|Just to prove I am indeed living|
I'm sure you can guess the reason for my absence by just reading said previous blog post. Just one thing stopped me from writing pages and pages of more drivel: The Great Firewall of China. I did try to use a proxy server (a computer network that will connect to websites on your behalf making it look like you are in another country), but found that the terribly slow speed and lack of security was too much of an issue to ignore. After a few failed attempts at logging onto Blogger I very quickly learnt to live without blogging in my life. I could have tried an alternate website, but the fear I had of other blog sites being blocked put me off. You see, Blogger was just the beginning of a new internet crackdown in China. Twitter and Facebook soon faced the axe, and even IMDB was blocked at one point. It seemed no site on the planet was safe from the over-sensitive internet police of China.
"How can you be writing this blog post now?" I hear you ask (oh no, that's just the voice inside my head). Well, two weeks ago I managed to climb over the wall and escape to the safe island state of the United Kingdom -- which really means I've come back home. It was not an easy decision to make by any means, but I felt the right time had come. Almost 3 years in China had flown by so incredibly quickly, I could very easily see myself staying in the same position in another 3 years, and then 6 years, and then 12 ye....you get the idea. Another factor that was calling me to leave was because I had finally decided on something I genuinely would like to study and do as a career. I was just torn as to whether to stay in China for longer or not. The itch to make a change became too much and I took the plunge of leaving the life, love, and friends I had made. Now, back home with my family in Manchester, England, I am starting on a brand new path by studying two subjects that will lead to the career I really want: Counselling and Hypnotherapy.
The most difficult part of leaving was having to part from Kimi, my girlfriend. She had known for a very long time that I hadn't intended to live in China forever, and she was a big deciding factor as to whether I should come home now or not. Luckily for me she was very supportive and understanding about my decision. Now we are working on the long arduous visa process so that she can finally come and live with me here. For the next 12 months we have planned to make sure we see each other via holidays. She will come on holiday in summer and I will go on holiday back to China at the end of the year. It is by no means a perfect solution, but it's the best we can do considering the circumstances.
That's pretty much my life updated. Next blog post will be sometime in 2011 then....
Not really! In fact I have a host of subjects I would like to write about over the coming months. As mentioned above, I will certainly be updating progress on Kimi's move to the UK over the next year; I will continue to write about China as I still have almost one year's worth of stories to look back on (which was also the reason I decided not to start a completely new blog); Also, I would like to document my progress with regards to studying, job hunting, and living in the UK -- something which is quite removed from life in China. But the main reason I have decided to start writing on my blog again is the same reason I started blogging in the first place: to keep a diary.
In all honesty I have sorely missed doing this, just writing about anything seems to rattle the dust from my mind. I look forward to more blogs to come.
P.S. If anybody is reading, then I hope you like the new design -- it took me bloody ages!!