Arriving in China – Day One

Experienced June 2017 Our move to China in 2017 was rapid. Too rapid. It was an unusual move. I have been asked (and often ask myself) “How does a geologist from South Africa get into marketing for a biometrics group in Guangzhou, China?”. Glad you asked. Here’s how… I first heard of the available positionContinue reading “Arriving in China – Day One”

Overlord Pigs Feet Medium Rare

3 June 2020 No blog about one’s experiences in China would be complete without some reference and descriptions of the food. The 2011 Lonely Planet guide to China states “Guangzhou has a gastronomic culture and legendary cuisine” with “world renowned Cantonese cuisine”. If you are a foodie, then expectations may be high. If your experienceContinue reading “Overlord Pigs Feet Medium Rare”

The Birding Trip that Never Was

Except for the odd hike in the local park (Dafushan) and some very casual birding around the estate gardens, I can’t say I have done any real birding since arriving in China.  The Chinese New Year holiday presented me with the perfect opportunity to get out of Guangzhou, and head to one of China’s premiumContinue reading “The Birding Trip that Never Was”

Are you in Lockdown?

19 March 2020 I have been asked this question a few times: Are you in lockdown? *. Interestingly I have been asked the question more than once, more than twice, sometimes even three, or four times, by different people on the same WhatsApp group. Yes, its true, people skip messages, and it should be aContinue reading “Are you in Lockdown?”

Captain’s Log Day 50

Thursday, 12 March 2020 Captain’s Log Day 50 of CoViD-19 EpidemicClifford Estate, Panyu. Is it day 50 or 51 of the epidemic? Did I miss the CoViD-19 half century?Unusual for a cricket fan not to raise his bat, and acknowledge the crowd when the opportunity presents itself!* So things are returning to normal**, or so it wouldContinue reading “Captain’s Log Day 50”

GZ vs. Jozi Birds!

Friday 6 March 2020, I have not spent nearly as much time birding our adopted home of Guangzhou (GZ for short) as I would like. Do I need to say it?…. So many birds, so little time! I have heard that there are some really good spots in Guangdong Province: I have only recently learntContinue reading “GZ vs. Jozi Birds!”

Captain’s Log Day 38

Saturday, 29th February 2020 (a bonus day!) Captain’s Log Day 38* of CoViD-19 EpidemicPanyu. Day 38! Day 38! Means you haven’t heard from me since Day 30. 😱But it’s okay, don’t worry, we are still safe, thanks for asking 😜** Iran 🇮🇷 and Italy 🇮🇹 appear less safe since the last update. Interesting that both countryContinue reading “Captain’s Log Day 38”

Back to Work Rat-a-tat-tat!

Monday, 24th February 2020. We had all been asked to be back AT work starting Monday 24th February! No more working from home! No more slacking off at home!Time to wash our hands, put on our masks, get our temperature checked, and get back to work! So in true Chinese “Return to Work” and NewContinue reading “Back to Work Rat-a-tat-tat!”

Sarah, the Rabbit

Experienced from March through to July 2018: I came home from work one day, and could hear the kids screeching with excitement as I walked up the road toward the house.They were next door at Jenny’s* place. Jenny’s dad had just bought her a cute little white rabbit. Isla was besotted with it and theyContinue reading “Sarah, the Rabbit”