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The ongle of the dongle

I don’t normally post about tech stuff, but this one is so neat I can’t help myself. If you recall, back in December I posted about how our office was broken into and my laptop was stolen. They also stole my Bluetooth dongle.

Bluetooth Dongle

After months of waiting and asking for IT support to replace it I finally decided to buy one myself. For HK$120 (AU$17) I picked up this little gem. It works perfectly with the native windows and Nokia drivers and it only sticks out the USB port about 6mm, short enough to be permanently left in without any risk of damage. The range is somewhere beyond the distance from my PC to my office door, so that’s enough for me.

Break out the chalk

Today chalks up 2 years for Gail & I in China. On one hand the time has flown by. On the other hand, if the time is to be measured in experiences, departing Australia seems to be something we did a lot of life ago (sic).

This marks a real line in the sand for us. Attention is now starting to focus on our return and repatriation back to Australia and all the associated activities that entails. An exact date hasn’t been set yet but the month is chosen. Our time in China is moving into it’s final phase.

Here’s a list of things that we’ve pondered as the 2 year milestone has rolled around:

  • What have been the best moments here in China?
  • What do we have regrets about?
  • What things will we take/leave?
  • What do we still want to see and do before we return?
  • Which friends will we miss the most?
  • Will we ever come back to China?
  • What will the reverse culture shock be like?
  • What will we miss or reminisce about?
  • Would we live overseas again, either in China or another country?
  • How has Australia changed whilst we’ve been away?
  • What to do for things like house and car?
  • How will our old friends and colleagues respond?

In any case, all of these things will ultimately find their answers, or the answers will find us.

The challenge for us from here on in will be to remain focussed on our remaining days, not get too distracted by the delightful prospect of returning home and to finish our time here well. We look forward to being reunited with you all soon.

An Indian in the bathroom

Vindaloo Toilet Paper

There’s a little Indian in our bathroom now. We have loo paper called Vinda. Sounds like the perfect follow-up to a good curry ) .

Pictograms

Note for cleaning lady

Gail found herself out of time one day to finish off the washing. The washing machine was only going to finish it’s cycle after she needed to leave home. It was the day that the cleaning lady came to visit so she left her this note to explain what she wanted done. The two Chinese characters say ‘please’ and ‘thanks’ respectively. The cleaning lady understood perfectly!

You see, sometimes you don’t have to speak the language to be able to communicate!

Awakening the beast

Well, the blog has survived it’s migration of web host from a shared web space to it’s very own pig pen and is back up again. It seems that it’s ‘all systems go’ and I haven’t found anything else to be lost, broken or not working apart from the weather bar.

The spam bots seemed to have continued on in their unending quest to wreak havoc and tyranny upon all websites allowing user input, so hopefully you have the same experience ) .

A huge THANK YOU has to go to Duncan who originally created the blog for us, set up the domain and has allowed it to be hosted on his web space for the past 2 years. Dunc has also been extremely helpful with the migration, giving me a couple of key pointers. Cheers, mate!

Apologies to anyone who came looking and couldn’t find the site for a day or so.

Revenge of Pabuk

It seems I was a bit premature in considering tropical cyclone Pabuk a waste of effort. After reducing in strength to a tropical storm it did a u-turn and headed straight back over Hong Kong. This was enough to get the Tropical Cyclone warning in Hong Kong up to level 8 at 3pm on Friday afternoon.

At level 8, most Hong Kong shops close, the KCR rail system considers shutting down and everyone goes home. Because we were meeting a cousin in the HK airport that night it meant we had to skedaddle off to Hong Kong immediately. All the Hong Kong residents working in Shenzhen and surrounding China scurried to the border too.

The wind and rain came that night, although not to the level I was expecting. Being the first cyclone of the season I think someone was a bit trigger happy on the Typhoon warning system. 

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