Author Archives: Lohcifer

Chinese People Speaking English must be Singaporeans!

Came across this the other day; no idea who wrote it, but I think it’s brilliant; here’s my edited version: Questioner: You look Chinese. Singaporean: I am a Singaporean. Q: But you look Chinese. S: I am a Singaporean Chinese. … Continue reading

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A Pipe by Reiner Thilo Bindschädel

When I visited Berlin, Cologne and Munich last month, I picked up a number of collectible pipes, one of which is this one by Reiner Thilo Bindschädel. Reiner is a German master carpenter who makes pipes. He is one of … Continue reading

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Avoid Catching People “Screwing Up”

When I was a kid, about the only time I had with my father was at dinner and because in the day he worked and I was in school, dinner times were the primary times he could do his “fathering” … Continue reading

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Souvenir Pit Stop

The name Charlie reminds me of a scumbag I know and the coincidence that one of the most abhorred Cold War sites was the American-controlled crossing point in Berlin called Checkpoint Charlie is not lost on me. Here US troops … Continue reading

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Tear Down This Wall!

Bangalore’s best dosa – buttery-soft, warm, slightly spongy and delicious – is served at a small and very crowded nondescript-looking eatery deceptively called Hotel Mylari. It is no hotel however; eateries there just like to refer to themselves as “hotels.” … Continue reading

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Oral What? It’s Kougan, Stupid!

The Japanese may talk about “umami” but “kougan” is what we Chinese focus more on. Mouth feel (“kougan” in Chinese) or more scientifically – oral haptics – is the reason why an entire adjective has been invented among the Chinese-speaking. … Continue reading

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Beautiful Pipe by Jerry Zenn

Jerry Zenn is a pipe carver extraordinaire from Taiwan; his pipes are available at DrMikePipes. Here’s a pipe he just made for me:

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I’m Off Again!

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Freyr: Paws-itively Purr-fect!

In Norse mythology, Freyr is a god-king of sorts. In our household, Freyr is no god but is certainly king. Freyr is a male Bengal cat who became part of our family in August last year when he was about … Continue reading

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Three-inch Murder Weapon

I have on many occasions been asked to help resolve conflicts between individuals. I did it so often and saw the benefits, until I went around preaching nonstop about the advantages of proactive confrontation. I even conduct seminars on the … Continue reading

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