Monthly Archives: April 2012

red bracelets in china

I see a lot of these thin red bracelets in China. They look a bit like the Kabbalah bracelets that Madonna & Co. used to wear, and I’ve been wondering what they symbolize here (because it’s probably not Kabbalah). But it … Continue reading

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social lives of middle-aged ladies in China

When I was growing up, my mom had no social life outside of her family. In fact, I can’t recall a single occasion in which she went out on weekends or evenings without us.  I realize that my mom might … Continue reading

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birthday gifts from friends

My coworkers are really big on gifts, so a few days before my birthday, I told them that I can’t accept anything because I have to move back to the U.S. in a few months and I can’t possibly take … Continue reading

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the most wonderful time of the year

There may come a day when I dread birthdays. There may come a day I think birthdays are unimportant and when I even forget that it’s my birthday. But for now, I still love love LOVE birthdays. I love all … Continue reading

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birth control in Asia

I don’t want to go anywhere near the shitstorm that is the birth control debate in America. All I can say on this topic is that I think birth control should be as affordable and as accessible as possible for … Continue reading

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afternoon tea at The Peninsula

I got uncharacteristically classy this past weekend and went to The Peninsula in Hong Kong to meet my friend E for afternoon tea. We got seated right at 2 p.m., when it opened, because E got on the line at … Continue reading

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things to do on tomb sweeping day

We had a day off last week for Tomb Sweeping Day (yes, this is a real holiday), so we and a couple of friends decided to hop on a bullet train and run away to Guangzhou together. I’d been hearing so … Continue reading

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wishing on a sky lantern in thailand

There’s so much I want to tell you about Krabi, Thailand — the beaches, the islands, the longtail boats, the thousands of carved wooden penises at Phranang Beach (don’t worry, my perverted little friends, I’ll come back to this later). But today, … Continue reading

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bakery war in korea

When we used to live in Korea, we were regulars at a mom & pop bakery called Ewhadang (이화당). It was located near my brother’s primary school, and my bro, being the manipulative little imp that he was, would stop … Continue reading

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