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Welcome to my office…

Welcome to my »

Please note that there are no less than 4 calendars in some form seen here on what is a half view of my desk. One of said [...]


Seafood savouriness in ‘Ramshackle Town’ Seafood savouriness in »

This week we finally got around to taking the scooter out to the nearby fishing village or as our friend [...]


The art of Thai Massage The art of Thai Massage »

So here we go...second Thai massage...fifth massage in Asia. Let me tell you good cheap massaging- it is [...]


Thailand. Take 2! Thailand. Take 2! »

Let me just post some visuals as that is always a crowd pleaser! Food requires [...]


Fashion and Style

Prepping for the beach – in »

Prepping for the beach – in China.

So going to Thailand means going to the beach...going to the beach means showing off flesh...showing off flesh for women means prepping of the flesh. The [Read More]


Seafood savouriness in ‘Ramshackle Town’ Seafood savouriness »

This week we finally got around to taking the scooter out to the nearby fishing village [...]


Beijing #4 at #4 Banqiao. Christmas Edition. Beijing #4 at #4 »

Don't be fooled by the cute courtyard and drapery over the bed at 4 Banqiao [...]


Elbowing your way to some eats! Elbowing your way »

So exams are week this week and started for my department today. That means I can finally [...]


Welcome to China!

Scenery…upon request. Part 1 »

Scenery…upon request. Part 1

As more friends and family and random Russian readers come upon my blog...I welcome all your comments and critiques, with love of course. I just got my first request in today from Toronto - where my dear friend is experiencing the same weather as me - sunny and cold - [Read More]

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Op Ed

My Birth month with no blogging…

My Birth month with no blogging…

I have a group of friends that coined the phrase - 'birth month'...cause you can never celebrate enough of "you"...well one friend in particular - who I miss terribly. I'd like to say that my lack of posting in May was due to whooping it up for May, my birth month -- and I did - there were 2 trips to Beijing and then one long one in late April [...]

88 days to go!

88 days to go!

8 is a lucky number in China...it is time for some of this luck, coupled with the fact that it is indeed my year - The Year of the Tiger roared in this Valentine's February 14th - to rub off on me! On that day I was sitting in a hammock on Koh Payam beach...which seems very, very far away now. I am reticent to say that spring is here, even [...]

The New Year…2010 approaches, it’s an odyssey all right!

The New Year…2010 approaches, it’s an odyssey all right!

Did I ever think that I would be living in China in 2010? NO. Did I ever think I would be a teacher in 2010? NO. Did I ever think I would be sitting in my place of work wearing long johns, full winter gear, my winter coat and hat and gloves in 2010? NO. (No, I do not teach at an Arctic substation. But I do work in an uninsulated, [...]

Climate change, Copenhagen, and coughing

Climate change, Copenhagen, and coughing

I think I may have mentioned how my time here in China has been dominated by a fearsome fog of composed of sea haze (i.e. actual fog) construction debris and downwind factory pollutants. This seems to have resulted in a nagging, sometimes hacking cough that just does not go away, is most prevalent in the mornings...and well, troublesome to say the [...]

The fine art of diplomacy.

The fine art of diplomacy.

It always surprises me that some professionals in this world have still failed to master even the most rudimentary of diplomatic skills. Sure, they seem as if they can navigate through their respective professional spheres quite well - somehow even excelling and being promoted to positions of some authority where they must deal with sensitive [...]

accepted truths

accepted truths

*This post was originally drafted on October 26th and just finished off today. While I admit it goes off on many tangents, I enjoy the parts too much not to post the sum;-) History is written by the victors...isn't that the saying? Was it only in Churchill's time that this was finally acknowledged? or just said out loud? There are many [...]

Travel with MJ!

Travel with MJ

memorable musings on mao and beyond!

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