Yoga Goals 2013

slowly going into the full posture…


I promised I wouldn’t do this, as it always frustrated me in the past when I didn’t achieve any of my yoga goals. Last year I really wanted to go into a full headstand and got really frustrated when I didn’t. I’m still learning to not focus so much on the end result as it is the journey to get there.

As I move to a new city, I have been scouting for places to start a Mysore practice or even a led practice every once in a while. I am not surprised that going to a yoga class in China is so expensive, sometimes almost double the price of  a class in USA.  Still, having the leisure time will always be a status symbol in China, so I guess people might as well prove how rich they are by being able to afford a $30-$40 (USD) yoga class.

Alright, here are my goals. If anyone has any suggestions on classes in Shenzhen or even Hong Kong (Do I have readers from there?) I’d totally welcome it!

  • Find a yoga teacher, or a class to go to at least once a week
  • Try Mysore style classes
  • Complete all standing postures and work on full postures on ones I already practice
  • Memorize opening and closing mantras
  • start a meditation practice
  • Make a list of yoga philosophy books to read and read them!
  • Go into a full headstand!
  • Go for 30 seconds on tolsana.

Never Say Never

Life points us in a direction we don’t always envision for ourselves. It’s definitely been very true for me for the past 8 months.

In short, I thought I was meant to settle down in the states with the hubby. But as fate would have it, China kept calling us and pulling on our sleeves until we finally caved in.

So as of next week, I am moving back to Shenzhen, China. I’m excited and nervous about it all. I feel like I’m re-reading a favorite novel and looking at it with new eyes.

I’m quite excited as that means I get to continue to photograph places I wanted to before I left. It means I get to collaborate with the cool people I’ve formed friendships with but didn’t have the time. It also means that I’ll pursue more yoga in Asia, and try to learn more Chinese in order to learn more from the teachers that are awesome and talented.

See you soon on the other side of the world!

purge purge purge

Believe it or not, I’ve been busy to the point where I forgot I had three rolls waiting to be developed in the fridge! I usually plan my personal time around getting my film developed. yikes. Will make it a point to stop off at film lab and scan this weekend.

I don’t think people really realize sometimes the work you should put into moving overseas. Yes I’ve done this before, but I’ve also accumulated more stuff since then, and gone are the days (sigh) where I could just stuff everything in a big backpack the night before and hop on a plane. I partially blame it on my photography collection.

There’s lots of talk amongst friends who’ve moved in the past shopping by cargo and all that mumbo jumbo. Way too expensive in my opinion! I would feel like my possessions are taking over my life if I have to spend time and money into moving it all around. I think because of this I’ve adopted a more minimalist approach in general. Hubby is thankful.

Here’s how I’m moving, trying to minimize costs and hassles of carrying too much luggage on plane.

1) Books – Going through Hong Kong Post for this! It is actually cheaper and more reliable than China Post, because anytime you send/receive books it can turn out to be an issue. I’m just using regular parcel service to save money. If you’re shipping things that are not fragile and aren’t valuable (including sentimental value), this is a pretty decent option if you don’t have too much to send. I have also scanned about 40 books (work and personal) so will be donating those to school library.  If you have access to a good quality scanner this saved me a lot of hassle and money by having to send more books. We have about 8 books to send.

2) Electronics – the bulkiest item we own is my beloved scanner. We have a speaker set and my hubby’s PS2 to send as well.  We are going through a courier service with insurance for this.  Thank goodness we are in a city with numerous import/export business owners where some of them we happen to be friends with! Apparently different managers ‘quote’ different prices, so we shopped around.

3)Clothes – we have about three suitcases together, and I’m scrutinizing my clothing collection uber carefully right now. It’s hard to pare down things because Shenzhen’s weather is so different to weather in North America. The usual rules of throwing/donating clothes can’t really apply because a) Shenzhen has been unusually warm this past winter and I haven’t really worn my blazers/sweaters/coats much b)Many ‘spring’ clothes are too hot to wear in this current weather! If you move a lot owning less bulky and lightweight clothing can be a good option.

4) furniture/kitchen appliances – The apartment we currently live in came with furniture included, so thankfully we don’t have to worry about that. We have two small bookshelves that I think we’ll leave in the apartment for the next tennant.  As for other things, we are giving away oven/photo frames/rice cooker/space heaters as they are still in good condition and I’d hate to see them thrown away.  The rest of our kitchenware we’ll leave on the curb and hopefully it will go to a good future home.

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Artifacts of Migrant Culture

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of “stuff” I’d see when wandering around where migrant workers live.  I guess I am interested in these scenes because it’s not something I’d ever see just wandering around places in North America.

Am loving the expired Velvia too. I might just cross process one roll, maybe with a new project I’m working on.

Random images below:

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random suitcase. Sometimes developers kick squatters out of their properties by disposing of their property.
A sign advertising for scrap wire/broken electronics so people can collect copper for money

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