The Golden Autumn in South Korea


Hope my previous posts did not convey the impression that the fall foliage in South Korea are all red, orange and pink only.DSCF3335
In our trip, we did see a lot of fall foliage which are yellow or even golden in color.DSCF3334
Everywhere there are lots of Gingko and other trees which gave an impression of a Golden Autumn.DSCF3333

The following is a poem by a Chinese scholar, translated into English:

I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud.
So I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are
a little yellow, its tones mellower, its colors richer, and it is tinged
a little with sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not
of the innocence of spring, nor of the power of summer, but
of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age.
It knows the limitations of life and is content

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Early Retirement = Early Death?


There are conflicting research results on whether early retirement is a cause for early deaths.

1. On one hand, there are researches which show that one additional year of early retirement causes an increase in the risk of premature death of 2.4 percentage points or 1.8 months in terms of years of life lost.

A study by Shell, which followed their workers for 26 years, suggested that survival for those who retire at 65 are greater. “ Survival rates remained significantly greater for those who retired at age 65 compared with those who retired at age 55,” the researchers wrote. Many people underestimate the importance of their job when they give it up.

2. On the other hand, Dr. Sing Lin in his paper “Optimum Strategies for Creativity and Longevity” dated 2002 pointed to an opposite direction. One of his conclusions is that ” if you are not able…

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30 Final Days of Bangladesh – Day 3 – Ayahs and Vangaris


As I was working in my bedroom-cum-office I became aware of voices coming from the ranna ghor, the kitchen. Two of them I knew to be Surola and Hiramone, our ayahs.


Technically speaking, an ayah is a nanny and looks after the children but at LAMB the title has become the normal term to use for all housemaids whether or not there are any children. I suspect this has happened because so many families – like mine – have come to work at LAMB from abroad over the years.

Anyway, there was a third voice in the kitchen and I went to look. It was another ‘ayah’ who I knew and a regular visitor to our home. I often have no idea how many women are in my house or who they are at any particular point. These are working women who, once they finished cleaning and washing our floors…

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Top Tip Of The Week


Homophone Headache!

Yesterday in my writing exercise for you, I asked you to spot ten deliberate mistakes in a page of text. One of the mistakes was a homophone (aloud/allowed) where the words sound the same but have a different meaning. It’s so easy to type the wrong word but always look at the context the word is written in. Here are some common homophones:

  • too/to/two
  • there/their/they’re
  • break/brake
  • one/won
  • see/sea
  • poor/pour/paw
  • bear/bare
  • hire/higher
  • so/sew
  • wood/would
  • sore/saw
  • flower/flour
  • made/maid
  • hire/higher
  • pair/pear
  • sight/site

And many, many more!

Hope your weekend is as happy as this guy’s:


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