Friday, March 25, 2011

Foot Massage in China

Sometimes comfortable - sometimes painful but always a lot of fun!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Limes Anyone?


Spotted today in the mall...I think this is taking the couples dressing alike thing a little too far!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Happy International Women's Day!

Today was Women's Day in China and some other parts of the world.  What better way to celebrate than to eat some Hunan food at Zhuhai's biggest and best Hunan restaurant! This is the main floor of Huo Gong Dian the largest and the best Hunan restaurant in Zhuhai.  This is HALF of the main dining room and there are 6 more floors in addition to this one.


Roasted and stewed pork shank in Hunan mushroom and pepper broth.


Fish head in peppers.


Silk potatoes...finely sliced potatoes...kinda like hash browns but boiled not fried.


And no Hunan restaurant would be complete without the obligatory statue of the most famous person from Hunan province - Chairman Mao.  Who once said "Women hold up one half the sky."  


Happy Women's Day from China!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Getting Away from All the NOISE

Sometimes you just have to get away from the hustle, bustle and NOISE of China.  What better place to do that but in the mountains!  National park outside of Jiangmen City in Guandong Province.
Mountain_1 Mountain_2 Mountain_3

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

China Hi Tech Toilet

Saw this in the home improvement store here in Zhuhai this past week. There is also a row of buttons on the other side that controls the heated seat. I understand all the buttons on the control panel except the "light" button. Who needs a light?

I promise next time to post something a little more substantive....but I couldn't help it, I had to post this one.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

REAL Chinese Fried Rice

The real deal...homemade with Hunan spicy smoked sausage, pickled Chinese cabbage, a little soy sauce, couple of thin slices of ginger and of course rice. Yum-yum!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bloggin' Again

Wellllll...been kinda lazy in the blogging department for the past couple of years. Going to try and do better now in the year of the rabbit. So stay tuned for my nonsense and drivel!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Chinese Idiom of the Day


gou ji tiao qiang

A cornered dog will jump over a wall | To be driven to extremities | To take desperate measures when driven to the wall.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Texas Hold'em - APT Tournament Macau

I am in Macau this week and I have spent the past week at the APT Texas Hold'em Tournament. APT is the "Asian Poker Tour" and was held at the Galaxy Casino here in Macau. It featured players from Asia and around the world. Purse is 1.5 million US dollars.

Did okay, played a freeroll and won a free satellite entry into the main event. Played in the satellite entry and got knocked out after about 1-1/2 hours of play, not great but not too bad. I could have bought into the main event but the buy-in was $5300 US Dollars...too rich for my blood and I don't think I am anywhere good enough to sink that kind of money in to play against pros.

Speaking of pros, I got to meet Doyle Brunson. He was at the tournament and had a book signing. They were giving away free books and posters. I got 2 of his books and a poster...the books were signed by him. Nice man, very soft spoken and unpretentious.

Still in Macau and will be here through the weekend. Playing a few cash games at the poker room in the Grand Lisboa and so far am up about $6000 HK dollars (about $900 US).

Not sure if anybody is still reading this blog so I guess I am blogging for myself so I can remember this has truly been fun!

Sunday, January 20, 2008


I am convinced that too much introspection leads to insanity....I am almost there.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

In Memoriam - Marvin H. "Buddy" Bounds, Jr.

Departed this life October, 20, 2007

From the last email to me:

I remember playing duets with you in the big Victorian house on Rail Road St. The music spinning and twisting it’s way through the thick aromas coming from the tobacco warehouses downtown and mingling with the sweetness of the honeysuckle vines climbing the pecan trees out in the yard.

The cool autumn air lies lightly upon thankful flesh. Raising goosebumps of delight. Summers in South Georgia are a particularly harsh form of Hell. They must be endured in order to be appreciated. Torture indeed. Autumn was glorious respite.

I remember the siren song of gaudy music coming from the “Fall Fair” crammed onto the dirt lots and alleyways behind the rickety old warehouses. Those dusty fields, known only once a year as the “Fairgrounds”, were a wonderland of activity, movement and flashing lights. Smiles all around and laughter rose to a tumult.

The barker’s spiel calling out over an unimaginable dreamscape directly to the eager hearts of entertainment starved children in tiny towns. Strange men calling with promises of mystery and amusement.

“Step right up folks.” “100% guaranteed to be Alive.” “See the ancient wonders in your own backyard.”

I loved autumn in Hahira back then. The smells and emotions waft over me still. Candy apples and memories that stick to this day.
I will miss you my friend....

Monday, September 03, 2007

You Know You've Lived Here Too Long When...

1. You’re at an expensive western restaurant and don’t even notice the guy at the next table yelling into his cell phone

2. You walk backwards in the park listening to a transistor radio

3. The China Daily is your source for hard hitting, fast breaking, investigative journalism

4. You smoke in crowded elevators.

5. All white people look the same to you

6. You no longer need tissues to blow your nose

7. You find western toilets uncomfortable

8. You throw your used toilet paper in the basket (as a courtesy to the next person)

9. It’s OK to throw rubbish, including old fridges, from your 18th-floor window

10. You believe that pressing the elevator button 63 times will make it move faster

11. You aren’t aware that one is supposed to pay for software

12. You think that a $7 shirt is a rip-off

13. You always leave tray and trash on the table when you are in Starbucks, McDonalds or KFC because you insist it is the way to keep everyone employed

14. You have no reservations about spitting sun flower seeds on the restaurant floor

15. You feel cheated if you don’t receive a full head and shoulder massage when getting a haircut

16. You blow your nose or spit on the restaurant floor (of course after making a loud hocking noise)

17. You no longer wait in line, but go immediately to the head of the queue

18. It becomes exciting to see if you can get on the elevator before anyone can get off

19. It is no longer surprising that the only decision made at a meeting is the time and venue for the next meeting

20. You no longer wonder how someone who earns US$ 400.00 per month can drive a Mercedes

21. You accept the fact that you have to queue to get a number for the next queue

22. You believe everything you read in the local newspaper

23. You regard it as part of the adventure when the waiter correctly repeats your order and the cook makes something completely different.

24. You are not surprised when three men with a ladder show up to change a light bulb

25. You look over people’s shoulder to see what they are reading

26. You honk your horn at people because they are in your way as you drive down the sidewalk

27. When car accidents become a source of heartwarming humour

28. When shopping at the supermarket some laowai (foreigner) stares you down for catching you looking into his basket while you wonder to yourself what laowai’s eat

29. You have a pinky fingernail an inch long

30. You burp in any situation and don’t care

31. You think Pizza Hut is high-class and worth standing in line for

32. You have learned how to detect someone is in a hurry behind you, and now have the ability to not only walk very slowly but also grow eyes in the back of your head, so when they start to overtake on the right hand side, you automatically cut in and walk very slowly directly in front of them

33. You have absolutely no sense of traffic rules

34. You start calling other foreigners Lao Wai

35. You start cutting off large vehicles on your bicycle

36. You go shopping in pajamas

37. Firecrackers don’t wake you up

38. Forks feel funny

39. You realize that smiling and nodding is Chinese body language for, “Go away; leave me alone.”

40. You don’t bother to take the sticker off the lenses of your fake Ray-Bans

41. You only wear a suit when you dig ditches or do home repairs

42. Your handshake is weakening by the day

43. You cannot say a number without making the appropriate hand sign

44. You like the taste of Green Tea and Chivas

45. You start recognising the chinese songs on the radio and sing along to them with the taxi driver

46. You feel insulted when you enter a restaurant and only three waiters welcome you

47. When you wonder how come your friends in your country just buy ten DVDs per year

48. When you pull the bottom of your t-shirt up over your beer gut and proceed to walk around like that for an hour after you've eaten.

49. When people ask you "what is this in English" or how do you translate this, your mind goes blank because you have forgotten too.

50. You stare at other foreigners.

51. You know words in Chinese for which you don't know the translation in English.

52. You whole-heartedly agree with things that you don't agree with.

53. You just love it when new visitors from the states arrive and give you their list of what they will and won't do and eat.

54. You start thinking instant coffee tastes pretty good.

These are just a few and there is more. I will add more as they come to mind or as I find them on the net. Not all of these are mine, but all of these are true!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Motorcycle Built for Two

Daisy, Daisy,
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
All for the love of you!
It won't be a stylish marriage,
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a motorcycle made for two.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006


Umi ni dete
Kogarashi kaeru
Tokoro nashi

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.