Chinese New Year – What Year Are You?

I am an Ox. What are you?

Ken "Charlie" Grace

Year of the Goat

Tomorrow, the 19th February is the Chinese New Year and 2015 is the year of the Goat, although here in Australia it is noted on our calendar as year of the Sheep.

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The Shopping Centre – by Katie

The beep, the clunk

The colours in chunk

The signs, the cries

The hot meat pies

The movement, the sound

The displays going round

Parents chasing,

Children racing,

Men are pacing!

They to and fro

And come and go

Money to spend,

Things to mend

Driving me quietly

Round the bend!!

I wrote this poem whilst I was working in a shopping centre on the south side of Brisbane. Circa 2005

Dali Dalliance and Leaping Tigers by Ken Grace

LIFE SE ASIA Guest blog by Ken “Charlie” Grace. An amazing journey through the Yunnan Province in Southern China. Read it here …


We set off for the long awaited mountain oasis of Dali, departing Kunming on the overnight sleeper. One reasonably comfortable sleep and we woke, excited and ready for our cultural excursion into South-Western China.

Disappointment! We arrived to find a modern looking city, with tall buildings and highways, rather than the iconic town we expected. Fortunately, a forty-five minute drive brought us to Old Dali Town. Our excitement grew as we took in the Bai style architecture, the beautiful archways and the cobblestone streets.

The taxi dropped us in a lane of concrete structures, but we soon found our accommodation snuggled between these buildings. Sleepy Fish, seemed an apt description; peaceful and tranquil, yet sizzling with the energy and excitement of many travellers. Our Bai style room provided a spacious verandah, which over-looked beautiful well-kept gardens. It couldn’t have been more pleasing, being situated in a quiet area near…

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