Tag Archives: China

How to enjoy eating hotpot?

Honey Panda loves eating spicy food very much, including mala hotpot (麻辣火鍋) and mala stir-fry. To enjoy eating hotpot: Check for the price for adults and children (age or height based). Is it buffet or ala-carte? We don’t want any surprise. ask if drink is included in the buffet price. ask if sauce is included […]

How to network at conferences?

On 20171023, Honey Panda and I went to the first conference attended by Little Princess. I know that some people may be thrilled to see her, whereas some may perceive it negatively or even worse, be offended, but I think that exposing her to her parents’ work early is essential [1], so that she views […]

How to learn and teach Mandarin to little children?

Since I think that Chinese characters are complex yet beautiful, Little Prince and Little Princess must learn and master Mandarin. In my attempts to teach Chinese language to Little Prince since autumn 2017, I have also learned and re-learned many new things, and re-discovered the beauty of Chinese Mandarin. Essential learning materials include: Hanyu Pinyin […]

How to have happy and successful play dates?

As of 20171004, Little Prince has been to four different play dates (at three different families) in this autumn 2017 as planned. We look forward to more happy play dates that allow us to learn and make more friends. Little Prince enjoyed playing toys of his friends (especially given how minimalist we live), we also […]

How to prepare our children for the first day of kindergarten?

During the open campus day, I saw that there would be 22 classmates of Little Prince and we received a back-to-school checklist by Todd Parr. On the eve of Little Prince’s first day of kindergarten, as inspired by the checklist, I created a personalized checklist for him: be unique, it’s okay to be different be […]

What lessons that we would like to share with our children for them to live independently?

Since Little Prince and I would live together in our adventure in the desert, in addition to the essentials, I would like to share survival and practical lessons to allow him to be independent early in life. Do not reboil water because reboiling will cause “anything dissolved in the water (salts, contaminants) to be slightly […]

What is your checklist for flying?

I flew a lot in years 2009, 2010 (one of my flights made an emergency landing and I unexpectedly had the chance to visit the first Starbucks outlet), 2015, and 2017. As inspired by The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, below is my ongoing checklist for flying. Buy the best (cheapest, direct-flight) tickets [1] Few […]