Dragons, Pigs, Hotties and Notties (Redux)

There are 17 public holidays a year in Hong Kong that fall on regular work days, which is the most in the world (apparently Sri Lanka has 25, but most of them fall on weekends). Still, whoo the Lank! Obviously that’s where we’re moving next if things don’t work out here! This week’s holiday is…

Dreaming of Vladimir.

Sometime probably around 2010, a group of notable Russians put on their kokoshniks and formed a thinktank to decide where next to send the “Faberge: Legacy of Imperial Russia” collection, an exhibit containing incomparable jewellery, relics and – the glittering crown – four fabled Imperial Eggs. Just when it looked like all hope was lost…

Teams Book

Football, the greatest game in the world, is back.  If you’re a bred Melburnian, you’re pretty happy about this.  Even if you’re fighting with sticks in the creek of a fishing village in Asia, you’re still rolling in your $2 handknitted kit from Lorne Ladies Auxiliary Op Shop, and you’re feeling awesome. Zadie so far…

Carma

Living in the Orient, one becomes keenly attuned to mystical Eastern practices.  For example, not only do I not bat an eye when I see individually plastic-wrapped toilet-paper rolls, I baulk when they don’t have “made from 100% virgin pulp” on the side.  My handbag is full of tiny packets of tissues – free gifts…

Tombowling

Oh good, you’re just in time for some mummyblogging.  Gather round, mummies, and put on your fucken smocks or whatever is called for. *except using Comic Sans MS as a legit font, which is obviously an idea of timeless genius. Craftblogging in particular has taken off a bit in the past few years (doubtless the…

FREE HOLIDAY. FOR YOU. (sponsored post)

So you know that thing I espouse about not doing sponsored posts?  Turns out it only applies to insulting/boring stuff like cans of tuna and expat banking services.  I mean if you guys want me to give away a lunch pack of sandwich tuna in future, let me know and I’ll try.  But I’m pretty…

Dirty birds

You know that feeling when it’s the first blog post of the year and you really want to do it up right with a sparkling fuse of words to blaze off a golden bomb of posts all year long, but then UNFORTUNATELY you’re compelled to talk about bird porn? Yeah that. Look at this family…

Year in career: 2012

It’s the last day of the work year, and for someone who… sorry, WHOOOOOOOOO!!!! ..for someone who isn’t allowed to take photos in many of my workplaces, I’ve done okay in accumulating enough to compile this photographic review of 2012 in the life of an international court reporter, AND crash our downloads while I upload…

Gado gado…AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

The first job I ever had was in an establishment that fancifully called itself a gourmet fish and chippery.  It basically consisted of being a regular fish and chip shop with some rustic anchors hung on the wall.  The gourmet part was that the salad menu included a bowl of bright yellow sauce with some…

Building bridges, with little white pills.

   This is it you guys!  Mid-Autumn Festival, aka MOONCAKES!  It’s now only one day away from the anniversary of my most significant assimilatory moment to date – where Mrs Kong invited us in to share some of the hefty snack with her and look at the moon together.  Will she invite me in again tomorrow…

Diet-ism.

I got this email recently featuring pictures of a week’s worth of food for different families around the world.  It was so interesting, I decided to appropriate it for further educated analysis. Japan: The Ukita family of Kodaira City Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or AU$464 A lot of seafood here – good…