The Great Fire Wall of China has struck again…... 7 years ago when I arrived in China .. I was able to access Facebook , twitter and you tube… and a brief six months that was blocked by the Chinese Firewall, due to information being leaked out that was not showing China in a favorable light..   I was actually okay with that for a while because I wasn’t an avid fan of the three websites.

Everything has been fine until the most recent blockage.   The All Mighty Google.   Yep, Google has been blocked in Mainland China.  My heart is broken…. I am a great fan of Google, I often refer to Dr. Google for all my medical questions, and any other research I might need.  Now that it is blocked it makes life a bit difficult for us expats that depend on it.

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It seems that  this all happened on anniversary of Tiananmen Square that recently past and Google decided to show a memorial tribute to it on their search page.   I often see the different memorials or celebrations that are shown on this page and I did not think much of it.   However, China leaders did not like to be reminded of the incident.  As a matter of fact, it is not in the history books, nor is it taught in school at any level.  It is the incident that must never be mentioned.  In the powers that be’s eyes, it never happened.

Yep, it seems they can just cut out the parts of history that is not  “politically correct”.   I find this ridiculous myself…. how would people feel if we cut slavery or the Indian massacres out of our American history?  Needless to say, Google over stepped their bounds again in this country and evidently it was the last straw. They have been booted out of China for their audacity of showing a memorial of a horrible massacre that happened in the real history of China.

Now the only way to access Google, or Google mail is through a VPN or Proxy server.  However, they can not be downloaded directly in China unless you have a friend with a VPN or Proxy already that can help you.   There are free servers however they are not stable and when the government does a sweep of the illegal VPN they get knocked out first.  I personally use a paid VPN and I have chosen one that is used by the locals.  If anybody knows how to get over the firewall of China its going to be a native.

Strangely enough, you can access it on your cell phone, maybe they have not figured out how to block that yet.

So, Heads up if you’re coming to China…. Google has left the building… or country I should say.   You are stuck with Mr. Bing (bing) or Ms. Yahoo (yahoo)… unless you want to use the Chinese produced search engine Baidu.com.

Also, although you have installed a proxy to sneak over the wall….. there are still chances that it just may not work.   FYI, Hulu.com has now been blocked even with a proxy…. but I think that was done on the American side.  Life in China … always filled with challenges you need to overcome.

 

until next time….

Okay…. I choose this blog to talk to my readers.... I do love and appreciate all of you, I really do and I am open to all kinds of suggestions and comments.   However, I think I need to clear up somethings.

 

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First…. I am a grown woman who has been through somethings you guys could not imagine….. I have been mentally abused, held at gun point as a hostage, abandon by my parents,  and a host of other things that I do not care to share …In my other life…… and I have come through it stronger, braver and smarter.  I have traveled to a foreign country and made myself a success….. and I did It all on my own…No one helped me even when I asked.   I finished university with two kids and worked on my own….I have been rich and I have been dirt poor……and it was all on my own….. and now I think at this time in my life, I am free to do what I want, when I want, with whoever I want.

Secondly, I am not looking for a man to take care of me or depend on, I can take care of myself… have done it all my life…and I am not going to stop now.  I control my destiny…. I control my life….. I don’t need a man…. I just want one sometimes.

I am not looking to get married again… I done that about 3 times… and it won’t be happening again soon.    I am smart enough to know how to protect myself mentally, emotionally, physically and sexually , so none of you need to worry about that.   I know what I want, and what I don’t want… and I don’t want to wait for an invisible spirit to provide me with the perfect man.

I just want to make it clear to everyone… that I  do not look for men in bars…. I do not actually look for men at all…. The look for me.  If  I want to go out with them because  they are attractive, interesting, talented, intelligent… or just to get laid…. I will.   Because, after all the stuff I have dealt with in my life….. I am finally free…..

I thank you all for your concern… but I am not searching for anything….. nor am I looking to settle down with anyone…. I am Dating, enjoying myself, enjoying trying and learning new things… and enjoying my time meeting people from all over the world.

That may not set well with a lot of you… and you may find my lifestyle not to your liking, and I am sure most of you would not live your life as I do… I understand that and I respect all of your opinions.  I really do…. but I am not looking for anyone’s approval on what I do in my life.

I have went out of my way and helped so many people in my life friends and strangers, I have provided support emotionally, physically and  financially. I have helped many of you, my readers.. with relationship advice, career advice and family advice.  I have shown compassion to my enemies and love to strangers.    I am right with MY GOD…. and that is all that matters to me.

So, I will continue to date a variety of men from a variety of countries,  I will continue to try new things and new experiences, I will continue to share my experiences of my time here in China, and I will continue to have safe sex with whom ever I want…..and I will continue to live my life the way I want.

Again … I thank you all for reading my blog…. I am very grateful… and I am sorry if my life offends some of you…. but…. If I were to quote one of my favorite bands,  Bon Jovi

” Its my life…Its now or never…. I’m not gonna live forever…..I just want to live my life…. Alive…”

 

until next time…..

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