Discouragement is a real deal-breaker for perfectionists. We have to consciously set upper limits to keep from overwhelming ourselves out of doing anything. “Keeping it real” can sometimes be a nearly insurmountable goal in-and-of itself. Take, for example, my off-and-on relationship with ChinesePod since returning to America.
“Wow. Now I’m really tired.” That’s what’s in my head every time I finally reach a period while reading Chinese. Making sense of each individual sentence is exhausting. If I’m trying to read more than one sentence, this is a bit of a problem. It’s even worse if I’m trying to work my way through…
Characters. They’re a pain. You just gotta memorize em. Lots of em. Over and over. Cuz you forget em. Again and again. What’s a desperate, nearly brain-dead student of Chinese, being pummeled with over 200 new words a week, to do?
The short version: If you want to get good tea in America without asking your Chinese friends to load up their suitcases before leaving the Mainland, Adagio.com is for you. My favorite kind? 滇红茶. Adagio calls it Yunnan Noir. The long version: Keep reading.
Ever since returning to the U.S. from China, my wife and I have shared the increasingly dilapidated 1999 Toyota Camry I purchased from a wholesaler back in 2004. Now that we have two kids, and I soon start commuting to a neighboring city for work, the One-Car Policy was clearly in need of revision.
The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum is a neat place to spend part of a day. My favorite spot, however, was the exterior!
In the fall of 2006, my coworkers at the Shanghai International School of Health Sciences moved into our brand new campus on the outskirts of Shanghai. It’s now in the middle of a bustling community, but here are some early photos from when the paint wasn’t even dry.
In 2006, my family took me on a trip to SeaWorld. In spite of being a place mostly about fish, dolphins and whales, most of my better images were of birds.
Featured in the film Master and Commander, this outstanding modern replica of a sailing ship, though half the size of The Star of India, is still well worth the visit. This was a new addition at the Maritime Museum of San Diego the last time I went in 2006. My two little pictures don’t do…
This beautiful piece of history is “the world’s oldest active sailing ship.” My parents took me there many times, most recently the summer after my first year in China back in 2006. The Star of India is located at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, along with some other magnificent sights.