Interesting data on the views my blog received

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Thank You and Goodbye

This will be my last posting.

We left Guangzhou for Canada on July 24th. The 5 Rams of Guangzhou must have been crying to see us leave as it rained so hard we stayed on the tarmac for 2 hours in the plane before take off. At Beijing, we had to run to make our connecting flight to Vancouver.

Once in Vancouver, we spent 4 days with Danipoo and her family before finally arriving in Ottawa. As our house is rented until August 1st, we are in limbo in Orleans.

We had a wonderful year, much above our wildest dreams.

What I noticed the most upon my arrival was the empty airport, blue sky, bright sun, greenery, clean air and……so many overweight people. We really have to stop eating so much and walk a lot more.

I would like to thank all my readers for taking their precious time to read my postings. Each posting took well over an hour to complete. This blog has given me a written history of my wonderful year in Asia, something I would not have done without my readers.

Here are some stats from my blog.

147 posts


13,000 views (this is a bit skewed as every log on to check for a new posting is considered a viewing).

Once again, thank you all for reading this blog and a special thanks to those that left comments. Huge thanks go to my wife without whom none of this would have been possible.

Cantique de Noël

Today in Guangzhou it is  15C and clear

Teaching Western Culture sounds easier that it is. Yesterday I tried to throw together a powerPoint on Christmas and quickly realized I could spend more time preparing the lesson on Christmas than some people spend celebrating it.

As any good teacher will tell you, it is not what you put into your lesson but what you leave out that makes it great. Give them enough information to pique their curiosity without boring them to death.

Christmas is really about loving your fellow man. Families get together, putting aside their differences, to celebrate a meal together and have a good time. Often we see certain people only at Christmas and we get reacquainted with their lives. The black sheeps of the family are there and embraced. People that are forgotten most of the year are invited to celebrate and can feel loved for at least one day of the year.

What better way to show the true meaning of Christmas than by showing pictures of my own Christmas’s.  The students get to laugh at weight gains, hair loss and old fashions while seeing Christmas trees, food and gifts.

This year has many first’s for me. My first time living in a country where I have absolutely no understanding of the language or customs. My first time being a visible minority albeit a respected one. My first taste of a chicken foot.

It will also be my first Christmas away from home. It will be the first time in almost 30 years that I will not see uncle Rodrigue sing “Cantique de Noël”. I never miss his powerful rendition of this classic French Christmas song, as his singing it is one of the highlights of Christmas for me. At over 70 years old, he can still belt it out.

I showed the video below to my Chinese students and for the first time, the class went silent.  (My brother Jean is on the piano).

I have already watched this video several times and it will certainly be played in my home on Christmas day. I even brought in an external sound system to school, as the computer speakers just don’t do uncle Rod justice.

Thank you uncle Rod for being a wonderful part of my Christmas celebrations.

Super Fish Market part 1

Today in Guangzhou it was 23°C and cloudy

The fish market in Guangzhou is an absolute must see. It is the size of a couple of city blocks. We walked for close to 2 hours and did not see it all.There was everything anyone could ever want for an aquarium. If they don’t have it, it doesn’t exist. The access ways are actual streets, with motorbikes driving by delivering fish. Everywhere you look, there are fish in aquariums, fish in plastic tubs, fish in plastic bags. A paradise for any fish enthusiast.