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  1. Its my first week in China and I’m already having trouble with the powers that be. Facebook is blocked by the Great Firewall of China. No more trouncing my non-journalist (and journalist) friends in Scrabulous. No pithy status updates. Its true that I have found proxy servers that let me use some of the Facebook features, so I continue the soft surveillance of my friends and see new photos of my little cousin. But still, this is an annoyance.
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    Great Firewall of China

    Its my first week in China and I’m already having trouble with the powers that be. Facebook is blocked by the Great Firewall of China. No more trouncing my non-journalist (and journalist) friends in Scrabulous. No pithy status updates. Its true that I have found proxy servers that let me use some of the Facebook features, so I continue the soft surveillance of my friends and see new photos of my little cousin. But still, this is an annoyance.
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    Leaving for Beijing

    It's been wonderful to spend nearly a month in Canada and the United States, touching base with my family, my friends and my roots before heading off to China on Friday.Bangkok seems very far away. Some emails with some friends are the only concrete reminders. I am getting used to the cold, and the high prices.I visited New York, which is still an astonishing city to be in. It is beautiful, vibrant, rich, and full of life. Also, multiculturalism is HOT.My sister asked me if I missed the vibrant street life in Bangkok, the hustle and bustle and commerce. I said, "No, I don't mind the quiet streets here because they say to me that everything is working right, that everyone here has what they need and don't need to try so hard in that way."I got a scanner to store a bunch of documents so I dont need to haul so much paper around. Highly recommended.Interestingly, an old ailment I had forgotten about, acid reflux or GIRD, came back after I was here a few weeks. It is a reminder of how fundamentally unhealthy the diet for most North Americans is. I hope everyone is enjoying Bangkok and feeling lucky they live in such a blessed place.
  4. bkkris

    Leaving for Beijing

    It's been wonderful to spend nearly a month in Canada and the United States, touching base with my family, my friends and my roots before heading off to China on Friday.Bangkok seems very far away. Some emails with some friends are the only concrete reminders. I am getting used to the cold, and the high prices.I visited New York, which is still an astonishing city to be in. It is beautiful, vibrant, rich, and full of life. Also, multiculturalism is HOT.My sister asked me if I missed the vibrant street life in Bangkok, the hustle and bustle and commerce. I said, "No, I don't mind the quiet streets here because they say to me that everything is working right, that everyone here has what they need and don't need to try so hard in that way."I got a scanner to store a bunch of documents so I dont need to haul so much paper around. Highly recommended.Interestingly, an old ailment I had forgotten about, acid reflux or GIRD, came back after I was here a few weeks. It is a reminder of how fundamentally unhealthy the diet for most North Americans is. I hope everyone is enjoying Bangkok and feeling lucky they live in such a blessed place.
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    Burning man canceled

    Not the event, but the trip. My dad has to work. I could go alone, but the entire point was to spend time with him. Toronto is always changing, but the changes are easier to see after being away for some long. The women here have their own fashion, a kind of thrift shop possibly ironic fifties suburban housewife look. Partly because it looks good even if you are a little not-skinny.This is a great city, but each day reminds me of the two most basic, primal things that Thailand offers: warm weather and low prices.
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    Burning man canceled

    Not the event, but the trip. My dad has to work. I could go alone, but the entire point was to spend time with him. Toronto is always changing, but the changes are easier to see after being away for some long. The women here have their own fashion, a kind of thrift shop possibly ironic fifties suburban housewife look. Partly because it looks good even if you are a little not-skinny.This is a great city, but each day reminds me of the two most basic, primal things that Thailand offers: warm weather and low prices.
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    In Toronto

    Planning a trip to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert with my father. May take weekend road trip to NYC. After taking 12 hour bus trips to Krabi to climb for the weekend, a 36 hour drive for a week of camping and partying seems like an ok deal. Burning Man makes the Full Moon Parties look like high tea.
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    In Toronto

    Planning a trip to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert with my father. May take weekend road trip to NYC. After taking 12 hour bus trips to Krabi to climb for the weekend, a 36 hour drive for a week of camping and partying seems like an ok deal. Burning Man makes the Full Moon Parties look like high tea.
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    In Orillia

    My visa for China has been delayed. My new supposed employer is being quite vague about the details. I'm in my hometown and its very cold. My father started a fire in the fireplace. Just visited my grandmother. Although we are supposedly a more advanced society, it breaks my heart to see her living in a home away from her family, just waiting out her last days. It is breaking her heart too. Not that I blame anyone. For example, you dont see me dropping everything to take care of her. But still the situation is sad. I gather in Thailand the old people stay at home as long as they can. It seems a much better way.
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    In Orillia

    My visa for China has been delayed. My new supposed employer is being quite vague about the details. I'm in my hometown and its very cold. My father started a fire in the fireplace. Just visited my grandmother. Although we are supposedly a more advanced society, it breaks my heart to see her living in a home away from her family, just waiting out her last days. It is breaking her heart too. Not that I blame anyone. For example, you dont see me dropping everything to take care of her. But still the situation is sad. I gather in Thailand the old people stay at home as long as they can. It seems a much better way.
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    In Seattle

    Just for a visit.
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    In Toronto

    I've left Bangkok and am at my sister's house to visit my new nephew. I was afraid he would cry the moment I held him, but instead he loves me and is always happy to spend time with me and play with me. It feels great to be back in my own culture, although the weather takes some getting used to. I grew accustomed to the heat. I ate some delicious peaches today. The local park is run by young parents who are installing a biodegradable toilet. It has an adobe firepit with a pizza oven that families can rent. The locally run snack bar gives out free tap water (or sells bottled for $2) and sells veggie burgers.People recycle here and care about the environment. They read lots of books. They think a lot. They care about the same sorts of things I care about. Coming home feels much better than I imagined.
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    In Toronto

    I've left Bangkok and am at my sister's house to visit my new nephew. I was afraid he would cry the moment I held him, but instead he loves me and is always happy to spend time with me and play with me. It feels great to be back in my own culture, although the weather takes some getting used to. I grew accustomed to the heat. I ate some delicious peaches today. The local park is run by young parents who are installing a biodegradable toilet. It has an adobe firepit with a pizza oven that families can rent. The locally run snack bar gives out free tap water (or sells bottled for $2) and sells veggie burgers.People recycle here and care about the environment. They read lots of books. They think a lot. They care about the same sorts of things I care about. Coming home feels much better than I imagined.
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    In Seattle

    I'm back in the US after 2.5 years. I did not imagine how good it would feel to be back in my own culture and among friends.I also forgot how cold it is here and how expensive everything is.What a big and complicated world we live in, full of miracle, like traveling 7500 miles in one day.
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    In Seattle

    I'm back in the US after 2.5 years. I did not imagine how good it would feel to be back in my own culture and among friends.I also forgot how cold it is here and how expensive everything is.What a big and complicated world we live in, full of miracle, like traveling 7500 miles in one day.
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