Home sweet home?

I’m back after 3 weeks in Hong Kong, interspersed with 5 days in Shanghai, but we won’t talk about Shanghai much because it was so cold and the ground was so icy and slippery that we were not in much of a mood to do anything or go out anywhere! Hong Kong is rad and great and after a length of time there it feels really strange to be back in Adelaide, which is really, let’s face it, a big country town. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I’ve found there’s something comforting about the masses of people you find in a real city. There’s a feeling of safety in numbers, I like the feeling of anonymity. I was thinking the other day that I’ve become more mistrustful of strangers as I’ve gotten older. I think that’s a bad thing.

On the other hand, I am making it my goal to be friendlier as I get older. I think I am generally succeeding, although of course we all have days when we feel a bit surly and not in the mood to talk to anyone. The other day I struck up a conversation with a man sitting next to me on the plane to Melbourne. I asked him why he was going to Melbourne. Unfortunately, he was going for a funeral (!!) 😦 but we had a lovely chat during the flight nonetheless. I was proud of myself for striking up a conversation with a stranger.

I have lots and lots of photos from my trip. I tried to import them today, but unfortunately I don’t have enough hard drive space. This makes me sadface. I shall think of another way, but really, it’s time for me to upgrade my mac. I want a 27″ iMac, but it won’t be had until I save up. Also on my wish-list is a bike.

It is stinking hot in Adelaide, 35 degrees or higher every day. I shouldn’t complain though, at least we haven’t had Queensland’s dreadful weather.

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News and Musings

Hello, I’m back. My holiday was super-fun and great and also a bit lonely but I’ll get into that later. First, let me draw your attention to the fact that I am very excited that my band Monkey Puzzle Tree has been invited to perform at Womadelaide this year! Womad is my favourite festival and I can’t think of words that can adequtely describe how pleased I am to get to participate as a performer. This is a great opportunity for us so all four of us are very excited.

There’s something about the fresh feeling of commencing a new year that leaves me feeling quite excited in general. It’s the end of January right now, February contains good things like Chinese New Year (which coincides with Valentines Day this year; the 14th), then comes March and anyone who lives in this town knows that March is the best time of year to be in Adelaide. Not only is there Womad (which I’ve mentioned already, click the links above if you want more, more, more) but there’s the Fringe Festival (biggest Fringe in the Southern Hemisphere I believe) and this year is an Adelaide Festival year too.

My recent adventures abroad have really awakened the travel bug in me and I’ve already started making plans. I want to go on a holiday every year. Fortunately my occupation, with its frequent school holidays, allows this. In July, I’m planning to go to Fiji for a tropical escape. And in the December/January holidays I want return to the Motherland, as it were, and go to Hong Kong and possibly surrounds.

Kuala Lumpur was great, especially at first. I explored and got lost and discovered things and ate fruit every day. But I did get a bit lonely towards the end of my stay. I went alone and by the week’s end I was feeling the strain of not having had a real conversation with anyone for that whole time. Pathetic, no? This was of course, only exacerbated by the fact that I caught a cold in the last few days and could do nothing but languish in my hotel room. Boring!

I opted for luxury (for once in my life) and stayed in a beautiful hotel. It as great, but next time I travel alone I will stay at a cheap place, like a backpacker’s hostel as such locations are great for meeting interesting people from around the world.

I flew from KL to Melbourne where I stayed with my sister and attended seminars for work. The seminar days were inspiring and fun. I always leave seminars feeling excited about teaching and it’s fun to be in an environment where I can discuss the teaching materials with like-minded professional musicians. It’s great.

So now I’m back and I’m fresh, rejuvenated and optimistic.

Here’s a scan of some pictures I took in KL to finish…