We have Chinese TV programs on a lot at our place since Amanda arrived, and in between some of them there will be a short musical video interlude.
One of them has been tickling me for months, I think it’s because it just seems so oddball.
See what you think.
(Jay Chou, Cowboy on the run)
Do you remember Mary Poppins ?
Do you remember the plethora of weird things that she pulled out of her Salisbury travel bag ?
Having seen what Amanda managed to produce from the suitcases when she was unpacking the other day I think she must be Mary Poppins in disguise.
Yes, given that this was Amanda’s “moving” trip and I had to book an extra case on the flight I knew there would be endless amounts of clothes and quite a few more pairs of shoes, but the list of other items was quite impressive…
Webcam & Mic
Spoons/scoops for attaching to outside of rice cooker
Spare bowl for rice cooker
DVDs of Nanning Folk Festival
2 Electric adaptors and 2 extension leads
1kg Chicken Powder Seasoning
Set of place mats and Coasters
Upright chrome drying rack for kitchen, designed for holding chopping boards, knives and chopsticks
Chinese New Year door decoration
Dried salty fish (very smelly, but very well wrapped)
Dried Longan berries
Pork Floss 200g
Pack of dried mini-shrimp
Preserved eggs (pack of 8 )
Duck wing (1)
Chinese sausages (4 packs)
1 vacu-packed pillow
Water melon seeds (large pack)
2 boxes of soft-grip gel ink pens
Sauce for hot bean curd (6 packs)
Some liquid for helping with the cooking (clear alcohol of some sort)
A shoebox full of assorted (Chinese) medicines
59 moisturising face masks
2 new pairs of shoes for wearing with her Qipao’s (very smart)
1 gold handbag, one blue double wallet, same purpose as shoes
A plastic mini heat-preserving lunch box with sections for soup, rice and main dish
Moon Cakes (seemingly hundreds of)
Another pack of CDs/DVDs in a travel holder
Somehow we’ve managed to find homes for it all, but it’s really emphasised the need to move to somewhere bigger.
One of my little habits when I’m out travelling and I have a camera on me is trying to get some decent shots of the varying wildlife, usually without success.
On Monday we went to Detian Falls on the China/Vietnam border, a trip I had been wanting to do ever since my first visit to China.
There are hundreds of photos that we took that day, some of which I’ll put up in a later post or two, but just for once I managed to get some semi-decent photos of butterflies and dragonfly-like things.
Most of these are cropped from the originals. I have no idea yet what particular species each of them are, I just enjoy taking the snaps.
Click on any of the pictures to see it in a new tab/window.
Photography is like fishing… you should have seen the one(s) that got away !
It’s taken many months and has been a long and stressful wait, but at last…
Amanda has got her Spousal Visa !
It finally came through, although the last two days since she knew that the answer was on its way has been horrendous.
If she had been refused I don’t know what we would have done.
So now all we have to do is find the money for the flights for me to go out to collect her and bring her “home”.
Hopefully she will be here by the middle of September.
I can’t wait.
I’m going down the list of names in my phone, calling and texting everybody.
What a relief !
That is… the Google situation with respect to China, and Obama’s Health Care reforms.
I am interested in people’s reactions to these, purely out of curiosity, and invite you to take part in a quick survey.
There are only three questions so it will only take a moment, and none of your personal data is collected.
Please click on this link to open the survey in a new tab or window.
Thank you for participating. I hope to publish the results by 1st April. (!)
(Update April 2nd: I’m going to let this run a bit longer)
Have a good day.
OMG ! This I could not believe…
Entitled “Global Warming Breaking News: China eyeing perks of ice-free Arctic” this YouTube video tries to make the point that the Corporate world will carry on seeking out new opportunities for making a profit, irrespective of whether there are any of us left to provide that profit or if the search for that opportunity is itself the cause of our demise (through the global warming that it causes).
Why the producer of the video picks on China is not clear, because if (when) the Arctic ice melts there are many countries and Corporations that will try to butcher the resources that become available and take advantage of the new shipping lanes. But hey, it’s their video.
However, I digress.
Try to think of the most mind-bogglingly stupid thing that a group of people could possibly do.
Nope…. you’re not even close yet. Try again.
Need some help ? ….
Think dumb-ass, and then add thirty eight noughts to the end of it…. Yes, THAT stupid !
See if you can imagine a situation where a whole group of people could be just standing around, minding their own business, having a lovely day, fascinated by what they are seeing and hearing, and waiting for a spectacular event to occur… and yet be so blissfully unaware that when it does occur it will, inevitably, lead to their deaths.
Can you think of anything ?
Almost as unbelievable is the fact that the producer classes them as “victims” who were “swept out to sea as a glacier melts in front of their eyes and then carries them to their deaths”.
Well that must be the fault of global warming then !
I nominate all the “victims” who had not yet had children as the first recipients of the newly reinstated Darwin Award.
How I miss those…..
I have a few blogs on WordPress already, all of them attached to this same user profile, Honorarynewfie. Some of them you may be aware of, some of them maybe not.
But now I’ve started another one !
For reasons that would only be clear to me it’s not part of the same group; I now have another profile, B2212.
The blog’s called I Heart China, and it’s a retrospective travelogue/diary of “our story”, Amanda and I, beginning with my first trip out to China to meet my beautiful little Chinese wife.
A lot of the pictures, especially the early ones, are not of a particularly high standard. There will be ones taken using mobile phones, video cameras, basically whatever was at hand at the time; but it’s not about quality it’s about the experiences, memories, and helping me to organise the thousands of photos we have taken over the past two years.
The blog will be a small selection of those pictures with a brief description of the events of each day.
The “About” page explains a little more.
The layout is still work in progress so it may chop and change about a bit until I get it settled.
I’ll still be “doing my thing” on here; I’m not going anywhere; there will just be more of me !
Yes, we’ve reached the end at last !
While picking up from where I left off yesterday, am I going to paint a picture of doom and gloom or do I see hope on the horizon for China and the environment ? Well….
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