Friday, April 29, 2005
it rained today - i love the way the weather changes here in Huaihua - it reminds me of Melbourne.Each day on the street - vendors intall themselves - and set up trading for the day - selling everything from nail clippers to fried tofu.
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 10:32 pm
Thursday, April 28, 2005
another bus - across the road from the university. (Huaihua) Drop one yuan into the tray and the bus takes you as far or as short a distance as you choose on its route.
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 11:39 pm
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
this afternoon had lunch here - a small place outside the "gate" of the school - noodles with vegies and chilli.
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 11:09 pm
being in China is an unusual/strange experience...History is everywhere - not physically - but - within the people - most ancient buildings were destroyed during the cultural revolution (1966-1976) these were classified as one of the "four olds" and systematically eradicated during this era - Mao's presence can still be felt everywhere....
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 2:06 am
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
sugar cane - I love the look on this older womans face - chatting to the guy cutting the sugar cane pole - In the background of the photo to the left - is a guy asleep on his chair -
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 12:04 am
Sunday, April 24, 2005
last week on my way to class I noticed this........a new building being constructed on the campus - Its interesting 'cause if you look closely you'll see a figure in the image - Its a woman - In a society that is basically paternal - with a strong emphasis on the work ethic and the need for the many - not the individual - woman are often "workers" - of course in a "western" so called developed society this would be unusual - Are we in the west still living in a 19th century - that does not include women as Laborers or is China - just being logical?
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 7:31 pm
Mong Kok - love Hong Kong - just got back this morning - had a great time, met my Fiancee "Cecilia" - at Hong Kong airport, very easy place to get around - the subway in Hong Kong is really cool - very easy to navigate - the trains run every 2 mins or so - the ferry service from "the mainland" to Hong Kong island and elsewhere is great - love the old ferries - all the ferries that we rode on were built in 1958 - had an easy time obtaining my Visa "a Z class" and even easier getting Cecilias "F class" from the China resorces building - on "the island" - went shopping in "the ladies market" got a couple of things for Cecilia and also a nice shirt for myself...........This image is typical of Mong Kok - busy, full of Taxi's and really cool - an interesting mixture of western and eastern cultures....gotta go back......!!!
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 12:58 pm
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
"Remote City Evening Newspaper" - the restraunt didnt ask "us" the foreign - (: not being within the jurisdiction of a political unit (as a state); especially : being from or in a state other than the one in which a matter is being considered - a foreign company doing business in a foreign country :) - guests - but we thought "what the hell" - We got a free meal! The headline reads - "Huaihua'shine', western restaurant OK!"
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 3:55 pm
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 10:55 am
Mao sits behind every person in china even today almost 30 years after his death. - even though the "door" may be open - as far as business is concerned - The "door" is firmly shut and perhapes the key has been lost - for many of the people.
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 4:13 am
Saturday, April 16, 2005
i was in a market......in the middle of the city...(see photo)....i dont really get time to hang out - most of my time when im not actually teaching is spent organizing stuff - and trying to solve the complex maze of chinese "red tape"....im not kidding.......! it really is a complex society...i was in a bank today - changing money - ha! You might think that this sounds easy - they wanted proof of where the money came from........so i had my contract faxed to the bank.....this simple procedure took 45 mins...all for under $400 - then i went to a differnet bank to send the money......Im sending $ to Cecilia (my fiancee) so she can get her ticket.(to come here)...Its been booked - Then Wow.....The Bank could not do it - so then i went to the main post office "China Post" they are open till 8pm - but the person who does the western union (the money senders) stuff wasnt available till 6pm - so i waited - then when i got to see her - i was told - (thru an interpreter) that western union doesnt operate after 5:30pm.......and it is new at the post office!! Anyway - so they suggested i go to a bank - no not the same bank a differnt bank - the bank shuts at 5pm!
wow! So ill send the money tomorrow! ha! i also had an argument (sort of) with the forign affairs - guyat the school that I'm teaching at, a prick who does nothing - and orders around his young assistant - he told me that only the president of the school can get a soft seat on a train......all the other seats are like park benches........so i offered to pay the difference in the price - (maybe 12 yuen) ha! If it was a short journey i wouldnt care but - im talking 18 hours on a seat! (They dont have beds for anything less than 20 hours!!!) ha!!! Man......Thats why i like travelling - it makes us - count our blessings......(No - im not kidding) Rant Rant Rant..........
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 11:31 pm
Friday, April 15, 2005
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 1:12 am
these simple elegant forms are - so beautiful - not just food but works of art - carved pineapple anyone?
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 1:02 am
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Photo: Mark Hobbs at 12:43 am
Thursday, April 14, 2005
my students from class 2..year 2.....note that most of these are seemingly young girls....infact they are around 21 or 22 - ! second year uni - english majors.....i took them for a walk around the campus - pointing out the english names of everything they asked me......"whats that?" Or "Gummar?"..(pinyin).....so......i would reply - "blossom".......or maybe "tree".....or maybe "fence'......or maybe "duck"......or maybe......"canteen". Yes the students enjoyed walking in the sunshine - in the early afternoon....an interesting change for them..
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 8:08 pm
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Walking behind a market the other day - I noticed a set of stairs - so curious as usual I followed the stairs up two flights - then entered a courtyard - This was the surreal scene that I encountered Orange walls - a courtyard filled with orange light - This is a long exposure photo of what i saw....
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 11:55 pm
the same market - these two women could easily have been from early the last century - outstanding "hats"...
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 12:25 am
went to the market today saturday - whilst buying some "four seasons beans" green beans - I noticed this man - shelling the beans - around him you can see the shelled beans - his "red" shirt and his obvious pleasure in his "work" drew my attention - ha! What a life - watching the world go by from knee level shelling his beans -
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 12:20 am
Friday, April 08, 2005
this "patch" of ground - this earth - this tooled soil.......Every morning before class i look out onto this "space" from the forth floor balcony of the teaching building - it always inspires me..
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 11:50 pm
art building - take a close look at this photo - on the first floor window a student - like any other student "wonders" !
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 11:36 pm
a student of mine with natural ability - this guy like most of my students is worried to the point of exhaustion about an upcoming exam - the TEM 4 this exam like all others in china is not about ability but about how much "one" can remember - its really strange - some of the students - and others who take the exams (like the TEM 4 an english - grammer and vocab test) employ professional exam takers!
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 11:21 pm
Monday, April 04, 2005
the poster reads......."one shot and your cured" The blue poster reads....."Cured of - sexual disease - impotence - drug addiction etc"......my feeling is that if we cannot choose who we love or what we are we should never "take the shot".....
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 1:53 am
Sunday, April 03, 2005
this man - probably in his late sixties - seems very astonished to see a "white" person - in his environment - i was at the market having a key cut - he wouldnt look me in the eye - which in itself is not suprising - but usually the older the person in china - the more likely they are to be "forward" his "uniform" a remnant from another time - very "red gaurd" seemed completly out of place amongst the "consumers' happily shopping at the well stocked market.
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 11:47 pm
travelling into the city today to get a key cut - a spare key for my door - I noticed this beautiful little girl she was so interested in my curley hair - I loved the way her Father encouraged her to look at me - and the way he - responded to her - in China usually girls are treated with contempt by their fathers - it seems in most places that I have been to around China, "Boys" are still the prefered offspring...
Photo: Mark Hobbs at 10:52 pm