(English translation: This morning, because the sky was a little dark, I got out of bed slightly later, and it was 6:30 am before I started swimming. Furthermore, to enable my shoulders to return to normal, I decided to swim somewhat less, and thus felt after 3,750 meters that I had swum enough. How I can improve and swim faster is a question to which I must give much thought. One of my personal goals is to swim 200 meters within 3 minutes. I still need to make a lot of efforts to achieve this!)
I was born and grew up in the south-east of England, and as a child was a keen golfer. During my first year at university as an economics student, I became very drawn to Asian students and their respective countries. This led to further studies in the economics of developing countries and later the study of the Chinese language in Taiwan. In 1985 I married Hsiu-chin, and while we made Taiwan our home, we also lived for several years in Hawaii. It was there that I took up triathlon, completed the Hawaii Ironman in 2004 and took part in many smaller races. While I have gained much experience as a translator of Chinese, over the years I have developed a passion for other East Asian languages and cultures, including, but not limited to, Thai and Japanese, as well as other Chinese dialects. We currently reside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where I continue with language learning and triathlon training.