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September 27th, 2007 – by: musicidot
As mentioned, 1st real fencing lesson today. Essentially, I started from the beginning, from learning the en garde position correctly, to doing the 4 parry, to lunging. I guess it was good for me, though, because I know I have horrible footwork. Also, the coach seemed really concerned about my weight. Not once, not twice, but several times, he mentioned how these lessons will definitely help me lose weight. Not that I am against losing weight (of course not!), but it is just not my first priority.
Then went to Zhong Guan Cun to get books, grocery shopping (how much i love grocery shopping now), and then on our way back we stopped by this little store, which was selling everything 2 for 15 RMB. The style was horrible, but I managed to get ONE shirt.
I really needa start looking at my spending patterns. It is getting out of control. In one month, I probably spent like a normal Beijing worker's 4 months salary. That's not right.
Yesterday I have a realyl inspiring class by 刘玪玪. ACcording to the girl next to me, she is actually quite an influential economist in China, and has worked for the government. But it wasn't the inspiring part. She pointed out many of the systematic problems in the Chinese government and the economy.
I really gotta do something about the poverty in China. Seeing the people who look like me not being able to enjoy life fully because of, what, lack of food/water/hygiene? In the 21st century where economic growth is supposed to be unprecedented? It really hits me when I realize, they look like me and act like me! I mean, I could be them, or, they could be me! IT is just amazing to see MY people like that. Seems like coming to China creates a sense of belonging in me.
I am really tired.
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