Entries from November 2008

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

云南第一天: 石林. Yunnan day one, Stone Forest

I spent 6 days in the southerly Chinese province of 云南 (Yunnan) China.  It was a quick trip but a lot of ground was covered.  Starting in the capital city of 昆明 (Kunming) the first stop was the 石林 (Stone Forest), a natural phenomenon a few hours drive from the city center.
I was a little [...]

Thursday, November 27th, 2008


翻译: 进博 (James George)
从前,竹林里住着三只熊猫.  他们的房子又大又漂亮.  他们是熊猫爸爸, 熊猫妈妈, 和熊猫宝宝.  在一个晴朗的下午他们把粥做好后, 就出去散步,等粥晾凉.  过了一会儿一个叫缕金帝的小女孩儿走到了这幢房子.  她走了好久, 又饿又累.   她敲了敲门,不过没人答应. 她就走了进去. 她先进了厨房, 看到桌子上有三碗粥, 一碗大的, 一碗中的, 和一碗小的. 她饿极了! 她先尝了尝大碗的, 可是太烫了.  然后她尝了尝中碗的, 可是太凉了. 最后他尝了尝小碗的, 这碗正好, 不冷不热. 她就都喝完了.  喝完后她走进客厅, 看到三把大小不同的椅子. 她先坐了坐大的, 可是太高了. 然后她坐了坐中的, 可是太宽了. 最后她坐了坐小的, 可是椅子坏了!  后来, 她觉得有点儿困, 所以她就上楼去休息.  卧室里也有三张大小不同的床.  她先躺在大床上, 可是太硬了. 然后她试了试中床, 可是太软了.  最后她试了试小床, 她觉得很舒服, 不软不硬.  她一躺下就睡着了.  然后熊猫回家了.  在厨房他们发现有人进来过.  熊猫爸爸说 “有人喝过我的粥”.  熊猫妈妈说 “也有人喝过我的粥”.  [...]

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Photos of days

So that photo a day thing didn’t get any traction.  So here I’m posting a few from the past few weeks. Read the captions for more details.

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Wow - long time no updates!

It has been a quiet blog lately.  I’ve been settling into a rhythm here and haven’t been compelled too much to share, but figured it’d be good to let people know I’m alive.
I’ve been back in Shanghai and living with a bit of a slower pace.  Concentrating on studying Mandarin and just enjoying being in [...]

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

A quick stop in Tokyo

I spent the day today in Japan.  First impression: I thought Taipei was clean, but Japan is Immaculate.
Coming into Tokyo last night and finding my way to the youth hostel was a smooth, organized, and peaceful experience.  People were very friendly and helpful when I was a bit lost.  Everything is well labeled transportation is [...]

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

三天在台北, three days in Taipei

It has been an action packed few days in Taipei!  淇璎’s (Flora) family was unbelievably hospitable and she made sure I got to see highlights from the entire city.
The first day was an art chase first to the Ceramics Biennial and then to the Taipei Fine Arts Museum for the Taipei Biennial. The Ceramics Biennial [...]

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

The journey begins. First stop: 台湾台北 (Taipei, Taiwan)

A few posts back I mentioned that I had scheduled my next trip to first Taipei, Taiwan then to Tokyo, Japan.  Today I completed the first leg of the journey.  I am staying with a friend that Alex introduced me to.  We have been chatting time and again since I knew I was coming to [...]