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Tang Poetry on Google Play

| April 8, 2014

I doubt I can be outnerded on this one: I installed an app that helps me learn Tang poetry. And now I’m bragging about it. Awesome features include: You can choose to show the pinyin. And/Or the English translation. Plus there’s a recorded voice that lets you hear the proper intonation. Sankapa! To celebrate the [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (August 4 to 10, 2013)

| August 12, 2013

–finished writing a poem (although “finished” is a term of convenience at this point). Still shy about showing it to anyone yet. –Chinese lessons –finished Andrew Crumey’s “Mr. Mee.” It was cleverly written. It’s one of those books that make me imagine how the writer must have lots of fun writing it. I was almost [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (July 14 to 20, 2013)

| July 22, 2013

–My novel is now available at Solidaridad! Check it out! –I made two posters. I’ll be rolling them out in the next few days. Hehe! –Chinese lessons –notice from USCIS came. Teeheehee! Thank you! More please!!  

Weekly Gratefulness List (June 23 to 29, 2013)

| July 2, 2013

Hands down this week has been a win for language learning. I had been procrastinating on my writing so much that I dusted off my Chinese books and studied yet again. Which was funny because I had been procrastinating on my Chinese lessons—I hadn’t opened my textbooks in a little over two months—so hooray for [...]

“Great and Small”

| January 26, 2013

I might have mentioned to some of you that although I did not enroll in my usual Mandarin class at the Confucius Institute this cycle, I make it a point to spend at least three hours a week for an auto-didactic Mandarin session. If I still have time and energy when I come home weeknights [...]

Vocabulary Woes

| December 12, 2012

I have 2,500 Chinese vocabulary words to learn—39 pages of words, words, words. I have to finish three pages each day for 13 days and hope that my brain would be large enough to contain all those words. Never mind my brain. I hope my willpower can be strong enough to actually get me through [...]


| November 19, 2012

I could hardly contain my excitement when I was tasked to report on Philippine poetry for my Mandarin class. Three (originally four but one dropped out of the class) of us were each assigned a country: my Japanese classmate naturally had to report on Japanese poetry; the American guy on American poetry but because he [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (October 7 to 13, 2012)

| October 15, 2012

These are what gave me the happies in the past week: Spanish film fest I saw eight screenings in all, I think. All by myself too. (Ok, this one exceeds the time period for my list. I started watching on October 4 until 7, two screenings each day.) Chinese class Yep, started one again. It [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (April 22 to 28, 2012)

| May 7, 2012

– Chinese painting class! See pictures of my awesome grape paintings here. – Another yummy burger dinner with V! Haha! – Chinese salon My lazy attempt at Chinese lessons these days. – My penultimate week at work (Yep, I used “penultimate.”)

Weekly Gratefulness List (April 15 to 21, 2012)

| April 30, 2012

– Yummy burger dinner with V – Library day on Friday, caught up with my reading for the China set project – Visit to the doctor for more meds: my knee seems to be getting better although there are still some bad days – Funny Chinese salon: the lesson was about things in the kitchen. [...]