If you’ve read my book Smiling From The Heart, you’ll know I recommend that you consciously carve out time to do things you enjoy.

And I like to take my own advice.

So this weekend I’ve been doing a lot of reading.

Including Arnie’s autobiography: “Total Recall – My Unbelievably True Life Story

I was reading the part where he describes his struggle to master pronunciations, he’s an excerpt:

“The owner came to take out order and I said: Give me some of your garbage.”

“What did you call my food?”

“Just bring me some of your garbage”

Artie jumped in right away. “He’s from Austria, he means the cabbage.”

Made me laugh.

Because it reminded me of a couple of my own experiences.

I was once sat in a cafe with a French friend.

I ordered a coffee from the waitress.

And my friend said – in a thick French accent – “You have horrible tea?

The waitress and I stared blankly at each other than back at my friend.

She tried again, this time more slowly: “You have h-o-r-r-i-b-l-e tea?

I finally got it.

She means ‘herbal’ tea” I said laughing.

The other time I was on a Shaolin Kung Fu course in Malaysia and a group of us had gone for lunch. One of our group was having a really hard time of it. Sweating outdoors for hours in the Malaysian climate really is punishing.

In an attempt to cheer him up, a Swiss member of our group turned to him and said:

John, you have a face like a babies arse.

And beamed a big smile at him.

John and the rest of us did a double take.

What did you say about me?” asked John.

Yes, you have face like babies arse, is good.

The penny finally dropped and I said:

You mean his skin is as smooth as a baby’s bottom?

We all fell about laughing, including John, so I guess it had the desired outcome.

And the point of these 3 stories?

I wanted to show how easy it is to be misunderstood.

Especially when you’re learning something new.

Take Chi Kung and Qigong for example.

Many new comers to Qigong wonder if they’re same.

They are.

Qigong is just the Romanised Chinese version of Chi Kung.

Back when I wrote my first book:

Shaolin Chi Kung18 Exercises To Help You Live a Longer, Healthier and Happier Life

I was a big fan of using the ‘Chi Kung’ spelling, but now I prefer Qigong.

So don’t let it confuse you.

Written in 2008, Shaolin Chi Kung is still the most comprehensive book available on the famous Shaolin 18 Lohan Hands Qigong set.

There are 36 benefits and advantages you can gain by reading and applying the material in this book and you’ll find the list a third of the way down on this page:


Horrible tea anyone?

Until tomorrow…