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Photos: Shanghai

CHINA | Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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CHINA | Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | Views [700]

Well, somehow I find myself in Shanghai, and the nine months I spent two years planning and waiting for are over. I’m not being woken up by the Mai Dofu man at five a.m., the background noise is incessant traffic rather than birdsong and sheep, and there ... Read more >

Visiting kids and a factory....

CHINA | Saturday, 9 Jun 2012 | Views [537]

If there’s one thing that would improve the quality of my life, it’s more sleep. I envy those who can fall asleep within five minutes and not wake up until it’s time to actually get out of bed. My sleep pattern is at best erratic; occasionally I do ... Read more >

Photos: Around Chen Jia Gou

CHINA | Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Changing Times....

CHINA | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Views [567]

I’ve been a bit slack with this blog lately, partly because things here have been progressing in more or less the same way, and partly because I’ve been busy looking for a job. I tend to get a bit obsessive about things (you’d never have guessed that ... Read more >

Just another week.....

CHINA | Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | Views [567]

Well, here I am with only two weeks left! A lot of my practice time over the last couple of months has focused on the sword form. After the initial super-fast learning week with Sha Wei, there was a period of three or four weeks when I was more or less ... Read more >

Pain Games and Freedom

CHINA | Monday, 7 May 2012 | Views [430]

Some time ago, I wrote a bit about my state of mind and what had been happening in my head.  Today I’m going to write some more about this.  I always wonder if it’s too personal to go onto a public space, but again, I feel this is relevant to everyone ... Read more >

Photos: Tai Chi Competition & Wen Xian

CHINA | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Tai Chi Competition

CHINA | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Views [466]

So, having sent an email that ended with the sentence “thankfully there hasn’t been another drinking session…” what happens?!  Unbeknown to me when I wrote that sentence, the 1 st of May was the school’s birthday, and when we turned up at the kitchen ... Read more >

Burnt Out and my New Reputation

CHINA | Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | Views [656] | Comments [1]

A couple of weeks ago a lovely young German couple arrived for what is their third visit to Chen Jia Gou.  I was chatting with the guy, Robin, and he told me that on his first visit he practiced intensely for two weeks then realised he had ‘burnt ... Read more >

Photos: The 'Mountain' and other places

CHINA | Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | Photo Gallery

Fun and Games!
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An Ordinary Week in Chen Jia Gou

CHINA | Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | Views [1527]

I was going to take a blog holiday this week, but I got an email from someone saying how much they were enjoying my blog, and it was so nice to feel appreciated that I decided I would write something!  And this time, it is going to be about an ordinary ... Read more >

Tags: look! cheesecake and latte!


CHINA | Saturday, 24 Mar 2012 | Views [517]

Well!  This week is exactly halfway through my time in Chen Jia Gou!  It’s a good time to reflect on the last twelve weeks and wonder about what the coming twelve may bring (hopefully some sunshine!). It took a long while to get used to a six ... Read more >

Mind over Matter

CHINA | Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | Views [724]

One of the things I notice when I teach piano to adults is how people get in the way of their learning.  People will say they’ve wanted to learn piano for years and it’s a dream come true to be starting lessons, but all too often they stop because ... Read more >

And then there was Coffee

CHINA | Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | Views [646] | Comments [1]

It’s been really hard to know what to write about this week.  Usually I have an idea then I spend a few days thinking about it (no point rushing these things), but, apart from having to run up and down the insanely steep concrete sides of the aqueduct ... Read more >

Photos: Something cooking in the kitchen......

CHINA | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: The Tai Chi Museum

CHINA | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | Photo Gallery

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The Four 'F's

CHINA | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | Views [621]

When I was first teaching in Thailand, there was a British guy in my school called Martin.  Martin came from Newcastle, was tall and thin, and had travelled around South East Asia with a kettle so he could make a proper cuppa (and before anyone ... Read more >

Crossing the Language Barrier.....

CHINA | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | Views [596]

When I was here over Chinese New Year on my own, I thought that that would be the hardest time and when other students came and things got back into a routine, things would be easier, but that wasn’t the case at all.  Although I was alone a lot over ... Read more >


CHINA | Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | Views [431]

So far I have written about strange food, Chinese New Year, a plumbing catastrophe and my life in general, but I haven’t written anything about what I spend most of my time doing, which is of course tai chi.  This is partly because I wanted to wait ... Read more >

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