05 April 2005

In A Nutshell About The Cheena Gahmen Blocking

I actually had to dial into Hong Kong just so that I can add this bladdy entry. However, I believe that it is worth the $$$$ from the IDD (not to mention internet roaming charges).

Anyway, an extract from "Me, My Blog & I - The Road Up To Now"

"...Year 2001 was when I started working in Ch1na. It was also the same year that I discovered Blogger. It was such a beautiful tool that makes writing journals so much easier with a nice looking page design to boot. I signed up so that I can jot down my memories and experience in Ch1na (and eventually publish my memoirs?) but alas, the first two years was so hectic getting into the pace of work and at the same time adjusting to life in a foreign place. Consistent blogging was really a challenge. What many don't know is that the web is heavily censored by the Stoopid Garment. While I can understand the political sensitivity of foreign news sites like BBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN (most of it are already unblocked at the present day), I was especially exasperated by ordinary harmless sites making its way into the black list. Hello? Did anyone actually go see the website before passing judgement? Hello? Hello? For some stoopid unknown reason, Blogger got sucked into the blacklist shortly after. While I was lucky that I didn't have much to lose, migration to Blogspot was easy though albeit with a sour after-taste. When it rains, it pours, as Blogspot too got blocked shortly after Blogger. SI BEH DOO LAN!!..."

Anyway, just thought I extend an invitation to all to cross over to

Don't be a stranger!

Afternote (18 Aug 2010): Blog-city is going to close shop at the end of 2011 and so I am migrating everything back here.

- Voxeros


John14:6 said...

Wah, Jay, didn't know so siong one living in China.

JayWalk said...

mum2one: Well, I have to say that things are a bit easier now than last time.

A few years back and we didn't even have broadband. Everything was on dial-up.

Back then, in order to receive big files, I have to leave the laptop to run thru the entire night just to download it.

KoreanHouseWife said...

Afew of my peers have venture into Shanghai and Beijing. Its common for advertising/design people to choose these two places. I know I cant leave home yet. When I got posted to work at Melbourne for a month, I was damn home sick. Didnt have the ibook. No net = no life...

I guess I will continue to stay in the frog well...

Anonymous said...

First off, welcome to the blog!

Your peers are lucky to be in Shanghai and Beijing where the expat community is big.

Try a place like mine where you are all alone. Huge irony considering that I am in the world's most populous country.

Anyway, I don't really update my blog here. If I may invite you over to

See you there.

KoreanHouseWife said...

I will pop by and have a look. U are actually the first few people who made me feel welcome to the world of bloggin. Thanks. I am actally berri new to tis playground. As U can see from my blog, I only started writing in March. Old witch is 33yo, female and a graphic designer. Pleasure to know U.

Anonymous said...

Hey, the pleasure's all mine. Glad to have you here anyway.

33? Hah! Still a spring chicken in my books. Hmm.. some how Old wizard sounds unfairly better than an Old Witch.

Old Geezer perhaps?

Anyway, do feel free ask me any questions on blogging. While I may not qualify as an expert or anything, I sure would like to help if at all, possible.


KoreanHouseWife said...


Came back from yr other blog site. I think U got me laughin cos U repeat: Xin Fu Kou Fu (right hanyu?) so many times. Abit LAW SAW but extremely adorable:P Also, yr boy look berri bright:)

I think I am kind of techno blind even when I use a G5 in office. My home, I am usin a berri old G3 ibook. Ok, dont call myself old witch, maybe teacher? Cos I always use a red pen and wobbly plastics ruler to spank people in office:P Alright, jokin...Me is the old school kind of graphic designer who have work in diff MNCs all my life. If we becomes friends, maybe oneday I will share with U my portfolio. U will be surprise, alot of stuff U see in the market is done my humble maiden here.

As for the witch part. I always tell me I am a witch or toad. Cos I dont like people to build fantasy. Me aint no princess cos in the first place I dont believe in fairy tales:P Ok, as for the nick: Korean house wife, cos alot of people think I look Korean-ish.

Actually I was abit sad abt tis topic abt workin oversea cos lately my surfer babe (media sis) told me she might ask for a transfer to work oversea. She dont mind: China, Taiwan or BKK. Dont want can!? (mouth became super half moon:(...the fam already berri small after my other sis married and moved out. Cannot visualized if surfer babe also not around!

I was on photo shoot at Melbourne afew years back....there for 1 month and I was totally home sick. I hated to eat pizza and fish and chips all the time...I enjoy the experience but at the same time also underst wats: Loneliness.

I think my blog page look damn simple lor. I cant figure out the set up! Its a cutie intern who help me set it up. I am still considerin whether to allow comments. So many things I dont know abt the html thingy. Maybe for now, I think IT geeks are sexy! hehe...

Again, thks for makin me feel at home...

Anonymous said...

First off, what is it with you and spanking har.....?? *chugs another cup of liang teh*

As for the repetitive emphasis on 心服口服 hor, I just want to drive across the point mah. Frankly, I don't mind even if PAP win all 84 seats in Parliament but win with style mah. Dun every goal also come from penalty kicks mah. :(

About your blog hor. Design simple is not a bad thing lah. Look at mine over at Blog-city. Same same lah.

Important thing is the remember "CONTENT IS KING". Gimme a zero design blog but damn nice to read hor, I will still read one.

Anyway, I like your blog except that I get a bit fruss with the scroll box within but that is just me lah.

BTW, I blogrolled you liao.

KoreanHouseWife said...

Huh? Wat is blogrolled? Really have a term call: blogroll? Or U made it up yrself? I saw U added me at yr side panel. How come U added me? U wont be interested in wat I write one lah...cos mostly I will talk abt movie I saw, or toys, beauty & make-up. Yes, one of those rare ger who put on 1cm thick Korean-ish make up to office one! Also I sometimes will scold: fuck in my blog. No pix, no interestin thing for sure...Mostly shallow stuff. I admit I am a dumb ash blonde.

Anyway spankin? Oh,,,,the true is....Since I am a designer, consistency and alightment is berri important to me, esp when we design a brochure. So I do have tis habit of holdin on to a red marker (like those tat teacher use) and a wobbly plastic ruler to make sure things falls in the right place. I design but have to oversee people’s work as well.* Please dont think otherwise. I am a good ger and still wanna get married one lei! Dont spoiled my reputation:P I think the idea of SM is gross. *Pinched U, NO MORE QUESTIONS abt spankin!!!! (roarr!!!)

P/S: Regardin the scroll stuff, I also dont know how to fix it:( Intern is gone:( *Sob! DIE HOW!?

KoreanHouseWife said...

BTW, blogrolled sounds like breadroll and U are makin me abit HUNGRY!

Anonymous said...

Blogrolling is a term common used in the Blogosphere. I just Monkey See Monkey Do niah.

I think my work a bit same same as you. I walk around with a pen permanently stuck behind my ear and a digicam and a tape measure everywhere I go.

I is carpenter. I design and make furniture one which is why I was quite intriqued by your choice of toys in your latest blog entry. Some of the designs I have seen before and are familar with them. Not I design one though. My level berry low one. :P

KoreanHouseWife said...

Is tat right? Great! *high pitched tone!!!!!!
So U are a designer too!!!!???? BTW, check out:

From the toys collect I like:
The Eeron Aarnio Pastil Chair BEST!!!!
The one in green. Flat flat like donut one lei!!!!

Then I visualized next time I have my own house, the playroom (toys and mag) have two of these green chair.

Then hor, the dining room. I want the Panton Cantilever Chair, see see see the one from my blog link,,,,,its the cyan colour S shape one lor.

The kind of retro tat I also like: Turlip, Egg or Ball style.
Wow, thks for makin my day. U made me so happy today!

Anonymous said...

Designer sounds like too big a word liao.... my head now DAMN BIG liao...

No lah. I just manufacturer niah. Small potato one.

The stuff that I do mostly traditional and transitional. Very little contemporary styling.

What's your MSN? I'll show you a piece of two then.

KoreanHouseWife said...


How should we go abt doing it?
I am ON MSN now, but I dont want the whole world to know my hotmail address.
Please enlighten maiden.

KoreanHouseWife said...

Oh, I saw U have a hotmail adress. I sent U an email liao.


P/S: See I so clever! Mauhahahah!

Unknown said...


I'd appreciate if you can give me some feedback on our site:

I realize that you are home decor-modern design connoisseur :) I'd like to hear your opinion/feedback on our products. Also,

it'd be swell if you can place our pastil chair link on your blog.

Thank you,


JayWalk said...

Hi Nancy!

Welcome to the blog.

It's an oxymoron when I say that your products are timeless contemporary classics.

I am familiar with your products and I am guessing you are sourcing them from China and/or Vietnam.

These designs has been around for quite a while and prices has dropped drastically since. Quality will be a big issue as pressing down prices means compromising quality.

A barcelona chair today and 10 years ago would be of significantly different quality and their prices then and now, reflects exactly this.

Worse for the chinese manufacturers (good for you) when the RMB free-falls against the greenback back between 2006 and 2008.

Good thing you are not dealing with wooden bedroom furniture and hence avoid having to deal with the pesky anti-dumping nonsense.

I also notice you are in City of Industry. Lotsa LA furniture folks there. :)

Do forgive me if I decline your request to put a link on my blog. I intend to keep the blog commercial free.

Hope you understand.