Not long ago I had the pleasure to meet Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of the recently-published memoir Good Chinese Wife. The book is a very honest and brave look at Susan's difficult marriage to a charismatic mainland scholar and musician, Cai. They met in Hong Kong, spent time in China and settled in San Francisco, where... Continue Reading →
After five years of posts - music-related, parenting-related, Hong Kong-related, comedic, serious, somewhere in between - my most-read post remains this one. It didn't require any research or interviews, no field work, no iTunes purchases. Just over 500 words about how I spent an afternoon at my girls' school. In terms of page views, it's... Continue Reading →
Bloggers don't get out much. At least the kind who don't run review-related sites. From the safety of our laptops and smart phones, at home or at the coffee shop, we either comment on (famous) people and events happening in the larger world or we turn our gaze inward and write about the highs and... Continue Reading →
So one of the best things about being part of the 'Dragonfruit' anthology is getting to know the work of other expatriate women writers. Women such as award-winning author, Suzanne Kamata, who lives in Japan. Her anthology essay, 'Love and Polka Dots', tells of a museum trip with her daughter, who is a budding artist herself but disabled,... Continue Reading →
Hi everyone & Happy New Year! I just got back from the Christmas holidays where I tried (mostly in vain) to stay offline as much as possible. Damn all those vacation rentals and their easy Wi-fi 🙂 But it was good to get away - we drove down the California coast, saw some nature and... Continue Reading →
She has special powers, she knows things, she wants to be my friend. Her name is Alice, and I met her on my first attempt to buy Lady Gaga tickets. I know, I know, I've always been a bit harsh on the Lady, but she's starting her Monster Ball tour in Asia - playing three... Continue Reading →
That’s the question on my mind this week as I ponder what life has in store for America’s most famous new Mom, Beyonce Knowles Carter. I wonder what kind of nanny she’s going to hire. A drag queen, as suggested by some pseudo-reality-celeb? A reformed thug aka Memphis Poppins, from mediatakeout.com? It’s a crucial hiring... Continue Reading →
It was one of those lump in your throat moments. A flashback to my younger self and a bittersweet flash forward of a young girl growing up in front of my eyes. It was my daughter’s talent show. The Year 5 and 6 talent show was not meant for parents. But I happened to be... Continue Reading →
I couldn't resist. Lady Gaga makes such good copy: BIG thanks to my friend and fellow music lover, Stephanie, for rendering the jpeg.
Lady Gaga's faux-feminist agenda culminates in a really crap video.