Happy Belated Lantern Festival!

The schedule for uploading articles has been very unreliable lately. For that, I apologise. I am setting about remedying that right now. As usual, this update article will be mostly under the cut so as to save space for scrolling through actual articles of interest.

Thank you for your patience!

On the agenda are…






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Bored in Běijīng

Fifteen days I spent in Běijīng, China. In fact, it was one week ago and two days that I got on the flight back. It was (approximately) an eighteen hour journey. And it was Hell. This article is not about the journey, however. Though some things about the travel should be mentioned:

  • It is worse  to travel from West to East than it is to go from East from West.
  • The jet lag that comes with long haul flights has no redeeming feature – i.e., love where you are going.
  • Fifteen days does is not long enough to recover from jet lag from a that long haul journey.

Add in my sleeping condition – which, thank Gods, did not do me any excess harm despite only getting five hours of sleep per night – I was not particularly ready and raring to go. In fact, I was downright miserable (as were my parents, though to a lesser degree) for a week (them, the first. Me, the second). The ‘elevator head’ was mostly to blame for that.

It’s, you know, that weird and disorientating feeling that you get in your when the elevator starts going up or is coming to a stop. It’s horrible. And, like the tiredness, it comes and goes in sudden, erratic waves.


China has banned YouTube, FaceBook, Google, DollDivine and WordPress. There will be others, yes, but those are the ones that I went searching for. You know, just in case I got lucky.

I did not.

Unless you count Wikipedia.

I do!

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