Not business as usual yet

Well, the Chinese new year(Jan 23), has come and gone. But I’m still waiting for most of the businesses to open again. This usually takes a week to a fortnight. And sometimes then they’re not in any hurry. However, living here lo these few years I’ve come to expect it. The Chinese have a lot to teach Westerners about relaxing, de-stressing. And getting together with friends and family. While the world turns frantically for the next Wii, iPod or other gimmick and gadget, folks here are catching up on eating and visiting neighbors. Not bad, not bad at all. Oh, yeah, the express post, that’ll take about two weeks at least 🙂

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Best Time of the Year

Final exams are over! Whew! The agony and the ecstasy all in one. However, students view all of it as a worthy task, just to know that Spring Festival is around the corner. Everyone is happy. The mass migration back home has begun. It is the most amazing time of the year. This Lunar New Year is the Year of the Dragon, both here in China and in Japan. You will not see more shopping, more travel, more food than any other time. I have eaten meat(fish, beef, pork, chicken) and a few vegetables for every meal and snacks in between. Last year I stayed in Fujian province in a small mountain 张芬村  village( zhang fen cun) in  上杭县 county  ( shang hang xian ) about two hours by bus northwest of Longyan. It was a very memorable time. Mark’s mom is the best cook in the entire village. And I had the honor of being the first and only foreigner to visit the village in history. I wish all my friends in China and Japan a very happy Spring Festival. May you have the best health and be prosperous in the New Year. Forget all the past problems, do your best. Love your family. And thanks to my friend Zhang Yun Chuan, he has helped make my life in China one I will never forget. Good luck to all of my students!!!