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Book Signing at Blacksmith Book Booksigning Extravaganza Venue: Bookazine, Prince's Building, Central Date: 26 November
Became Resident Blogger at South China Morning Post Start date: September 




Endorsed Matthew Harrison's New Novel Benjamin Bunce Date: 15 August
Became Contributing Writer for South China Morning Post'sEncounterstravel magazine and LifeSTYLE/Getaways supplements Start date: June 
Guest Speaker at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Topic: "HONG KONG State of Mind" Venue: SCAD, Cheung Sha Wan Date: 24 May 
Interviewed by Finnish Radio Station GB Times

A Farewell to Arms 永别了,武器

America is a bizarre country. To be an American – or to live in America – is to accept a few things that defy common sense. For starters, pizza is considered a “vegetable” under federal law. Two tablespoons of tomato paste on the dough is enough to make the pie healthy enough to be served at every public school cafeteria. Speaking of health, emergency rooms across the country routinely turn down trauma patients who fail to produce proof of health insurance. Facing skyrocketing healthcare costs, the uninsured are left for dead and the insured are worried sick about rising deductibles and annual premiums. Not bizarre enough? Here's another good one: gun shootings have become so commonplace that the evening news no longer reports them unless they are deemed a “shooting rampage.” And each time after a massacre, gun enthusiasts line up outside Wal-Mart to stock up on assault weapons for fear of tougher gun laws. That’s right, in America you can buy a military-style semi-automatic rifle…

Just Us Two 二人世界

One of the advantages of living in the 21st Century is that we get to choose the way we live our lives. When it comes to love and marriage, some stick to the white picket fence, while others cohabit without ever tying the knot. Still others stay blissfully single for life, free as birds. Same sex couples, ever the scourge of conservative society, can now legally marry in eleven countries and several American states. It is therefore all the more surprising that, in our age of live-and-let-live sexual liberation, one segment of society continues to be stigmatized by a stubborn social prejudice: married couples without children.


I am not talking about infertile people who can’t bear children – they get their fair share of pitiful looks from friends along with unsolicited advice on how to raise their sperm count. I am referring to married folks who, for financial, emotional or philosophical reasons, decide to stay child-free. While no one ever questions why we want children, those who cho…