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Gareth is an Australian who has lived in JiangSu, SuZhou (Heaven on Earth) for a few years - he is a keen observer of the Chinese people, Chinese culture and the changes that are occurring in China at break-neck speed. He can often be found on his a nightly 'perch' in front of his bar in the famous Bar Street in Suzhou, talking to the locals in his bad Mandarin, teaching the 'flower-selling girls' English, eating street food and smiling at the local chengguan (neighbourhood police). Gareth also has several other businesses in China around Business and English training. His experiences have been varied and interesting and his years in China have taught him to be wary of promises but excited about prospects, not a bad situation to be in!
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The What vs The Who!

2516 Views | 10 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/21/2013 3:47:04 PM
One thing I have noticed on CLM website and in dating a few Chinese women in China in particular, many of us are focusing on the result - that is marriage! But I'm still wrestling with this idea - I’m trying to work out what kind of person would you have to be to be successful in life-long inter-cultural marriage! Read more…

Perils of China: There goes the neighbourhood

2902 Views | 9 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/18/2013 7:17:55 PM
My little city is becoming famous for it's building known affectionately as “The Big Pants”. Recently featured on a BBC news program about the excesses of unabated China’s Construction miracle - it's real name is the Orient Gateway but from any direction it is like a big pair of legs and a lower torso - like a giant robot part left over from an epic Atom Boy battle! Read more…

Closeness and Distance

3416 Views | 10 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/17/2013 4:26:07 PM
One of interesting interactions that goes on in relationships that I grapple with the most is the idea of closeness and distance. I am of the opinion that you can be close and distant at the same time - and that these 'boundaries' move constantly and maybe at different speeds for different parts of my psyche. and for different people. Read more…

There is no 'need' in 'desire'!

7877 Views | 23 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/16/2013 2:38:06 PM
I've been contemplating some big issues lately - must be the warmer weather and all the sweet young ladies in summer fashion! Seriously though, I have been working on the ideas of the differences between how Chinese might view love and desire compared to myself. More specifically, When you love, how does it feel? When we desire, how is it different from love? Read more…

Perils Of China: This Expat Life

3336 Views | 12 Comments | 0 Articles | 5/30/2013 3:46:01 PM
I read a few months ago in some comments on a website about someone describing their expat lifestyle and the ’stages of understanding’ that people go through in the adjustment to another culture. I found it interesting because, of course, as someone who has lived in China for quite a while, I have experienced all of them too! And if you are seriously going to try to make a life with an overseas partner , you will probably experience them yourself or indirectly force your partner into them by virtue of relocation into a foreign clime! Read more…

Perils Of China: Errant Erhu and Killer Karaoke

4382 Views | 18 Comments | 0 Articles | 5/25/2013 5:31:06 PM
You may have been reading in the last few weeks of the perils of coming to China...from mysterious flu-like symptoms flying in the sky to floating pigs and even the 'nutritious' air pollution in the major cities. Read more…

PSYcho

2117 Views | 3 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/29/2013 3:47:18 PM
This week is the start of the most painful time in China, the karaoke/entertainment spectacular staged at the ’Spring Festival Dinners’. Read more…

What makes you happy?

4140 Views | 14 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/24/2013 2:43:43 PM
A few people on CLM and other places accuse me of being marriage negative - and I can see their point of view as being valid! They say things like ’there are many good ladies around you, what is wrong with you not wanting to marry one of those?’. Or ’you seem to write like you are playing with the emotions of others, and don't really seem to be serious about any of them!’, or even that I am some vicarious eunuch voyeur intent on extinguishing the love in others...And, that may well be true (from your perspective, although I don't agree), if the end-game is indeed marriage! Read more…

For Auld Lang Syne

2136 Views | 3 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/20/2013 4:18:03 PM
When I was a kid, a long time before all the health-food fear meant that eating anything that came from animals would not block your arteries in 5 seconds, I grew up with ’dripping’! For those of you not accustomed to this delicacy, let me highlight it’s origins and taste - essentially it is the juices, fats and tasty meat morsels that comes from roasted meats - and since my grandmother would insist on a weekly Sunday Roast, we had a bountiful supply. Read more…

Spring Festival Spree

5855 Views | 22 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/16/2013 3:00:12 PM
I went out last evening and caught up with a long-time Chinese friend. We somehow got into that inevitable discussion that occurs when the weather gets a little colder and the frost appears on the ground... Read more…
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