While temporarily being out of the water due to having stiches in my second toe. I have more time to capture the essence of the place we love to surf. To soak it up visually and be greatful for this place we live and surf in.
How damn lucky are we?
I'm stopping to smell to roses.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
A lonsome left in Bali...the land of the perfect left...Dreaming of that right now as I sit with stiches in my right 2nd toe after having an operation to remove a piece of lump on my toe from breaking it over 5 years ago. Injury seems like a great time to reflect on the achievements of oneself and set new goals for the future.
A small reflection of my trip to Bali. Enjoy!
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Friday, November 20, 2009
John Sebastian Culqui is a first generation American born in a family from South America that had a strong sense of Catholic dogma and Latin tradition. One can say that John's artistic development comes as a result of these fundamental aspects of his personal life in a Hegelian manner. It is his upbringing that propels this artist to develop his art that reflects and explains his own personality and character.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Surfing in China...We scored epic lefts!!!! Was such a blissful, amazingly surf stoking feeling. WHo would have thought, I certainly was a sceptic about the chances of finding surf (decent surf that is) in China. But alas I was wrong, and so were many of the other surfing expatriates that made the venture to the first Surfing Hainan, China Open.
So Kerry and I flew 1 hour from Guangzhou to Sanya (Capital of Hainan Pop 12 Million),to arrive at what appeared to be a Chinese version of Hawaii. Palm trees surrounding the beaches, which were relativly clean by Chinese standards, windsurfing, sailing, beach volleyball and all the usual beach activites of the western world.
One thing that really stood out to be on polar opposites to the way we enjoy the beach in Australia, was the extremities that the Chinese go to not to get sun on their skin. See: Umbrella while swimming, full body suit, including whitening sunscreen from head to toe and no holding back when it comes to loud swimming attire. Maybe us Aussies could take a leaf out of there book and we wouldnt have such a growing melanoma problem.
More to come on the epic scoring of waves..............
View from my window in Guangzhou
Well this is my first real email as i only just the internet on last night. I did it myself and was very proud of my technological abilites considering everything is written in chinese caracters, so i just guessed and was right! howz that for intuition!
Its thursday of my first week of teaching in an international school environment. Where do i start, its so different.
The first day i felt like a brand new teacher again, the nerves were killer. Everyone welcomed me to the hilts, showed me around informed me of all the school systems and things that my classes are up to (as their year began in August). And because the year is half way through, i teach for 4 weeks and get
a 2 week holiday and im off to Thailand to spend time with mum and explore!
So anyway my first schock was waiting for the bell to ring, and i asked one of the students, to which he replied we dont have bells here. Woh, i was a bit shocked, the students just move from class to class.
So its very relaxed in terms of not having bells ringing! And then i saw students walking into the artroom at recess and i was like is this a class? and they said no we're studying, at recess, what! So thats just a taste. i will share more as time progresses.
My apartment is lovely, im living on the 20th floor of Dong Feng, in a complex of 8 towers, so you can imagine the enormity of the place..very daunting at first. My neighbour is a young canadian teacher from the school and he's been showing me where to get 2 hour massages for 8 aussie dollars and cheap eats. Oh that get's
me started on the food, oh my god, no not dog! The food is amazing, there is everything you can think of Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Tibetan and even western (of course its way over priced) a meal is only 20-60 yuan about 3-10 dollars and we're talking lavish meal and drinks.
The drivers are hectic, and have seen some real near misses when it comes to pedestrians. I just duck my head and hope the person survived and so far i haven't seen any road kill, but i hear it happens a lot. There are so many cars and people that the road rules seem to have, oh wait there really doesnt seem to be any road rules.
I laugh out loud, because thats all you can do and be greaful for this amazing experience and for being alive.
Anyway. Amber is taking me shopping on the weekend for some new boots and shoes. Sure we'll get some bargains. I simply can't get over how cheap it is to live here.
Hope your all well and loving life.
Keep me posted on whats happening at home.
Lots of Love
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