I found freedom, sort of

Hands unchained

One major feature or change in my life recently was the return to freedom. Although this makes it seem like I might have been legally incarcerated, this is not the case, but living in China does limit some freedoms that one would normally wouldn’t experience in the free world...

A large decision was undertaken in September 2015 regarding changes in my life, and it was when I decided that I would seek other employment opportunities. While I love the kids I teach, the system under which I was teaching was becoming increasingly unsustainable, and I wanted out. I began interviewing in October, and I landed a contract in March.

The decision was not taken lightly; I really did mull it over for a long while. Part of me wanted to stay because living in China became easy, but there were some serious life questions that I started to ask myself: Is living here sustainable? Can I find what I’m looking for here? And after I reflected a bit, and some stuff that went down in my personal life, the answer was an unequivocal no. Thou shall hear of those reasons in reflections in the future, but for no the details are irrelevant.

And so on June 30, after leaving my apartment (and home – and yes it really did feel like home) at 21:00, our shuttle bus bound from the interior of Jiangsu Province was bound for Shanghai. In what has later become 60 hours of transit (which I originally thought was 34), I relived June 30 twice and half of June 29th and arrived into Toronto via Tokyo and Vancouver.

And thus I found freedom, sort of. It’s not my final destination and it doesn’t feel like real freedom yet, but it’s a step in the right direction. Hello Twitter, Hello Facebook, Hello Blog, Hello unrestricted internet, and Goodbye VPN.

I miss you already, China, despite your shortcomings…

Domain move for the better

To the readers that actually frequent this blog, those who are few and far between, you might have noticed that the domain for this blog has been change. My previous provider was active since 2006 and decided to shut down, so I decided to venture into hosting my own domain and website thanks to the magic of WordPress.

Thankfully I was able to import all my posts from all those years ago, so they can be found here. This is a momentous occasion, as it’s the first time I’ve ever had a domain all to myself. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. And since I’m paying a little bit more per year, I’ll have to make the most of it and presumably post some more!

At any rate, welcome to the new domain and don’t forget to RSS subscribe for updates and comment when you’re interested in my writings!

Test RSS-feed posting

Have you ever wondered if your RSS feed is working properly and wanted to find out? Well this is one of those posts to see if it actually ends up posting to Twitter via my client or not.

Lets go team automatic!

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