• Summertime

    May 21, 2009

    Well the exams are done and the sun has come out.  Teaching a couple of different gigs has been keeping me busy, but at the same time I’ve got a lot more free time.  So…

    A few things are going to change over the next couple of weeks.  First, Chinese learning.  I’m rededicating myself to learning Chinese, particularly reading and writing.  I may or may not seek out a tutor – there are certainly a ton of resources online, and I have people around me I can ask for help.  I also plan to do and see a lot more things in China, like Chinese opera and visiting places I haven’t been to over the last five years, such as Qingdao and Dalian.

    Second, health and fitness.  I’m eating well enough these days, but I need to start exercising.  Going to the gym, swimming and playing basketball would help.  Maybe at some point I’ll take a kung fu class if I have the time.  Sounds cliche, I know, but I would like to learn a little.  I seriously haven’t exercised since before Christmas – it shows and I feel it.  Time to jump back on the wagon.

    Blogging and videography.  I’ve been ignoring the blogs and a video show I was creating got put on the shelf during the early months of this year.  Hopefully now I can get back to them and develop them more.  Stupid firewall is blocking YouTube in China (going on 3 months now), so I’ll have to use another site for vids.

    The Biz.  Rachel and I want to start giving tours to people when they come to China.  We have some really good ideas for things to do and places to go when people visit Shanghai, and have a lot of extra services for people.  Anyway, if you know anyone on their way here who doesn’t speak Chinese, have ‘em email me: kris.fedorak@gmail.com

    All this and more as I attempt to enjoy the summer and get some sun for once!


  • What’s Going On

    December 6, 2008

    It’s Christmas 2008 season and it looks like I’ll be in China again this year. Very disappointing since the rest of the fam is meeting up in Dubai, where my sister moved this fall. Would be nice to get some sun, sand and heat, but we’ll still have a good time here in Shanghai.

    Rachel and I put up a tree the other night and we’ve got some other lights to put up on the balcony, but I guess that’s about it. Now it’s time for shopping. And at least Shanghai has the commercial aspect of Christmas down. Malls are full of Christmas gear, prices are reasonable on both fake and genuine items, and bargaining is always fun.

    In fact, I just helped a newcomer to Shanghai purchase a slick briefcase of poker chips (it’s a small, attache style case), complete with a dealer chip, dice and cards. We’ve started a texas hold ‘em night (Thursdays) and so far the turnouts have been large. A lot of teaching to newbies, but since I won the other night, I’m happy to coach the talent of tomorrow for a fee today. I haven’t played poker for a long time, since I don’t do the online junket, and haven’t been home to play with the boys for a while, so it’s nice to be back in the saddle.

    Guess that’s all for now. Just a short update, that I should be doing every few weeks, but haven’t ever gotten around to. Guess you can catch me on twitter, facebook or the /china site most of the time. If’n I don’t post for a while, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!