Monthly Archives: November 2009

Selling Serenity and Sustainability

HOW do you sell sumptuous condominiums on a ho-hum block in a skittish residential market? For Michael Namer, a veteran downtown developer, the answer at 311 East 11th Street is one word: calm. Across the street is anything but calm: … Continue reading

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Tianzi Hotel 天子大酒店

One of the strangest hotels in the world is the Tianzi Hotel 天子大酒店 Son of the Heaven in the Beijing municipality in China. It was completed and opened to public in 2003 and is 10 stories high. The hotel is … Continue reading

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Chinese state media reveal secret, illegal jails

Beijing, China (CNN) — Secret, illegal “black jails” exist in China, a state-run weekly has confirmed, despite official denials otherwise. Chinese citizens in search of justice often end up in such detention centers when they file complaints against the government, … Continue reading

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Some ChIndians Find It Tough to Go Home Again

The original title of the article is Some Indians Find It Tough to Go Home Again. It’s true for Chinese too. The haigui 海归 returned students with Western degrees, trainings and working experience (returned expatriates – repats) do not necessary … Continue reading

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Hello, Collections? The Worm Has Turned

Finally!! Here is a recourse for us. Years ago, a meter maid ticketed me while I parked legally on a street. When I asked the traffic judge to compensate me for time wasted (going to court), he dismissed me claiming … Continue reading

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Military-style, cult pyramid schemes hit China

Beijing, China (CNN) — “We can be friends, and we can offer you a good life,” the woman said to the class filled with new investors. If any were skeptical, they didn’t show it. Next came the young man, neatly … Continue reading

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Cafe Orlin

41 St Marks Pl @ 39th Street New York, NY 10003 (212) 777-1447 A neat little place in the east village, friendly and casual, good food with a comfortable surrounding. We wanted to go for sushi but the reservation was … Continue reading

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Coyote Grill

2629 South Road Poughkeepsie, New York 12603 845.471.3900 Nice little thing out there .. good food .. < style="width: 426px; text-align: left;">

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A strange thing happened

This past Wednesday: I was home alone and just finished a phone conversation. Then I heard a soft pop. Like a glass busted. Following the sound, I wandered over to my trio candle holder set. It turned out, one of … Continue reading

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My fat turkey

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Stealing a little time here and there to post. This year’s Thanksgiving was uneventful like last year but is very busy nevertheless. Played some good tennis on Wednesday, hot pot for dinner with … Continue reading

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Girls night out

I went to a little retreat last weekend with the girls at the Residence Inn. I’ve never stayed at RI @ Marriott before and found it to be very pleasant and comfortable. There is a little kitchenette in the room … Continue reading

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Music ..

Someone made this interesting analogy about complicated music that’s difficult to listen to versus easy-listening pop music. Dream Theater is one of the bands Golfer listens to .. Re: When do you think Dream Theater will have their major breakthrough … Continue reading

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Life and Death in Shanghai

By Nien Cheng, 鄭念 Zheng Nian. I’ve heard about this book often when the subject turned to the Cultural Revolution, among the non Chinese. The author had just passed away recently. Today in the library, as I was looking for … Continue reading

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Give me a break

It’s so odd this morning: one of my candle holders (3 in a set) decided to make a little noise. It just happened I was near by and heard this popping sound. I went over to investigate … and saw … Continue reading

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A math problem

store 13087 .. .. ~ . ~ . ~ 1. A factory in America makes 30 garments a month normally but due to their hard work, they make 7 more. What is their total production this month? 2. A commune … Continue reading

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Are You Owed a Tax Refund?

The Internal Revenue Service recently released a list of 9,176 New Yorkers who are owed a tax refund but have not yet received it because of a mailing address error.  You may be owed part of the $14.5 million the … Continue reading

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Zhaojun Chusai 昭君出塞

Wang Zhaojun Departs the Frontier. The title isn’t quite fit but for some reason it’s the first thing came to my mind. You get it, you got it. My first match on the USTA league was last Sunday at World … Continue reading

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