Photos from China: Guangzhou, part 2 – Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

Among the stories history students have heard about China is how anyone wanting to work for the Emperor’s government had to take killer exams. This is one of the places where that happened. In the late 19th century all the families with the surname Chen in the Liwan district, around Guangzhou, gave money to buildContinue reading “Photos from China: Guangzhou, part 2 – Chen Clan Ancestral Hall”

Photos from China: Guangzhou, part 1 – Shamian Island

I’m a history buff, so I’d heard of Canton. I knew nothing about it, I’d just heard that it was an important port city to the colonial British in Cathay. Cathay is China, and Canton is Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. And I can’t believe I knew nothing about it before coming here, because it’sContinue reading “Photos from China: Guangzhou, part 1 – Shamian Island”

Chinese New Year, IN China! Part 4: Macau

Or Macao. For various reasons, I was only able to stay one night. NOT ENOUGH. Will be going back. I spent most of my time there giggling because my Spanish allowed me to understand just about ALL the Portuguese I saw!

Chinese New Year, IN China! Part 3: Zhongshan Flower Fair

I was very kindly invited to New Year’s dinner by the family of Becky, one of my middle-school students. Before dinner, though, Becky’s mother had to get some new flowers. THIS is the Flower Fair.

How to make Great Canadian Spaghetti Sauce…in China

I’d been intending to make this ever since I got more or less settled in Zhongshan, but didn’t manage to do it until a few days before Christmas. This a Canadian twist on a Bolognese from my uncle Kelvin in Edmonton. What makes it Canadian? Bacon instead of ground beef, plus maple syrup and beer. Sourcing ingredientsContinue reading “How to make Great Canadian Spaghetti Sauce…in China”

Photos from China (so far…)

The view from one of our 2 balconies. They’re both tiny, but still.  Another view of the street outside our building. The washing machine. Out on one balcony. We hang our laundry to dry: it’s so hot here it takes NO time. The kitchen. No oven, but the burners are gas, which I love.  MyContinue reading “Photos from China (so far…)”

I love to travel…except for the travelling part.

I’ve not posted in while, because work. Bits and pieces of encouraging, though no concrete, theatre things going on. As such, I decided I needed a vacation. For the first time in two years, I’m going AWAY. Yes, I know one shouldn’t post on the web that one is going to be away from homeContinue reading “I love to travel…except for the travelling part.”

How I broke my hand and fell in love with Edinburgh

I’m taking a page from fellow blogger Andrea Beca’s virtual book—-I will be posting now and again about my adventurous four years in Scotland. I lived in Edinburgh from November 2004 to February 2008. I was about to turn 30, and absolutely hated where my life was at, so I applied to film school, andContinue reading “How I broke my hand and fell in love with Edinburgh”