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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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Going DownUnder in SuZhou

2423 Views | 3 Comments | 0 Articles | 6/4/2012 12:22:50 AM
My little city in China (JiangSu, SuZhou) is growing up! Amid fireworks and gleaming faux-marble tiles the subway has opened, allowing my city to further boast of it's prowess as a modern metropolis. Many provincial cities have a public subway system but SuZhou is the first 'non-capital city' to get it's own underground amusement ride! It really is a 'big boy' now! Read more…

Exporting Chineseness

2162 Views | 1 Comments | 0 Articles | 5/20/2012 12:46:35 PM
I’ve not written for a while - the main reason is that I was travelling a little - the first time I went 'home' in 7 years. It was a strange and surreal experience on so many levels - seeing family, re-meeting friends, catching up with old emotions in old locations. Read more…

Goddess of Chastity

2710 Views | 2 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/31/2012 12:17:49 AM
An interesting piece of material floated over the Chinese Internet last week, that being Tu Shiyou, the proclaimed ”Goddess of Chastity”. Read more…

Progress in PuTongHua

2256 Views | 7 Comments | 1 Articles | 3/12/2012 10:16:07 PM
It is funny how you can measure progress in something - most people would say that when learning a foreign language, progress should be measured against the number of words you know, or the number of lessons you have mastered or how well you write an exam. But my putonghua (Chinese common language) is mostly self-taught by flailing around in China using language badly, getting help from teachers and friends every now and then for a month or two (but not doing any homework) and listening to others. Read more…

Shedding Singleness in Dragon Year

2015 Views | 1 Comments | 0 Articles | 3/4/2012 12:08:19 PM

Front End Loader... In The Sky

2092 Views | 1 Comments | 0 Articles | 2/29/2012 12:46:13 AM
I was doing some Internet searches last week - I am creating some brochures for my company so I was looking for happy, smiling portraits of Chinese people. You know, people satisfied with the services I offer, business people in suits that benefit from my limited knowledge, cute girls (without the duck-face pout or the V pose... that’s a hard one!) and handsome boys with slick hair and crisp shirts who become professional corporate ladder-climbers through my assistance... anyway, you get the picture. Read more…

First International Festival of the Freckle

1758 Views | 0 Comments | 0 Articles | 2/24/2012 11:32:03 PM
I was feeling a bit under the weather last weekend and decided that a day “on the couch” might be a viable option. I selected a few favourite DVDs and wrapped myself in a few blankets and got comfortable. Read more…
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Long Arm of Love

2532 Views | 0 Comments | 0 Articles | 2/22/2012 4:41:43 PM
A small piece of trivia crossed my path the other day, a few pictures from the ChengDu Police micro blog of eligible young policemen that may be suitable for 'shedding single status' this year...true, about 10 steely-eyed young men, 24-29 years old, each carrying automatic weapons or in poses of ’rushing to assist’ kittens out of trees and old ladies to cross the road... in full riot gear. It somehow had me giggling! Yes, I know that in other countries they do posters/calendars of semi-naked sports stars or local firemen going buff for charity with a strategically placed high-pressure nozzle over the nether-regions, but I haven't really seen the idea of photographing young men at work with the expressed objective of ’marrying them off’. What next, introducing 5 single farmers of the week on CCTV 4 between the news and weather report? Or Bachelors of the PLA between the pictures of them firing guns and driving tanks? Read more…

The rules are different when applied to me!

2343 Views | 6 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/27/2012 1:40:09 PM
My Chinese friend has just bought a car - and I have been reticent to ride in it with her because, to be honest, I am a terrible backseat driver. Now, I don't claim to be an excellent driver - but I have had 20-odd years experience driving cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes, tractors and a multitude of motorized farm equipment, so I have a few years up on my friend (licensed 1 month ago). Read more…

The Return of Chinglish

2108 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/12/2012 11:02:55 PM
One of my greatest joys when I first came to China was finding Chinglish - that curious mixture of words derived from mechanical translation of Chinese into English. It can be such a treasure - and a great source of entertainment as you try to decipher exactly what is being said such as “Please refrain yourself strictly, keep the flowers on the trees to prove you are a gentleman” (Please don't pick the flowers) and “enjoy the verdure essence from mountaintop scenic vantage not pleasant valley stroll” (Keep off the grass) and the others which are pure oxymoron “slippery when wet ... and dry” and my all-time favourite safety sign “warning, beware of unsafely danger strictlyness”. All of these featured in the Gardens of Suzhou a few years ago - but alas, have faded into obscurity. Read more…
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