May 2011

First Attempt at Painting a Pretty Landscape in Photoshop

First Attempt at Painting!

I’ve had a craving to paint the past few days – landscapes in particular. Perhaps it’s my subconscious reaching for a creative outlet. I don’t have artistic cravings…

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JiuFen (九份): The Pretty One-Lane Village on the Mountain

After a day of taking buses and trains around northern Taiwan, I’m a bit tired, so this is going to be a really quick post. All About JiuFen…

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Xiaobitan (小碧潭) Does Indeed Have Coffee Shops!

In my never-ending quest to pay exorbitant prices for a cup of tea (Taipei coffee shops all seem to charge around $6CAD for a cup of tea), I…

IPL Session #2 aka Rosacea Be Gone!

Today is session 2 of IPL (intense pulsed light.) I’ve had rosy cheeks for the past few years, and started IPL last month to try to rid myself…

My Blog Doesn’t Speak Chinese! (Getting WordPress to Display Chinese Characters)

Does Your 你好 Look Like This: ?? Much of this blog has been about my experience and strategies for learning Mandarin. Given that, it seems only appropriate that…

Thoughts on Shida’s Mandarin Level 2 Test + a Nifty Speed Reading Technique!

First, the nifty speed reading technique! I’ve tried this myself and it works quite well although it does take a bit of practice to become comfortable reading in…

Business Brainstorming – Dropshipping?

So I’ve been re-reading my most favorite book ever – The Four Hour Work Week (FHWW). In particular, I’ve been looking for ways to both automate my existing…