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”

Is this your wife’s gallbladder?

Experienced January-February 2019, and May-June 2019 At the beginning of 2019 Shauna was suffering from a pain in her abdomen, so we checked her in to the Clifford Hospital about two weeks before Chinese New Year* (January 2019). It turned out that the pain was from the presence of gallstones in her gallbladder. What isContinue reading “Is this your wife’s gallbladder?”

Never Give Away Your Position

Experienced: Saturday 11th January 2020. Kids birthday parties. Always fun. But mostly fun for the kids. The parents usually hang about, have a drink and make small talk.How’s work?How was the week?Where you going for Chinese New Year? You know, the usual chit-chat. This particular 6-year-old boy’s birthday party was held at the Clifford barbecueContinue reading “Never Give Away Your Position”

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”

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”

Captain’s Log – Day 30

Friday, 21 February, 2020General Ship’s Dog’s Body Log Day 30 of CoViD-19 EpidemicUnited Expatriot Republic of Panyu. PRC. After a week of cold, wind, rain and damp; and a general sense of doom, gloom and the approach of the 4 riders of the apocalypse, we have had 3 stonkingly beautiful days of sunshine and fresh air! Continue reading “Captain’s Log – Day 30”

Captain’s log – Day 25

Captain’s log – Day 25 of CoViD-19 Epidemic. Building#8. Lakeside. Clifford. We are the last remaining survivors of the Lakeside Peeps group, last of Building #8. 307 and 807 escaped to the Thai Galaxy System a few days ago.  The cold front and wind came through last night. Humidity dropped overnight from >85% to 45% soContinue reading “Captain’s log – Day 25”

I’m sure I started that Corona Beer joke…

Monday, 27th January, 2020Coronavirus lockdown entry #1. Day 3. True story: Friends of ours have just booked their flight tickets to Holland. They fly out tomorrow. The coronavirus was the final straw. The virus has a 5-14 day incubation period. Disclaimer: this is according to what I have read, at the time of publication. SoContinue reading “I’m sure I started that Corona Beer joke…”