Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mom’s 唐诗三百首

This paperback book, Three Hundred Tang Poems belonged to my Mom. Like her mother, my Popo, they loved literature, poetry in particular. This is few items that I have of her. Actually Jiujiu gave it to me in 2003 – … Continue reading

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A nose job?

I saw this ad promoting whatever. But what bugs me is .. I think they’re two different women. The left has a rounder nose tip while the right has a pointy one. Hmmmmmm … did she get a nose job … Continue reading

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Google Tests Fate in China as Mapping Application Deadline Looms

Bloomberg News reports China compared Google with the British East India Company, whose sales of opium in the country was the root of two 19th-century conflicts. Come on, China can do better than this! I totally disagree with the comparison. … Continue reading

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Homemade

By my kids .. .

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Flower

More here Sending flowers in other country: in the Internet age, it should be easy. Somewhat. I first tried Flora 2000. It has a New York number with a live operator who answer my call on the second ring, with the … Continue reading

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One of those times ..

Besides the senior moment, I now have the menopause moment too, and it strikes often.. .. like last night. It would have been a close one but Irene just couldn’t get her act together. The girl opened match by serving … Continue reading

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For Women in Sports, A.C.L. Injuries Take Toll

Now, she can only watch on heels! I was dumbfounded to see an athlete on the injured list – left knee – at the court side on HIGH HEELS. Patrick (Pat) Riley was a sleek dresser but he was a … Continue reading

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Newly Homeless in Japan Re-Establish Order Amid Chaos

Front page story on the New York Times today: the embattled Japanese are taking bath – the all important bath! To an outsider, much is striking about Japan’s response to two weeks of serial disasters: the stoicism and self-sacrifice; the … Continue reading

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In Prison for Taking a Liar Loan

The New York Times Joe Nocera A few weeks ago, when the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Angelo Mozilo, the former chief executive of Countrywide, I wrote a column lamenting the fact that none of the big fish were … Continue reading

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Online auction

.. . Type in online auction, I got the above results: AOL on the left and Google on the right. There are many sites out there: eBay doesn’t get everything. There are topten, uBid, 100 best auction sites, there are … Continue reading

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The winter blues

Last Saturday we played at a little friendly tourney at the Nation Tennis Center, 7-11pm. Three and half pairs of my team had joined. And we were assigned in the same court. Wondering why would we want to do that … Continue reading

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Love Thy Neighbor

The issues with LIRR continues. Steve the Neighbor is leading the way. Until he called last night did I know he lives on my street and there is only one house between us. It take a such major campaign to … Continue reading

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Canton-Kowloon Railway

广州九龙铁路 or CKR 广九铁路 Chinese Section was financed by this bond. The map in the frame was done by Kuhlmann. This map (to the right) here is by P. A. Crush who made it some time ago based upon a … Continue reading

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Bath in Beijing .. 泡澡堂子

The bathhouse culture is deeply ingrained in our society, past and present. Nainai christened introduced me to it long before I turned 1. It’s one of her most favored indulgences, and mine too. After Popo‘s Jiujiu founded Peking Water Works … Continue reading

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A postcard from afar

. Thanks to Peter who found this item that’s being auctioned: Chou Fu ( Zhou Fu) had his own Western-style brass band in Qingdao (Tsingtau) when he was 巡抚Governor of Shantung (Shandong) from 1902 to 1904 before he took up … Continue reading

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Peter A. Crush and his collection

My initially contact with Peter, an English who lives in Hong Kong was back in Feb 2006 while I was researching this railroad bond, looking for the maps (see below). He’s associate closely with Hong Kong railway Society. Over the … Continue reading

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The Calligraphers 书法家

Chinese prize a good shufa, penmanship. We take pride in our ability to write, not just write to communicate but write to express who we are. It’s an art. . Two of my GG-Grandfathers, quite Calligraphists . Who said that … Continue reading

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Is this earth getting bit too old?

A Japanese bayoneting of a three years old baby during the Nanjing Massacre. A friend of mine sent me those pictures (more .. see below) on Feb 26. As coincidence I just watched a movie/documentary few days prior [receiving those … Continue reading

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