I started piano about a year ago now, probably a little over, but I am not counting too closely. I have a beautiful Roland piano in white (not my first choice, black was sold out but now that I have had it for so long, I can’t imagine it being any other color).
I have been following a lot of the “dark academia” instagrams lately and they post a lot of good quotes that I have been using. I started a new style with a lot of flourishes this week. Flourishes are quite scary. Ink: WatercolorNib: Brand new Nikko GPaper: Vellum
I am sick writing this. I got a cold, from my SO who also had a cold earlier this week. We’ve been sick with colds (I suspect that they are the dreaded Air Conditioner Colds, a popular theory that if you run your AC at night you will get sick) precisely twice since lockdown endedContinue reading “Colds in Post-COVID China”
I ran a hackathon at work this past week and wanted to thank our guest judges with something rather pretty, and I always love the Postman Knock’s tutorials on cards and did my best to copy by hand the illustrations. I definitely got in over my. head with this one, but I thought it turnedContinue reading “Thank You Card”
An oasis in the desert, the birthplace of Buddhism in China Our Trip to Dunhuang was in fact, the highlight of our short visit out west. 100F in the day, but cool at night, we dined on dates and other local foods while experiencing all that the desert had to offer Escaping Qinghai was aContinue reading “Trip Report: Dunhuang”
“You’ve come at a bad time, actually.” These were the first words I heard off the plane from my coworker who was living in the small capitol city of Xining that had, for the past month and a half, encouraged me to come out to the gorgeous province of Qinghai in order to view theContinue reading “Trip Report: Qinghai”
I have been following all those Dark Academia blogs on tumblr and instagram lately and saw this quote and really liked it. The lettering is done in Magnolia Style which is quite dramatic with many flourishes, but I feel like it deserves more than it got. I put in an order for some Iron GallContinue reading “Calligraphy – Shakespeare”
静安寺 A Glittering Gold Recreation in Shanghai A joke amongst the locals, a tourist trap even in the deadly heat of summer, we wandered in an hour before closing and had the famous landmark to ourselves.
I’ve given a few interviews about the pandemic as an expat abroad, mostly from podcasters and political activists who hope that getting some word across from China would change local policy. I really wasn’t sure what they wanted from me, the Chinese response to the pandemic was scattershot at best and there is no oneContinue reading “An American Abroad Part II – The Pandemic”
Nib: Nikko GInk: Sumi Ink