Monthly Archives: December 2006

Egad, a meme!

The old “Five things you don’t know about me” meme is going around again, and I’ve been tagged by the China Blog Mafia’s representative in Taiwan Province. Normally I wouldn’t deign to post something like this, but hey, it’s a meme. I’m powerless to resist. Five things that you probably don’t know about me: 1. […]

quick update

Now it can be said: I’ve been back in Philadelphia for the last few days. Those of you who read Chinese can find the details on my Chinese blog, where I have an account of how I bamboozled my parents and snuck back home; it’ll probably be a few days before I get around to […]


I went out to a midnight double-bill at the Oriental Plaza cinema with my girlfriend last night: The Curse of the Golden Flower (满城尽带黄金甲 – I assume the title is a classical reference that I’m not getting. Joel?) – Zhang Yimou’s latest indulgence – and Wounded City (伤城 – the official English name for the […]

There and back again (2)

I came home to an empty house: my parents were in Ireland visiting my brother, and wouldn’t get back for another couple of days. It had been a longer trip than usual: a six-hour layover in Narita, then a three-hour layover in Dallas that stretched out to four when the plane was delayed. By the […]