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Running milestone (2) juli 10, 2006

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I have reached another milestone: yesterday I ran my first 10 kilometers. Total time was 1 hour and just under 15 minutes. Not exactly world record material but good enough for me.

Strange enough my weight hasn’t dropped much in the last couple of weeks. Only about 600 grams in 2 weeks. But I’m not going to worry about it too much, though. As long as I keep runnig and watch my diet, I’m sure to lose more weight. Current weight 94,3 kilograms. Still 9,3 to go.

Running milestone juni 25, 2006

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This morning I woke up at 8.15 to do my Sunday morning run. Even though I didn’t sleep too well I still felt good enough to do some heavy exercise. Because I skipped running last Thursday I felt I needed to do some extra time so I set my mind to 1 hour.

After a quick warming up I started on a reasonable pace that kept my heart rate between 160 and 165. I was able to keep my heart rate under 165 for quite some time and I felt good. After about 40 minutes my heart rate went up to around 170 but I was able to keep it just under most of the time.

I reached home clocking in at 58 minutes. Not too shabby considering that I had never ran more that 40 minutes before. The total distance turned out to be 7.5 kilometer.

Next time I’m going to try running a bit faster so I can do 8 plus kilometers. But for now I’m quite proud of myself.

Arranging visa juni 24, 2006

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On May 25th Li's sister applied for the visa for herself and her parents to be able to join our wedding in August.

Knowing the Dutch Immigration Services' (IND) procedures we were afraid that they might not get the approval on time. However, on the 3rd of June we received 3 envelopes from the IND with forms (12 pages!) that had to be filled in and a request to send a copy of my contract, passport and 3 most recent salary slips. We returned the 3 heavy envelopes on June 7th, hoping for a quick response.

Yesterday the Dutch Embassy in Beijing, sent us an email informing that the visa were approved. Needless to say we were very relieved. With the fickleness of the IND you just never know.

Running and losing weight juni 22, 2006

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Back in december 2005 I was completely shocked by how much I weighed. It shouldn’t have been too much of a shock because I knew I was getting heavier and heavier. But checking in at 105 kilograms really opened my eyes. I needed to get off my lazy ass and start doing some sports.

Not being particularly interested in group sports or going to a gym I picked running as the sport of choice. Running is something anyone can do and, besides proper shoes and clothing, doesn’t require any special equipment. At first I wanted to buy cheap shoes because I wasn’t sure if I would be determined enough to keep running for a longer period of time. But being as heavy as I was I knew I needed to have proper shoes anyway. Taking the professional advice from a runningshop I bought €140 pair of Adidas shoes. The shop also provided me a running schedule fit for any beginner.

On januari 2nd I started with the schedule. The first week was simple as I only had to walk for 30, 40 and 45 minutes. But the second week already proved to be a challenge with running 12 times one minute. It doesn’t sound like a whole lot but it actually is for someone who hasn’t done any sports for years

As my schedule slowly increased the running time every week I started to feel more comfortable running. And I have now reached the point where I can run for 35-40 minutes with reasonable ease. As far as distance goes, I can do 5 kilometes in 35 minutes. OK, so that won’t win me any races. But that’s not what it’s all about for me. Yet! Eventually I would like to be able to run 10 kilometers within one hour but that is not going to happen in the near future.

For now I’m going to increase the amount of time that I run and stick with my current pace, which is about 8.5 km/h. What I need to do first is lose more weight. Having lost 10 kilograms over the past 5 months I’m now weighing 95, which I think is still too much for running at a faster pace. Once weight is going to drop below 90 kilograms I’m going to experiment with speed.

Besides having a better physical condition and less weight to carry around I’m also quite enjoying running, especially on Sunday mornings when I get up at 8.30am to go out for a run.

First steps in online love mei 29, 2006

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On August 31st 2002 I was browsing a dating website that I read about in a magazine. Not being sure what I was looking for I ran into an ad from Li, a Chinese woman who simply wrote that she was looking for the love of her life. She also wrote a few other things that, because of privacy reasons, I won't write here.

What she wrote touched me and I decided to write her an e-mail. I was a bit hesitant to write a lengthy e-mail so I just introduced myself and asked if she would be interested in writing and go from there.

A day later she wrote back that she was interested and from that day on we started writing e-mails on a almost daily basis. After a week or so I got so used to it that as soon as I got home I checked my e-mail to see if there was a new message from her. Within that first week we also exchanged pictures. I was very impressed with how she looked and together with her style of writing, which I thought represented her personality, I was very happy that we have ran into each other.

Two weeks passed when she invited me to a chat session on Sunday. I installed Yahoo Messenger and that Sunday I logged on around 9am. Yep, I had to get up early as the time difference was 7 hours. Not that it mattered, because we had a great time and chatted for over two hours.

We chatted online every Sunday and I started to like her a lot. I mean, really like her. Even though I didn't expect it I started to fall in love with her. I also thought that she was feeling the same. Slowly we started talking about these feelings and found out they were mutual.

As time went on these feelings became stronger. Having a relationship is never easy but having an online relationship is even more difficult. After a while we felt we were missing out on the physical part of our relationship. We felt that we needed to take things further and meet each other in real life to make sure we were going in the right direction.

I can't remember exactly when but I think we started to make plans in early December of 2002 for a real life meeting. Obviously I would go over to China first. Li wanted me to come over during Chinese New Year in February but I couldn't because of my work. Apparently Beijing summers are hot as hell so Li suggested April when the weather was still nice: warm but not too warm. We agreed on April.

I started looking into ticket prices and how to get a visa for China. Ticket prices were around €700, which wasn't too bad at all. To be able to get a visa I had to have a confirmation of a hotel reservation, which Li arranged for me. She booked me the Jinlang Hotel, which was quite close to the Beijing railway station and Wangfujing area. Considering the location and 3 stars rating, the price of €30 per night, including breakfast, was quite a bargain.

With the ticket, visa and hotel reservation it was only a matter of time. April 7th 2003 would be the day of our first meeting, first touch, first kiss. Needless to say we were both very excited and could hardly wait.

In the next post more about the trip to China.

Welcome mei 28, 2006

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Welcome on this blog. This is the first time I'm using WordPress. After using blogs from different providers I'm going to settle for this as it looks great and is very easy to use.

So what is this blog going to be about? Well, I think I should start by explaining the blog's name. Danvers is my last name and Bi is my girlfriends last name, I'm from Holland and my girlfriend is from China and we are now living in Holland.

We met each other through the web and we have noticed that many people find it interesting to hear our story. And what is a better way of sharing that that on the web.

My girlfriend and I met each other three and a half years ago, so it is going to take some time before everything is collected from the memory and written. So please be patient.

Please feel free to comment or send an e-mail.