蛋餅
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Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:49 pm)

I was just reminiscing about the wonderful food (especially breakfast) I used to get in Taiwan. So I went poking about the Internet and found this recipe. I'll try it out and let you know how it goes! There seem to be a few others on the same site that look good as well.

高筋麵粉.....8大匙
太白粉.....2又1/3大匙
æ°´.....220ml
鹽.....少許

一大匙是15ml , 一小匙是 5ml

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一口流利的中文
Posted in General
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:39 am)

很多人說我中文講得很厲害, 但是上個禮拜天認識了一位美國小姐,她中文講得比我好. 她前六年住在北京,她口音多好我很羨慕! 她現在住溫哥華 (Vancouver BC).

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Chat Time!
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First watch, 1 bell (8:53 pm)

Today and yesterday I've had the chance to chat both in 中文 and in English with a couple of old friends in Taiwan. I'm surprised I haven't forgotten much Chinese over the years. I mean, I try to keep up with it sometimes, but it's not like I get the chance to speak very often. By all rights, I should have forgotten more than I have. I can still type in Chinese (I use the 注音 method with the 倚天 layout). The soft keyboard looks like this:

Eten (sic) keyboard in Vista

I memorized it when I was living in China in 1997 and typing all the time. Somehow, 12 years later, I still know where all the keys are. Typing in zhuyin is nice for me, because it solidifies my knowledge of the correct sounds and tones. Typing is also (IMHO) somewhat easier than using a Chinese dictionary. Ask me about that some time, it takes a little explaining.

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Finally!
Posted in Books
First watch, 5 bells (10:58 pm)

After over a decade, I finally have collected all of Jin Yong's books. Yesterday on our trip to Seattle I stopped at Kinokuniya Bookstore and picked up the last twelve books I was missing.

I've been fearing for years that they would have discontinued the old book style and published them with new covers. And right next to my books on the shelf sat an entire new set with new covers. I think I completed the set just in time.

Jin Yong's Novels

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Say the ‘J’!
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:27 am)

Thanks to Richard Bartle's post about Beijing pronunciation, it sparked me to make my own comment about something that's been bothering me since the opening ceremonies.

SAY THE J!

It's bay jing, not bei zhing!

In America it seems common to make fun of Asian people because they can't pronounce 'L's and 'R's properly, but every hour on the news they can't say the 'j'!

I don't understand why this is so hard! Nobody calls me 'Zhacob,' why can't they pronounce Beijing?

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Bad Pinyin
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First dog watch, 4 bells (6:02 pm)

Yesterday I went and donated blood with Jeff. This is a regular thing for us. We usually hit the Chinese restaurant afterwards, and this time was no exception. My fortune cookie was terrible, though—the pinyin was all wrong. See, look:

Bad pinyin

How do they expect people to learn Chinese if the pinyin is off? It should say Xian zai ji dian.

Oh yeah, and don't steal my lucky numbers, they were for me alone!

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Google Chinese
Posted in Hobbies
First watch, 1 bell (8:33 pm)

Today (at one of the bookstores I visited) I learned about the Google Pinyin program. It lets you type entire phrases quickly in Chinese. And it's free.

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