Wine tastings in Dalian

Again I was the lone waiguoren with about 10 Chinese wine tasters, mostly women and 4 men! We met at the Datong Jie store to go to the restaurant by taxi. It was in the large commercial square close to Zhongshan Guangshang that includes Cafe Copenhagen.

Consensus favorite bottles.

Consensus favorite bottles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the fourth wine tasting I have been to with Wenwen and her circle of wine buddies!

I was quite impressed by the young Chinese women who were in the party. No spectacular beauty like Suzanne but they were quite attractive and all in good humour. We each self-introduced and then the food was served.

They have French bread quite crusty and in baguette form. The menu included, Caeser salad, cream of corn soup, and a steak dish which was quite good.

The wines began with a raspberry bubbly, a white champenoise, a Chard from Geneva and a good red that I can buy at Wenwen’s store.

An enjoyable outing although I didn’t understand much of the Mandarin goings on! Stephen was there with the young french speaker!

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The Bo Xilai affair according to local sources in Dalian

No subject about internal affairs in China has gotten the attention given to the denoument of the last NPC meeting in Beijing which resulted in Bo’s expulsion from the Party and the arrest of his wife Gu on suspicion of involvement in the death of a close friend and British citizen in Chongching.

BEIJING - MARCH 10:  China's Premier and Party...

BEIJING - MARCH 10: China's Premier and Party secretary Wen Jiabao (L) and China's Chairman and Party secretary Wu Bangguo attend a meeting for the plenary session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People on March 10, 2011 in Beijing, China. The NPC will take place until March 14. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

My main Chinese source is a middle level manager in a foreign investment company in Dalian.

Zhongshan Square in the city of Dalian, Liaoni...

Zhongshan Square in the city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, Northeast China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He is overjoyed that Bo seems to have gotten his political comeuppance. And is not surprised by suggestions of deep seated corruption at the highest levels of politics in China.

National emblem of the People's Republic of China

National emblem of the People's Republic of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The level of Weibo activity is beating all records and it appears that foreign media interest in this story in all its parts “has legs”.

China's FIRST McDonald's

China's FIRST McDonald's (Photo credit: flickr.Marcus)

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How my health seems to have been affected by living in China

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! It is taking me too long to learn how to use the posting and editing process here. I posted some text yesterday and can’t find it today. Grrrrrrrrrr!

On Mar 28 last I went to Vancouver for a few health reasons. I felt weak, short of breath and had a bad chest condition, coughing and nasal leaking my usual rinitis attack. Except this time the symptoms were several weeks old.

So the first thing I did on Mar 29 was go to the Care Point Walk-in Clinic on 7th Ave. Lo and behold Dr. Paul Wilson was doing a locum and was my consultant for the day. He diagnosed an “upper respiratory infection” and prescribed a strong antibiotic. He also gave me a prescription for a battery of tests including an EKG so that McConville would have the results when I kept my appointment with him on April 3.

Conducting passages of the human respiratory s...

Conducting passages of the human respiratory system (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Up until Mar 28 I was self-medicating with an HBP med and Metformin that I was buying in a local pharmacy. I believe now those meds were not effective. Western meds are not available in China because the certification system does not allow sale of Western meds although 2/3rds are supposed to be produced in Chinese pharma plants!

May 15 is my date to move into an apt at 855 McBride Boul in New West. Yes, I am ending this part of my China connection!

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Started on the wrong foot

History of China

History of China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I spent about 10 minutes with my “first post” and then forgot to post it! So I got to start again.

I described how this is my part of my return in two ways. Up until Feb 2010, when I began a China Hiatus, I blogged here and with Tumblr. Now I am starting a new blog here and to draw a lineĀ  with the past I am starting “fresh” here.

My Adventure with life and work in China is now ending. I will be moving into an apartment in New West by May 15. Until further notice I will be living alone and focusing primarily on my health issues, diabetes and High BP with Shortness of Breath.

Yes, I will be writing about my time in China, the people I met, politics, expats, English teaching methods there, living there, travel there and such.

I also intend to maintain an active blog on a Chinese web site about Better Spoken English training. The blog should be bilingual and I will likely arrange that with John Wang and Hodge Zhou.

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