A big hand-painted sign on an exposed brick wall proclaims: “Hamburgers. Delicious!” Indeed, who can argue with that simple statement?
Despite the bad rap it gets as being nothing but junk food consisting of a rubbery meat patty slapped between two pieces of not-so-fresh bread, hamburgers are a great comfort food. And naturally, everyone has their ideas about what makes a good burger.
On Wednesday, June 5, Year 13 students from Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) marked the end of their secondary education at the school’s auditorium. Wearing mortarboard caps and black robes with a red and blue trim, 39 seniors proceeded into the room. They were preceded by colorfully-dressed Co-Principals Christine Xu and Wayne Richardson, Assistant Director Winnie Cheng, and Superintendent Tom Ulmet.
The graduating class represented 14 nationalities, including the UK, the US, China, South Korea, Italy and Canada. They have been accepted to programs ranging from bio-engineering and architecture to art history, economics, computer science, mathematics, marketing, creative writing, graphic design, music composition, social technology, and beyond.
Congratulations are in order! Several establishments in Shunyi have received recognition for their passion and quality of service.
Photos of Leslie Simpson’s OBE Ceremony Released
The tireless founder of Roundabout is now officially Leslie Simpson, OBE after she received the distinction of Officer of the Order of the British Empire earlier this year. Many of us knew about this achievement, but there are now newly-released photographs from the ceremony. Read more about the recognition of Leslie’s charity and philanthropy work overseas here.
The Echo Chamber: Like Mother, Like Daughter? - What to do when strangers don’t see a hereditary resemblance
Heading home to Canada, my daughter Echo and I were waiting in the customs line-up when an elderly Chinese gentleman pointed to her and said, “She’s a lucky girl.” Confused, I asked, “To travel overseas?” And then I realized what he meant.
Later, on the flight, I was chatting with a young Chinese man. He shyly gestured toward my daughter and asked, “Where in China did she come from?” “We’re both from Beijing.” I replied before I realized what he was really asking.
I’m the man of the house. Don’t believe me; just ask the six females in my household. There are a great many tasks that only the man can do around the home. For example, no one seems to be able to do the laundry quite as well as I do. Go figure. If a toy is broken, it ends up on my desk for repairs. It might take weeks, but I fix it (or throw it away once it has been forgotten). Not surprisingly, I’m also the only one who leans out to clean outside windows. That’s right; these are tough, arduous tasks that have long been the domain of manly men.
Now, I’m adding one more task to the man-pile: baby nail cutting. For reasons wholly unknown to me, no one is willing to cut the nails of our twin boys (now 9 months).
Beijing Baba: The Great Date Night Escape - A well-deserved night off from parental responsibilities in a five-star hotel
Long have I heard about the positive side effects of date nights for married couples. It is usually couched in phrases like, “good for the relationship,” “helps maintain a healthy relationship,” or “reinvigorates your relationship.” I imagine it keeps you sane, gets you out of the house, and away from your offspring. Sadly, Savvy and I have not mastered going on date nights. In fact, we have rarely gone out at night as a couple without the kids (this is where you sympathetically sigh for us). Though we may not rule the nightlife, we do manage to sneak out for lunches together and the odd matinee. Still, the nights have, by and large, remained elusive for most of the past six years.