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

1831 Views | 31 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

659 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?

827 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

529 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

1305 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)

621 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

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

My first haircut in China Read more…

Second trip to China- Getting Married

1091 Views | 7 Comments | 1 Articles | 4/7/2019 1:53:21 PM

I was in a strange, nay weird state on the second trip to China, having worked for a company taken over and being dismembered.  I had sat at a desk on double pay for two months, doing absolutely nothing under strict instructions to do nothing, and then released in October, after guo qing jie, went to China.  I had consulted lawyers, immigration experts self-proclaimed and they had advised me that I would lose my queue place if I married in China - the queue for my fiancee to come to Australia, but it didn't make sense to me, so I went to China planning to proceed nevertheless. Read more…

Bus Travels in China (1)

572 Views | 4 Comments | 3 Articles | 3/31/2019 10:45:30 AM

My very first bus-trip in China was the ghastly trip from Ningbo to Huangshan that I mentioned in my previous blog - tedious, boring, exceedingly uncomfortable and otherwise to be forgotten, although Huangshan itself was indeed memorable.  We must have been married by then because no-one objected to us staying together in a twin room!  The marriage, the hospital inspection, the civil ceremony and celebration is another story for another time. Read more…

My very first sojourn in China - last century (2)

654 Views | 8 Comments | 1 Articles | 3/23/2019 11:20:13 AM

The chronology of those early trips is somewhat confused - more than 20 years have passed by - but I think after the Aussie Melbourne Cup celebration at the embassy next port of call was Ningbo, by overnight ship from Shanghai.  A two-hour bus trip from Shanghai to the port wheezing in clouds of smoke from beneath the no-smoking sign and then overnight in the four berth cabin of an old clunker to Ningbo - memorable.  I'll see if I can find any photos.  Meeting family, then by bus to Huangshan.  Oh! how buses have improved since then, speed and comfort wise!  The 'seats' were reclining wicker beds, you could not sit up at all.  In the misty morning you could choose xifan zha cai mantou or nothing haha (wet rice, pickled turnip bland buns). Read more…

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