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Guangzhou Girl

Even after all these years, I'm still a Guangzhou girl. I'm not sure what it is about some cities that make them feel more homely than other ones, but Guangzhou ...

There are no minor roles

Do you ever take a second to stop and think about other peoples' lives? I mean, really think about them. The man who washes the windows of your office building ...

tomorrow 明日

It was the same old story every time. Mum would put me to bed and we would watch the clock, waiting for Dad's call. It never came. I would usually ...

The Milkmaids of Osaka

She sat down at the bar and ordered a glass of milk. Her skin was ghostly pale and her lips were painted a berry red. She glanced in our direction ...

Dear Japan

Let me just begin by saying what a promiscuous little madam my heart is. She lays herself bare for any country to snatch up into its dreamy claws and ravish ...

Me and Murakami

Whenever a new Haruki Murakami book comes out, I kind of disappear for a few days and get lost in his Japanese world of mysterious people, jazz music and whisky. ...

Catching a Moment

I looked up from my book as the doors of the subway slid shut. There was a space of about 6 inches left and I watched intently as the young ...

Oh, China.

It's almost inevitable that if you're living or have lived in China, you'll have experienced a 'China Day' or two. Those days where every single thing about this country, culture ...

Strangers that are not

Have you ever met someone for the 'first time' that you've actually met before? Someone you've been emailing regarding a particular project with absolutely no idea that you've been introduced ...