Shenzhen Stings


China, Travel

Well, the D train got me through safely to Shenzhen. The only person who helped with the luggage was a non-Chinese. A curly-haired lad poetically called Oh Sun Moon. A Korean who was spending his summer vacation traveling. He had just come down from Shanghai, after spending time in Qingdao and was at 28, still […]

June 27, 2007

Guangzhou Chaos


China, Travel

I left Xuchang in a daze. A madcap journey across the central plains to reach the lushness of the south. Lynn, Spoon and Cissy were there to see us off at the station as was Ruby. At that time, I didn’t think I would miss Xuchang as much as I do now. Perhaps at that […]

June 27, 2007

Sugar Time


China, Travel

22 classes end on 22nd June. Smile. My sailor friend pointed that out to me. And so it is indeed. It is such a big pity though that the 22 classes end at 12:00PM and not at 22:00. These past few days I have been measuring time. Measuring it in little teaspoons. I feel that […]

June 20, 2007

The Last Few Days


China, Travel

It’s been a while since I wrote here. And there is a reason for that – the Great Firewall of China has decided to block access to Blogspot for the past ten days or so. Well, to say it is frustrating would be an understatement. So many things have happened since then. Everything is now […]

June 15, 2007

Being


China

It’s been a while since I wrote here. The Great Chinese Firewall has been at work again and access to Blogspot is again blocked. Strangely enough, I can access Blogger and post and edit my blog just the way I like – so thank you very much indeed you invisible Chinese policeman! I just should […]

June 9, 2007

Can the Can’t and the Rant


China

It’s been a lifetime in the past 24 hours. I know I am supposed to be irrevocably happy these few days but really this birthday seems to be hanging like a noose around my neck. I think by far the best birthday I have had was the one I gave myself in 2005 when I […]

June 7, 2007

Day of Experiments


China

As I had promised myself, I did indeed try to keep tabs on myself, literally. And it was so difficult. We spend so much of our time in self-absorption that we can rarely pull ourselves out enough to contemplate self-awareness. There were moments in the day when I had to FORCE myself to be consciously […]

June 5, 2007

Thoughts


China

I had a strange dream last night. Well, not that I have ordinary dreams anyway. I dreamed of Vimla – old pal of mine deserted in the annals of memory – sitting and pounding wheat with a huge pestle in this decrepit farm. Strange really, how the mind digs these seemingly surreal images from the […]

June 4, 2007

Time


China, Travel

Time. How it rockets through these days! I cannot believe that I am reaching the day of what might be my last journey into China. Three more weeks to go. Where have all these months gone? I am filled with a longing for home – yet the wonderful joy of companionship that I had here […]

June 3, 2007

Love and Care


China

Another steaming hot day. My mind is still unsettled by the days of yesterday. Of all the feelings in the world, there is none more sinking than that of disappointment. Especially when it is disappointment in another who you trust. Today has a strangely surreal feeling to it. It seems as if the events of […]

May 29, 2007