Ian and I had to leave Malaysia to renew our 90 day visa and so decided on a quick trip to Beijing. We were quite surprised at how modern and vibrant this city is. It seemed as though somehow Beijing has come into the 21st century with one huge jump but is still caught up in the 1950's. The older Chinese treated us with caution but were very friendly once contact was made. On the other hand, the younger generation embrace Westerners and will try their best English on you. The Chinese people are wonderful, but do have three habits which we found offensive compared to our upbringing - spitting, picking their noses and smoking - all while dining in a restaurant! Each to their own! I have included the photographs taken and I think they speak for themselves. We got back to China Grove only to find the freezer and fridge went on the blink --- the smell is indescribable. All fixed now and we thank God it didn't happen half way back to Oz. Had our friend Doug and Paul on board for four days and it was good to catch up with them. We were able to get 18 holes of golf in - not to mention the Proboscis monkeys on Klias River. Nicole, Mel and Peattie arrive on the 12th of Aug for 2 weeks. We are really looking forward to their arrival. We then wind down as we fly home on the 15th of Sept for six months.