Lulu’s Renaissance

Lulu’s Renaissance

Lulu has just returned to Hong Kong from Japan after three months away. Yuko and I thought it would be a good chance for her to feel comfortable learning Japanese with her relatives. They were great to her. Lulu was enrolled in a Japanese kindergarten every day and in her spare time she picked up some new hobbies and forms of expression. She’s begun to draw and paint in a way that reveals...

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Yea! Heavy: Dylan & The Nobel

Yea! Heavy: Dylan & The Nobel

Nobel? I’m elated. This scruff who I’ve been “reading” since I was a kid, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Sure, it’s not a radical choice, nor is it controversial. Awarding Dylan the prize was the safest option in this year of #Trump2016. Another American white male from the boomer generation rises to the top at the expense of women and people of colour...

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Fuji Rock Fest 2016

Fuji Rock Fest 2016

Fuji Rock is famous for two reasons: the first festival in 1997 was a disaster and got cancelled after the first night due to a vicious storm. Its other claim to fame is that it takes place nowhere near Mount Fuji. After the first year’s disaster, the organizers moved the location but kept the name. So here we are! High in the Japanese Alps in central Honshu, at Naeba, Niigata-ken. This is...

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Japan Days!

Japan Days!

We’ve now been staying with your grandparents in Joetsu, Niigata for over a month. You’ve been going to preschool full-time and learning more Japanese everyday. It’s been a refreshing change to be in a new environment surrounded by family, especially your three cousins, Saku, Kai, & Koichi. You’re having such a great...

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A Gift Of Sound & Vision

A Gift Of Sound & Vision

“Waiting for the gift of sound and vision” It felt cold today, even for Hong Kong. The news arrived in the late afternoon, January 11th: the starman had fallen, cancer swallowing all that sound, all that vision. In the end, he was a blackstar. Like everyone else with electricity, I’ve been overwhelmed with the flood of testimonials about what David Bowie meant to so many...

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Top Tunes: 2015

Top Tunes: 2015

After four years, I returned to live in Hong Kong to be greeted with the stench and glitz of this metro’s many charms. The music that accompanied me was a melange of styles that replicated the hurly-burly whipping me silly for most of 2015. It’s been a great year and I’m glad to say the music measured up. My top picks begin with a legend that once again gave her voice to her...

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Third Christmas!

Third Christmas!

Lulu is growing up! You’re almost 2.5 years and enjoying your third Christmas. Today Santa left you a Peppa Pig school house and some play-doh. Your Japanese grandparents gave you a Sylvanian Rabbit home, and your Canadian grandma has sent you a surprise that should arrive soon. We’re now living in Hong Kong where the weather is much warmer in winter than in Edmonton. You love to...

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