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Hi. I'm new to this instance. My former account was @SlowRain.

I'm a Canadian expat teaching ESL in . My interests are:

(I also roast coffee at home)

Do any fountain-pen people on here have any experience with Diplomat, particularly the Aero? I have a few questions.

Weep for Hong Kong. And do what you can to help.

Kweichow Moutai: 'Elite' alcohol brand is China's most valuable firm


I've had Moutai. It's really good stuff, but you have to beware of knock-offs.

I upped the quality of one of the components in my espresso blend, & I've been drinking the best cappuccinos I've ever made this week.

Do you see the little umbrella on the handlebars? Food delivery by scooter is a HUGE deal in Taiwan (ie. Food Panda & Uber Eats). Those drivers use their phones a lot, & they use a holder attached to the handlebars for hands-free use. The problem is the constant sunshine is brutal on the phone. This is the solution.

Here's a cute bookmark they were giving out at the bookstore last weekend.

It says, "We are reading at home."

I saw my first ever (partial) solar eclipse today. Hard to believe I've made it this far in life without ever experiencing one. I was in class, but gave my students a 10-minute break to go down & walk around.

It was weird. I felt the edges of buildings, trees, & clouds were all very delineated & distinct, well-defined, & the colors were all quite vibrant.

Hopefully I don't have to wait so long for the next time.

Taiwan has really upped its beer game in the last 5 years. This one is not bad.

What is it with foreign English teachers in Taiwan & their birthdays? I had to substitute for my (now former) co-worker last month because he messaged the supervisor at midnight saying he wouldn't be at work the next day. The foreign teacher where my wife works took yesterday off, too, because it was his birthday.

"It's my special day. Everyone, treat me like a princess." 👸

Is this common elsewhere?

Politicians were like talking dogs in a circus: the fact that they existed was uncommonly interesting, but no sane person would actually believe what they said.

- Alan Furst, Dark Star

Reading a book on monasteries, drinking Belgian beer, making notes with fountain pens, and all on a rainy day. Life is enjoyable.

SlowRain boosted

Big book! I have to read it on the dining-room table. (That's an A4 notebook for scale.)

Hardcover: 431 pages
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2 x 14.5 inches (24.1 x 3.2 x 32.4 cm)
Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds (3.8 kg)

Go read City of Broken Promises by Austin Coates now. You can thank me later. If your local library doesn't have it, you can order it from the Hong Kong University Press while it's still on sale (promo code P-ERAH). Best work of fiction I've read in over 4 years.

Finished reading City of Broken Promises by Austin Coates

A very enthusiastic 4/5 stars! And the first 4-star work of fiction I've read in over 4 years. It's THAT good.

It's a love story about a Chinese orphan in late 18th-century Macao who goes from an unacknowledged house prostitute to becoming the richest woman in the city & having a name of her own. (Inspired by true events.)

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