20 11 2015


Tokyo voodoo

20 11 2015


So sad I missed this: one of my favourite DJs, Thomash from Sao Paulo’s Voodoohop parties, playing in Tokyo!

A week of small wonders

20 11 2015

It has been a fun week, with a diverse range of little high points.

On Monday night, I discovered the “coin truck”, a service provided in Hong Kong whereby a truck drives around the city, collecting coins which can then be convereted to either notes or credit on your Octopus card. Excitedly, I hauled up my vast  – and heavy – collection of accumulated spare change and was handed back 2000 HKD in shiny notes, enough to pay for a round trip to Vietnam next year (now booked). The schedule for the coin truck can be found here!

On Tuesday I completed my first ever 15 km run.

On Wednesday I ate Vietnamese food in Tai Hang and finished reading “In My Skin” by Kate Holden, the grippingly-told true account of a nice suburban girl, with a Classics degree and a loving middle class family, who slid into heroin abuse and sex work – and then got back out again. Its told with a frankness and a warm beating humanist heart – plus a host of 90s Melbourne references – that I really responded too.

On Thursday I taught a thrilling lesson in which Grade Five students debated the nature of reality – is it linear or nonlinear?

And on Friday, feeling the onset of a flu, I took the day off to stay home, rest and start reading my new book, “The Female Eunuch,”  and so far, it has been a revelation.

It was quite surreal to find myself in the garishly decorated Aberdeen branch of Tsui Wah, mid-morning on a week day, reading Germaine Greer.

All in all, a pretty productive week!


American horror story: hotel

20 11 2015


Loving it.


Sessue Hayakawa: Hollywood’s Japanese lover

20 11 2015

I was interested to read recently about Sessue Hayakawa, a Japanese silent film actor who crossed over as one of Hollywood’s highest paid hearthrobs of the 1920s, and has since been strangely forgotten.

According to his wikipedia entry he was “was as well known and as popular as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks” and earning two million dollars a year in the early 1920s.

File next to Anna May Wong, as a little-remembered, but in their day, glittering – star of the (Western) silver screen.


15 11 2015

15 11 2015


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