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283 Views | 14 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/27/2018 11:12:27 PM

On my last day in China, in appreciation of my help in the gym, Mandy invited us for dinner at the restaurant she worked at. After two weeks of dieting, my wife was exuberant. Not just because she could eat anything, but because the place was so fancy.  Read more…

704 Views | 35 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/27/2018 9:31:31 PM

The Shouting Boy

So I turned to my wife and asked, “Did you hear that shout?”

“What shout?” she asked, sleepy-eyed.

It was Sunday morning in Shenzhen. The streets were quiet, nearly without traffic, cars and pedestrians alike. My wife and I were already up and on our way to the gym. I was very much jet-lagged and about to convince myself that the airplane engines were somehow still roaring in my ears, when there it was again—a bawl. This time, it got my wife's attention as well. Read more…

363 Views | 10 Comments | 0 Articles | 4/14/2018 9:30:17 AM

Visiting China always cracks something open inside me. If I want to describe this thing, I close my eyes, and it will appear as a hotel room that has just been put back into operation after being unused for a long while. Its door and windows are wide open to air the place out. Furniture is dusted off, floors swept. After the final once-over, the room is ready to do the only thing it's supposed to do: accommodate fresh memories. Read more…

1055 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 8/5/2016 10:42:17 AM

There are many things that we westerners complain about in China, the 'Bean-Can-Man'; those that pay homage to the 'Flob God'; people walking on roads and driving on the pavement; the apparent lack of common sense; even the education system that is often more akin to palliative care than it is to teaching. Read more…

1347 Views | 6 Comments | 7 Articles | 11/7/2015 11:03:29 PM

I blinked but I couldn’t believe it.  But Ted (a foreign teacher like me) was correct.  Close to our university, attached to the side of the house just outside of a window was a dirty bird cage.  Inside the bird cage was a dog. Read more…

2623 Views | 24 Comments | 7 Articles | 7/17/2015 9:56:47 AM
2599 Views | 12 Comments | 1 Articles | 3/9/2015 2:48:25 PM

I don't remember how often I have been to Xi'an, but I can only remember that I was always rushing to and fro around the factory- hotel- airport in the business trips. (We have an important supplier in Xi’an with whom we both have been in a close cooperation in the past many years.)  When I finished my work, I usually rushed to the airport to catch the last flight to get home. In order to save time, sometimes I just had a bowl of noodles to fill my poor belly at the Airport, and finished it as soon as possible in a few minutes before the boarding gate was closed. I still remember that the cheapest noodles soup was RMB 68 at the airport.  The other day I read on a Chinese forum that some Netizens were complaining the noodles soup was too expensive at the airport.  Read more…

2095 Views | 5 Comments | 1 Articles | 2/9/2015 3:58:47 PM

After arriving at the hotel feeling totally exhausted we finally got the sleep we so desperately needed.Tomorrow was New Years Eve and Amy needed to work. Read more…

1639 Views | 4 Comments | 0 Articles | 1/29/2015 3:49:50 PM

We arrived at Krabi airport in relatively high spirits. Although our holiday was over we had both had a fabulous time. We knew that we were in for a rough night because our 3 hour 30 minute flight was due to land in Guangzhou around 1.30 am and our flight to Amy's home town was due to take off at 07.10. Read more…

1765 Views | 3 Comments | 5 Articles | 1/19/2015 2:05:40 PM

“Do they really eat the fish that they catch there?” I ask Tina as we walked slowly past a bunch of fishermen with lines dangling limply into the muddy waters of the Shawan River.  Tina and I were on our way home, after a big afternoon of exploring many of the back block areas around her home town of Shawan. Read more…

2167 Views | 9 Comments | 7 Articles | 1/18/2015 4:23:26 PM

“Why did you wake me up?” Tina had cried out.  “I was eating MEAT!”  This was the last sentence of my previous article.  It had described how Tina as a youngster had been brought up in tough conditions, often with a minimum of food to eat.  Meat in particular was a special treat for the family to be enjoyed only occasionally. Read more…

3217 Views | 20 Comments | 8 Articles | 1/18/2015 1:35:51 PM

On this slow moving day, Tina and I were taking a walk around various areas of Shawan, her home town. Soon we ended up at some sort of historical site, the birthplace and long term residence of Guo Moruo.  He was an acclaimed Chinese author, poet and historian, being born in 1892 and passing away in 1978.  Read more…

5206 Views | 49 Comments | 8 Articles | 1/16/2015 1:10:32 PM

“Come on, Barry – let’s go to the shops and have some lunch!”  Tina suddenly blurted out to me.  “You look so serious.” Read more…

5402 Views | 42 Comments | 7 Articles | 1/16/2015 1:09:32 PM

To recap the scenario from the preceding article, I was in a real pickle. I’d suffered a bad bout of diarrhoea in Tina’s apartment on the very day that her toilet had stopped working. I'd been forced to run to her bathroom and unfortunately filled it up with an overflowing mess of poop. Tina in the meantime had dashed out to the shops and her return was imminent.  Read more…

7041 Views | 32 Comments | 8 Articles | 1/11/2015 4:16:01 PM

Day 22 dawned.  I couldn’t believe how quickly time was passing.  It seemed like I’d arrived in China just a few days or so previously, but the facts were the facts.  I was entering my fourth week here, like it or not.  I felt a vague yet quite genuine sense of sadness that I'd have to be leaving China soon.  I’d felt immensely happy here and inwardly vowed that I would return, though I knew that due to work and other pressures back in Australia, this probably wouldn’t be as soon as I’d like. Read more…

3576 Views | 24 Comments | 8 Articles | 1/7/2015 10:16:28 AM

It had proven to be an extremely tough yet fascinating day.  Tina and I had just returned from a three hour hike in the dark aroundthe myriad ridges, gullies and foothills surrounding her home town of Shawan.  We’d badly miscalculated though on how much daylight was left in the day, after being both entertained and intrigued by a visit to a half completed monastery in the distant hills.  Being somewhat remote, hardly anyone visited the place, so upon spotting us, the caretaker monk there had been only too pleased to show us around.  Read more…

3840 Views | 23 Comments | 8 Articles | 1/5/2015 2:08:04 PM

It was getting quite late.  Tina and I had been trekking cautiously through the dark in the far hills surrounding Shawan, her beloved home town.  We’d miscalculated and found ourselves in this unnerving predicament, after spending too long visiting a half completed Buddhist monastery hidden on the top of one of the distant hills.  The caretaker monk there was astonished to see a Westerner visiting the place, as even most Chinese in the area hardly knew about it, let alone went to the trouble of traipsing to it.  He thus gave us a comprehensive tour of the temple, proudly showing off its major highlights. Read more…

2212 Views | 13 Comments | 7 Articles | 12/4/2014 3:44:39 PM

It’s approaching one year since Gareth Humphris posted his ‘Perils of China’ blog – “Food Porn”.  I laughed out loud as I read it because as a WeiXin user myself (WeChat), I am also constantly bombarded with pictures of food from friends and contacts on WeiXin (WeChat) Read more…

5924 Views | 45 Comments | 7 Articles | 11/25/2014 1:06:35 PM

I glanced at my watch.  It was quarter to six in the late afternoon.  The sun sank around 6.00pm.  Tina and I had a two hour hike home from the half constructed Buddhist temple we’d visited.  It was a large, sprawling affair, perched high up on one of the far hills around Shawan.  This meant the bulk of our walk back would be in either semi-dark or totally dark conditions.  Oops! Not the best of planning on our part, but there was nothing now that could be done about it. Read more…

4065 Views | 24 Comments | 8 Articles | 10/26/2014 5:46:08 PM

My travels in China increasingly caused me to focus more and more on things that had only peremptorily been glanced at previously.  One cannot help but be influenced by the environment one’s in and on this trip, I was living with Tina who I slowly realised had an innately different set of values to me.  This didn''t mean we were incompatible, it simply meant we each were in a good position to both learn and grow from each other.  Read more…

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