Monthly Archives: August 2008

Wedding Crashers

John B is attending his friend’s wedding at picturesque Lake Champlain.  The Style section of the Times is full of wedding announcements, several pages with Amy Dickinson and Bruno Schickel as the main course. They were childhood friends and after nearly two … Continue reading

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Tennis in Beijing

. Tennis and golf are luxury sports in China. The summer 2003. One weekend Yishi summoned group of her Qinghua friends, we marched to the countryside, eight families in six cars. As we were driving, my children saw more high-rise … Continue reading

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Clethra alnifolia

Sweet Pepperbush, Anne Bidwell or Summersweet, what a boundle of sweet names. We bought two purple Clethra alnifolia from Hicks. It originally from S China, attracts butterflies, which I already saw few this morning, two little white and a pretty blue. .. … Continue reading

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Do You Know What Love Is?

Jiujiu, Mom’s older brother is the fourth generation of single male heirs in the family. His marriage was a monolithic concern to many. He and Lulu dated for many years, till she said no – another love story for another day. … Continue reading

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We Can Help China Embrace the Future

A sensible article by Tony Blair on WSJ’s Opinion page.  He sees the rising of the East isn’t a threat but an enormous opportunity, resonating with Michael Bloomberg‘s.  Interestingly, Blair compares China to USA and mentioned USA few times.  A worldly … Continue reading

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The passionated girls @ 北京的 天上人間

L sent this group of beauties claimed to be the working girls at the Beijing night club Passion, 天上人間. Not sure how he got it, nor if it’s timely, but the height seem to fit the bill.  They don’t shave?

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Here goes the tax $$

I often wondered how effectively the government functions.  We’re paying high taxes and here is where the tax dollar at work:  Back in April, my pool closed down for renovation or rebuilding.  Before we left for the last time, we filled … Continue reading

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13:0 Giants vs Patriots

It’s half time, New York Giants is leading New England Patriots 13 to nothing. The demo convention got a few seconds during the half time. Isn’t this cool or what, the presidential race got a few seconds out of half … Continue reading

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Live, From New York, It’s (an Animated) Chinatown!

The Year of The Fish, a realistic portrayal of New York City’s Chinatown, in a animated movie opens tomorrow at Angelika Film Center in downtown, on Houston Street. I don’t go to Chinatown often, but this movie sounds interesting and could have dinner … Continue reading

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The fates of two retirees

Michael Strahan and Brett Favre retired early this year. I’d consider them both exited at the height of their career. Smart move. Then something isn’t right, and the QB wanted his old job back. His team said thanks but no … Continue reading

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The New Kids on the Block

I heard people gossiping about little brawl broken out between Moscow and Georgia. The assassin stepped down from presidency to be PM and now turned to be a bully. The West can’t do a thing. America’s army ties down in … Continue reading

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Oh man ..

Chinese cop-killer becomes internet hero, and Two policemen dead in ethnic group clash. Sad.

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Lost in translation

LPGA is going to enforce a minimum English language requirement for its players. There are 121 international players from 26 countries, including 45 from South Korea on the LPGA. Many of them have minimal English language skills. Good move. Those … Continue reading

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Joe Hisaishi

He is a composer and director, best known for his works with the animator Hayao Miyazaki. My family enjoys his animated films (with Hisaishi’s music) very much. They’re whimscal. King and his friends have been listening to his music lately, … Continue reading

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The little babies

School doesn’t start till next week.  But thank god our schedule is clear for this week: tennis try out time.  Pumpkin and her friends go to school every day this week.  She tells me that high school’s drill is so … Continue reading

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Skagway

  Skagway was one of three port of calls on our itinerary. The little town has 862 people year round, doubling that in the summer season when nearly 1m visitors drop by. Like two other ports we visited, Ketchikan and Juneau, … Continue reading

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Michelle Obama is ..

The convention in Denver is competing with tennis for my attention – Blake is playing. The repeating vocabulary I heard describing Michelle Obama is ‘beautiful’ and ‘smart’. I won’t dispute her intelligence, a Harvard lawyer can’t be dumb and with $300,000 … Continue reading

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Airports

The wine bar at SEA, Seattle airport.  How could it be?  Those sleek life style thing should dotted ours.  No disrepsect to others.  Are we ever, going to renovate the crumpling JFK, John F. Kennedy International Airport?  Making it pleasing to … Continue reading

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