It’s that time of year: father’s day . Time to say thank you to our fathers or enjoy the day if we are fathers. I am not a father. Yet. (Please don’t email me if I am). As I am … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day – A Tale of Three
Clothes shopping, actually all shopping in China, is cheap. Instead of buying used clothing (as I did in Canada) I can now afford the ugliest of un-preowned shirts. Continue reading shadows and reflections
A alley in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong. The photo’s title of Hong Kong Alley is not be confused with Hong Kong Ally. That is someone different and unrelated, and worthy of a post of her own. Captured: June 21, 2008. for the shutterbugs: [lameda_exif id=922 info=”camera,focal_length,iso,aperture,shutter_speed”] spacer Continue reading toiling in the alley
This is a little tale about cooking Chinese food.
Mr. and Mrs. Stevo work at the same school, live in the same apartment, but rarely see each other. Lunch is a big deal when they eat it together. A meal eaten together, not in a school cafeteria or restaurant setting, is a rare thing.
Back in those heady newlywed days of 2006, Mr. Stevo often cooked lunch for his lovely bride. This was before Mr. Stevo realized that being a department head required certain sacrifices, cooking a delicious daily lunch for his beloved being one of them.
A few weeks back Mr. Stevo decided to cook a delightful Sunday midday meal for his beautiful, yet snarky and occasionally demanding, wife. (No that’s not insulting, simply the truth. There’s nothing wrong with snark. Some of you reading this will whole-heartedly agree.)
At the market Mr. Stevo bought two kinds of mushrooms (he still doesn’t know what kind, exactly), pork, a fish, and Chinese cabbage. While his wife slaved away, tutoring students on a Sunday morning, he sliced ginger and garlic chives, chopped pork, tore cabbage, and washed the delicate fungi. Prep work is the most important part of cooking Chinese food.
Back when he cooked regularly, Mr. Stevo attacked his lack of knowledge of Chinese cuisine as he attacks most things, with a near-religious zeal (yet, he has no zeal for religion. Strange, no?). Continue reading “lunch with the stevos”
Fruit vendor, Bao’an District, Shenzhen, China. Sorry Captain and Tennille, I could not find a pineapple song. Captured: March 29, 2008. Continue reading street fruit
An internet amigo wrote some months ago about wanting a golden shower. No, it’s not what you’re thinking. His golden shower was in fact a shower stall made of gold, not the practice some may be familiar with. I’m a simple man, materialistically and intellect-wise. While a shower made of gold would be pretty I don’t know if conventional cleaning products would be able to assist in removing the soap scum from the walls. Do they make Mr. Clean Gold? I digress. I don’t want a golden shower, I want a cold shower. As simple as that. I would like … Continue reading no golden showers for moi
Construction, Shenzhen, China, August 5, 2007. Continue reading at work