Category: Blackmandarin

A ‘Sea” of Wonder

A ‘Sea” of Wonder

China is a vast country with varied and breathtaking landscapes. A couple of weeks ago Louis and I discovered one such landscape, one that surprised us with its unusual burst of colours The city...

Xian — A Step Back in Time

Xian — A Step Back in Time

Louis and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Xian, an ancient city in Shaanxi province, China. We decided to explore this historic city during the 7-day Golden Week holiday celebrating the...

Missing China!

Missing China!

Well, I have been in South Florida for nearly four weeks now, and guess what, mih miss China. There, I said it. And it’s actually true. Lawd, mih a tun Chinese! Living in Tianjin,...

things you thought you knew…

things you thought you knew…

well, i’m back just a day and i’ve started to feel nostalgic about china.  why?  well, here i am up in westchester, going to a ‘restaurant’ which should really be called a diner, having...

chinese food for thought

chinese food for thought

i’ve always had issues with food… like almost my entire life, since i was about 3 or 4.  me not eating meat is not a choice.  let’s just say, it just is.  and for...

Pass dih Flittahs!

Pass dih Flittahs!

Fifty-one years, that’s more than half a century…and it’s how long the Darbys have been married. We celebrated with professor (now Dean–congrats!) Darby and Mrs. Darby on Sunday April 20 their post-Golden anniversary in...

hats. yes, hats

hats. yes, hats

so the last time you guys saw me in the physical, i was wearing those weird hats.  i know the prayers were, ‘please, let him get out of that phase’, or perhaps ‘i hope...

Fragrant Harbour

Fragrant Harbour

WARNING!!! This blog is picture-heavy. so i might as well jump the chronological order of my time in china.  i’ve done a few extra things and had a few more interesting experiences.  but since...

design matters

design matters

one of the first things i noticed here in china, is how much they put in design.  i must say that i’m more than impressed by the measure they go to make presentation an...