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Borrowed Time! How Much Time Is Good Time?

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya Time! The very grains we are made to rely on to give us some sort of structure to our lives. Both our days and nights pass us by under the ungrateful and greedy eyes of time. Forever taking from us, yet never giving in return. Our sands begin to flow from our very first breath. When we give birth we give new life. Yet strangely at the same time are we not also taking the same life. For do we not also begin our pathway to death from the very same first breath that gives us life? Life, you see how confusing it can be when you sit back and think about it! Time, my friends it is up to you how you use your time. But what is the best way to use your time? It's an age old question that! Do we follow the rules, not drink and smoke and do our best to follow our chosen dogma to be then collected by the 8:15am train on the way to work when strangely you are not at the station but in your car listening to the radio when WHAM, the 8:15 decides to collect you anyhow. No one on the 8:15 will go to work that day and time has caught up with them all! Prior to you unwillingly catching the 8:15 train did you fulfill all your dreams? Did you find the love you have always dreamed of? Did you relax on a mountain top sipping green tea outside of the destination of the day? Did you give birth and raise the child that will carry on your name? Did you did you did you! Or have you simply continued doing what you have been taught to believe is the right thing to do with your time? Are you still near to and unwilling to break away from your parents protective arms, help and love. So much time....or so we are led to believe we have! Time has a way of quietly sneaking up on us! Before you know it you are losing time! Sometimes simply relaxing and reading about how others spend their time is a good way to use your own time. But how much time reading about 'others' time is the right amount of time? That's a good question for all of you readers out there. I spent a LOT of time reading about 'others' time, so much so that a decade of my own time flew by without me doing much at all with my own time. I dined on so many peoples dreams that each week it was like feasting on a banquet of 'other peoples' dreams.. So when is 'your' time to stop feasting upon others time? And when is it time to begin living your own dreams and time? Why not simply throw them all into the big wok of life and create your own stir fry of time by living your own dreams and taking a book or two with you to feast upon along the way. Why not take the kids out of school and head overseas for a year teaching English in some remote third world country. Most of these countries have what are known as International Schools and their timetables and teachings are very much the same as the schools back home. We can all do these things. There are these and so many other possibilities open to us. Yet most people continue to say 'I wish I' or 'I would love to'. When you meet them they are also full of 'Oh you are so lucky to have'. How do I know? Because I used to say them all. It takes but one open and honest moment with yourself and the courage to follow it through and then all of your dreams will lay before you. You may hurt others along the way and I guess this is why so many of us never follow our dreams or take so long to do so. Anyhow, enough from me about time. It's your time and it is your choice what to do with it. Most spend it wisely but many allow time to pass living a lie. Strangely it is not a lie to anyone but themselves and those they allow inside. Over the last few days anything could have happened to the outside world and I wouldn't have noticed at all. One morning I woke and after reading for an hour I got up to begin packing to move on to my next destination. I then looked at my book which was lying on the spare bed and I simply decided that I had seen enough this holiday. Not only seen enough but I also realised that I had seen so much no one I know will ever get to see. Last summer I ran myself to near exhaustion trying to satisfy my hunger to see and do as much as I possibly could. These holidays, thanks to traveling with Luo Wei I have taken things at a much more relaxed pace and have had to look at 'Time' through another person's eyes. Not everyone wants to see as much as they possibly can each day. Not everyone wants to walk for six or seven hours each day to see all the little things. You know, all those little things that you miss in the 'time' you spend in a taxi or a bus. So for the next few days I headed down stairs to pay for another night's accommodation and returned to my room where I decided to spend my time laying upon my bed of pillows reading my way in and out of a relaxing sleep for the day. Each afternoon around six I would head outside. Mostly to make sure the world hadn't run off on me. Taking with it all of my dreams of things I had yet to see. Tonight I headed to the train station to see about my ticket back to Xian to find out that there was only one train per day which leaves Xinyang City at 7:30pm. I also unhappily found out that there are no hard sleepers available from Xinyang. Not ever! So it will be a nearing fifteen hour journey in a hard seat. A bugger to spend 100 Yuan to sit for fifteen hours. I also heard from Zhang Li (Jigongshan Tour Girl) and we will catch up tomorrow as she is now in Xinyang staying at the hospital with her Aunt. I'm unsure what has happened but something has happened to her aunts legs. I wonder what it could be for her to be in hospital? For dinner I found a Lanzhuo Noodle bar around the corner and after a 'not so bad' bowl of noodles I was hit with a 5 Yuan bill for a small bowl. I can't say I was too happy about that and let the guy know my thoughts. As he was huge and full of muscles I wasn't too pushy about it. Hahahahaha!

As most would know Lanzhou noodles are my favourite and almost everywhere in China a small bowl should cost you 3.5 Yuan and a large should cost four or five Yuan. I spent the night walking around the streets and found a little market place behind the block my hotel is on. It reminded me so much of being in my little city in Gansu Province. Very much a market full of dust and things such as vegetables and plastic wares placed upon it for you to buy. Last night I came across an elderly gent who was, like in many places in China, using the sidewalk to practice his Chinese characters. He couldn't speak any English but he could write some even though the words in the sentence were all out of order. He asked where I was from so instead of telling him in Chinese I decided to write it. We then spent the next twenty of so minutes slowly making our way along the footpath leaving a trail of questions and answers behind us. We ended up gathering quite a crowd. They followed us along the footpath and whenever someone tried to use English to answer for us the old man would quickly hush them and continue his writings. It really was one of those times that make's you stop and thank the world around you for allowing you such a wonderful life. Oh and for those questioning. These elderly guys use water and not ink to practice on the sidewalk. Luo Wei rang and we caught up for about half an hour. The poor little bugger is working so damn hard lately. She rises at 5:30am and doesn't finish work until after eleven in the evening. Soon things will become harder yet again as she has to help with the students Army training for, I think it is two weeks. For those wanting a good book to read that will take them on a beautiful journey and maybe like me will make them stop everything they are doing for two days go and find yourself a copy of the below. <u>VOYAGEURS by Margaret Elphinstone - 2003</u> Is about a na&iuml;ve and peaceful Quaker who lands on the shores of North America on the eve of the War of 1812 thinking only of finding his missing sister he has always admired for her adventurous spirit. He hitches a ride with the 'voyageurs' who canoe the rivers of Canada transporting firs that feed the trade that made the region a battleground of the French and British empires. The same backwoods of Canada that led his sister astray and had her excommunicated from the Society of Friends also test Mark in a way he never would have imagined. On his desperate search he finds himself amongst spies, domestic warriors, displaced natives, infidels and religious folk who all must fight to maintain their particular way of life Beers N Noodles toya.....shane PS: A little info on Xinyang for those wanting to go to Jigong Shan and have to spend the night there. To the left of the train station (as you walk out) there are several cheap hotels where you can get a double room with a fan for fifty Yuan or under. But they are not clean nor would I leave any valuables in the room when you leave it. Across from these hotels there is an awesome food alley. Both sides are lined with 'noodle, rice and all things nice' eateries. All are cheap and the few I ate at were delicious. They also had cold beer! If you walk to the end of this alley you will come to the next main road and on both sides of this road you will find hotels that are much nicer than the ones near the train station. I chose to stay in a completely different area though. If you turn right when you are leaving the train station you will soon come to the long distance bus station on the left. If you continue along the same road you will come to Zhongshan Road. I stayed in a beautiful hotel next to an eatery called 'Army & Navy' or something. One of the girls can speak some English and I got it for a great price. I also got the 7th floor. A room with a view at a low cost! PSS: For those wanting to catch the bus to Kaifeng, Zhengzhou or Xian. Don't bother as there are no buses going to any of these places. There is only the train and there is only hard seat! So if you don't want to do the fifteen hours in a hard seat to Xian, break your journey by stopping off at Zhengzhou which is the capital of Henan Province. But I would travel the extra hour and go to Kaifeng city. Zhengzhuo is very much a normal city and there really isn't much to do there. Kaifeng on the other hand is a back packers dream and is my favourite city here in China! PSSS: The green photos in this entry are from mine and Zhang Li's my walk down Jigong Shan. It was a beautiful walk and if you were to do it with out stopping it would only take an hour and a half. As she was a guide and as I have a thirst for walking we stopped here and there and took extra tracks to see as much as possible. About three quarters into the walk we came across the Double Gate tower. Here we spent several hours resting in a small pagoda and talked about our lives and our dreams and got to know each other better. She is a very sweet person who loves to help people learn about her country and the area she lives. Very soon she will become a teacher which is something she has always dreamed of. I have no doubt that she will make an excellent teacher. She has a beautiful soul and a very helpful nature. We will met again soon. _________________________________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was by one of my favourite 'various artists' albums 'World Hemispheres' The album was the double CD 'Fresh Global Sounds' __________________________________________________________

Some Of Xinyang

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Climbing  Down Jigongshan

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