I Want To Be Liked (Flash Fiction #78)

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Kung is about to attend a conference on mathematics in Boston, where he's going to give a presentation. It's not just a simple talk to present one's research data, but rather it's like an unofficial interview. People who appreciate what he says will likely to hire him and offer him … Continue reading I Want To Be Liked (Flash Fiction #78)

Quote Of The Day #28

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay He is chronically and unescapably deceived, not only by the other animals and by the delusive face of nature herself, but also and more particularly by himself—by his incomparable talent for searching out and embracing what is false, and for overlooking and denying what is true. The capacity for … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #28

New Word #74: Recently Learned

Image by freestocks-photos from Pixabay loll: sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way."the two girls lolled in their chairs"lollygag: spend time aimlessly; idle. "he sends her to Arizona every January to lollygag in the sun"Loll is easily confused with lull, which means "calm or send to sleep, typically with soothing sounds or movements."From … Continue reading New Word #74: Recently Learned

The End Of The Affair (Flash Fiction #77)

Image by Sammy-Williams from Pixabay Pammy and her husband Tan are attending a backyard harvest party at Ivy's house in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Pammy didn't plan to come, but Tan's cousin Maylan is here for the weekend. She's attending graduate school in Philadelphia and is writing a term paper on urban organic farming and … Continue reading The End Of The Affair (Flash Fiction #77)

New Word #73: Partying

Image by ktphotography from Pixabay Parties My Friends Enjoy There's no such phrase like "harvest party" or "fruit party". I invented them just to describe the activities my friends enjoy. Since almost everybody is burdened by mortgages (house, car etc.) and his or her kid's education costs, people want inexpensive parties. harvest party: Backyard harvest … Continue reading New Word #73: Partying

The Interview (Flash Fiction #76)

Jennifer Chung doesn't think she stands a chance, but she knows she has to go to this interview. It's a well known company and a good position, which is something Jennifer has always dreamed of but known that she won't be able to reach. She is just too nice, too introverted, too plain an Asian … Continue reading The Interview (Flash Fiction #76)

New Word #72: I Love Cats

Image by Bessi from Pixabay Lion I had thought lions only exist in Africa until I watched a video showing that lions also exist around Gir Forest National Park in India. This is life. Whenever we think something is set in stone, an exception comes in to surprise us. Tiger I heard of Siberian tiger, … Continue reading New Word #72: I Love Cats

Wishful Thinking

I wish that one day when we wake up, the morning news can tell us that Mondays have disappeared, forever from our life, together with other annoying things. Every Monday, I would inevitably think of existential thoughts, like "the meaning of life", "the futility of struggle", "the delusional dreams", "the useless suffering" etc. And needless … Continue reading Wishful Thinking

The Old Fox (Flash Fiction #75)

Ming is a poor artist who does online videos, creates cartoons and posters. He wants to marry Lily for years, but Lily's father Dun won't allow it. Dun looks down upon artists and poor artists especially annoy him. Ming and Lily could get married without Dun's blessing, but they are looking forward to some financial … Continue reading The Old Fox (Flash Fiction #75)

Quote Of The Day #27

Image by Laci Döme from Pixabay I dislike Nietzsche very strongly when he talks about women or marriage--he is quite mad and biased and unfair. However when he talks about education, I do feel that there's some truth in it. "Whether his work be done in a primary school, a secondary school or in the … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #27

Change Causes Anxiety

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay One day many years ago, I was reading a romantic story about two lovers--one saves the other from an impending danger and a certain death. I thought to myself what my parents would do in such a situation. My conclusion was that they would certainly save each other, only … Continue reading Change Causes Anxiety

New Word #71: Between Two Things

Image by hudsoncrafted from Pixabay The Differences There are many words to describe the differences between two things, each being a little different from others, each being used in certain circumstances. dichotomy: A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different. "a rigid dichotomy between science … Continue reading New Word #71: Between Two Things

An Unexpected Competition (Flash Fiction #74)

Image by Manuel Alejandro Leon from Pixabay Jintu is the chef of "The Royal Garden" in New Jersey. If you talk about any other dish or any other chef in his presence, you are going to run into a big argument with him. He considers himself the king of food and cooking, and he is … Continue reading An Unexpected Competition (Flash Fiction #74)

New Word #70: C And P

Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay Commonly Used scrap: a small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used. It's often used in "a scrap of paper", "scrap metal", "wood scraps". scrappy: 1. consisting of disorganized, untidy, or incomplete parts. 2. (informal•North American) determined, argumentative, or … Continue reading New Word #70: C And P

Thinking Ahead

Photo by rikka ameboshi from Pexels I've never written serialized posts before. I've always wanted to try, but not knowing how to proceed. My stories are usually scattered, as disorganized as my wandering brain. Serialization requires some discipline, some control, some pre-determined plan etc, all of which I am not good at. The only thing … Continue reading Thinking Ahead

Life And Love

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay This is based on a true story. Let's just say her name was Arong. She worked as a team manager for a big energy company that provides electricity to a big Asian city about four decades ago. As in many developing countries, the energy company is … Continue reading Life And Love

New Word #69: Recently Learned

piranhas: A deep-bodied South American freshwater fish that typically lives in schools and has very sharp teeth that are used to tear flesh from prey. It has a reputation as a fearsome predator.From Boblorentson's blog here. sashay: Walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders.biscotti: Small, crisp … Continue reading New Word #69: Recently Learned

I Can’t Believe It’s Him (Flash Fiction #73)

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay This is a sequel to the previous story "Who's More Suitable" here. However there's no need to go to the link if you review the following background. It is based on a true story. Every fall, Ivy and her husband Tom Tsai, the owners of Ivy Training Center in … Continue reading I Can’t Believe It’s Him (Flash Fiction #73)

A Passenger In The Twilight (Flash Fiction #72)

Wong looks out the window of his office and curses the passing train. He's been working all day in his accounting office, almost non-stop, just to meet a tax deadline for several of his procrastinating clients. He's a man of mild temper but he hates trains. The trains pass right underneath the window of his … Continue reading A Passenger In The Twilight (Flash Fiction #72)

New Word #68: Confusing Pairs

deliver vs. deliverance For the longest time, I thought deliverance is the noun form for deliver until one day I realized that it's a mistake. Deliver's noun form is delivery, not deliverance. The two words share similar bodies, but with different tails. Deliverance is not used very often thankfully, which explains why I didn't realize … Continue reading New Word #68: Confusing Pairs

Pammy’s Adventure (Flash Fiction #71)

Image by Darkmoon_Art from Pixabay Pammy doesn't know how she comes to this part of the township. She's never been here before. Why did she choose this path? The trees are so thickly grown that it feels gloomy since the sun can't shine through. Or probably it is in the dusk of evening already. She … Continue reading Pammy’s Adventure (Flash Fiction #71)

Quote Of The Day #26

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay I think these quotes should be called anti-quotes rather than quotes since they sound downright ridiculous. I like H. L. Mencken a lot but still whenever the topics of relationship and women come up, he talks like a mad man--a very entertaining mad man but still a mad man. … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #26

New Word #67: High And Low

The High Point in Height elevation: same as altitude, which means the height above a given level, especially sea level. For example, Edison Township of New Jersey has an elevation of 39 feet, which is equivalent to 12 meters. Since it is so close to the seaside (but no beach unless you travel two hours … Continue reading New Word #67: High And Low

Who’s More Suitable (Flash Fiction #70)

Image by MarieXMartin from Pixabay "Lil is a wonderful lady, but she's not suitable to be a speaker at our event." Lulan says. Jil shows up in the previous story "The Harvest" here. "Well, she's good looking, wealthy, with a perfect husband and a brilliant kid. She's everything that we are not. We are just … Continue reading Who’s More Suitable (Flash Fiction #70)

Ode To Bookworms

Image by Pexels from Pixabay I'm often annoyed when bookworms are mocked or criticized in books. Around the world, little bookworms are often unfairly ostracized and isolated from their relatives or friends due to their choice of entertainment. Being misunderstood by people surrounding you is hard enough, and being misunderstood by authors who write books … Continue reading Ode To Bookworms

New Word #66: Number 4

Photo by Yan Ming on Unsplash Many Words For "Four" quad: a quadrangle. In architecture, a quadrangle is a space or a courtyard, usually rectangular in plan, the sides of which are entirely or mainly occupied by parts of a large building. For example, several universities in the U.S. have quad like yard and architecture, … Continue reading New Word #66: Number 4

A Habit Outliving Its Usefulness

Image by naoamano from Pixabay My grandmother on my mother's side spent the first thirty years of her life in a fishing village, where the only livelihood was fishing or fishing related trades. That was before the arrival of modern boats and other modern equipment. Needless to say, unexpected weather conditions or ocean waves could … Continue reading A Habit Outliving Its Usefulness

New Word #65: Tea And Coffee

Image by Melk Hagelslag from Pixabay Tea my cup of tea: something one likes or excels. "I see already that storytelling isn't my cup of tea." a storm in a tea cup: a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion. tempest in a teapot: same meaning as above. tea party: 1. a social … Continue reading New Word #65: Tea And Coffee

The Harvest (Flash Fiction #69)

Image by Jerzy Górecki from Pixabay Lulan sees Lil in the grocery store from afar and she immediately turns around for the purpose of avoiding her. Lil is one of those forever positive people that Lulan can't understand and can't communicate with. When all the women are whining about the lack of attention from their … Continue reading The Harvest (Flash Fiction #69)

Quote Of The Day #25

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay I vowed that I would never buy another book on sale at Audible.com, but here I was, once again, bought something just because of the discount. I knew I don't like Emerson very much--his English is a little too archaic for my non-native ears--but I couldn't resist the temptation … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #25

New Word #64: Recently Learned

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay charade: an absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance."talk of unity was nothing more than a charade"From Terveen Gill's blog here. jaggery: a coarse dark brown sugar made in India by evaporation of the sap of palm trees.From Terveen Gill's blog here. codicil: addition or supplement … Continue reading New Word #64: Recently Learned

A Little Disturbance (Flash Fiction #68)

Image by Maciej Cieslak from Pixabay This is a sequel to the previous story "Ida And Superstition" here. However there's no need to read the previous story to follow the little plot here. Yik opens a new takeout restaurant in Edison, New Jersey. Expecting a slow start, he is prepared to struggle for several months … Continue reading A Little Disturbance (Flash Fiction #68)

New Word #63: Commonly Used S&P

Image by Roland Mey from Pixabay Years ago, I was baffled by the phrases the native speakers often use that I had never learned at all from textbooks or classes or any of my readings. When it is a cold weather, people often say "nippy"; when something is not affordable, people don't say expensive but … Continue reading New Word #63: Commonly Used S&P

That’s Not What I Had In Mind (Flash Fiction #67)

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay "Sixty years ago your grandfather studied abroad. He aspired to be an engineer before he went away, but coming back he's bitten by the literary bug and was a man of literature. In his hometown on the island of Penang, off the coast of Malaysia, he built a theater … Continue reading That’s Not What I Had In Mind (Flash Fiction #67)

Quote Of The Day #24

Image by Pexels from Pixabay Talking with an old friend, I suddenly felt the urge to find some quotes about friendship. These are several I found from books. I tried to find a quote by George Orwell, but he didn't write about friendship much. Still reviewing several pages of his essays, my love for his … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #24

I Am Not Negative (Flash Fiction #66)

Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay Whenever Ivy meets Dan, she feels a pang of regret. Dan is a distant relative of Ivy on Ivy's father's side. If this were in Ivy's hometown in Southeast Asia, Ivy wouldn't even think about Dan since Ivy has dozens of relatives who are closer to her. However this is … Continue reading I Am Not Negative (Flash Fiction #66)

New Word #62: All About “Three”

Photo by Yan Ming on Unsplash Related with Three (Commonly Used) triad: a group or set of three connected people or things.trilogy: a group of three related novels, plays, films, operas, or albums.triple: consisting of or involving three parts, things, or peopletriplet: one of three children or animals born at the same birth.trinity: the state … Continue reading New Word #62: All About “Three”

A New Approach To Language

Image by Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay My memory is so bad that I start to lose self confidence. In order to boost my spirit, I decide to learn a new language, but this time I want to do it differently from what I did with English (as a non-native speaker). My English learning process has … Continue reading A New Approach To Language

Ida And Superstition (Flash Fiction #65)

Yip and Yik are two brothers who used to run a restaurant together on Old Post Road in Edison Township, New Jersey. However after their father died, the two brothers split. Their wives didn't get along for years and everybody said it was inevitable that the two owners would go their separate ways. Yip is … Continue reading Ida And Superstition (Flash Fiction #65)

New Word #61: All About “Two”

Image by Darkmoon_Art from Pixabay There are a lot of words to represent two in English. Here I will not list pair, double, couple, or twin since these are too often used and are well known. Other languages also have more than one word for two, but probably not as many as those in English. … Continue reading New Word #61: All About “Two”

Manage Blog Time

Image by Adina Voicu from Pixabay It takes me a long time to realize that other people's time management strategies might not work for me--in order to better manage my blogs, I need to design something suitable for myself. The biggest issue for me is that I can't map out my time rigorously and expect … Continue reading Manage Blog Time

Man And Woman (Flash Fiction #64)

Image by Digital Photo and Design DigiPD.com from Pixabay "Pan, this weekend when we meet Wendi, make sure you compliment her. You know her little surgery on the lips, eye corners, and upper arms cost a pretty penny. I think she's a little hurt you didn't say anything last time. We are old friends and … Continue reading Man And Woman (Flash Fiction #64)

New Word #60: Recently Learned

From WordPress Blogs gasconade: extravagant boasting.From Pooja's post here. unruly: disorderly and disruptive and not amenable to discipline or control.From Terveen's post here. rehash: Put (old ideas or material) into a new form without significant change or improvement.expound: present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail.From Heterodox Buddhist's post here. continuum: a … Continue reading New Word #60: Recently Learned

The Open House (Flash Fiction #63)

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay "Look. That's the cat I was talking about. She's the head of the cat colony headquartered in the backyard here," says Manak, a precocious girl of 13. "Tragedies follow the little feline like a shadow--her partners run away one after another, and half of her offspring die of mysterious … Continue reading The Open House (Flash Fiction #63)

New Word #59: Related With Time

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay There are so many words and phrases related with time that I don't know where to start. Here I only listed a few that I consider the most commonly and regularly used. If you have any words or phrases you'd like to add, please leave me a comment. Time … Continue reading New Word #59: Related With Time

The Royal Garden (Flash Fiction #62)

Image by Manuel Alejandro Leon from Pixabay Let's just suppose, for the sake of the story, the name of the Asian restaurant is "The Royal Garden" and the name of its owner is Jinmu, who is of indeterminable age, average height, slim, quick of steps, keen of mind. It's a popular restaurant. The interior is … Continue reading The Royal Garden (Flash Fiction #62)

New Word #58: Alliteration

Image by hudsoncrafted from Pixabay Alliteration means the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. There are so many occurrences of alliteration in English--brand names, slang, routine phrases, new phrases--that it is impossible to have an exhaustive list. Here I only list a few that I … Continue reading New Word #58: Alliteration

Quote Of The Day #23

Image by Willgard Krause from Pixabay I don't agree with what H. L. Mencken says, but still what he says is very entertaining. His ideas of relationship between men and women are too exaggerated to be taken seriously, too caricatured to be considered real. Or probably because he's from a different time--those days before or … Continue reading Quote Of The Day #23

New Word #57: Weather Related

Image by Cindy Lever from Pixabay Tornado And Wind tornado: a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advancing beneath a large storm system. tempest: a violent windy storm. blizzard: a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility. derecho: a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is … Continue reading New Word #57: Weather Related

Man And Woman (Flash Fiction #61)

This story is a sequel to "Cheetah vs Ostrich" of three days ago. "Can you believe that he laughs when the two cheetahs devours the female ostrich?" Pammy says to her friends Armei and Lulu. This is at a weekend picnic Pammy has organized for the three families. Their husbands and children are also present. … Continue reading Man And Woman (Flash Fiction #61)

The Gift (Flash Fiction #60)

Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay "What am I to do with this gift?" Ivy sighs when she stares at the plastic tree, which is about four feet tall with a base made of indeterminable material painted brown to look like a real flower pot. It was sent to her by one of her clients. … Continue reading The Gift (Flash Fiction #60)

New Word #56: What Does It Sound Like

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Say Something articulation: the formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech. enunciation: the act of pronouncing words. diction: the style of enunciation in speaking or singing; the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing. Say Something Unclear susurration: an indistinct sound, as of whispering or … Continue reading New Word #56: What Does It Sound Like

Cheetah vs Ostrich (Flash Fiction #59)

Image by Christine Sponchia from Pixabay Two ostriches, obviously dating, the male being a little bigger than the female, are walking leisurely on a grassland sparsely donned by trees. Suddenly two cheetahs jump out of nowhere. They chase after the male ostrich first since he's closer to them. The male runs for his dear life. … Continue reading Cheetah vs Ostrich (Flash Fiction #59)

New Word #55: Recently Learned

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay callow: (of a young person) inexperienced and immature.This is from Pooja's post here. ossify: become rigid or fixed in attitude or position; cease developing.This is from Pooja's post here. nefarious: (typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal.flounce: (verb) go or move in an exaggeratedly impatient or angry manner; … Continue reading New Word #55: Recently Learned

The Unexpected Party (Flash Fiction #58)

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay It's during the late afternoon hours when the door bell sounded and the guests arrived. However the hosts Pammy and her husband Pan had no idea what's going on. They had not invited anybody for dinner, not that they knew of. The guests included Armei and her husband Arhu, Lulu … Continue reading The Unexpected Party (Flash Fiction #58)

New Word #54: Gastronomy

Image by Дарья Яковлева from Pixabay The word gastronomy means the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food. The first time I saw this word, I thought it's something related with astronomy, but to my surprise, it has nothing to do with the sky or celestial bodies. People Who Enjoy Food gourmet: … Continue reading New Word #54: Gastronomy

New Words #53: Related With Books Or Words

bibliophile and logophile: bibliophile: a person who collects or has a great love of books. logophile: a lover of words. wordy and verbose and prolix and verbiage wordy: using or expressed in too many words. verbose: using or expressed in more words than are needed. verbiage: speech or writing that uses too many words or … Continue reading New Words #53: Related With Books Or Words

Let’s Meet For Dinner (Flash Fiction #57)

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay Cindy wonders if Amin is going to breakup with her. "Let's meet for dinner. Our usual place." That's what his message says and that's what Cindy is worried as she arrives at their usual place. The hour is early and there are not many patrons in … Continue reading Let’s Meet For Dinner (Flash Fiction #57)

New Word #52: Life And Death

Photo by Anthony Shkraba from Pexels These are all commonly used phrases and I have encountered one or another in different time in my reading or in conversations. I have to say I haven't used much of these in my own writing for the simple reason that I am not dead certain of the suitability. … Continue reading New Word #52: Life And Death

What Is Happening To Her (Flash Fiction #56)

Pammy drives as fast as she can. Actually she has never driven so fast before, but what can she do? Is Armei really killing herself? It is too frightening to even think about it. The business is slow in Armei's little cosmetic shop, and the relationship between Armei and her husband Arhu is strained. But … Continue reading What Is Happening To Her (Flash Fiction #56)

New Word #51: Recently Learned

Image by Laci Döme from Pixabay rictus: a fixed grimace or grin.From DeRicki's post here. cryonic: The practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of people who have just died, in the hope that scientific advances may allow them to be revived in the future. I have often wondered if any of the cryonic bodies … Continue reading New Word #51: Recently Learned

Is That What You Want (Flash Fiction #55)

Image by Pezibear from Pixabay "You know Mencken once described an average person's life in New York as a sardine in a can while the grass and the so called parks look like embalmed sauerkraut." Lulu says. Pammy says, "what is a sour craft? I don't know any sour craft, but I do know that … Continue reading Is That What You Want (Flash Fiction #55)

New Word #50: Facial Expressions

Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay countenance: A person's face or facial expression. grin: smile broadly, especially in an unrestrained manner and with the mouth open. beam: a radiant or good-natured look or smile. grimace: an ugly, twisted expression on a person's face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement. frown: form an expression of disapproval, … Continue reading New Word #50: Facial Expressions

It’s Friday

Image by KERBSTONE from Pixabay From Wikipedia, it is said that the fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia--Frigga being the name of the Norse goddess for whom “Friday” is named and triskaidekaphobia meaning fear of the number thirteen. What is a Norse goddess? I don't know. I am curious but not curious enough … Continue reading It’s Friday

New Word #49: Related With Body

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay These are phrases commonly used. I think I didn't include phrases with "ears" since I can't think of any other than "I'm all ears" to indicate I'm interested in listening. If you have any phrases you want to add, please leave me a comment. Face facelift: a procedure carried … Continue reading New Word #49: Related With Body

Possible Thrillers

I received a comment asking me if I can write short thrillers. What an interesting comment. I've never thought about this. And also I've never thought that I am capable of it since my life is relatively dull and uneventful, my mind is relatively embedded in its usual trivial domestic concerns, and my imagination is … Continue reading Possible Thrillers

Father And Son (Flash Fiction #54)

Image by Pexels from Pixabay "Can you talk with your son Jack? He's really not study very hard at all. His grades are falling and he's more interested in playing video games than anything else." Armei says to her husband Arhu one day. Whenever Armei says "your son", Arhu knows that Jack has been doing … Continue reading Father And Son (Flash Fiction #54)

New Word #48 : Cats And Dogs

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay There are many lively phrases and idioms with animals in them. Here I have compiled a list of phrases that are commonly used. There are a lot more out there that I haven't heard of. And please let me know if you have encountered any. Cats curiosity killed the cat: … Continue reading New Word #48 : Cats And Dogs

An Unlikely Love Story (Flash Fiction #53)

"I can't remember a thing. I don't know what I did." Jina says repeatedly but no one believes her. It happened a week ago when the most handsome and popular boy on campus asked her to go out for bubble tea and talk over an article. Jina is the acting editor of the college newspaper. … Continue reading An Unlikely Love Story (Flash Fiction #53)

New Word #47: Recently Learned

Shibboleth: a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.From Pooja's post here. maudlin: self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness.From mjcd2017's post here. traction: the action of drawing or pulling something over a surface, especially a road or track. … Continue reading New Word #47: Recently Learned

A Wonderful Girl (Flash Fiction #52)

Pammy and Lulu come to the little cosmetic shop Armei is running, next to an Asian grocery store in a popular plaza. The three haven't met for a while and they have quite a lot of catch-up to do. The customers are scarce and the cosmetic store is not doing very well these days. People … Continue reading A Wonderful Girl (Flash Fiction #52)

The Battle Of Love (Flash Fiction #51)

Image by gene1970 from Pixabay "I am going to kill him. This is too much. I've spent all my life trying to please him, coddle him, and chase after him, only to be rewarded with his evasiveness and his pathological lies. Now this plane ticket is the last straw. Where is he going? Who is … Continue reading The Battle Of Love (Flash Fiction #51)

New Word #46: That Doesn’t Sound Like English

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay Someone sent me a message with "raison d'être" in it. Show off. I actually wondered how he finds "ê" on the keyboard. This is life, isn't it? Once one can handle English, one realizes that the goal post is moving to a French location. I used to be annoyed by … Continue reading New Word #46: That Doesn’t Sound Like English

A Trip To New York City (Flash Fiction #50)

Image by Frank Winkler from Pixabay "Why is New York City called Big Apple?" Hitan asks "I don't know." Ivy replies. "As a tour guide, you really don't know your stuff." Hitan jokes good-naturedly. "I'm not a tour guide. I'm the owner of the Ivy Tutoring Center. Since most of the bilingual tour guide companies … Continue reading A Trip To New York City (Flash Fiction #50)

The Backyard Party (Flash Fiction #49)

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay They grill hamburgers, onions, fish cakes, pineapple slices in the backyard and the food is so good. Mrs. Yee surely knows how to prepare all the ingredients. At first everybody is very interested in what Mr. Yee has to say. He tells one anecdote after another, to his own amusement … Continue reading The Backyard Party (Flash Fiction #49)

New Word #45: The Olympic Games

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay Watching the ongoing Olympic games is great for learning some new words. And suddenly I realize that there are so many sports related words--actually every sports have its own pile of terms that people not interested in it would not understand. Since I am really bad with sports, I can … Continue reading New Word #45: The Olympic Games