Friday, February 26, 2010

Suzhou Book — completed!

I finished up my work on the Suzhou book I've been writing and got it handed in to the publisher today. As long as he doesn't request lots of rewrites, I am done with the project! I'm excited to have my first full length travel guide wrapped up, and look forward to its release in May.

Exciting stuff!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Some friends are coming to visit me in Shanghai this spring, and their plans have made me get up and make plans to finally visit Xi'an. I've not yet been to the old city, seen the terra cotta warriors, and soaked up the history that resides there. I am really excited about the whole thing.

I'll meet up with my friends in Shanghai first, then we'll make our way to Beijing and on to Xi'an. It's been a good long time since I was last in Beijing too, so the whole trip looks like lots of fun to me. We'll be making the journey in May, so I'll keep you posted.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Upcoming Book Launch

My book Cyborg Chimera will soon be available in bookstores in Singapore. To launch the sell of my poetry collection here, we'll be hosting a book launch here over the last weekend in February. I'll post some pictures when it's done. For now, I'm looking forward to the event, especially because my family from the US will be here to celebrate with me!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Year of the Tiger

I've been having a great time this week with my family here for new year. We welcomed in the Year of the Tiger over the weekend. Here's a couple of pictures of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy New Year — the Year of the Tiger

Today is the first day of Chinese New Year.


Happy New Year!


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Day Has Arrived!

Today is the day my family gets in to Singapore. They will be spending Chinese New Year with me. The last time my mother was with me for Chinese New Year was 14 years ago, and it's been 9 years since my godsister was last here for the holiday. It will be the first time the rest have experienced the Spring Festival.

I'm looking forward to a fun three weeks!

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Monday, February 08, 2010

Kind of Funny

I saw something kind of funny written as an ad across the bumper of the taxi that was in front of me at a traffic light tonight. It said

There's nothing funny about the business advertised, of course, but the name of the site is pretty clever. At any rate, it certainly caught my eye.

Almost as amusing as

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Some Good News

I got some exciting news earlier this week. My poem "Manipulation" was nominated for a Rhysling Award. This is my first Rhysling nomination, and I'm pretty excited about it.

The Rhysling is awarded by the Science Fiction Poetry Association each year for best poem (as voted by members) published the previous year. There are two categories, short (under 50 lines) and long (over 50 lines). It is the biggest award for speculative poetry.

My poem "Manipulation" first appeared in Scifaikuest in the May 2009 online edition. It is in the long poem category.

You can read the full text of my poem here — you'll have to scroll down to find it.

Check out the The 2009 Rhysling Anthology at Amazon

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Manis Manis Indonesian Restaurant

I recently popped in to Manis Manis Indonesian Restaurant, almost by accident. It wasn't what I had planned to eat when I made my way to Turf City, but a series of events led me to the door of the restaurant, and after looking over the menu, my friend and I decided to give it a try.

When we got seated, I was pleased to see that the place is comfortable enough, but nothing fancy. It was kind of late for lunch, but there were still a few other tables who had guests lingering after having finished their meals. It looked like the chicken was pretty popular, but the portion was very big, and my friend and I thought the two of us might not be able to finish. So we went for the beef rendang, sayur lodeh, and an avacado drink for each of us, along with the basket of fish crackers that comes with every meal. In most Indonesian restaurants, that would be just about right for two hungry women, but the portions here were much bigger than we expected, and we were really full when we finished (but we did finish it all!).

The food was pretty good, and the prices were not bad at all. We had our whole meal for right about S$20 altogether. Considering the size of the portions, I was impressed with the price. And, I saw that they have a set lunch for just $4.50, which is no more than you'd pay in a food court in a shopping centre. That's a great deal.

I'm pretty impressed with Manis Manis, and I'm sure I'll be back before long. The value for money is hard to beat.

And I noticed they do catering too... a fact I'll keep in mind for future reference.

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