Tu-lippy Day

Today started at 4:15a.m. for me. That was when the alarm clock went off… Walked Sandy to the taxi downstairs at 5a.m. She’s off to Vancouver then Taiwan…and this is the last time I will see her in Toronto. (Have a great vacation, Sandy! Looking forward to seeing you in Singapore/Taiwan someday…) At 5:45a.m. Tingfang and I set off to Chinatown Center to meet Shiqi, Huijun, Huimei, Huixuan and their mom and we were off to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa courtesy []


Your Deadly Sins Gluttony: 40% Sloth: 40% Pride: 20% Envy: 0% Greed: 0% Lust: 0% Wrath: 0% Chance You’ll Go to Hell: 14% You’ll die choking on a cookie in bed. How Sinful Are You? The Keys to Your Heart You are attracted to obedience and warmth. In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored. You’d like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful… that you’ll never change. You []

Bridge and B&B

I’m hosting 2 houseguests in my apartment right now – friends of friends who came from Singapore to stay for 12 days. Stayed up till 3a.m. the night before giving the place a thorough clean and tidying which it hasn’t been subjected to since more than a month ago. By the time I was done, the floors were gleaming, the guest bathroom was sparkling clean, the kitchen looked like nobody had ever cooked in it before and the entire apartment smelled fresh []

My first book chapter!

Just saw an email in my inbox… “Dear Ann, Your proposal has been accepted. The first draft of the manuscript is due 1st August 2005…” That’s a proposal I submitted for a chapter in a book that’s going to be titled Reforming Learning: Issues, Concepts and Practices in the Asia-pacific Region. And it’s based on a paper I wrote last summer as the product of some personal research I did at NIE. The prof supervising my research told me about this book []


It’s amazing what difference a week can do. Clear blue skies. Warm sunshine. The branches of the trees lining my street are once again softly filled with young leaves. The tulip bulbs that had been tentatively nudging their heads out of the soil are slowly unfurling their brilliant petals. In another week, all the tulips in the city should be blooming – a glorious riot of bright hues. I can’t wait!

Existential Angst

Ever had the sense of belonging not quite where you thought you were supposed to belong? I’ve encountered such feelings before, and I don’t always pause to wonder why. Usually just because it’s too much of a headache to think about it or because I fear what the implication of those hunches might be. Lately it seems I’ve been encountering this sentiment more than usual. I feel perpetually lodged between two worlds, at times travelling fluidly between them, at times uncomfortably wedged []

So cool, evidence of my first 1.1 MP!

Hey folks, wanna see something cool? Well it’s ok if you don’t think it’s cool cos I DO (ego as I am). Shawn and I got our first (and so far only) bridge masterpoints at the Toronto Regional Bridge Tournament on March 24th. I just found out the results are on the internet! So check it out: http://www.toronto-bridge.com/results/easter05.html . Must scroll down to Thurs Aft 0-5 29 pairs table. Ok, so it’s nothing to shout about too much… but I still think []

Thank You, Lord

Thank you Lord for the trials that come my way In that way I can grow each day, As I let you lead. Yes I thank you Lord, for the patience those trials bring In the process of growing, I can learn to care But it goes against the way I am To put my human nature down And let the Spirit take control of all I do For when those trials come My human nature shouts the things to do And []

Jumping on the bandwagon at last

For years i’ve resisted blogging… always seemed rather strange to me for people to air so many of their thoughts in such a public space. But i’ve been slowly turned around to the idea that perhaps this is a good way for my very busy friends half the globe away to get quick updates on my “weather channel.” Don’t expect too much… i don’t have the time to make this a pretty place to visit (unless i get bored and decide to []