, or political overtone, that this hard working class is struggling.  Although the middle class is defined widely, but without argument, it’s the largest block in the … Continue reading

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Oh .. ma

Chelsea Clinton recently discussed current events with a U.S. soldier.  She asked if, as an American fighting man, anything scared him.  He told her there were only three things he feared: 1) Osama 2) Obama AND 3) Yo Mama

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The Korean War

Dad in uniform, circa 1950s  __  Dad said he went to Korea during the War.  “Really?”  I could feel my eyes were widened.  How cool! “My 团长 regimental commander liked me so much [as a basketballer], he specifically requested me. ..” Oh, … Continue reading

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Wickedly stale

Pumpkin is going to see the Wicked with her school mates in May and will have lunch at Mars 2112.  Sounds so stale.  We saw it last year.  And Mars 2112?  We’ve been going there since they were toddlers and … Continue reading

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Tianan Men 天安门

      What’s this fixation with Tianan Men?  Living in the same town isn’t enough, we have to take picture with it all the time.  More were taken in 2003, but I dropped the camera in the lake, didn’t … Continue reading

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The magic of Tylenol

A week of Tylenol did make the pain go away, rather quickly – my scenario was that I don’t use drug, so tiny bit would do well for me.  But the tenderness remained.  I still play badminton with my left hand, … Continue reading

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Liu Mama 刘妈妈 and Dada

Xi Jinping became president in 2012 and has been endearilingly dabbed or nick named as Xi Dada. The New York Times picked it up in Oct 2014. Dada could mean, uncle or dad, or big and tall, which he is. file 16931 … Continue reading

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Fu Zhiying 付志英

 1954-11-14  1984-05-01 Aunt Fu was one of my mom’s best friends.  I was pretty close with her younger daughter Yuan 果园, picture above.  The older sis is, well too old for me, :).  Whenever our family got together, which was often, Yuan … Continue reading

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The story of an amphibian

I’d claim plausibly and at length that I was born in the year of Fish when I was asked about my 属 zodiac sign.  The problem is, the twelve animals showed up at the gathering were all terrestrials Water sport … Continue reading

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Water bug

A die hard water bug or what? Janet Evans was one of the swimmers I liked, Phelp’s another.  Her unconventional straight arms was a great blue print that helped my stroke – reach out – for the gold, :).  I used to grab, … Continue reading

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Yang Bingsun 杨秉荪

Yang was the concert master of CNSO now living in Texas.  After he came out of jail during the Cultural Revolution, his wife Wu Yili, a pianist who divorced him when he was sent to jail, moved back in with him again.  … Continue reading

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Yan Liangkun 严良昆

 Beethoven’s 9th symphony .. he’s well known for that ..    Actually his given name Kun is double fang 方方 on top and tu 土 on the bottom, but unfortunately my Chinese word processor doesn’t have this character.  He was Auntie Jennie’s colleague … Continue reading

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NY edging out London on tech IPOs

       Maazel and NY Phil in N Korea .. So yesteryear China US exchanges have regain the upper hand on tech IPOs in 2007, with Chinese companies in particular choosing to be listed in NY over London.  This … Continue reading

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North Korea

The NY Phil 280-person strong delegation (only 105 are orchestra members) to Pyongyang includes William Perry – the former US defence secretary.  Hmmmm .. what will he play?  Can’t believe they granted him a visa!  So bold, shouldn’t the US send Valerie Palmer … Continue reading

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HSA, again

HSA is Health Savings Account.  It isn’t a health insurance, but a plan – saving a/c – that can be funded by pre-tax dollar pay for your qualified health expenses.  Anyone can make contribution that includes yourself, your employer or a generous friends, … Continue reading

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