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Book Review: Michael Merzenich’s Soft-Wired

Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life by Michael Merzenich My rating: 2 of 5 stars Soft-wired is an odd mix of relentlessly cheery home-spun wisdom and science. While the scientific basis for being able … Continue reading

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Vancouver Food Diary: Hong Kong Café’s Apple Tarts

The Cantonese villagers who moved to Vancouver in the 1900s populated Chinatown and opened up Chinese businesses. One of them was the ‘Hong Kong Cafe’ which apparently was located at the Chinese Theatre on Pender Street from the 1930s and … Continue reading

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Buttercups

Walking to the hospital, I am noticing the plain, boxy apartment buildings of Vancouver of the 40s and 50s, none renovated, in colours of pastel and forest. I can hear the voice of a friend Bert who left the city … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Glebe Point Diner

Lai Heng took me here for lunch once, and I didn’t manage to blog it, so am glad to get an opportunity with a lovely dinner with some friends from the United World Colleges. We did the $70 banquet menu … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Croquembouche Patisserie, Botany

I needed a little sustenance on my way to a pottery sale at Claypool. And this pastry shop looked very appealing. Ringing with the authentic sound of French accents, it looks like they serve up classic pastries and savouries too, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Hicksons Izakaya, Walsh Bay

            So, what could be better than a little izakaya next to the water in Sydney? Not much, I think! Hicksons Izakaya has not been open that long, and is a welcome addition to the … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Monkey’s Corner, Chippendale

  This looks like a really cute place to hang out for a drink and a snack sometime. Appealing design. Cosy. On Chippendale’s eat street, which I think is a phenomenal success in terms of urban design. Koi, as you … Continue reading

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Book Review: Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante My rating: 5 of 5 stars My Brilliant Friend was childhood and the end of childhood. The Story of a New Name takes us and our two heroines from this point … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Holy Duck! Chippendale

Just over a year past my first visit, I brought my pal Tim to Holy Duck! It’s as good as it was, but nicely, much busier than it was before when it looked like it was finding its feet. These … Continue reading

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Book Review: Susan Cain’s Quiet

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain My rating: 3 of 5 stars I happened to win the book ‘Quiet’ as a Christmas party book giveaway; everyone got a book, though we … Continue reading

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