China 1.0 – A life experience


This book is a compilation of anecdotes and point of views of the author during his journey and life in China for over 6 years.

The purpose of sharing these experiences is to inspire anyone, especially those who still believe that they are not capable of making their dreams come true, to accomplish goals regardless their difficulty, through positive attitude, dedication and indefatigable commitment, and thus, achieving personal growth by helping others to improve their lives.

There are many talented persons around the world who just need motivating words and somebody who leads and supports them during those unavoidable tough moments that everyone would have to face, sooner or later, in whatever activity they decide to undertake.

I have two pieces of news: A bad and a good one.

The bad news is that there will always be problems.

The good news is that there will always be solutions to those problems.

With that being said, let’s get inspired!


Table of content

Chapter 1

  • Why China?
  • The flight
  • USA’s stops
  • Beijing’s arrival
  • Arriving in Changchun
  • John – the savior

Chapter 2

  • Changchun’s first night
  • Changchun’s first day
  • Meeting with Alice
  • The teaching company
  • Lunch with Ms. Huang
  • At the hospital
  • Chinese chess

Chapter 3

  • My first time
  • Kids and Kids
  • Made a difference
  • Students’ supportive parents
  • Linda, Jimmy and Jack
  • Chinese primary schools
  • Chinese teachers’ secret to control
  • Memorizing questions
  • Chinese secondary schools
  • Prayers
  • Shyness
  • Spectacular classes
  • Taking the math class
  • The secret greeting
  • Chinese chess at breaks

Chapter 4

  • First college
  • Bad students at the back
  • Rapport
  • Second college
  • Mutual enjoyment
  • Outdoors
  • Embracing and kissing
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s anecdote
  • Chinese food
  • Bean curd (Tofu)
  • Gubarou
  • Instant noodles
  • Dumplings
  • Chaomian
  • Chaofan
  • Hot Pot

Chapter 5

  • Washrooms
  • Some Chinese customs and habits
  • On streets
  • Eating
  • On a bus
  • On a subway
  • On the market
  • Greetings
  • Spitting
  • Smoking
  • Doing business with Chinese people

Chapter 6

  • The day had come
  • A day that could have been the last
  • Who is going to pay the bill?
  • My first bāozi (包子, bun)
  • One step further
  • The visit

Chapter 7

  • Moving
  • The arrows
  • Celebrating
  • Dalian
  • The city
  • Landlord
  • Pángxiè (螃蟹, crab)
  • Exchanging items

Chapter 8

  • Private classes to Ivy
  • Another kindergarten
  • Fei working
  • Return to the hometown
  • Fei’s private school
  • Conquering the capital
  • Lee – Méiguānxì! (没关系!, It’s OK!)
  • Beijing’s subway
  • Taking Mandarin Chinese classes
  • It happened despite nobody wanted it

Chapter 9

  • The hyena
  • Spanish classes
  • The computer company
  • Shanghai
  • Anhui
  • Getting on the train
  • On the train
  • Departure

Chapter 10

  • First station
  • Our souls escaped momentarily
  • Welcoming
  • My first class
  • Hyperactivity
  • Other activities
  • A teacher’s collision
  • The eve
  • The farewell

Chapter 11


  • Běijīng kǎoyā(北京烤, Peking duck)
  • Shenzhen
  • Coconut palm
  • The factory
  • Some friends and colleagues
  • Traveling abroad


  1. Monica

    This. is my first time to finish reading a real book in English. I am an English teacher my self so I can totally understand the problems he met druing the class .Hard work but cool as well.As a teacher is a worthwhile experience in life. I am proud of you gugs for contibuting the book to us in order to get us improved. Thanks

    • smallheadbigwisdom

      Thanks Monica!

      We are glad to know you have pleasantly completed reading the book and that it has made an enriching impact in you. Please, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  2. Sherry

    Reading this book is like an adventure. It surprises me , and it’s also interesting. Mr Gaboch has many expriences in china,he has been to a lot of cities more than me.I think Mr Gaboch is intelligent,wise,ideal and ambitions。He will go forward bravely for his goal。His enthusiasm for edcation makes me admire him very much。It also inspires me to learn English well。

    • smallheadbigwisdom

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  3. Melissa

    Recently I finished the e-book, it helped me with some unknown words for my english process. It is an interesting and involve story that could support everyone to take a risk about what people really want to do, also to learn some skills about the best way to get the children concentrared in the field of education.
    In brief, great job, great book, but I wanted to know more anecdotes relating to cultural differences or about culture shock. Thanks for sharing your experience and your life.

    I’m waiting for the next e-book. Congrats!

    • smallheadbigwisdom

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      We feel proud to be able to contribute with your English learning process and glad you have enjoyed the e-book. Please, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  4. Cici

    The life experience of the writer is really fantastic , to be a teacher , disseminate knowledge , integrate into different life , educate students , make new friends , also reap romantic love , this book like a life standard urge me to be a person full of enthusiasm , freedom , exploration

    • smallheadbigwisdom

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  5. Marina Wu

    It was worth to read for Chinese people who borned and live in this circumstance and don’t realize what were happened around us. From a foreigner’s pespective that we could learned which were good to keep and which have big space to improve and forbidden.

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  6. Andres Camilo D

    I’m reading your eBook and it is undoubtedly very good. I’ve only read 3 chapters and I’m already captivated. Your way of expressing the events are quite enjoyable and uplifting at the same time.

    What an incredible adventure you had there! It is simply amazing.
    I’m planning to travel abroad in the near future, that’s why I’m looking into things related to it. I was lucky to find your page.

    Great job and thank you so much for sharing your adventure and knowledge.

    • smallheadbigwisdom

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  7. Melissa Mateus

    I have read part of the e-book and it’s incredible, every time I read a chapter I would like to start the another one to know what happened, the reading makes me get into the story, it’s interesting. And the best thing is that it is a real experience! Congratulations and I hope to finish soon.

    • smallheadbigwisdom

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