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The Perils of a 200RMB Bicycle and Generic Updates

So last week was the final week of rehearsals for the IFC before we performed on Saturday. The last week of rehearsals is always at the Children’s Palace (ShaoNianGong), right behind JingShan Park, less than 3km away from my apartment. Unfortunately, rehearsals are at 6:30PM, right when rush hour hits this wonderful city that I […]

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Posted April 30th, 2010 - 6:54 pm by sean
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Dream 2

This actually also didn’t happen today, but actually yesterday. Part of the problem I’m running into with my emotional distress is that it’s messing up my sleeping patterns. For instance, it’s 2AM and I’m awake and probably will be until well into the morning. Thankfully I have a full day planned tomorrow otherwise I’d most […]

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Posted April 16th, 2010 - 2:14 am by sean
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Dream 1

This actually happened a little bit ago, but I thought it was neat and I still remember it now so I figured why not. Going forward, these entries will hopefully happen if not right after I wake up from a dream, but at least within the same day. China is having a massive celebration for […]

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Posted April 16th, 2010 - 1:57 am by sean
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Brief Updates

Hard to believe it’s been a week since I last posted anything, and even longer since I last posted anything of any substantive meaning. The short and only answer you’re getting is that I’ve been feeling a little off, emotionally, and it’s made it difficult to muster up much if any excitement for anything. However, […]

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Posted April 16th, 2010 - 1:45 am by sean
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Walking Tour of Beijing

Whirlwind tour! In order: Jiuguloudajie (Old Gulou Street) Gulou (Drum Tower) Dianmendajie (Peace on Earth Door Street) Jinshan Park Tiananmen/Gugong (Peace in Heaven Door, Old Palace, otherwise known as Forbidden City) Tiananmen Square, with National Museum of China, Hero’s Monument or something, some other massive government building, Mao Zedong’s mausoleum Qianmen (Front Gate) Qianmendajie (Front […]

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Posted April 9th, 2010 - 8:56 pm by sean
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Dust Storm 2010!

No, it’s not a Sepia tinted photo; it is dust! Apparently, and I’d forgotten all about this, but Beijing gets pretty bad dust storms right around this time of year, between Winter and Summer. And here I thought we’d have a lovely Spring to look forward to. Apparently it has something to do with the […]

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Posted April 8th, 2010 - 6:05 pm by sean
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Yonghegong

Maria and I took a walk today (it’s also her birthday!), along the Second Ring river and the little park that’s there and seems to run at least the length of this northern portion of the road, then got to Yonghegong, the Buddhist Lama temple in Beijing. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve […]

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Posted April 8th, 2010 - 5:59 pm by sean
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1000 a Day – Day 16

Memories of childhood friends whom I no longer even remember their name: The very first apartment I lived in when I got to the States still exist today in exactly the same condition as it did back then. They’re two stories and built in the faux “Adobe” style to reflect the South Western nature of […]

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Posted April 8th, 2010 - 4:09 am by sean
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IFC African Sanctus 2010

Shameless self promotion time. So the choir I’m a member of, the International Festival Chorus (IFC) will be performing the African Sanctus by David Fanshawe at the Beijing Century Theater on April 24th, 2010 at 7:30PM. Tickets are available through the theater, Beijing Home Delivery, or me! I am actually the new ticket coordinator for […]

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Posted April 8th, 2010 - 3:48 am by sean
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1000 a Day – Day 15

First, a tangent: I think I want to redesign this site. I’ve been looking at it for a while now and it’s starting to get boring. I’m thinking something with a few more colors, mostly earth tones or darker tones, and possibly a three-column layout. I’m imagining maintaining most of the elements of this current […]

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Posted April 7th, 2010 - 2:19 am by sean
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Reflections on Chinese Men

Chinese men. Interesting creatures really. Often times easily mistaken for women due to the way they dress (skinny jeans, Louis Vuitton “murses,” Vertu “designer” cell phones, etc.), their mannerisms (“V” for victory hand signals), the style of their hair (long, colored, pink). Other times borderline homosexual due to the “camaraderie” they exhibit towards their fellow […]

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Posted April 4th, 2010 - 4:56 am by sean
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