Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy Belated Birthday This Weblog

It is hard to believe but this weblog recently celebrated its tenth birthday. I mean sure, we never write on it anymore, and I am probably largely to blame because I am the last one eking out an existence in China, but this is still quite an impressive feat of longevity. I mean this thing has the potential to out last the pyramids and possibly the Earth. I mean the thing is older than all of the children that the authors have put together, and probably older than most of the readerships children, if you exclude our immediate family members. What I am getting at is a decade is a long time.

Reading back on some of our blog posts (haven't actually taken time to read back, but I am sure the rest of the sentence will be semi-accurate), we knew nothing about China and were often times completely befuddled and more often bemused by the chaos. Since that time, we have grown greatly and have largely remained befuddled and bemused by the relenting chaos. So much so that two of the authors gave up on China and left to get master's degree's from California's hippiest university, where I am pretty sure life is the opposite of China.

Anyway, I thought I would write what is likely to be the last post on this weblog for probably another decade as a "where are they now piece" for students or people thinking about going to study or live in China, so that they can see where the long slog might take them. So without further ado:

Was the first to completely flame out on China (I was the first to leave, but got beamed back), and happily followed is girlfriend, now wife, back to Old Gold Mountain, where he now is getting an MBA at a local university and working for a Chinese solar company as a modern day Willy Loman. His final grade on Succeeding in China without really trying: Pass, his weblogging grade: Fail.

The second one to leave then come back then to leave and then come back again then leave. And is probably going to come back at some point in time, and then maybe leave. He also went back to Old Gold Mountain and got a master's degree in the art of drawing buildings, mostly on computers, sometimes on paper (I don't actually fully understand what he does). He claims that he works for a company that designs the Bentley of office buildings, and by that I think he means he designs buildings for people rich people having mid-life crises and are over compensating (hard to get more phallic than a large tower). His final grade on Succeeding in China without really trying: Pass, his sleeping on random benches outside of places he has a key grade: 1.

Left then came back and took over the job that he helped Ben get and later Ben gave to him (that is the power of a limited network). After working for that company for three years in Beijing, he moved to Tianjin to continue to work for that same company doing real estate research. And as of today he still lives in Tianjin working for the same company. Fated to reside within a shroud of pollution for the foreseeable future. Or until he buys his plane ticket to move to NYC to get his master's degree in spreadsheets at a school that should probably be in South America. His final grade on Succeeding in China without really trying: undetermined.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Everything in Hong Kong is Better

On Thursday, I made my first trip to Hong Kong. Life here is so much more convenient than Beijing. People speak English, the air is clean, it is easy to get around, there are a ton of great restaurants and the cockroaches are the size of quarters, so they are easier to smash. However, it is super expensive and I think a little too convenient. I could see myself getting bored here quickly. Maybe after I move to Tianjin, I will come running to a place like Hong Kong. I will update you in a few months.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Kuta Beach

Arrived yesterday at Kuta. Compared to Gili Trawangan this place is a nightmare. Kuta is much more crowded and noisy than Gili Trawangan. However it is still a beach area so still pretty nice especially if you surf. Also I don't recommend Ronta Bungalows and the Lonely Planet Bali & Lombok 13th edition, it seems pretty outdated. The problems with Ronta are its mosquito infested, too close to the street so you hear all the traffic, it seems there is a 24 hour bar underneath so can the place's music all night and there is no hot water and the blanket did not smell the freshest. But having said all that it was the cheapest place we stayed so far, so I really cannot complain all that much you get what you pay for.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I have crabs...

...but they went away

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Meeting new friends

Just met a new friend and it decided that my lap was going to be its bed for the night. It randomly came up to me and laid in my lap. I think it knew I had just ordered food. Because when the food arrived it expected a petting tax. However it did go back to sleep in my lap after it was satiated.

Had the fish eating out of my hands

Just got back from a three island tour snorkeling trip on a glass bottom boat. We did snorkeling off the coast of the three Gili islands. The first drop was the least eventful but I accidentally food an octopus hiding in a rock. I swan down thinking it was coral but it moved and stared at me like you are messing up my attack spot. The only other thing that I saw besides your typical schools of different kinds of fish and besides coral was a colorful sea snake. The next place we went we were guaranteed to see turtles and we did. I dove down and a turtle swam right at me. I stared into its soul and its soul told me to get out of the way so I can get some air. Finally we went to a place where the fish eat food out of your hand. In the process I discovered that tropical fish love bread. Who knew? I think every time I go swimming on a tropical island from now on, I am going to bring a loaf of bread. It will make my swims more interesting. No pictures this time as my Motorola DynaTAC is not waterproof.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Trekking around Gili Trawangan

Today, I literally walked around all of Gili Trawangan. The island is tiny. It probably can be done in about three hours but it took us all afternoon because we stopped to swim and eat and walk around the part of the island where the local people live. The best part of the trek was discovering goats have super leaping abilities. Also the views were great.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Another restaurant in Ubud

Last night I went a pretty descent restaurant in Ubud. For some reason every person in there besides myself and the wait staff were French. But even with all the french the atmospheric was good. The place was literally across the street from the other restaurant I wrote about earlier. The was good but I enjoyed the other place better, so I want go in to details. Enjoy more pictures of food. This is turning into a lame food blog, instead of a lame blog about nothing. I need to rethink or mission statement.

Easily the best beach I have ever been to

Just arrived to Gili Trawangan. The place is beautiful. Nicest beach I have been to. Here are a few picture of the bungalow and the beach. You can see my chicken satey lunch which was one of the best sateys I have had. Oh beach vacations are great.