Sunday, 19 July 2009


So...what would you pack for 9 months (minimum) halfway across the world?

I'm sending over either one box, or a few boxes before i get there. I'm planning to pack books and trousers mainly in those.

But what else? I've been thinking about the things that i use all day every day, but the problem is that a lot of things will run out - what can i do without?

I think i need to buy a new tube of toothpaste, and take a new head for my electrical toothbrush, i'll need to get a new pot of facial cleanser, but that will run out...and its Lush, there are no Lushes in China!! The other thing is that my daily cleansing routine is great for the british climate...but CQ is hot and humid in the summer and cold and wet in the winter, so will it still be ok then? What about hair dye? There's only a certain amount of space in my luggage...where am i going to fit 3 pots of purple dye, a pot of bleach and a pot of black? To be fair, i can probably get my hair dyed and bleached there...

Things like towels - i use a towelling robe instead of a bath will i fit it in the bag?

Then we have the perfume problam...i am a perfumista...what if i run out? However...i have already checked the shipping rates of my favourite perfumier to China, and its quite reasonable!!

How much clothing do i pack? I'll be living there, so i can wash and dry things as i need to, but how many sets of underwear? How many pairs of trousers? How many tops? Bear in mind i need to go through a hot hot summer and a cold cold winter...

Coats: I have 3 coats that i wear regularly, a long pleather coat that is great for spring and autumn, a mid length cotton coat that's warm in winter, and a leather biker jacket. I plan to wear the biker jacket to travel...its bloody heavy to carry! Where am i going to fit the other two?

Shoes: I wear DMs, sandals or New Rocks most of the time. I also live in hiking trainers. Where am i going to fit them all? I think i'll send the boots over in the box..

Argh...its all so much of a headfuck, what do i need on a yearly basis? What do i not?

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Getting Closer

Its all getting closer.

I looked on my calendar at work yesterday and realised that i have 16 more days at work left. This doesn't include the holiday i've booked. 16 more days...

That's not a lot!

I've been putting in steps to replace myself as well. We're holding elections for the new ECF (Employee Consultative Forum) rep for our area. This is quite amusing. It always amazes me how many people aren't prepared to stand up for anything. There are people who will complain about 'the way it is', or 'the ways its done', but they won't do anything about it! There;s a third of the workgroup that work different hours to me. They're the ones that always have something to say, they always have an issue to be brought up at the ECF. comes to voting for a new rep and they dont' bother!! Why is that? No doubt they'll grumble at who is voted in, and then they'll complain a lot to and about them...but they do nothing to change it!

16 working days...

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Getting closer

The date is getting closer. I've handed in my notice at work, so its all official.

In a strange way, its odd, it feel all quite surreal. I don't really think i'm going! I think i'll have a bit of a shock when i get on the plane...and even more of a shock after a few weeks when i realise that i am in China...for a long time...for real. I keep thinking about making plans for things that are going on here in September, and things like booking a camping spot for Soltice next year...but i won't be here for them.

Anyway...i'm doing a bit of experimenting on here before i get there, so here's a est picture: