Author Archives: Scott

The 2017 Appreciation Post

This is one of those posts where I list things I’m appreciative of from the year that has been 2017 because I need to post it in 2017 for it to be valid or something… Is that actually the rule or not? In no particular order:Other than the first. The obvious people to start with […]

Randlings: Part 1

So this is my first “weekly” installment of what I’m coining Randlings (a combination of random and ramblings).I’ve been doing a lot of research into cars lately, I’ve never owned a car and only had my license for around 3 years. Driving had really been something I didn’t need when I turned 18. It remained […]

China Study Tour: The Way Home

I’ve just now (In November) realised that I don’t have a log for the journey home so I’m basing all of this on a bit of memory so I may miss a couple of minor things. We were up and moving early, we had to be on the road in time to make it to […]

China 2017: Day Eight

Got up early despite the overly comfortable bed inviting me to stay a while longer. Had to get downstairs for the buffet breakfast though so up and moving it was. The buffet was amazing. First opportunity for some western food in a while. I ended up with a bowl of rice krispies and cacao nibs […]

China 2017: Day Seven

Today was a bit of a quiet one compared to the rest of the week. We started with a trip back to Muslin Market as a few people (myself included) needed to pick up a few more souvenirs. Mine were mostly things I’d planned to get for others. We were only given around an hour […]

China 2017: Day Six

Started the day with a tour of the historical museum, learned about some of the artistic and cultural history of China as well as the evolution of the written Chinese language. We also had a calligraphy session where we learned to draw some Chinese symbols. One that was the basis of all symbols, and one […]

China 2017: Day Five

On the go early, had a class of tai chi and kung fu in the morning. It was still quite hot even at that early hour so the class was cut short. What we learned was interesting though, and really showed how tai chi can be a soothing or even meditative exercise when done right […]

China 2017: Days Three and Four

Day Three: Today was a fairly quiet day. Up at 7 again, had to be up and moving early anyway as we had morning class learning basic Chinese. Suban and Michael were funny as hell associating Chinese pronunciation with English words (“eBay” is 100 in Chinese (yi bai) in case you were wondering). We’ve been […]

China 2017: Day Two

Woke at about 7. Bed is hard as a rock even with using the blanket as extra padding. Breakfast in cafeteria with Matt, Gabriel and Michael, had another one of those pork rolls, such a strange thing to have for breakfast. Nice though. Headed to the new campus, had a tour of the engineering building […]