Howdy…. we’re a New Zealand family that’s been posted to Beijing for three years – the baby Zara, Nikki and me (Daniel). This blog is really written so we don’t forget stuff – and to keep the family and friends we’ve left behind glued to their computers for the next exciting installment.

During our time here, the Olympics will blow past, China will continue it’s sideways shuffle with capitalism, several hundred skyscrapers will be built and the World Expo will be held in Shanghai. I (always with great intention) may write something on some of these things, or may just write about the baby. Difficult to tell.

More likely I’ll follow the path of 98% of other blogs out there, by writing two entries and then losing interest. Only time will tell.

The usual disclaimer: all the views in this blog are mostly mine unless I’ve stolen them from someone else or if I managed to get Nikki to write something (you’ll be able to tell the difference, I’m sure). They are not the views of anyone’s employer.

A couple of other things you may be interested in…

If you register for this site, this posts to this website will be emailed to you, so you don’t have to keep furiously checking for new content every 10 minutes (which you are doing now, right?).

It’s pretty painless. There is a link over to the left somewhere (‘Register’), you enter you name and email address, and this site will email you a password. Login using that password and change it to something you can remember. Email me if you’ve got problems.

Secondly… you can comment on any of the brilliant posts on this site, for all to see and admire. Toria has already commented on the ‘Dinner at the Residence’ post (like your tone, sister – expressions of admiration are exactly what we’re looking for here), and I’ve commented on the ‘The Place’ post, so you can see what it looks like. Just click on the ‘Comment’ link next to each post.

All you teachers/ex-teachers out there can have a field-day correcting my spelling and grammar.

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