Squirrels

Squirrels

December 07, 2016

The squirrels in our yard take a bite of each of our unripe pomegranates and throw them on the ground.  This seems like taking the first bite of a hundred triangles of unbaked pizza.

Food

Food

November 30, 2016

My parents kept some snack food in the house, but it never felt like enough.  Since I always craved it, I ate all art projects with edible parts.  In kindergarten, we made owls on burlap with pretzel heads, Cheerio eyes, peanut beaks, walnut shell bodies and pretzel stick feet.  I gnawed everything off except for the walnut shells.  

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Name Chop

Name Chop

November 21, 2016

On the MRT to my next destination, I opened my new Chinese seal and tried it out.  It wasn’t my name.  I studied it for a minute, since I sometimes forget my name.

I got off at the next stop and hopped on the train heading back towards the 30-square-foot shop.

“Excuse me, but . . . this isn’t my name.”

“That’s your name,” the stamp guy said, puzzled.

“Sorry, but it isn’t.”

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Bakery

Bakery

November 16, 2016

Why didn't I buy one of these?  Now I'm curious.

Kawadoko

Kawadoko

November 05, 2016

Years ago, I saw an ad in a Japanese magazine that depicted a couple enjoying a refreshing, sumptuous lunch on a wooden platform built over a resplendent yet gentle waterfall in the midst of spring.  I think it was a sake ad.  I salivated over the memory of this magical image, and asked a Japanese friend where I could find something like it.

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Advice

Advice

November 03, 2016

I planned a trip from Taipei down to central Taiwan. 

“You are taking the train?”  Dad asked.

“Yes.”

“Don’t eat or drink anything for several hours before.”

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Toilettes

Toilettes

November 02, 2016

Grandma’s house had a cesspool in the backyard.  

Grandpa or Grandma had cut a hole in the top of an orange construction cone and stuck a second cone upside-down into it (like an ice cream cone), creating a plastic portable toilet.  This toilet sat in a shed-like room away from the main part of the house.  

Petra and I were instructed to pour water into the cone after use, shake and swirl the contents around, and dump everything into the swamp.  

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Mooks

Mooks

October 19, 2016

I collect Japanese “mooks” (magazine-books) that feature home decor, design, architecture, craft, lifestyle, etc.  They're my favorite possessions.  We were burglarized last year, so they're pretty much my only possessions now.  Just so you know, I plan to steal these from your house.

I scanned a few pages from Casa Brutus magazine (please pardon the sub-excellent scan job).

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Destination

Destination

October 07, 2016

Let us all go here together.

9 am

9 am

October 02, 2016

I came downstairs one morning and found this in the kitchen.

A giant pig ear.

In response to my questions, Mom said that she'd seen it at the market and was curious.