Author Archives: Fabrizio

Slow Chinese

Studying Chinese without the help of a teacher is no small challenge; I would go so far as to discourage those who really want to make progress from trying to do so on their own, at least in the beginning.  … Continue reading

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Post-Mao Photos

My usual excuse is that I don’t have enough time to write, but over the last two weeks this has not been the case.  I simply don’t have anything to write about!  I’m reading a good book on Vietnam (Michael … Continue reading

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Water Leak, Wikileaks

I’m back in the Valley, and to no one’s surprise it is raining once again.  This seems to be the common November, December trend.  Raining doesn’t really do this weather justice; it is more as if the ocean was coming … Continue reading

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Black Friday

A Black Friday trip through some of the major retailers on the East coast. Lots of people, lots of stuff and pictures to boot. A free trip to the great American Circus. Continue reading

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Foreign Exchange Certificates

While writing the previous post on the things that I had seen at my grandmothers house, I had forgotten to show one more, and perhaps the coolest of the bunch.  Prior to my trip to China last January, my grandmother … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Trip to China

My 89 year old grandmother often speaks of the trip that she took to China in 1986. “China will rule the world”, she said. Here are some pictures of her stamped passport and itinerary. Continue reading

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Camera

A few months back, I began to have a great desire for a new camera, one which I thought would be able to deliver pictures of a finer quality.  Up until this point I have been using a Nikon Cool … Continue reading

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The Chinatown Mega-Tour

In my quest for good writing material, I propose an outlandish idea; a mega-trip to visit all of the East Coast Chinatowns by means of the ultra-discount Chinatown bus services. Continue reading

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Mandarin

I have never enjoyed any undertaking quite as much as I have enjoyed my pursuit of fluency in Mandarin.  It has been a challenge like I never predicted.  I sometimes hear people speak of their passion and how it ‘saved … Continue reading

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Chicken Vindaloo

My attempt to make the famed, scorching Chicken Vindaloo. Poor cooking skills and a bit of pure luck combine for an interesting experience. Continue reading

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