Academic vs Athletic

In China, it means everything to be well-educated. Academics are given prestige, opportunities & praise. In the U.S., the same view is shared regarding sports. Athletes and academics are not

Challenging Characters

A character-building challenge that teaches perseverance, is it worth it for us to spend time learning Chinese characters? How many do you know? My mum told me I was reading

Sleeping with Mother Nature

When was the last time you went camping? Perhaps you haven’t tried. There are many reasons why happy campers take pleasure in this outdoor activity, and here’s why. With Chinese

A BIT OF GRAPES & HOPS FOR JANUARY 2018

Paul Thevenin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2012 Can you really afford to quaff premium red Burgundy in China, and still have time to read this review? If so, perhaps you’re in

A BIT OF GRAPES & HOPS FOR NOVEMBER 2017

Chateau Mayne David, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux (Cuvée Traditionelle Merlot) 2008 What do you want from a nine-year-old 100% Merlot Bordeaux? Something that’s still presenting purple to the eye, with

A BIT OF GRAPES & HOPS FOR OCTOBER

Bélingard Bergerac Blanc Sec Apologies to people who think all wine should be red. I want to review one more white before summer heat gives way to the cooler autumn.

A Bit of Grapes & Hops for September

Romisa Chilean Chardonnay (Central Valley, 2016) Romisa Chilean Chardonnay is an exemplar of its kind. It exudes buttery glycerin goodness. Reliable sunshine. An escape from the daily routine. It’s clean—but

A Bit of Grapes & Hops for August

Selected Wine: Louis Monfaisson AOC Bordeaux 2015 (Red) Gluggers and quaffers in Dongguan may have noticed a quiet renewal of the red wine vogue, which fell on China a decade ago.

Ballpark Figure

EACH MONTH, WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE MORE INTERESTING SIDE OF LANGUAGE, ALL IN AN EFFORT TO UNPACK WHAT IS ALL THIS “Ballpark Figure” Ah, the sweet days of summer.

This Story Could Have Been Yours

Whether you have lived in China for a decade or just a strawberry picking season, there is one possibility that will always linger at the back of your mind: “What