Lifestyle / Hot Pot Column

Tug-of-war with a stubborn old man

[2007-06-14 14:27]

What can you fit in two hours waiting for a train? How about a tussle with a little old man and his mule?

A black sheep among racquet-toting token blonds

[2007-06-13 13:34]

My story began when a Chinese lady came up to me and asked if I would like to audition for a Heineken commercial.

Opening up about the salty snack that left a big chip on my shoulder

[2007-06-12 13:47]

China's opening-up policy has done wonders for the economy and is now transforming the Middle Kingdom into a world super power.

Hassled in my home away from homies

[2007-06-07 13:54]

Ten years ago, I visited Hong Kong for the first time. I was on my way home from New York and was dressed like a typical "boy in the 'hood".

Why school DJs are in a class of their own

[2007-06-05 17:00]

Living nearby a high school, which owns a super-loud speaker, is torture for a night owl like me.

For our leaders, it's child's play to babble on

[2007-06-01 14:12]

Some of our officials just are pouring out so much love for children that it is becoming unbearable.

Super waitress' 'Hot Hot Kisses' sparks my imagination

[2007-05-30 14:42]

It is the natural hope of such men that the Queen of Flowers - the highest ranked beauty - would come over.

Solving the riddle of a lost translation

[2007-05-29 15:53]

In English-speaking countries, there is a saying that the Chinese use the same word for "crisis" as they use for "opportunity".

Allured by flamenco and two rich ladies

[2007-05-25 14:00]

Suddenly a friend shook my screen: "It's said you are patronized by two rich ladies!"

Less talking, more drinking and more Shirley Bassey

[2007-05-24 13:57]

Although alcohol is one of the universal social lubricants of dining culture around the world, I've found that how it is used in China is very different to how it is used in my Australian homeland.

Prestige pitch is a little rich

[2007-05-23 15:23]

If you've got it, flaunt it. In China, "it" more often than not refers to wealth.

Puffing smoke rings through hoop dreams

[2007-05-22 14:37]

I had just finished coughing up a lung on the sideline of a baking indoor Beijing basketball court when the smell of cigarette smoke wafted into my nostrils