Tuesday, September 22, 2009

back in the saddle

Ok so I AM still here. I am also still in Shanghai, still teaching, still painting, still alive.

I would apologise for my absence here, but I've done that before and then life gets in the way yet again. However, a few things have indeed changed. I have returned back to teaching in the mornings only and will have much more time to write.

But I am totally disconnected from the blog world. The Chinese Government's internet restrictions are becoming worse and worse. For a long time we have had to use proxies to view certain websites (blogspot being one of them) but it just became a way of life. Now the range of websites being blocked is increasing, as the effectiveness of the proxies decrease. Facebook and Youtube are blocked (I know, I know, what do I do with all that extra time on my hands, you say) and even the one proxie I have found that still works fairly regularly is mind-numbingly slow. So not have I not been writing much, I have also not been reading or commenting on many of the blogs I used to be an avid reader of.

This is all to change. I promise to write here more, things in Shanghai are still weird and wonderful. and I have much to report on. But if any old friends (real or internet) are still out there, please say hello. It'll give me the motivation to get back in the groove again. Alternately if there are any new readers lurking out there- go on, introduce yourself! I promise I won't bite much.


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Gabby Girl said...

Hey there! I had stopped visiting regularly cause you hadn't posted anything in sometime, but I decided to stop by today, and behold, there was new information to be had!

Phil and I are coming back to China in February, but I don't know where yet. My fingers are crossed for a University in a warmer part of China.

If I ever make it back to Shanghai, we will have to meet up again, if just for a while, and eat BLT's. :) I still remember that day very well.

Hope you are well. Take care.

- Gabrielle

ASHLEY said...

that's one blog i did enjoy. sort of a weekend pastime, but good reads. hope the distortions pass away soon.

Lauren said...

Hi Louise!

Not sure that I've ever posted a comment before, but I found your blog a year or so ago and have been following it off and on since then. Over the past year as a Global Studies student in the US, I've gotten more and more interested in Asian culture. I did a short study tour in Hong Kong last year and this coming spring I'll actually be spending the semester at the University of Sydney, Australia. Anyway, just wanted to say I've been a long time lurker and lover of your blog! :)

Btw...I love the banner image at the top of the page. Was that inspired by the Two Girls, Hong Kong cosmetic company?