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More adventures in China, Happy Chinese New Year!

I’ve been in Beijing for the last month doing music projects, having meetings, and researching opening my music company Pro Soul Alliance in China. Now i’m in Hong Kong with my wife Felisha for a while before going back to Beijing.

It’s been an incredible experience, and I’ve learned more than ever before about China, and have done a lot more exploring on my own than before and am getting more confident interacting and doing things in this vastly different and immense culture.
I thought I would share some of my experiences with photos:
I’ve been working with some talented musicians you may know, and some new artists many people haven’t heard yet…

Elika Mahony, Jarome, Siria, Anna

Elika Mahony, Jarome, Siria, Anna

We’ve been working very hard! Elika just released 3 exciting new original songs we worked on last year, and we also launched a new Chinese Spiritual CD, and are working on a music video amongst other things…
Now Elika has a computer dedicated to the studio so she can record ideas right away before they are lost. Here she is with 3 computers:
Elika with 3 computers! (One is her new one)

Elika with 3 computers! (One is her new one)

We have lots of amazing tea to keep us going though, Tea is serious business in China!

Chinese Tea

Food is amazing in China, it is an important part of the culture. In cities like Beijing you can get any kind you want, and the food is amazing along with the presentation:

My $1 salad

My $1 salad

Desert, complete with dry ice. What presentation!

Desert, complete with dry ice. What presentation!

You find the strangest things in the food stores though…

instant mashed potatoes in a cup

instant mashed potatoes in a cup

There are all kinds of cheap and interesting ways to get around:

Man powered rickshaw

Man powered rickshaw

And never ending scenes of guys carrying way more than should be physically possible on a bike:

Man transporting wood on bike

Man transporting sticks on bike

Public pay phones sure look funny, they have very short domed covers, so if your tall, you’ll have trouble:

Public phones in Beijing

Public phones in Beijing

There are beautiful lanterns everywhere here, especially during Chinese New Year (which is today!):

Lanterns in street, Beijing

Lanterns in street, Beijing

During Chinese New Year, companies give Mandarin Orange Trees as gifts and they’re everywhere, it’s so cool:

    Mandarin Orange tree

Mandarin Orange tree

They have some fancy malls with all you can eat Vegetarian buffets with over 100 items, and movie theater (where we saw new Confucius movie with Chow Yun Fat, our first film in China), they have fancy lighted stairs:

Lighted steps at the mall in Beijing

Lighted steps at the mall in Beijing

There are so many amazing things to see and experiences to have, kind and warm hearted Chinese people. It can be very mysterious too when the fog rolls in and wind blows like it did in Hong Kong when we visited the giant Bhudda & temple nearby:

Felisha at a beautiful Buddhist temple in Hong Kong

Felisha at a beautiful Buddhist temple in Hong Kong

Felisha at the giant Buddha in Hong Kong

Felisha at the giant Buddha in Hong Kong

Hope to share more soon when I have a chance.
Happy Chinese New Year! gōng xǐ fā cái, Gung hee fatt choi! 新年快樂

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5 Responses to “More adventures in China, Happy Chinese New Year!”

  1. Elika Says:

    Love the photos J! Can’t believe you put the one of me with the 3 computers (yes one of them is yours :) I’m so glad that you’ve been exploring Beijing and Hong Kong and finding your way around and discovering lots of fascinating things. I’m also so excited with all the work we’ve finished recently, especially the release of ‘Edge of Forever’ and have had such fun working on the video for ‘Where there is Love’. Can’t wait to share all that we’re working on with everyone!

  2. Heather Says:

    Jarome – your pictures are absolutely gorgeous ! I am so glad that you are getting so much sightseeing in, amongst your work with talented artists. I am very much looking forward to hearing all your stories when you return home, and seeing more photos !!! Hugs to you and Felisha !

  3. Felisha Says:

    I love it here! So many interesting things to do and see. :-)

  4. Halanna Says:

    Dear Jarome: Thank you for sharing your experiences and photos, good
    seeing you and Felisha again, we miss you!

  5. melissa Says:

    Wow Jarome…
    Love the pictures and really nice seeing a part of where you are and what your life is like.
    What a great experience and i am so happy you are doing well with your buisiness. Say hi to Felisha and I love the pics of her too, especially at the Buddist temple and statues. Truly an amazing picture. Love you and cant wait to see you again. I wish you all the best in your endeavors there. xoxo.