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Call of the Open Road1
Call of the Open Road (Yangshuo)

Is your bucket list full and bank account empty? Perfect. Now’s the time to plan an extended vacation abroad! (more…)

My Coffee Bar in the Middle of Tea Country!
My Coffee Bar in the Middle of Tea Country!

One of the things I noticed during my first few weeks in China is that Chinese people eat a lot of seeds. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds, seeds I don’t know the name of. When people gather for a meal, a banquet, tea or just plain talk, out comes a plate of dried seeds. Everyone digs in, cracking the seeds open and spitting the remains on the ground, on the table, even on each other. Sort of like “peanut night” taken to the extreme. (more…)

My Chinese Film Debut
Ron Hendricks IMDB

Got an idea for a blockbuster movie rattling around in your head? Ever told yourself you’d sit down, write that screenplay and send it off to Hollywood? Although it’s not as simple as it sounds, it’s for sure they don’t give out any Oscars for “good intentions!” (more…)

Chinese Keyboard
Chinese Keyboard

Business cards in China are offered and accepted with both hands. It’s a sign of courtesy and respect. After a couple years of exchanging cards, I’d managed to fill a rather large desk drawer with them. One day a fit of efficiency overtook me and I decided to go in search of a Rolodex or business card organizer. It took longer than I expected; most things do in China.

It wasn’t until I’d made my purchase and returned home that it dawned on me – there is no Chinese “alphabet.” At least, not in the way we think of one. Hence, no way to organize most of my cards. Duh. Which brings me to today’s topic, “How do Chinese use an English computer keyboard?” (more…)

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