Entries by Caroline Cheng


I do not normally make New Year resolutions.  However, if I did, it would be “to stop making excuses and just go and ski”. That little bit of wisdom would be appropriate today.  The radio announcer and Environment Canada were “squaking” about about the temperature and frost bite warnings.  Yes, it was refreshing this morning […]

Merry Christmas 2018

I know that no one likes form letters but it is the most efficient way of spreading my doings for 2018.  It does save me the need to repeat myself.  Please click on the link below for the actual letter. 2018 christmas letter

Outdoor – Chinese Style

I am home now doing this on my computer.  I enjoyed my first couple of days back in Canada, jet lag and all.  I am appreciating my personal space, the clean air, the polite Canadians, my favourite web sites, …  I want to finish documenting my Chinese travels and then proceed to full-on Christmas. I […]


I am currently in the city of Dali.  It is in the province of Yunnan, which is just north of Laos and Vietnam.  Despite being relatively south, it is cool at night because it is getting high.  The area is know, in ancient China as source of marble.  As a matter of fact, marble is […]

The Cell Phone

The only way to describe cell phones in China is that it is everywhere.  The photo above was taken in the Shanghai subway.  Close to 100% of the commuters were staring into the small screen.  Most were either playing games or checking social network.  There were public service announcements, in Chinese only, reminding people to […]

My Thoughts on Georgia and Armenia

I am home now, sitting in my comfortable den, reflecting on my most recent trip.  I am happy that I visited these 2 fascinating countries.  I will admit that I knew nothing about them before the trip except the name.  Like most people, when I hear the name Georgia, I would think of the State […]

Uncle Joe

Gori is a one man town and his name is Joseph Stalin (aka Uncle Joe).  He was one of the most brutal dictator of the 20th century and he was born in Gori as the son of a cobbler. The town itself is fairly insignificant except that it is flooded with Stalin everything (t-shirt, mugs, pipes, […]


Nowadays, I don’t get that many surprises when I travel, with everything available on the net.  The Cave city of Vardzia, Georgia is a pleasant exception to that rule.  I am sure that it is on the net but I just never came across it.  It is a holy city barried deep in the mountains, on […]


Armenia and Georgia are 2 countries in the southern Caucasus.  They are very similar in some ways but so different in others. History of both countries stretch back at least 4000 to 5000 years.  They both have their own alphabets, own language, and own branch of Christianity.  The wine culture is important to both.  Georgia […]


Armenians are deeply religious.  They have their own branch of Christianity.  It is close to Roman Catholic Church with the ceremonies and all.  The more important armenian churches tends to be older with UNESCO designation. There are many churches in Armenia and the word I would use to describe them is “dignity”.  The beauty of […]