Archive for April, 2008

Apr 30 2008

His brother’s keeper

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As we were having a drink with few friends, one’s brother called. He got arrested in the city, had fight or something with some one or a few. The friend put down his beer and left in a hurry. I meant to tell his whole story for a while, just never got to it, only […]

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Apr 30 2008

How grunting like a rutting bull moose can save golf

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I’m mindful about my grunt, it’s ugly but can’t help it.  ..  It’s the women in tennis who scare David Feherty the most. He felt we start our scream on the backswing, change the tone and volume at impact, and let it subside on the follow-through: “Aaaaaa-WEEEEEH-gaaaaah!” Some of the men are in on it […]

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Apr 30 2008

Real estate in China

China is experiencing breakneck speed modernization, and the transformation since 1980s. No sector has the seismic change as the real estate. Chinese love to own real estate. The landowners in the past were solid middle to upper class. Then they were out cast during Mao’s reign from 1949 to 1976 and little beyond, in which […]

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Apr 30 2008

The beauty queen Lily Wang – Xiaogong 吕孝恭

  四姑婆 Grandaunt Lily (1914 Beijing – 2010 Silver Spring, MD) is Yeye’s youngest sister.  On our way home from Virginia, we stopped by her apartment.  At 94, she’s unbelievably healthy and still lives by herself in Silver Spring.  Compare to Lucy who’s separated from her husband since late 70s or 1980 (more free time with […]

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Apr 29 2008

Beihai Park 北海公园

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Beihai Gongyuan park, in the 1960s with Mom and in 2003 with my kids..  老鹰护小鸡

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Apr 29 2008

Zhongguancun #1 Primary School 中关村一小

I don’t remember his name, but our 地理 geography teacher was the most popular and beloved one in our primary school . He’s quiet, mild mannered with a thick black framed glasses, didn’t seem entirely comfortable at the lecture stand. But he’s always in his element when he talked about the subjects of geography. Of course he’s […]

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Apr 29 2008

Temple of Heaven 天坛

Just for the fun of it.  Temple of Heaven, in 1966 and 2003.  

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Apr 29 2008

Playing 飞行棋 with Dad

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Once Dad volunteered to play a board game with me. He was in Beijing on his annual leave. At time we were already being kicked out of Canzheng Hutong and make ado at Qian Baihu Hutong. We sat oppose each other on the sofa in the living room. The afternoon bright sunshine was generously basking […]

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Apr 29 2008

Zhongguancun #2 Primary School – the principal

Li Dongjiu 李冬玖 (?) was the principal at 二小 when I moved back to Beijing from TJ, in 1974. She was small n trim who sported 阴阳头 only half head of hair was cut, courtesy of her former students during the Cultural Revolution but nevertheless came to guild us with steel hands. It’s was a cold February morning, I […]

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Apr 29 2008

The Spring break tennis

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    Surprisingly I met a group of girls from Maryland at the Massanutten in Virginia.  This resort at Shenandoah Valley is neither known for golfers nor tennis players.  It used to have a 9-hole short course now expanded into 18 holes and an 18-hole.  The short course was much nicer before the expansion, now inter-linked with roads.  Golfers have […]

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Apr 29 2008

My primary school 中关村二小

This issue of National Geographic is devoted to China.  One of the contributors title the article Gilded Age Gilded Cage in which talked about my former school: .. .. At times educators go to extremes: At the Zhongguancun No. 2 Primary School in Beijing, vice-principal Lu Suqin recently took two fifth-grade boys into her home. “Their […]

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Apr 29 2008

Xiaohui

Xiaohui 吕孝惠 (1902 – 1922) [right in the picture] was Yeye’s older sister.  This is perhaps one of few pictures we have of her.  The little girl is grandaunt Lily.  Two girls facing the camera were friends. Xiaohui died of pulmonary tuberculosis when it recurred in Henan.  Not sure if she had a better chance if they were in […]

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Apr 29 2008

Bebe loves a glam mom

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Hi mothers, look here .. gosh .. I went there years ago with Pumpkin .. now she moved on and I’m still there. :)) .. They have long limbs, slim figures, pretty faces, beautiful hair .. what I see: bow legs, pot belly, wrinkles, fa cai 发菜 :) ha ha ha .. Mother’s Day’s coming !  

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Apr 28 2008

The Patrick girls

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Danica has finally won, after 50 starts.  She paid her dues, so its well deserved win.  No longer just another Anna Kournikova but a champ.  Hmmmm .. .. Anna competed with the girls and Danica with the boys.  (Where is the other Patrick girl, Tera?  I read about her in the Village Voice years ago, found her […]

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Apr 28 2008

So I’m not alone ..

  A few good men feel the same .. Not sure that Jack Cafferty is a racist, but he sure said some inappropriate things at very inappropriate time.  It’s a long story – history - how the western media portraits China and everything associated with it, starting from their so called China-hands.  Mere a century ago, China was the sick man of the […]

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Apr 28 2008

The Summit @ Massanutten

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  The Summit @ Massanutten ( 3640 ) at VA (Apr 18-25)

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Apr 27 2008

Elite Korean Schools, Forging Ivy League Skills

Preparing to get to the best American universities has become something of a national obsession in S Korea, and they yield result: Korean students at Harvard alone have tripled, to 213 this spring, up from 66 in 2003. I have always feel that Chinese way or the Asian way of education is based on hard study - long […]

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Apr 27 2008

Luray

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Virginia is full of hams, holes and battle fields.  Luray cavern is the second one we’ve visited over the years.  Pretty cool if you haven’t.  This one is far better than the Endless in the area.  The almost deadly calm reflecting pool there is the most memorable.  Look closer at the picture you can see the ripple at […]

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