Monthly Archives: November 2010

Hotel, motel

Routine city departure stuff by day: close down that bank account; terminate that mobile phone contract. Last-minute shopping and a spell in the park for ma and the tots with V and her daughter TT. Fleeting moments of rumination as you walked. No-one … Continue reading

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Relief, disbelief

By 5pm the walls were bare. The floor swept clear of grit, dust, fluff, nails, scraps of paper, globs of sticky tape, lengths of twine, unnameable miscellanea. An echoey reverberation on the air.  Since 9am the house-moving crew had scoured the apartment like … Continue reading

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Booster seat

Sunday: Just to say, it’s been another late one. Mostly spent weeding through books, papers, various ancient belongings. Jettisoning those that don’t make the cut. The kids were up till midnight. Jiejie playing for much of the evening at Lin Ayi’s upstairs. Didi … Continue reading

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Curtains

Saturday: A long day. Sunny and idyllic for Christmas fair at The European School. Kids all played out after three hours haring about with their pint-sized cronies. A nap then the rest of the day and evening sporting with cousins visiting … Continue reading

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Election convoy

N enjoyed a couple of hours in the pm playing with her 7-yr-old “big sis” at M & C’s house. The adults drank coffee and chatted above their heads. I busied himself in the domestic undergrowth. A burger and fries evening at Chili’s. … Continue reading

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Filling holes

Filling holes in the cement walls in the morning. Daubing paint over blotches and scribbles. Wood-gluing broken slats in the sliding doors of the tatami room. Traipsed raindamp sidewalks to the tatami store on edge of Shilin old-town. Two senior gents not over-pleased … Continue reading

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Vote for me!

The streets are festooned with election banners. Vertical panels of light nylon cut to a standard size, mounted on thin poles which are taped and metal-wired to all available street furniture. Every square inch of air above the railings on the … Continue reading

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