Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Online Toy Shop!!!

Check out this new online toy shop, called Betty's shop!

Great selection of toys, especially educational, great for kids of all ages!!!

Go Betty's shop!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


How much terrone-ness is there in an Italian?  It usually depends on where they come from.

Here's a guideline from a reliable source from Varese:

Basically, it is based on the following very simple and obvious schema:
0% Lombardia, Valle d'Aosta, Piemonte, Veneto, TrentinoAltoAdige, FriuliVeneziaGiulia
10% Liguria
20% EmiliaRomagna
30% Toscana
40% Umbria
50% Sardegna
60% Lazio, Marche
70% Molise, Abruzzo
80% Campania
90% Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia
100% Sicilia

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ghosts of White Terror

It’s strange to see the recent images coming out of Taiwan, a normally peaceful and democratic country.  Students protesting a trade pact that the KMT (Kuomintang) government is trying to ram through without scrutiny have occupied a few government buildings including the national legislature.  But it seems the government’s attempt to remove these peaceful protesters has caused tens of injuries and unjust arrests.  Protesters say that the pact gives China far too much access to the Taiwanese market, especially considering that China artificially controls market access in China and doesn’t even allow its own currency to freely float.  This coupled with the constant military threats by the Chinese dictatorship to coerce Taiwan into unification with China, and by military force if necessary, has the Taiwanese public wary about any further treaties with an increasingly aggressive Chinese nation.

Regardless, it’s hard to get used to pictures of bloodied protesters and draconian police measures in Taiwan, an island nation that has been democratic since the 1990s. But then again, the violent government crackdown on peaceful student protesters is something that is not too far away in the memories of the Taiwanese.  It was President Ma’s KMT party that imposed 40 years of martial law in Taiwan, cracking down ruthlessly against any dissent while oppressing local Taiwanese culture, a period infamously known as the “white terror era”.  It was the KMT party that attempted to whitewash Taiwanese history, trying to brainwash an entire generation that they were part of a common Chinese nation only usurped temporarily by communists.

It seems the KMT’s pro-Chinese tendencies and anti-democratic past have caught up to it again, as it disregards all consideration of the hard-won liberties, human rights and democratic system that the  Taiwanese have wrested over the years.  It’s time for supporters of democratic rights and freedoms in the Western world to show their solidarity with the Taiwanese student protests in Taiwan.

Thursday, January 30, 2014


有一工阿伯共我講: 我欲爬這个山去買八隻白馬。
我: 你真誠欲爬去買八隻白馬喔?  你按怎知影頂懸的阿伯欲賣白馬?
阿伯:伊哪袂賣白馬? 我是爬來和彼阿伯買八隻白馬。伊哪袂賣爬來的阿伯八隻白馬?我欲買伊欲賣的八隻白馬!


Friday, January 25, 2013

Freiburger Eats

Here's a nice google map that I made with some recommendations of local restaurants in the area....
There are some really nice choices!

View Freiburger Eats in a larger map

Sunday, December 09, 2012


Not to be outdone by her husband, my 小阿姨 can say some kickass cool stuff too:

Cheese Fondue Research

Yes, this goes to show that research tax dollars can produce relevant and interesting research!

Have a look at this link of a research paper:
Effect on gastric function and symptoms of drinking wine, black tea, or schnapps with a Swiss cheese fondue: randomised controlled crossover trial


Thursday, December 06, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012


Ah, Dad, here's another one of your awesome quotes.......

"here is 富然, here is 鎮瑋富然 is a runner, 鎮瑋 is a jumper, they both are loser, and that is forever!"

Friday, November 23, 2012

Willi Schaefer: 2011 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese (AP #10)

Epitome of Mosel Riesling:  

not much on the nose, but delicate texture, and beautiful balance of sweetness and rounded acidity.  For a Spätlese, the sweetness is less pronounced, subtle, yet firm in its presence.  Nice terroir aspect available almost immediately which adds to the complexity.  It's like a delicate, beautiful woman, with its kind caress....but also with a sophistication which tells you there is more than meets the eye at first glance.....

(18 Euro at Drexler Weinhandlung, Freiburg - currently sold out)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hunawihr and the Lonely Planet

So we made a 5 day bike trip in Alsace and passed by a lovely little town called fact it's featured on the Lonely Planet France cover!  So we tried to snap the same picture.....

Suffice it to say, it was an awesome trip with some very picturesque little towns, great food, (and superb Alsatian muscat and riesling), with some breathtaking scenery!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Secular Nazis

Well, well, the ugly face of political correctness and secular Nazis has risen again.  A Nova Scotia student with religious convictions is suspended for wearing a T-shirt that reflects these convictions.

Read the Toronto Star article here.

The idiots administrating the school have decided that his T-shirt saying "Life is wasted without Jesus" is too controversial, and have suspended this poor student.  Talk about secular nazis, oppressing people's right to express their religious convictions.

The fact that people are so beholden to political correctness, and cannot handle people's right to express their religious beliefs is really ridiculous.  Let's hope they come to their senses and let the student enjoy his right to expression and belief.