Best story ever?

Moving around a lot can sometimes be a drag. But when I think of all the interesting / awesome people I’ve met, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Like this guy (actually, I’ve not met him. But I know his mum, so I’m really hoping that two degrees of separation still counts as being cool by association).

Ashley’s story is one of the best… no strike that, THE best story I’ve ever heard. Now before you go getting all upset because I don’t think your story is the best, hear me out…

He ran away to join the circus.

See, I told you! Cool, right?!

The story goes something like this:

Ashley was studying at Uni and had a pretty good intern gig that was going to set him up for a life as high-flying (pun totally intended) engineer but just wasn’t feeling the love. To let off some steam after work / study, he would go hang out (I’m on a roll with these acrobatic-inspired puns) at the local acrobatics school in Freo (that would be Fremantle in Western Australia for you non-Aussies).

He was ready to throw in the towel at uni, but eventually cut his mum a deal that he would finish his degree (we’ve all been there). Which he did. But when he finished, he still wasn’t convinced that he wanted to wake up at 40 and wonder why he hadn’t become an acrobat. So he moved to Beijing, studied acrobatics, broke a lot of stuff in his body including his back, still persisted and at 25 is now performing in Brazil.

Even if you put aside all of the cool circus stuff, the fact that he had the courage and determination to say ‘screw it, I’m going to change course, work bloody hard and see what happens’ is impressive in its own right.

Now you’ve read the story, watch the video (which is of him in his first acrobatic competition – oh, and he WON!) – and I think you’ll agree:


PS. Go check out his mum’s blog – her name is Susie, and she’s pretty cool too!

Familiar faces

You don’t tend to think of UB as a popular stopover city. But in just one week we had two friends pass through. I suppose it helps that they’re working on a project in the Southern Gobi (as you do), but still, I hope it keeps up, because it’s always a treat seeing familiar faces!

Thanks for visiting Bill!

Hey Cleary, bet you're jealous you didn't get a kiss from me!


A few months ago my friend Paul-E sent me a message saying he was passing through Jingers with his brother Loz, and he asked what should be on the list of things to do.

Err, having dinner with me and my friends at the Beer & Duck restaurant is THE #1 must-do when in Beijing.

So after counting down the sleeps, I finally caught up with Paul-E last night (and met the wonderful Loz!). Hooray for Beijing stop-overs!


Tuni bags

Sandy, Cathy & I went to a Tuni Bag workshop last week.
Now before you ask, what is a Tuni Bag, well, truthfully I am still not sure I really know.

But that’s cool, because we got to hang out, and do some stitching, and let our creative juices flow.

It started with a needle, thread and a blank canvas.

Cathy was quick to find her rhythm.Sandy found her groove too.Me? Well, I just kinda faffed about, taking pictures. Like pictures of this cute kid. How stylish is he?!

And photos of these two chicks. How hot are they?!