Monthly Archives: August 2010

Attending US Open

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China overtakes Japan as the second economy

Cool. But what will that do for me? More expensive gifts when I return? It used to be non name brand calculators or watches. Nowadays? I don’t even want to elaborate.

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Midnight snack 宵夜

Some likes to call it supper or 消夜. In any case, it’s very Hong Kongish, the last or first meal of the day, after dinner. It usually starts after 10pm, last well into the 1 or 2am, the wee hours.  … Continue reading

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a few serves

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A serve

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Sergiy Stakhovsky vs Denis Istomin

Two unknown players battling out for the Pilot Pen title in New Haven. Is it tennis or chess? Very interesting. Compare to the girls– NYT’s girls rule or girl power .. but any sport in slow mo would look spectacular? … Continue reading

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A few shots of the 2010 US Open

It’s the qualifying rounds of the 2010 US Open. The atmosphere was very relaxed. I wandered into Court 11. Near by were two guys, one was holding a huge camera, the size of a canon. He was giddy. Click .. … Continue reading

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Red light ticket

June 16, 2010 New Hyde Park Road @ Marcus Avenue We’ve got two almost identical tickets at about the same time, perhaps they just installed it. Something is fishy here because none of us is red light beater.

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Formerly

Ok, as it turns out, Maria’s pretty outfit is two pieces: shirt and skirt, at $60 each. Without the Russian bella this outfit looks dead and dreadful. Of course. That’s where models and mannequins come in. I really don’t like … Continue reading

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The riots in China

INTERESTING STORY TOLD IN A LETTER FROM A MISSIONARY, Aug 22, 1891, New York Times: The Riots in China – Interesting Story Told in a Letter from a Missionary A letter received by the Methodist Episcopal Missionary Society from the … Continue reading

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her back and fore

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Pink vs pink

Perhaps each tennis entourage or camp doesn’t talk to each other: Roger Federer is wearing a mute pink while Nadal hot pink.  Image if they were to make to US Open final this Sept .. holy smoke my New York is … Continue reading

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Getting a visa

It’s been 7 years since I last visited Chinese Consulate in New York. Physically little has changed. I got there at 12:38pm on a Monday, a huge circling line dominated the first floor, the Visa Hall. The second floor was … Continue reading

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When a orchestra critic sued his paper

Interesting: a 58-year old journalist sued his employer – the newspaper who employed him to write critics about the city’s orchestra but lost. Cleveland Orchestra Critic, Despite Losing Lawsuit, Feels He Had His Say. Don Rosenberg who’s been covering the … Continue reading

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Wang Kuangzhi 王匡智

My last visit with her, Aug 9, 2003 Auntie Wang (1923 – 7/7/2010) was one of Mom’s close friends in Beijing. I don’t know where the habit is stemming from but many Chinese would shorten their name from three characters … Continue reading

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The other woman ..

Warren Buffett [1930-] has never spoken publicly about his views on abortion. But in the 1990s, according to The Wall Street Journal, the Buffett Foundation helped finance the research and development of the pills that induce abortion. The foundation also … Continue reading

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Mao Zedong: Man, Not God

A book by Quan Yanchi who got those intimate details from Mao’s former body guard Li Yinqiao. page 45: [..Mao toured Shanghai in 1958.. and went to watch The Story of the White Snake.] The row was made up of … Continue reading

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Kang 炕

炕 kang – a heatable brick bed in short forwarded to me by Renate from Margit Matthews. A raised platform-style bed, traditionally built of baked mud, which was heated from underneath by a chimney from the stove, the smoke from … Continue reading

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