Tired from our demanding ride, we wheeled our bikes through the riverside village of Guangxi in Lingchuan County of Guilin, passing by this doorway where a little old man tentatively poked his head out then stepped forward into the daylight. He had a lovely smile on his face and seemed curious to meet the tall white foreigners. I asked our guide Robert (Liu Tong) to ask the gentleman if I could take his photo and without hesitation he agreed. How old was he, we thought? Ninety, perhaps? Robert conversed in Mandarin and told us: “He’s 112.” We said our goodbyes and wheeled on pass, but all I could think was to wonder at the life he had led. When Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China 70 years ago (this Oct 1), this gentleman was 42 and had already survived the Chinese Revolution of 1911–12 when a nationalist democratic revolt overthrew the Qing (Manchu) dynasty and created a republic. Back then, China was vastly underdeveloped compared to the West and the country was divided among warlords, tribes, and landlord dynasties who fought each other for power and wealth. The average lifespan of a Chinese person was mid-40s. In 1901, not long before our little old man was born, foreign interference during the 19th century resulted in the Boxer Rebellion as a backlash to years of British Imperialism which had earlier led to the Opium Wars in the Brit’s want for China’s tea, silk and porcelain. Britain did not have the silver to trade with the Qing Empire so a barter system began with Indian opium. The exponential growth in opium usage in China from 1790 to 1832 brought about a generation of addicts and social instability. You can see where it eventually all led .... to Chairman Mao. Our little gentleman pictured must have many incredible life stories to tell. #china#asia#travel#guilin
Fun facts despre Iordania:
1. Poti numara pe degetele se la o mana trecerile de pietoni din capitala. Toata lumea traverseaza dupa cum i se nazare, iar noi am stat cu inima-n gat de fiecare data cand am vazut pe cineva traversand in aglomeratia de 5x mai mare decat in Bucuresti. Fun fact-ul consta in replica noastra "baga-ti-ai, sa vezi ce-l zboara pe asta!" la fiecare 5 minute.
2. Shaorma este siiiiiimpla (daca ai noroc). Contine carne, sos si ceapa, muuuuulta ceapa. Lipie cu ceapa, sos si carne mai exact. In Romania e bogatie-n shaorma. Tot daca ai noroc, gasesti si salata verde. Rar, ce-i drept.
3. Vrei sau nu, la 4:30 AM te trezesti. Adhanul, my friends 🙏🏻 nimic fun about that, decat rasul nostru nervos maybe?
4. Toata lumea, dar toata lumea pe care o intalnesti este extrem de draguta, amabila si prietenoasa. Pe bune, nu ca-n Romania. La punctul asta imi vine sa rad de cei care-i judeca pe oamenii astia fara sa-i cunoasca. (to be continued)
Must not miss this episode! We caught up with Ilan - co-founder of ETF provider BetaShares. A lot has been happening in this space over the past 12 months, with BetaShares bringing a lot of new and innovative funds to market. We took the chance to pick the brains for Ilan on everything from investing in India, to blue chips in Europe, and how to navigate the hundreds of ETFs out there as a beginner investor. Link in bio.
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensual, enveloping the body in its soft and tight embrace. #bali#travel
#GranteeHighligh: Tiffany Chung's (ACC 2015)( @tiffanychungzz ) solo exhibition "Passage of Time" is on at Tyler Rollins Fine Art ( @tylerrollinsfineart ) from September 12 through November 2. This exhibition focuses both on the recent history of conflict and displacement in Guatemala and the post-1975 mass exodus of Vietnamese refugees. Cartographic drawings and embroideries on fabric, alongside videos and text-based works, address such issues as the international flows of refugees, the effects of government policies on local populations, and the historical background to ongoing conflicts. .
Tiffany received ACC grant in 2015 to support her research in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia on sites of former Vietnamese refugee camps for a new work that explores the experience of Vietnamese 'boat people'.
One of the most beautiful beaches in #Asia, the coastline of #Myanmar is fantastic! Deserted, clean and with some of the best hotels, or with simple beach accomodations, all is possible! This time I stayed at the Yacht Club, a great hotel! You can stay there too!! And with using the code NIKI2743 you even get a discount of 15% upon booking online, and also a free one hour massage! And no, I’m not the masseuse 😂😂😁