Pimsleur language CDs have served me well on my first steps to acquiring Mandarin and now Cantonese. Slightly repetitive, but they do help to jam the correct order of how […]
Seven years ago I blindly, hopefully, naively plunged into the study of Mandarin Chinese. It’s always been part-time study, interrupted frequently. Plugging along in this way I now speak, comprehend, and […]
What a buzz-kill to check the box marked “spinster” as a young woman embarking on an independent Hong Kong adventure. Perhaps, “unmarried” or “single” would fit the bill? One has […]
Kentucky Fried Chicken does sushi! It’s fried! It’s an ill-conceived fusion of east and west!
“Aren’t we the lucky ones?” A lovely passage from Martin Booth’s memoirs that reminds one of the good fortune of seeing and living life afresh, in a new place: “Escaping […]