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posted by [personal profile] yiduiqie at 10:58pm on 31/12/2012 under ,


In 2012 I lived in Beijing and Melbourne. I turned 30 in Beijing, and I was super sad about it until I remembered I TURNED 30 IN BEIJING. My first ever summer birthday! I visited Xi'An and saw the Terracotta Warriors, flew first class and rode an overnight train.

steph the tour leader

I also visited Qufu (where Confucius was from), Ji'nan, and Chengde. And Perth. And Geraldton and Cervantes.

I blogged my year at Song of the Travelling Penguin - a post a day; and I took copious pictures and put them in albums on my flickr.

Beijing made me super sick. I was deficient in B12 and vitamin D, and my doctor also made me take flaxseed supplements. After I visited Melbourne in February, I also had to take an asthma puffer back to Beijing with me, and I suffered from hayfever for the first time ever.

My depression was ups and downs in an impressive fashion, and after I returned to Australia my doctor and I agreed that anti-depressants were a thing I should try. I'm still trying them.

I got a new therapist, and I broke up with them.

My hair has been red almost all year, and one time it was dyed in China by my hilarious hairdresser who didn't speak any English and thought I was adorable.

I learnt how to play Xiangqi, and some weird Uno version played by doctors of my acquaintance. I learnt how to do Chinese watercolour painting, which I love a lot.

I got broken up with and it hurt and was sad, but to be honest it was mostly a mutual breaking up. I am having fun being single and rolling around in my large bed by myself with my stuffed toys.

I dunno what 2013 will bring. I've been home for a few months now and still don't have a job, though I thought I'd have one by Christmas. I returned to archery and swing dancing, and after months of cycling around Beijing I now cycle around Melbourne, too. This Christmas saw my return to the water, and it was so wonderful, I love it so very much, and I hope to return to lap swimming this week.

I got a bass guitar for Christmas, and Danni and I are gonna start a band. A JAZZ-SWING BAND. Yeah, cause we're cool.

2013 will also feature me running a con. Which will be exciting/nervewracking/omg.

Mixtape for 2012: a penguin went to china

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
LIVE IN CHINA. Speak Mandarin all the time.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I had a lot of adventures in China, so yes! Resolution for 2013: have more adventures in Australia.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Watermelon Baby

I also had the privilege of meeting Arthur Atticus and his array of superhero suits.

There are lots of babies coming into my 2013.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. Which countries and cities and towns did you visit?
CHINA. AUSTRALIA I GUESS. Beijing, Melbourne, Perth, Geraldton, Cervantes, Chengde, Jinan, Qufu.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Stability. More self-confidence.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 16, the day I left China and returned to Australia.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Living in China (I'm not sorry that there is a pattern, I achieved it and I am awesome)

9. What was your biggest failure?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
China made me super sick, I got hives, had to use a puffer, started taking all sorts of vitamins, and ultimately came home early. Also it has given me hayfever. Is hayfever an illness?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The thing I love the most is my large new collection of tea paraphernalia from Beijing. I don't know how to rank it the best, though.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Everyone who supported me emotionally this year.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
No all good.

14. Where did most of your money go?
China. Living expenses.

15. What were you really, really, really excited about?
Moving back to Australia. Geraldton.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Island Home - Christine Anu; SUPERSTAR - S.H.E.; 我的歌聲裡 - Wanting

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) Happier or sadder? Happier!

b) Bigger or smaller? Bigger! (I lost a lot of weight when I first went to China, but I have put it all back on!)

c) Richer or poorer? Poorer!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Get angry

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I woke up in the Swan Valley, did presents with my fam; drove to Huntingdale for breakfast, lunch, swims and presents; back to the Swan Valley for dinner.

21. What was your favourite month of 2012?
All of them! But the most fun month was March, where I went to Qufu, a deserted theme park, and saw Roxette live in Beijing but was still tucked in bed by midnight.

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Only with Beijing.

23. What was your favourite TV programme?
舌尖上的中国 / A Bite of China (watch it, it's amazing). Elementary, because I love Lucy Liu and also it's a great reimaging, the sort of thing I love to see, representation because the world isn't totally white, working with a text that was yes, a racist sexist product of its times and turning it into something that I can love now.

24. How did you see in the New Year?
Getting drunk in my apartment in China, seeing my friends off to their rave and then skyping until AEDST midnight.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Changed to: what was your favourite culinary experience?
Disanxian, I'd never eaten it before and now I love it.

26. What was the best book you read?
American Born Chinese by Gene Lang; How to Live in a Science Fiction Universe by Charles Yu; House of Aunts by Zen Cho is a comfort reread of familiarity.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Gotye (I was in China when he got big, okay?); Qu Wanting; Laure Shang

28. What did you want and get?
An adventure

29. What did you want and not get?
A new job

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I didn't see any!

31. What did you do on your birthday?
I went to work (IN CHINA), then ate a lot of food. But for my birthday I also went to Xi'an, and was visited by wonderful people.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being more confident in myself

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Black coats, thick coats, dresses with belts. Fusion jewellery and clothing.

34. What kept you sane?
Skype; music; hulu and the ability to watch teevee; communication; vegemite on toast; coffee; Vera pushing me.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
No I'm good

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Refugees and asylum seekers, Australia what the hell; water shortage issues.

37. Who did you miss?
Penguins; Melbunnies; Perthies; my awesome new Beijing buddies, now I have returned home.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Rocket; Wendy

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
It's okay to walk away

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Throw away yesterday / Today is a brand new day


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