Thursday, February 18, 2010


In Japan it's supposedly NOT illegal to hit someone with chopsticks.

This feels strange. Surely it's illegal to hit people, chopsticks or no chopsticks??

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

No, NO - I pressed the WRONG BUTTON!!

There's a new (?) Swedish website dedicated to text messages that were sent to the wrong person

We've all done it.

My favourite is one that reads:

"Have you seen Linnea's baby? I was almost scared. You could see the veins through the skin on its head. A bit like an alien. And then he looked like his father and that's not exactly good news either."

Let's just say that Linnea was not impressed.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chinese Style Conservation

The sad part of the story is really how long it took me to draw, scan, rotate and upload this flowchart!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Me: we have any endangered animals here in Hong Kong?

Class: (blank faces)

Me: We have one.

Class: (blank faces)

Me: It's pink.

Class: (blank faces)

Me: It lives in water.

Class: (blank faces)

Me: No? You don't know of any endangered pink animals, living in water, in Hong Kong?

Student: Ah, ELEPHANT!

Me: Yes, that's right. The pink, swimming elephant of Hong Kong is indeed endangered!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Loony L

I have a new American co-worker - L. I say American, but I actually think she immigrated there from Loonyland!

From Loonyland she moved to Kalihi, a small town outside Honolulu, Hawaii. I know this place very well as I’ve also lived there once upon a time.

L: Oh, so did you ever see the ghost of that Japanese woman who used to stand by the petrol station?

Me: No, I never saw her.

L: Really, you never saw her? She was there all the time.
(This should be read in the same tone as I would ask someone: Really, you didn’t know that grass is green?)

Me: Must not have been paying attention.

L: Oh, but what about on Pali Highway, did you ever cross over?

Me: Yes, yes. Many times.

L: So did you see the ghosts of the 100 Hawaiians up there.

Me: Hmmm…no I don’t think so…and that’s strange because I used to hike up there.

L: My father worked for the IRS and there were lots of ghosts in their offices.

Me: This I can see.

She’s completely bonkers – I love her!