So it’s been a whirlwind 2013. How better way to commemorate the year but through pictures of my adventures. Been travelling extensively through both Europe and Asia but keeping up with my love of hiking. Always great to be in the hills, especially this new years, when we spent it hiking through the hills of Yunnan. Beautiful and peaceful, China. Happy New Year one and all….
Into the land of smiles… Thailand greets all with warm embraces. Each time I go to Thailand, the experience is different. Here is a short picture montage of a few days flying solo in the province of Krabi.
The theme of this trip? All good things come in bags; especially my daily craving of Thai milk ice tea…. mmmmmm
It’s blazing hot this summer! As I go through drafts and drafts of manuscripts, I have one beacon of hope: ice tea in a box.
Here are some pictures of what’s happening these days….
Coming to the end of a three year project. Can’t wait to see the final book published…. Tamar; the Art of Construction by me!
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE!
Local canto guru, Cecilie Gamst Berg recently wrote an entertaining piece in the South China Morning Post weekend mag about Canto slang – you know, the sort of stuff which is frowned upon in the office!
A highly entertaining piece about the language and more so, the cutlure. How many foreigners (white) do you know who speak it fairly proficently? Personally, I know a handfull of caucasions who speak Cantonese – and most have facinating stories as to how they got into their groove. As a “chok-san” overseas born Chinese, I am a child of two worlds and often learn from my friends (and awesome HK action movies) which keeps me up to date with the latest lingo. Everyday I continue to learn. But what about the thousands upon thousands trying at this very moment? Why is there, historically, such low retention rate?
Cecilie, who is a teacher and moonlights on RTHK’s Naked Cantonese programme, devels into this mystery with a lot of enthusiasm and hysterical humour while refuting many cultural ‘norms’ of the city. What makes this story special is the voice, the Hong Kong feel of the prose – fast pace and no nonense! Cecilie’s provocative and hillarious take on Cantonese seals the deal for learners and native speakers alike. It is a language which continues to bring new surprises. Her story shines a light onto a language which is not only proud of its roots, but also a language which continues to evolve. A must read for all Hong Kongers….
- What the Devil are you saying – Cecilie Gamst Berg
- Best Cantonese Movies
- Cantonese Culture – by Shirley Ingram