It’s never just one thing is it?

Yes, that the thing at work is proving difficult but it’s not just that. It’s that you’re trying to eat right or get more exercise or to make sure you make the bed in the morning or to get at least 7 hours sleep or or or or… It’s putting everything together that is forever the problem.

Mine frequently revolves exercise. I will focus on it at the expense of everything else. Or at least I’ll try to because suddenly I don’t like the fact that I’m leaving home at 7:15 and not getting back 12 hours and then after a shower and eating the day is gone. I even thought I’d get some work done too!

The struggle is putting it together. To realise that exercise and food and spending time with L and other friends and Chinese lessons and are all part of that. As ever, a work in progress.


Chinese Homework.


1. 是的
2. 先。。。然后
3. 一边。。。一边
4. 一点儿也不
5. 为了 in order to
Of course my Chinese is improving. I can read most of this and write it with the help of my phone. It’s just slow going and you learn something but that doesn’t help you when the conversation moved to a different area or they are speaking the local d



It’s the small things that can present the biggest shocks living abroad. Though, it’s probably not the right word. For example, downstairs, under the parking level in the complex is 3 badminton courts with nets and here in the photo where there were maybe 20ish majiang tables with tiles. Both in places where there are a lot of people around, the tables were in a sort fun fair type place where yesterday there were thousands of people. But they’re just left to be used by whomever wants to use them. It wouldn’t happen in the UK.