Tag Archives: ex-pats

Deconstructing my California mythology

I am back in my hometown, or at least the town that was my home for more years than most other places, and during those dangerously formative years. It is pretty cool to be here: everyone can do with a … Continue reading

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Some things I know I’m going to miss about Hong Kong

Cheap utilities including phone service – remember that year we all got our electricity subsidized? That was cool. [Seems fair anyhow since our little island provides HK with ALL its power.] Everywhere you might want to travel seems to be … Continue reading

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(I was once) Lost. That series ended, too.

I just finished taking my written exam in my yoga teacher training course.  It was not that hard. Or maybe it was, I am not really sure. Either way, with several uninterrupted hours ahead of me (as I finished 2 … Continue reading

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Oh, Yeah. You blend.

Waiting for coffee this morning, I notice four people staring at me. Not subtly, or even with the smallest intention of trying to look like they might not be gawking – straight staring. Two of them are an elderly couple, … Continue reading

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Veni, vidi, vici: Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2010

As the Power Ranger chatted up the Swiss maid while a bus conductor ran past and pretended to stamp their tickets, you knew that the Hong Kong Sevens was in full swing in the South Stand yesterday. No one batted … Continue reading

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Ex-Patriatitis

Standing on the waters casting your bread While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing. Distant ships sailing into the mist, You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was … Continue reading

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I say tomay-toe, you say,”Mate, can I get another pint?”

I have been calling it cultural literacy, or fluency… or something otherwise didactic and mildly imperious.  It is this innate understanding of other people… that we seem to have – or not. It is the reason I feel comfortable in … Continue reading

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