Monthly Archives: September 2012

Two Years Gone — Memory

Exhaustion has taken hold. I barely have enough time for myself anymore, much less a social life. I teach seven more classes this year than I did last year, which is a lot. It still amounts to 15 hours a … Continue reading

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Downhome Dinner: Chinese Family Style

It’s your first dinner at a Chinese family’s home, be prepared for the following: Gift for your host: Bring fruit. Preferably, apples or oranges. 5-12 of them. Never bring four of anything. Chinese associate four with death. It is most … Continue reading

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Cabbage Wheel Adventure

Today I ventured into my village located across from my school. My goal was to buy the last necessities my flat is lacking. A very sweet lady sold me the following: 50’s Pink Nightstand Small wooden stool [looks ancient] [I … Continue reading

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‘Wild’

Wild Cheryl Strayed I finally finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed. I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was on the Pacific Crest Trail alongside Strayed. I could totally envision the memories she described while hiking. I liked it because … Continue reading

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Conversations with Cesar II — Addictions

At lunch today: Cesar: So you said you quit smoking last year, how’s that going? Me: Great! It’s been over a year I haven’t touched cigarettes. Yeah I still have an occasional craving but I’m so glad I stopped. Cesar: … Continue reading

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Conversations with Cesar.

Cesar is from Argentina-raised in Brazil. Cesar’s completely bald with flames tattooed on his scalp. He tries his best to distance himself from Chinese people including all 14 of us foreigners at school. I am pretty sure I am the … Continue reading

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Romantic Sweat Bucket for Two, Please.

The Tropics: A sweaty playground with AC sporadically placed between. I had forgotten this while visiting the US. Sure we get hot, but we never walk around all day with beads of sweat pouring off of us. — My school … Continue reading

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2011-2012 in Books

Old Path White Clouds Thich Naht Hanh A Buddhist adventure! Akin to reading a great fable or epic poem..but almost for children– due to a condescending tone at times and can make people averse to Hanh. I however enjoyed! **** … Continue reading

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