From the monthly archives:

April 2009

If you like Sound of Music, you are going to love this. DO Re Mi remixed!

April 8, 2009 random

Tweet via The beginning may be slow, but stay with it. It is so cool I am getting goose bumps all over my body just watching it now as I type this. Posted via web from The Absence of Alternatives

“Man boobs”, or, To raise boys you need great sense of humor…

April 6, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Tweet I was finally going to go to bed but found in the dark something on my pillow. I could tell that they are water-filled balloons since the boys were playing with balloons in the bathtub earlier… I also felt a note so I turned the light on again to read it. Imagine my surprise […]

The importance of understanding Chinese…

April 6, 2009 random

Tweet Someone forwarded me this as a cautionary tale for people to understand the Chinese characters on the t-shirts they are wearing or, especially important, those that you are about to have tattooed on your body: 1. Pig. Not BOAR. But PIG. There is only one common Chinese word which stands for all types of […]

Food we missed…

April 5, 2009 random

Tweet These things that we have taken for granted are either hard to find or ridiculously expensive… Frozen food in general. Cheese pizza: pizzas have to have LOTs of toppings. Tried to teach aserver at an Italian restaurant how to make cheese pizza and they came back with crust and cheese and nothing else. Strawberry […]

Air China aircraft with the famous Beijing Five (Olympics mascots) pretty sure taking pics is not allowed?

April 5, 2009 through the looking glass


SOGO Department Store in Taipei : There is a recession here in Taiwan?

April 2, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet From what I was told, yes there is.    This is inside the SOGO department store in Taipei.   So who is buying the Hermès, the Louie Vuittons, the Tods, and the Cartiers? I guess it is the same everywhere you go. The top of the pyramid is not really affected despite the global […]

I finally saw it with my own eyes! Sound machine inside public toilet to mask the embarrassing noise…

April 2, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet I have heard about this along time ago: Japanese women often flush the toilet as soon as they enter the stall to mask the embarrassing noise people naturally make when in the bathroom. This act of civility turned out to waste a lot of water resource. At first, they tried sound machines with music, […]

Starbucks in Beijing in the “Bar Street” @ Bei Hai (North Sea)

April 2, 2009 through the looking glass

Tweet I have not travelled around the world enough to be a credible source, but from what I have seen, this is probably the best looking Starbucks…