Must be fate then. Read on.


| February 18, 2014

A friend will be visiting Shanghai for a few days in March and asked for recommendations. I thought it would be great for my list to serve a double purpose so I’m also posting it here. I will preface this list with a disclaimer: There are many interesting places in Shanghai and I’m bound to [...]

China trip (Day 11 – Shanghai)

| October 24, 2013

Aside from revisiting our old haunts, we have some errands to run in Shanghai. A quick visit to the notary public and my old office took care of most of that. Visiting government offices in Shanghai is generally painless. One needs to wait for half an hour to an hour in a nice and clean [...]

China trip (Day 10 – Kunming to Shanghai)

| October 23, 2013

Ahh to be out of the perpetual rain in Kunming and be in sunny Shanghai! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Shanghai! The minute we touched down, I felt a sense of relief wash over me. I realized this feeling was reserved only for places I consider home. Familiar territory! [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (May 27 to June 2, 2012)

| July 5, 2012

–my novel “In My Mother’s House,” ready for printing! –trip to Ningbo [photos here] –my third flea market –super yummy home-cooked dinner by V

Shanghai to Ningbo and back (in pictures)

| July 5, 2012

I went to Ningbo for a job interview. Stayed over at C’s place and checked out the scene. Though I didn’t get the job, it was still fun!

Weekly Gratefulness List (May 20 to 26, 2012)

| July 5, 2012

–joined my second flea market I almost included my Gustav Klimt shirt to my goods but wore it instead after realizing it was his 150th birth anniversary that day. –had the first of my three injections that finally healed my knee injury –lots of rest (exactly what my knee needed) –head massage

Weekly Gratefulness List (May 13 to 19, 2012)

| July 4, 2012

– got my laptop fixed. Well, there really was nothing wrong with my laptop. The charger was the problem. Got a new one and I was a happy camper again! – dinner and drinks at the Gourmet Cafe with V Monday is buy one get one free burgers. Happy hour is from 6 to 8, [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (May 6 to 12, 2012)

| July 4, 2012

– first week of being a bum… – Seafood feast with V, R, and J – movie marathon: watched most of V’s DVDs! I wish I could remember the titles now but my memory is just not as good as it used to be. – Saturday lunch with V and C @ the Boxing Cat. [...]

Weekly Gratefulness List (April 29 to May 5, 2012)

| May 16, 2012

– Flea Market @ the Grumpy Pig I got to sell some of my old clothes, accessories, a bag, a book, a DVD, etc. etc. Bunny calls them my “junk.” I don’t know why… – After-flea market dinner @ the Grumpy Pig with V, R and J, and some new friends – Sent manuscript back [...]

The Philippines is in Africa??

| May 9, 2012

At lunch today: Server: 你是哪一个国家的? (Which country are you from?) Me: 菲律宾。 (The Philippines.) Server 2: 非洲人。 (An African.) Me: 什么? (What?) Server 2: 你是非洲人。 (You’re an African.) Me (smiles): 不是。亚洲。 (No. Asia.) Server 2 (looks confused)   Interestingly, there are quite a number of Chinese people who thought that the Philippines is in Africa mainly [...]