Category Archives: Thought

On expat life: Home is where your mind is.

I’ve been in China for 3 years now. Do I miss home? You mean France? No, I don’t miss living in France (the cheese, of course, one never gets over that…). Is Shanghai my home now? I thought so at one point, … Continue reading

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The elation of the ‘click’ – old post

Some people go through life without once doubting where they are headed. Glitches don’t deter them; it’s just what they gotta do. There is a reason Bill Gates dropped out of school. He knew, felt something much deeper guide his … Continue reading

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The 26-year itch.

The raving 20s. Not that wild decade where Paris was the literati center of the world and Shanghai that of expatriate decadence—no, I’m talking about that stage of life that is like no other in terms of how different the … Continue reading

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(Not quite) Embracing Chinese culture.

I met a person the other day who posed me an interesting question. Upon learning that I spoke Chinese, he asked me if I’d ever had a Chinese boyfriend whilst I was here. When I said no, he asked me … Continue reading

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The cry against conformity. The plea for inspiration.

An interesting article was e-mailed in to the New York Times this week reviewing Mark Edmundson’s Why Teach? In the Defense of a Real Education. I cannot pretend to have read the work nor can I say that reading the … Continue reading

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What makes us “tick”

An article appeared yesterday in the New York Times entitled ‘The Ticktock of the Death Clock”. The title might insinuate a glaucous, pessimistic subject but it is actually that of an awakening and search for a sense of meaningfulness in … Continue reading

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Peaceful view, tumultuous life

I woke up in the middle of the night three days ago. I couldn’t sleep though I was terribly tired. These past weeks have really been a test for me. I have learnt a little more about myself, realised how … Continue reading

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