May 4 2023

My cooking: huntun/wonton 馄饨

One kind of dumplings is wonton (云吞 by Cantonese). According to this baike post, huntun came first then evolved to or branched out to jiaozi 饺子. Whichever came first matters little, they both are my faves.

I like both wonton and jiaozi but with store made wrappers, I usually find wonton skins are better while jiaozi’s round skins are way too large.

What’s your favorite?

Nov 21 2022

Home Depot 家得宝

I’ve been HD customer practically since I arrived in New York, started from painting my rental room with a roommate. In the 1980s, it was pleasant and a great place to be. It started in 1978 by five founders, one of them is Ken Langone (1935-) who wrote I Love Capitalism!: An American Story, in 2018.

Then Jack Welch’s underline Robert Nardelli (1948-) took it over in 2000, till 2007. During this period, it was no fun shopping at HD because he cut back on experienced staff, using part timers who careless or not knowledgeable enough to help. He was left go in early 2007, with $240m severance package. The stock price under Nardelli remained same while Lowe’s doubled.

I’ve two books on Jack Welch (1935-2020), both published in 2022, Home Depot is a topic in the book, especially Gelles’, who was more critical toward Welch.

  • The Man Who Broke Capitalism by David Gelles
  • Power Failure by William Cohan

I begin to visit HD often since 2022, and find it to be decent again, although not yet 1980s level. At the same time, I feel Lowe’s isn’t as good as HD.

Flooring, they care LifeProof.

Jul 30 2022

Xidan 西单, Beijing

By Aileen Wang

Mar 18 2022

Covid-19 testing in 2022

The two self-test kits were ordered on Jan 18, 2022 from and delivered by US Postal service a couple of weeks later. They are free and were made in China.

In a WeChat group, a woman who lives in German, causally mentioned that Germany’s test kits are from China too.

⇐ Shanghai residents are lining up for their test. Would someone get affected this way?

At the moment, WeChat and major media are filled with news about Shanghai’s battle with the disease. The lockdowns are severely disruptive and affecting residents gravely. From lining up to be tested multiple times again and again (guess they aren’t allowed to do the test at home, like we’re here in US/New York), as early as 6:30am on (April 4th), being lockdown at work places/offices (no condoms are provided), to shortage of foods, to deaths (a nurse was refused by the same hospital where she worked … ), corruption by officials with donated foods, to a group of volunteers in white suits are seen beating up a man (Shanghai seems to have a Lianyang 联阳小区), to how people walk there dog/pet, migrant workers aren’t being discriminated,  … Some are posted by my friends while others are forwarded by friends, which I couldn’t vouch for (maybe true or maybe just a prank). 强菜. The lines for required repeated testing 测核酸 are very long: Shanghai, Shanghai, 临时出入证 temp pass. Beijing, Qingdao, Tianjin and Tangshan, etc. are also experiencing area lockdowns. Xi’An, like Wuhan in 2020, had more than four week city-wide long lockdown (Dec 22 to Jan 24). Army descend on April 3 (4th in Shanghai). There are humors too, lessening the dire situation.

This contagious disease starting from WuHan since 2019, and now the Coronavirus Omicron variant (CDC), is still raging on. Most of us have the buster shots, and many others refuse even the first shots – such as the episode played out by Joker (Djokovic) at Australian Open – because he wasn’t vaccinated and therefore was deported.

Initially, China seemed to contain the virus better than U.S. and the West, after lockdown Wuhan (武汉封城) in 2020 for nearly three months (Jan 23 to Apr 8). It would be months before President Xi Jinping was seen in public. The bragging of ‘抄作业…copy homework’ as “they don’t know how to copy our homework” on the Chinese social media was deafening.

Nearly two years later, at the moment, China is experiencing another wave of attack from the virus.

Here is my question: If we can have made in China test at home, why can’t the Chinese in China?

这两个试剂盒是我于2022 年 1 月 18 日从一个 .org网站免费订购,几周后由邮政服务免费递到邮箱. 它们是在中国制造的. 一位住在德国的女士在我们的微信群里, 随意提到德国的试剂盒也是来自中国. 问题: 为什么国内的亲朋戚友们需要去排长队测验呢? 祈望大家都平安无事健康快乐 [拥抱][拥抱]

An elderly couple who are 90 years old, have to come down to do the testing. I’m wondering is this really necessary? My friend’s kindergarten granddaughter, after testing, returned home, lined up her toys to be tested.

我们小区笫4轮核酸了, 1是清晨我到门囗抢着买了点带鱼和夹心肉, 蔬菜亲家送了点过来. 2刚才开始排队测核酸了,  今天是2O人一队也就20人混一管测核酸. 3是我们楼上一对90岁的相依为命的老夫妻, 老先生是个总程程师老太太是个小学校长. 5儿子也要为他们俩与小孙女准备午饭了, 媳妇因工作关系已在单位吃住睡好多天了. 6是小孙女把她心爱玩具排成一圈给她们做核酸.

New York streets ⇓

I don’t understand, why Chinese in China have to line up get tested, repeatedly? Can’t they use the same testing kits that are available to us? Also, there are so many testing tents on the street in the City and hardly anyone is using them.

这两个试剂盒是我于2022 年 1 月 18 日从 免费订购,几周后由美国邮政服务免费递到邮箱. 它们是在中国制造的. 一位住在德国的女士在我们的微信群里,随意提到德国的试剂盒也是来自中国. 为什么国内的朋友们需要去排长队测验呢? 无意拉仇 只是想不通.

Sep 14 2021

White Mansion 白公馆

Bai’s Mansion
210 Duolun Lu/Road

Bai Chongxi (白崇禧 1893-1966) used to live here, Bai’s Mansion/Garden House.

白公馆现是医院门诊部. 其他几幢老宅也蛮有味道的.多伦路上各种建筑均有百花齐放的.

Sep 11 2021

The old UK Consulate, Shanghai

33 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, 中山东一路33号
Waitan, Huangpu, Shanghai

Feng wrote: 英国领事馆旧址,一西一中的建筑,2种式样的彩色地彩也很配套的.



Aug 26 2021

Shun Pao 申报 Shanghai News

Shen Bao (short for 申江新报) formerly known (transliterated) as Shun Pao or Shen-pao, in English as Shanghai News, was the second longest running newspaper in China, from 1872 to 1949. It was formed by British businessman Ernest Major 安纳斯脱

Jul 29 2021

The bakery 中关村茶点部

福利楼 fulilou in Zhongguancun also housed a bakery, 中关村茶点部. I took the first photo during my visit in 2014. The rest were taken by Aileen, thank you.


Jul 7 2021

Confucius Classroom 孔学堂

Huaxi Ave (South Section), Huaxi District,
Guiyang, Guizhou, China

My firend Li wrote: “在贵阳,参观孔学堂. 孔学堂依山傍水而建,气派非凡. 这是一个传统儒学文化传播中心,自2013年创建以来,已邀集各地专家学者,在’阳明大讲堂’ 举办文化讲座900多场,其影响力为国内各大文化书院之最. 久闻其名,今日到此一游,见证其盛况.”


May 10 2021

Heping Jie 和平街 八区

Photos are from my first grade classmate Yan Dee -:)