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Mad Chaos: January 30, 2020 – Airline Enforce Wuhan Travel Bans

Today is our eighth consecutive day of self-quarantine in Guangzhou (广州市) due to the coronavirus (冠状病毒). I woke up in the afternoon with a dry…

Mad Chaos: January 29, 2020 – Shopping In Crowded Chinese Wet Markets

Today is our seventh consecutive day of self-quarantine in Guangzhou (广州市) due to the coronavirus (冠状病毒).  I woke up late in the afternoon, feeling weary…

Mad Chaos: January 28, 2020 – Carving Out A Coronavirus Escape Plan

Dinner was a bowl of rice, a dish of green vegetables, and scrambled eggs.  I have lived in China, Guangzhou for seven years, and I still…

Mad Chaos: January 28, 2020 – Questioning The Transparency Of Coronavirus Reports

Today I woke up late in the afternoon.  It is our sixth consecutive day of self-quarantine in Guangzhou (广州市) due to the coronavirus (冠状病毒). My son…

Mad Chaos: January 27, 2020 – Interaction Curbed Amid Growing Coronavirus Fears

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak (冠状病毒) in China, our family has now experienced its fifth consecutive day of self-quarantine in Guangzhou (广州市). Our son…

Mad Chaos: January 26, 2020 – Coronavirus Causes Bolstered Security Presence

Today I was woken up by a tap on the door from my son saying, “Baba.  Baba.” It was cold today so I put a…

Mad Chaos: January 25, 2020 – Accustoming To Isolation

I woke up today to the sound of my son calling “Baba, baba, baba” from outside the door I roused to open the door.  Seeing me,…

Mad Chaos: January 24, 2020 – Chinese Spring Festival In Quarantine

I poured soy sauce over steamed rice rolls and ate immediately.  My wife took care of our son at that time. To make life more palatable…

Mad Chaos: January 24, 2020 – Self-Quarantined In Guangzhou

Today was the second day of the Chinese New Year. I woke up to see my wife and son playing together in the television room….

Cultural Differences: Lifestyle Differences – China vs The West

The Australian Lifestyle On a recent return airplane trip to Australia to apply for a new Chinese visa, I was able to settle back into…

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