Jan 11 2011

A leggy babe

June 2009
This long legged girl was walking down the street in New York City toward me. Her extra long legs garnered attention. Bit too thin, no?

Dec 6 2010

Panpan 盼盼

July 1985 at Xiyuan Hotel in Beijing
Uncle Chen Yu had me stayed there and Panpan came to visit. She’s one of my childhood friends ..

Oct 20 2010

Jennie’s honey

Auntie Jennie introduced this New Zealand honey to me:

“UMF” is the property which gives active manuka honey it’s special healing quality. UMF manuka honey with a rating of 16+ has the highest level of antibacterial activity, giving you faster, more reliable results.

Sep 28 2010

The last day

Auntie Jennie had this tea waiting for me when I got to her apartment on Sunday. I was very humbled. There were many instances that I wanted to express my feelings, wanted to let her know that I care about her. But I never managed to conjure enough courage to get the words out of my mouth. Seeing the tea was one of such moments. .. but I chickened out by inspecting the tea in detail. I’ve never see such pretty tea, I told her. What I really wanted to say to her was she’s alone, I’m here whenever you need me; and give her a hug; to reach out to her .. ..
Instead, I said .. thank you for making it. Gugu Jennie is forever in a rush, talks fast and moves fast. Was it a valid excuse?

this is .. tea ..

another view of the tea

The exchange rate between HK dollar and RMB was .856 (864). It used to be about HK$100 for 30 RMB in the 1980s.

exchange rate between HK$ and RMB

We had lunch with her friend Xiao Hua at 正斗粥面专家 Tasty Congee & Noodle Wan. Xiao Hua has a long story too..

at the B'way Mall .. the last pic of the trip

pretty cozy


Sep 27 2010

H.K. Cultural 香港文化

Hong Kong used to be a cultural desert; errrhhh that’s beside their only culture of money. Now, their orchestra is in fine shape but they have added a ballet too, also housed in their new (new to me who hasn’t been back there since 1986) H.K. Cultural Centre 香港文化中心 since 1989 by the Star Ferry in 尖沙嘴 Tsim Sha Tsui. I took in the New Moon 月舞 (HK$120) – nothing to write home about. The small studio theater was cozy and comfortable. New York City has about 8 million inhabitants, about a mil more than Hong Kong but we support Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall, among others. Hongkongers have a long way to go.

Auntie Jennie still teaches. On my last day there, she had a student came for lesson. Her impatient manner (could be down right rude) with her less talented students back in Beijing still vivid in my mind. I held my breath in the living room. The student was a young woman, in her late 20s or early 30. The lesson went very straightforward in her tiny library/office/music room. The sound of Aunt Jennie teaching in Mandarin and the student repeated it orally in Cantonese before she did it on the flute was mellow. Is the student getting a Mandarin lesson as well? I laughed softly to myself. Auntie Jennie hasn’t changed much.

“My students all love me very much.” Auntie Jennie told me. “I found them jobs .. ..” Her students keep her going. When she first got to Hong Kong in 1980, she used to complain that she came too late because her peers like Liu Mama and Huang Manlu have scoped up all prospects. She found her footing now.

something was cooking at the Centre

by the Studio to the ballet

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade .. getting married !!

Someone is getting married on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Sep 20 2010

Quan Zuwang 全祖望

史学大师 全祖望, stands by the 月湖 Yuehu, the Moon Lake. Next to it is a neat 李宅青年旅舍 Ningtown Lee’s Youth Hostel, looking out at the Tea Museum. The standard room RMB 168 yuan with private bathroom and a TV.

Jul 19 2010


Renate in her last office
Höhenstraße 36 – 38, 60385
Frankfurt am Main

Renate in her office

a pretty orchid

at work

Jul 4 2010

Xiao Yin 小尹 then and now..

For the good humor I wore the same top..
The little girl is now managing a bank branch in London, after graduating from Cambridge and speaks Queens English, If that makes one feeling prestigious, so much power to them. She’s dating a smashing looking cricket player (as hobby) from Sir Lanka.

July 4, 2010, London

Oct, 1989, New York

Jun 29 2010

Day 8 at Wimbledon

On a wimp, we decided to go to Wimbledon again. We left early, found the queue line was much shorter. When we got to the gate, it was only 11am. Unexpectedly, the cashier asked us if we would like a pair of Centre Court tickets.
“Center Court?” I looked at Pumpkin.
Yessssss …
It’s going to be a really sweet 16!
The only worry that crossed my mind at that moment was I didn’t have enough cash since they won’t take any credit card.
As it turned out, we were very luck – got them at discount: £74 face value for £49 each.

It’s ladies quarter finals. The seats were very good. The Centre Court is small and intimate. Saw Kim and then Serena played Li Na. It was a very quiet match; 7-5, 6-3, perhaps Ms. Williams didn’t need to grunt. After the match, Serena lingered longer than usual at the net with Li. taking. Wondering what did she say to Li.

the Queue Card

Aug 2 2003

Meeting Zhous

周启文 (Weizeng‘s son), 国良的女儿,叫丽(利,立)良 her father 国良 Guoliang.

Aug 2, 2003

Aug 2, 2003