Monthly Archives: August 2009

Snooze Alarm

Yin’s alarm clock is set to ring at 6am but she wakes up only at 6:30am. The goddamn snooze alarm! The clock rings at 6, Yin presses the snooze alarm, and goes back to sleep. Five minutes later it rings … Continue reading

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National Day Rally 2009

TODAY on Tuesday ran an excerpt of the online post of Hong Jing Yi, a 21-year-old Brown University undergraduate: Nice visuals, but … I’m 21 and, frankly, it felt like a social studies lesson Did you like this year’s Rally? … Continue reading

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Cao Dai

Cao Dai is a syncretist, monotheistic religion, officially established in Tây Ninh, southern Vietnam, in 1926. Estimates of the number of Cao Dai adherents in Vietnam vary, but most sources give two to three million. Some estimates are as high … Continue reading

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Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca La Vong is a restaurant that has been around in Hanoi since 1871, it is so famous that the street is named after the restaurant. Only one item is on the menu, Cha Ca, essentially fish cut into … Continue reading

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Cu Chi Tunnels

  That’s a Viet Cong demonstrating how he gets in and out of a Cu Chi tunnel. One of the most amazing things discovered during the Vietnam War was the underground tunnels in Cu Chi – 250 kilometers of complex of … Continue reading

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Guilin

My buddy Alec leaves for Guilin today. This reminds me of my own trips to Guilin. I first visited Guilin more than 30 years ago and re-visited it again in 2007. It was interesting being able to buy fish from … Continue reading

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Ok or Nokay?

K is the eleventh letter of the modern Latin alphabet. Sometimes we use the alphabet K to mean a thousand. K is the SI prefix for a thousand. SI refers to Système International d’Unités (also known as International System of … Continue reading

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T9 Freudian Slips

I’m sure you’ve used the dictionary or T9, the “predictive” way of typing text on your cell phone when you send SMS messages. T9 tries to figure out what you intend to type based on the most common words that … Continue reading

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Told Ya So!

For years now I’ve been telling everyone that the organic food thing is nothing but a marketing scam but no one would listen. Now this: Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food, according to a major … Continue reading

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Two Golden Eggs

That’s my new L’anatra pipe from Pesaro, Italy. “L’anatra” means “duck” and L’anatra pipes are graded according to the number of eggs. This one I bought is a two-egg, straight grain L’anatra. The bowl has not been precarbonized. L’anatra pipes … Continue reading

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