Last year felt like the longest year of my life. Our family packed in so much stuff, it makes my head hurt thinking about how we did it. In chronological order this is how it all unfolded... January We always knew 2018 would be epic but little did we know what lay in store for … Continue reading Recap – 2018
Back to China and the weather has taken a turn for the worse- we are actually in jumpers! The cupboards are bare (except for Christmas goodies) leading to a foray to the local shopping area, for real food, before we consume our body weight in chocolate. We moved into an apartment atop one of the … Continue reading That ‘no-mans-land’ between Christmas and New Year!
Well, Christmas Day in Hong Kong is all but over! We’ve left the family behind at the end of the day, to come back to a lovely bijou apartment in the center of WanChai- big thanks to little sister’s friends for giving us use of their beautiful place. All that’s left, is to reflect on … Continue reading Christmas Day in Hong Kong
From slightly more then 6000 miles away in sunny warm Hong Kong, Merry Christmas everyone! We'll catch up soon but until then here are some photos of our festivities.
Even the most mundane of activities, out here in China, can be filled with a sense of wonder. Sometimes you just need to look for the positives, and take a moment to appreciate the environment and everything good in your life, instead of dwelling on the things you can’t change. People that know me, know … Continue reading A Time to Think
Continuing Professional Development in the People's Republic of ChinaInto month three of being at an international school, and it is evident that the focus is on quality teaching and learning, with staff actively encouraged to attend training events (wherever they may be) and engage in meaningful professional development to better support students. So, along with … Continue reading CPD in the PRC
We've lived here nearly 3 months and this was somewhere we had planned to visit within the first couple of weeks. Anyway, stuff happens, but eventually we decided to head on over to the Dafen oil painting village and buy some pictures to cover our bland apartment walls. How to get to Dafen Dafen is … Continue reading The Oil Painting Workshop
After the excitement and chaos of the Dongmen Road, a more sedate way to spend a weekend was in order. Following a Saturday spent watching dancing aunts and kites at Lizhi Park (see Paul’s blog from September- to get an idea of park life in the city) we decided to take a walk along the … Continue reading Water, water, everywhere!
Dongmen road — an attack on the senses! Come up from the metro at Loajie (blue line number 3) and be prepared to get visual, auditory, and olfactory overload. The Chinese way amongst the retailers in this fake goods paradise is to simply get your attention by being much louder than the competitors. Which means … Continue reading The Dongmen Road
The Guangzhou to Hong Kong high speed rail has been opened a couple of weeks now. I've used it a few times and on my last return journey I decided I'd photograph some key bits of info. What is High Speed Rail? For some time the Chinese and Kong Kong governments had been talking about … Continue reading This is High Speed Rail
It's holiday season in China and it all started last Monday, 24th September. With a full moon shining, everyone celebrated the Mid Autumn Festival. We headed to Hong Kong for the weekend and visited family and friends. I must add, traveling late Friday evening is much better as the border crossing was very quiet unlike … Continue reading Mid Autumn and Golden Week
These guys really know how to clean up after a T10 typhoon. Winds of 173 kph and gusts of up to 223 kph were reported by the Hong Kong observatory, stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit North Carolina last week. We emerged from our shelter the day after the storm and snapped a few pictures of … Continue reading The Big Chinese Cleanup
Firstly it looks like we avoided the full force of Super Typhoon Mangkhut. It's passed by Hong Kong around 100km south. The city has issued a force 10 hurricane signal and I can see why. We are currently experiencing some very severe weather with very heavy rain fall and large gusts of wind. Though, to … Continue reading Mangkhut – update
You may or may not have seen the news about Typhoon Mangkhut sweeping across South Asia. Its just left a ton of devastation in the Philippines and is now heading over to the Pearl river delta region of China. This includes Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen. Quick weather fact. A typhoon differs from a cyclone or … Continue reading Mangkhut
After showing our faces at the Shenzhen Visa office, my wife and the rest of the teachers headed back to school. I stayed in the area and explored a little. I found another giant Mall called KK, ended up in Starbucks, ordered my usual decaf soy latte, and watched China go by. I checked the … Continue reading Park Life