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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)

My wife went to the Chinese doctor, & he gave her cupping & gua sha. Her back looks like she was playing Indiana Jones by dragging behind a truck over a very rough road.

Cupping -

Gua Sha -

An online discussion regarding a Lennon Wall in Taichung showing support for Hong Kong has been invaded by some people from China. It's interesting/frustrating that, despite numerous warnings about how to & how not to proceed, Westerners just don't know how to handle these sorts of situations.

I don't think we've ever had a year with this much rain before. It started in the spring with the Plum Rains, & has continued right on through the summer. Good ol' is feeling more like .

What are some good books about the Silk Road? Must be in English & readily available in bookstores. Alternatively, what are some books to avoid on the subject? Thanks.

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It's a La Pavoni PRH. I bought it new about 12 years ago. It's great for apartment living because it's small and quiet (no pump). Coupled with my hand grinder, I can make an espresso with my wife sleeping on the sofa.

I admit, though, that I haven't taken as good care of it as I should have.

[As seen on a YouTube video]

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Further to my usual coffee shop raising prices, there are only 2 customers in here right now, & we're both long-term customers. I've only ordered a double espresso today, & the other guy a cappuccino (2 of his 3 cheapest drinks). The owner is giving both of us free (& very weak) oolong tea to keep our glasses full. He's also making a great effort to engage us in conversation, but he's always been pretty good that way.

"You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

Apparently, had more deaths than births in the first half of this year.

The coffee shop near where I work on Saturdays just raised prices on pourover coffee by 20%. Looks like I'm going to have to switch to espresso.

Trusting a person is usually better than relying on a label. -- Gianaclis Caldwell, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking

(Who would've thought you'd get such profound wisdom from a book on making cheese?)

We had some leftover buckwheat & millet combo in the fridge. I added ricotta & lavender honey. That's just way too decadent to be this healthy. 😍

If you don't have lavender honey, you may need a pinch of cinnamon.

You can thank me later.

All my life I said that perogies (pierogi) were my favorite food, especially when first boiled & then fried. But I have to admit that a bread crust (13% rye, 27% whole wheat) with butter is now their equal.

I'm such a peasant.

And here's the same guy making an oven & roasting a chicken.

I've always enjoyed videos about traditional Japanese woodworking & joinery. Here's an interesting Chinese one. Watch what he makes from a single block of wood & how he makes it using only hand tools.

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