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The China Memoirs #13

I forgot about this post and actually it has been sitting here in my draft folder for like 4 years now! Wowsers! Even the picture was still attached and uploaded. Well… I am glad for that because I had totally forgotten about this memory. I am glad to be reliving it now.

The lady that seems out of place, the redhead, is my wife, Jessie. We did this trip together during our first year of marriage. Literally a month after we got married (decided to do so 5 months before leaving for China), we left for this beautiful land. Glad we did. ūüôā

IMG_7357A picture in China is worth a 1000 Chinese words. ¬†That’s if I KNEW that many ūüôā

INSTEAD! ¬†Here are some really CUTE 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade children at an English “Salong” or an English meeting to help the best students of each class learn a little more English from the foreign teachers. ¬†Usually these meetings are an opportunity for the English teachers from both China and America (or other natively English-speaking countries) to chat and learn more about one another. ¬†The Chinese are really wonderful people and everything you have “heard” about them is likely inaccurate. ¬†I am truly blessed by these people and I hope we have a chance to go back someday.


Sunny Suzhou

China Memoirs #12

My wife and I just went on a trip to Suzhou, China.  This city is considered the venice of China because of all the canals that line the historic district and beyond.  Below are some pictures I took on my panorama application on the iPhone 4.  I am going to imbed them as flat images and then link them to the website so that you can view them also as a panorama image.

Times Square, Suzhou


Blue and White Monstrosity (seriously LARGE…)


Ancient Wall


End of a random canal street

Suzhou.End of Canal Street

Isthmus, Suzhou Zoo


Jasmine Tree? (sure smelled like it!), Suzhou Zoo


The Wife (main event)


Scholars Hotel Garden (awesome hotel…)

Suzhou.Scholars Hotel

Humble Administrator’s Garden Part I


Humble Administrator’s Garden Part II


Humble Administrator’s Garden Part III


Humble Administrator’s Garden Part IV – Pagoda


I should have a few more posts before we come back from China.  We have about 6 1/2 weeks to go!  It has been fun, but our time is running out here.  See you soon family!

Dr. Derek


Wo ai cha!



China Memoirs #7

“Wo ai cha!” means, “I love tea!” literally in Mandarin Chinese spelled in pinyin. ¬†Green tea is a popular drink in the land of China, both mainland and the associated regions of Hong Kong and Macau. ¬†There are many varieties, 80% of which comes from the mainland of China itself.

Currently my wife, Jessie and I are imbibing a scrumptious and delectable drink called lucha (lew cha).  This the essential Chinese name for green tea on the mainland and specifically in Mandarin.  It also has Jasmine flower mixed in, to sweeten the bitter edge that can be associated with green teas.

My wife still loves her guihua (gway hwah) or osmanthus tea so much more, but when we decide to mix both the guihua and lucha together… well that is a party no one would forget ūüėČ

Well… today is a day of relaxation. ¬†With that I bid you adieu.


The China Memoirs #3

So… what to write about…

I discovered something really fantastic actually! ¬†In China, where I am, just outside of Shanghai, they have a wide array of wonderful tasting foods from all over the world. ¬†One in particular, that is really very tasty is¬†Kinder Bueno. ¬†It is a milk chocolate bar with a hazelnut filling. ¬†It is made by an Italian company called “Ferrero.” ¬†One has to wonder how something so small could taste so delightfully wonderful as this little morsel.

The one problem I currently have with this fantastic treat.. well I actually have two problems with it.  It has to do with its ingredients.

  1. It contains wheat flour: Wheat flour is the literally the devil for anyone that has a wheat allergy that is either a sensitivity or truly a celiac condition. ¬†In either case, processed wheat flour has been known to cause a lot problems in the gut. ¬†Mostly causing inflammation to those who have a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. ¬†It is delayed in the way where one can eat it (like myself), feel pretty good for the first hour, but then start to feel really shiesty (that’s right… “shiesty” is a word in Dr. D’s Dictionary). ¬†One could experience all sorts of symptoms including brain fog, fatigue, aches and pain, headaches, and etc., etc., etc.
  2. It also contains vanillin: Vanillin is a very sneaky little ingredient.  If it is synthetic, it has been said to contain MSG and possibly wheat gluten if the the alcohol that made it, contained wheat grain.  As if gluten was bad enough, MSG has been proposed as a neurotoxin, tricking the brain to eat more.  Although there is officially no list showing vanillin as a MSG-culprit, it appears that vanillin can cause negative effects in people including allergic reactions and migraine headaches.

Here is a link proving adverse effects: Vanillin

Here is another link showing many of the sources of:  MSG

I said I would try to write something everyday, BUT tomorrow I am going to the south of China with my wife.  Let us see, if we can still make this thing happen.

OM, Peace, and Amen my fine friends,


The China Memoirs #2

Today, was a day, that will go down in the history books in the life of Derek Simpson (me). ¬†I was finally able to pay off one of my many school loans! ¬†Whoopee! ¬†Although it was very small… out of the 100’s of thousands of the dollars borrowed from the federal government of the U.S.A., it felt like a small victory. ¬†I ¬†mean, I do have¬†TWO¬†doctorates of medicine. ¬†It does cost¬†SOMETHING…¬†.

Sitting here, watching another movie with the wife, looking at the final amount needing to be paid by my otherwise, less-than-adequate bank account, the numbers included in the final amount to be paid, $404.12 stood out in simple fashion.

There is something that I have always recognized, that not only there is purpose in major life events, but there is purpose in the things that seem small and coincidental in nature.  This was one of those moments.

There is a woman named Doreen Virtue. ¬†She wrote a book called, “Angel Numbers,” along with many others. Here is a link… ¬† It emphasizes that various 3-numbered patterns are given as divine messages by angels and/or angelic beings to provide a sense of direction for those undergoing some life change. ¬†Those that are more attuned and aware of this process, may see these number patterns everywhere in the time (most common), book pages, license plates, and phone numbers. ¬†If one does not look for the patterns directly, they will have more meaning, as the messages have a tendency to surprise the person when they do finally see the number patterns.

The “404” pattern essentially means that God and the angels want you to know that you are very loved. ¬†Feel this love now, as it will help you to overcome any challenges you are feeling right now. ¬†WELL… paying off over a very large loan debt can make a difference in a person’s perspective on what might be important… LOVE IS NECESSARY to overcome!

I did like that those numbers came into being.  They reminded me that I am not alone in this battle.  God and His angels are with me, leading the way, reminding that I have support.

Here is a photo of my Gurus and revered saints that are ever watching over me, during this time of change, renewal, and resurrection.

Om, Peace, Amen my friends,