Chinese Women, Asian Women, Online Dating & Things Chinese and Asian
A retired Aussie programmer from Sydney, I am an ardent traveller, student of things Chinese, and in retirement both an online teacher and online MOOC student. I write mostly about travel and experiences in China, and of interaction with Asian culture and people. Don’t expect controversy because, like a cat in a puddle, I tread carefully - but sometimes I just might throw in a ‘googly’!
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Solo-trekking in China - Longsheng Titian Rice terrace) - (2)

477 Views | 2 Comments | 6 Articles | 1/10/2021 10:54:59 AM

The 'Guide' hung around through the cooking and the meal, until the owner whispered that she was waiting to be paid for her guiding ... and that if I did not pay her, she herself would have to give her some money - being the CPC official.  I told her that the woman had done nothing for me at all.  I should just have given her another 50yuan and been done with it.  The woman in the turban-like headdress would appear to be Yao or Miao, I cannot tell.  The host boiled a large tub of water, and I soaked my knee for half an hour, getting quite some relief.   Read more…

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Two tigers - A Nursery rhyme in three guises French Chinese and American

431 Views | 1 Comments | 3 Articles | 1/6/2021 11:03:29 AM

Sorry traditional Chinese: Read more…

Solo-trekking in China - Longsheng Titian Rice terrace) - (1)

496 Views | 3 Comments | 1 Articles | 1/4/2021 12:18:37 PM

2012 I returned to Guilin, planning to go trekking for 3 days in the Longsheng rice terraces. By bus perhaps two hours to the park entrance. I left my luggage there with a shopkeeper, the one selling smoked rat, and set out uphill - and downhill, downhill and uphill. After two hours the following would-be guides had thinned to just one, for whom I stopped and told her with difficulty, in Mandarin which she roughly understood, that I planned to walk alone and had no need of a guide. Nonetheless she followed 100m behind for an hour, then came hurrying to catch me up and ask me to slow down, I was too fast for her 'zou de manxie ba, ni zou de tai kuaile'. It was November and cool, with dark approaching quite early, as I approached a steep climb she came hurrying up again, and told me she could introduce me to a hotel ... and then hurried on ahead. She led me into a ramshackle wooden zhuang building where they asked 700 yuan for the night, so I refrained from laughing, and explained I wanted to get to the top so I could set out early in the morning for morning sun on the rice terraces. She followed me closely and took me into a villagers house where four men were puffing away in the dark and I refused again, walking on till I found a family with children where someone would cook for me, 100 yuan for meal and bed. Read more…

Receding Ice-age or Global warming - same result...

2787 Views | 33 Comments | 5 Articles | 2/11/2020 12:41:46 PM

... except one happens in a few million years, and the other happens in half a century Read more…

My Chinese Ancestry - 200 years of it. Part 1

928 Views | 1 Comments | 3 Articles | 1/8/2020 10:50:54 AM

A young, 20 or so years old, Chinese male disembarked from the Laurel in Sydney in 1818, just over 200 years ago. The first or perhaps the second legal immigrant from the Middle Kingdom to Sydney. Surely many other itinerant Chinese had landed in the north west diving for beche-de-mer (trepang, sea-cucumber), and perhaps Zheng He had come there too, 400 years earlier. Others had been shanghaied or press ganged and later jumped ship, probably from the Pearl River region, whence Mai Shiying (aka Mak O'pang, Mak Saiying) came too. At some point shortly after arrival, He was assigned the name of John Shying, willy nilly, clearly resulting from the confusion over family names.  That name thenceforth appears on marriage and birth certificates. From John Shying Circa 1798 to John James 1823, John Joseph 1844, William John 1868, and Jack Reuben my grandfather the male chain continues, but Reuben had four daughters, so Narelle, mum, was the end of my branch of the Shying chain. Read more…

Can someone explain to me Xu Zhimo's reputation and popularity?

1132 Views | 7 Comments | 1 Articles | 11/2/2019 12:12:28 PM

Could someone who has been through the Chinese education explain to me how Xu Zhimo's poetry is taught and analysed and explained in the Chinese schooling system?  As part of my never-ending Chinese study I recently followed up on the brief poem By Chance 偶然 which I had liked so much,  and read others of Xu Zhimo, including the mandatory Second Farewell to Cambridge.  Xu Zhimo seems to be rated as a great modern Chinese poet, and is studied in junior or middle schools in China.  My reading of him reveals no strong reason for such a high rating, pleasant reading but not much more.  So why is he rated highly and spoon or force fed to Chinese students? Read more…

Travels in Zhejiang and Hunan - Lost photos

776 Views | 7 Comments | 4 Articles | 10/24/2019 11:41:07 PM

I thought I had lost all my photos from this 2015 or 2016 trip, since they showed up neither in OneDrive, nor on Flashdrives or any hard-disks.  Two of my computers used from 2010 through 2016 had expired or had replaced disks.  My old DSLR had gone the way of eBay, and current phone and camera memory has been uploaded to OneDrive and emptied. On this trip or trips I had been to Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang, Zhugecun, Qiandao hu, Ningbo, Suzhou ZhaoZhuang... so the loss of the entire suite was to have been something of a disaster.  Read more…

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GuoQingJie Approaches - and the Beijing Flower Display

1780 Views | 26 Comments | 5 Articles | 9/2/2019 10:56:36 AM

One of my students today sent me some photos and youkus from China, to do with the upcoming National holiday and I am giving serious thought to travelling to China for the October celebrations.  Here in Sydney it will be almost Jacaranda time and there will be the wonderful purple jacarandas everywhere, but few people and no crowds. Read more…

BusTravels in China(2)

803 Views | 1 Comments | 8 Articles | 6/5/2019 12:43:07 PM

Chongqing-Jiuzhaigou-Changjiang Read more…

A Change of Pace - Haircuts and Beauty Salons

1385 Views | 9 Comments | 3 Articles | 4/16/2019 12:17:32 PM

My first haircut in China Read more…

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