Chinese New Year 2011

CNY is approaching which is now the Year of the Rabbit. So what does it mean?

Well, I’m in China and seeing the decorations go up, supermarkets are packed with shoppers buying last minute stocks (particularly sweets!) and buying packets of red envelopers.

The year of the Rabbit for this Chinese New Year means those born under this sign are said to be ambitious, lucky, sensitive, creative and compassionate.

I thought the influence of the Rabbit means more sex will take place this year but in Chinese terms:

It tends to spoil those who like too much comfort and thus impair their effectiveness and sense of duty.

We will all have a tendency to put off disagreeable tasks as long as possible

Money can be made without too much labour.

For once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances.

Here’s some wallpapers you can use for your iPhone or Desktop computer wallpaper:

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Zhuhai Artist

Blimey over 1 year of not writing anything on this diary, although I know the link juice is strong and SERPs are great – this new entry will get picked up and commented on at some point in time.

Ok, so what’s been happening?

Well, I’ve adjusted to life in China, had a couple of art exhibitions in Hong Kong and been developing my web work to focus on a few money making sites.

There’s a place in Gongbei known as Fu Yee Lau, where you can buy copied dvds, knock off clothes and jewelry. It’s all somewhat illegal but there’s alot of money to be made there and is popular over here.

This leads me onto an artist I know who used to work there. The area he worked in is being re-developed, monthly rental increased to 30k RMB (!) and he had to move on. So, I took photos of his most saleable work and if anyone reading this is interested I can get his artwork sent to you either in China or abroad.

Check out the Flickr Slideshow.

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Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf

So what sort of toys do kids in China buy? Most of the toys in the world come from China, so is interesting to know what the kids here like. Well, it mainly centers around Japanese animation and movies like Doramon or Ultraman, but there’s another programme which is huge and it’s Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf!

Pleasant Goat

My son love it, although can’t see why. The show is on Chinese tv daily and mainly consists of two wolves trying to eat a flock or sheep and failing. A bit like Roadrunner and Coyote but a bit more violent. The female Wolf always hits her partner with a frying pan and the sheep find painful ways of fending off the wolves. For me it was fun for about 5 minutes, but after seeing one episode there’s no point in watching the other 300+!

Anyway, it’s not for me…it’s for the kids. Perhaps there will be a translated version and will hit Western airwaves in the near future!

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Michael Jackson Death

Thought I’d do a short piece on Michael Jackson death, not just report this sensationalist story which everyone else is doing, but to look at another angle. I think I was more shocked about Heath Ledger’s death, but this story will go on and on and will be compared to Diana or Elvis.

We all know about his story which in brief went from Child Star, Superstar to a Bizarre Guy – but all the way through he’s been an intensely private man, so I’d expect any official Michael Jackson Death news we’ll hear will be carefully scripted and planned.

However, this doesn’t mean the media will follow Michael Jackson’s death with just a touch of sadness and I predict over the next few weeks, the stories will follow this pattern:

- Sympathy. Everyone will feel sorry for the kids he left behind, his friends (probably Beyonce will issue a tearful statement) and family (who he didn’t see much). You’ll also see stars from the 80’s who you’ve never seen since that decade, come out and offer condolences.
- Reflection. There will be clips galore of him in action, especially from his childhood. I bet Rockin’ Robin and A B C will be the most showcased clips.
- Questions. Now the questions will be asked – how did it happen, was someone involved and so on.
- Backlash. This is what the media is all about. They will delve into his character, his spending, his quirky ways and secrets which only have been “revealed” since after his death…terrible!

The truth was he cared what people thought of him, reflected in his attempt of his many comeback gigs over the years. The damage on his PR due to the child cases brought against him as well as being in huge debt wouldn’t have helped with his death. He was a recluse and cared about illnesses, so was ironic he died this way.

He was a great man who left a huge legacy and changed music forever. That’s all I have to say, now I’m going to go outside and bask in the sun whilst thinking romantic thoughts about my love.

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Swine Flu in Hong Kong

Just watching on the news that Swine Flu on May 1 has arrived in Hong Kong. This will dominate the news for weeks to come, so expect sales in Masks and other flu related products to go on the increase.

I’m dissappointed with Hong Kong really, they let in a Mexican guy with flu symptons and now suffer the consquences…we’ll see how Donald Tsang handles this I guess. The unidentified man flew into the city yesterday from Shanghai on China Eastern Airlines Flight 505 after originally departing from Mexico.

I also wonder if house prices will decline, it’s something I regret not thinking about during SARS but then again we all had other things on our minds rather than getting a cheap place to live.

What are the symptoms of swine flu?

Sore throat
Fatigue/Body aches
Decreased appetite
Less commonly: runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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Giles DaweHello! My name is Giles Dawe.

I am an Award Winning Web Developer / Artist.

I've been involved in the internet industry since 2000.

Currently based in Zhuhai, China. Copyright 2009.