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Visiting The House I Grew Up In

written by John Chow on April 1, 2009

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Punyu House

The house I grew up in has been in my family for four generations. It was built brick by brick by my great great grandfather and still stands today. The surroundings have changed a lot since I last visited it over a decade ago. The roads are now paved and there’s electricity 24/7. There’s even high speed Internet access! Punyu is no longer a small farming village. With the incredible growth of nearby Guangzhou, Punyu has pretty much become an extension of the city.

Our house is one of the few remaining homes from my time. Most of the houses I grew up next to have been torn down and replaced with apartments. The farming village has turned into a hot place for Guangzhou city workers to find inexpensive places to rent. Growth is being spurred on by the construction of a high speed rail line that will connect Gaungzhou and Punyu to the new International airport. If there is a recession, this part of China is not feeling it.

While the village may have grown and changed, the house I grew up in has remained the same. It still has no heating, electricity or running water. I lived in this house for the first seven years of my life. This is where I came from.

Punyu House

Punyu House

Punyu House

Punyu House

Punyu House

Punyu House

Punyu House

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{ 139 comments }

blackysky April 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm

geez look like a jail :-( remind me my house back then in haiti :-( … hope china will not forget the low class in this econimic boom :-(

Carl Nelson April 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

wow… just wow.

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Ryan McLean April 2, 2009 at 12:44 am

Wow. I agree
But not because it looks like a jail
Wow because it is still standing and your great grandfather built it. Seriously you should consider buying the house so that it will be around for your kids and their kids and so some developer doesn’t knock it down.
I know you have enough money to buy it. Maybe you should so you can save it for future generations.

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fas April 2, 2009 at 11:32 am

Why should John buy his own house. Its his own house after all :)

Jake Stone April 4, 2009 at 8:08 am

McMansions are built to last 20 years, but that’s ok, because then it is already a time to buy a new one. There was a time when such a waste was not possible.

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Darin Carter April 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Check it out … John Chow Roots!

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Arfan April 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Thats pretty awesome bring back any childhood memories?

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John Chow April 2, 2009 at 6:18 am

It brings back a lot. The biggest thing is I wonder what happen to all my childhood friends who grew up with me?

Jake Stone April 4, 2009 at 8:18 am

I’m sure your blog has an adequate reach, just put out an official call for them. You’ll see someone will know someone.

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Online Tv April 10, 2009 at 5:11 am

You may search your friends in popular websites like myspace or facebook or classmate.com

Steven-Sanders April 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I bet the garden produced some amazing vegetables.

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jobucks April 9, 2009 at 4:32 am

I agree with you steven

Aman@BullsBattleBears April 1, 2009 at 1:17 pm

very humbling video John…any plans for the house since nobody lives there? I got to see my the house my great great grandparents built in India a few yrs back and its just like this..its now in my name and really have no idea what I’m supposed to do with it.

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John Chow April 2, 2009 at 6:21 am

I have two choices. I can either tear it down and put up a new house or tear it down and put up a new apartment. I can’t leave it in its current condition since it’s not livable. I am leaning towards the apartment because I don’t see myself moving back there to live.

Michael@TheBloggerSource April 2, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Kinda sad for it to be torn down. Yes it may be abandoned and useless but it’s history. I have a soft spot for old buildings. Maybe build but incorporate the old into new? Any idea on the age of it?

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Patrick April 3, 2009 at 11:29 am

This is a wonderful house John! It can be redecorated in a small lofty town villa. Redecorated will be worth much more if you decide to sell it or you could chose to have a 2nd house there and enjoy. It has nice private garden too.

I’m ipressed by the height of doors.. curious trade off though to have no windows but have tall doors.

Aman@BullsBattleBears April 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

That is the same option I have….well not the apts in India, but either my options are to keep the house as is (which is fairly run down) for historical purpose or just throw in money and build a nice new house. One of the options is practical while the other is more of the emotional one of preserving my parents/grandparents/etc memories somehow….its hard

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Michael@TheBloggerSource April 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm

If it’s not hurting anything and you don’t NEED the money leaving it would not be a bad idea.

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Jake Stone April 4, 2009 at 8:27 am

I’m sure that apartments would work better. I’m sure there is always need for mid-to-high-quality apartment housing.

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Kristina Thorpe April 1, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Thank you so much for sharing! I love this! I’m from four generations of Aspen CO and the town I grew up in hardly exists, much less the house! To think that China with it’s turmoil and growth is really more stable…

Joe Tech April 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm

It looked like a good sized place for how you lived at the time and your great grandfather did a good job with it. You’re right, too. If you can come from there to where you are now and be so successful as a writer, the rest of us have no excuse to fail.

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KiwiPulse April 1, 2009 at 1:23 pm

It remain me the time when I went to Vietnam visiting my family. It took us 8 hours from the Airport to grandparent’s house. We stopped frequently to eat and walk around. When I asked where is the toilet at the restaurant.. They didn’t have one, they simply told me to do it wherever I want lol.. GEEZ

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Latoya April 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm

It is amazing to see that the house you grew up still remains as it was when you were a child. You should look at that house and pat yourself on the back because you have come so far. Congratulations!

Brenden Lee April 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Very humbling indeed. This is a great reminder for me to not only give thanks for the tremendous opportunities that I am given, but aggregate change and capitalize on the opportunities as you did.
Thanks John

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Michael Kwan April 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I visited the old traditional houses (with the North-South-East-West configuration) in Beijing before they tore them down before the Olympics. Really makes you appreciate what we have in Canada.

On a side note, make sure you don’t confuse the well for the other kind of hole in the ground. If you didn’t want to drink the water then, you definitely won’t want to drink it after that.

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Sam April 1, 2009 at 3:10 pm

This remind me a lot of my home town :( It is amazing to see how much things may change in 10-20 years !

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needmoney.com April 1, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Wow, that place is quite something. Is there any chance of it being knocked down? I understand the authorities can be quite tought when it comes to knocking down old buildings in order to expand cities, etcetera?

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John Chow April 2, 2009 at 6:25 am

I have to do something with it. Punyu is growing too fast and a piece of land that size can’t go vacant and un-used for so long.

Julie April 1, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Very very humbling John. Thanks for sharing that neat video.

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Cara Membuat website May 26, 2009 at 2:07 am

You are down to earth man..

Tushar April 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Great to see where you came from John!

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Joe April 1, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Wow John, I thought you going to cry at the end. Must have brought back a lot of memories.

Ricardo @ NurtureYourWealth April 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm

The backyard looks very similar to the farm land/back yard of my grandparents in portugal. The well system is slightly different, but it’s very cool to see. Thanks for the pictures!

Work At Home Blog April 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm

John, it’s good to get a peek of where you grew up from. It has got to be a very nostalgic feeling for you I’m sure. Good feeling thing.

Peter Lee

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Shaz@BestIncentiveAffiliates April 1, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Wow, I bet that was a very emotional experience you had. Tons of memories I’m sure, care to share any!?

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issa April 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm

oh wow, definitely a hark back to the medieval ages! no electricity, no water, no light? tough! does someone live there today john? i hope not!

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John Chow April 2, 2009 at 6:29 am

The house has been empty for decades. No one lives in it.

Ray Ebersole April 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Thanks for sharing John. A very emotional, heart touching insight.

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Pyj April 1, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Wow, that is incredible… “I” felt a bit teary at the end of that!!!

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Raj April 1, 2009 at 7:26 pm

That was an inspiring post. All these days, I was of the notion that you are from Korea and Sarah from China.

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John Chow April 2, 2009 at 6:32 am

What made you thought I was from Koera?

Macbook Dreamer April 2, 2009 at 10:25 am

Your height may be….lol

Jake Stone April 4, 2009 at 8:31 am

Probably the militant Gravatar photo.

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Millionaire Acts April 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Hi John, you inspired me with your post! Hopefully, I can mimic your success story. It’s quite hard living in a third world country like the Philippines. I am also looking forward to make a living and to settle outside of this country. Thanks a lot for this wonderful post!

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BlogAngry April 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm

It looks amazing, thanx for sharing

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Michael Zhao April 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Excellent! From rags to riches…I would say…I’ll see you at the top John!

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Paul U April 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I never imagine that you live a simple life before.

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Silvia April 1, 2009 at 10:08 pm

We can see the progress of the human life on John’s example..Seeing this arouses double felling.On one hand it is nice that John lives in good conditions,due to his work he is successful,on the other hand the life of great grand fathers is seen as it was,it needs respect .

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Tran Harry April 1, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Very nice video John, a great view into your life and your history.

I wish I had the luxury to take time away and go see where my parents grew up.

Truly can’t imagine us North Americans living in those conditions, it goes back to the post you made a while ago about how blessed we are to be where we are, recession or not.

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Sam M April 2, 2009 at 12:12 am

You have an amazing background. It’s nice to see where people come from becuase you gety an appreciate for what they have done with their life. Awesome post CHOW!

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Marketing Business Review April 2, 2009 at 12:14 am

That house looks that have a very strong foundation. Still look solid. It seems nobody lives anymore in that house, Is in it John?

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elmot April 2, 2009 at 12:35 am

there is indeed nothing better john than to go back your roots; to where you started and where you have been.

just imagine, a guy like john chow came from a humble quite place like this in china? amazing..

and looking back at your roots certainly led you to the place where you are now with obviously, the full shining virtues especially of humility.

cheers john!

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Paul B April 2, 2009 at 1:27 am

Your best video ever, nothing more to say than that :)

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Jacques | Website Design April 2, 2009 at 2:32 am

Humble roots, which just shows how far you’ve come! Respect brother! May you go from strength to strength, and keep on keeping us all enthralled!

Best CSS Gallery April 2, 2009 at 2:53 am

That’s amazing, the house looks really solid, your ancestors knew how to build a house. And the video is great

Chris De La Rosa April 2, 2009 at 4:42 am

Typical immigrant story. The funny thing is, though that life back then may seem hard compared to what we have now, the love, fun and “family” we shared back then cannot compare to all that we have and do now. I’ve tried 5 times now to go “home” but home isn’t like I remembered. great times, good memories.

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The Almost Millionaire April 2, 2009 at 5:15 am

Very heartfelt John, you are on a pretty cool journey. Home is where the heart is, ah!

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Rahul April 2, 2009 at 6:12 am

This journey must have brought back quite a lot of memories to you John. Nice one.

Ari Lestariono April 2, 2009 at 6:13 am

It’s a good old house John, brings a lot of memory

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TYCP Entertainment Magazine April 2, 2009 at 7:01 am

Thanks for sharing. That seriously is some amazing family history right there.

I kind of wish I could go back to the flat I grew up in back in London, England.

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Brad April 2, 2009 at 7:14 am

I’ve always get choked up when i see my old home.

Shanker Bakshi April 2, 2009 at 7:46 am

A journey back to your root is always interesting. This year in August i am visiting my native place, I’m very eager, specially want to spent some time with my childhood friend. let me see if i can meet some of them.

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Anthony April 2, 2009 at 7:55 am

Wow, it is impressive ! I would go for the appt if you don’t plan to go back there to live.

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Pete April 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

When I went to Taiwan 2 years ago, I made an effort to go see the apartment I lived in, and walked from the apartment to the school I used to attend by the exact same route I use to take. Trips like that really can bring back a lot of memories.

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Debo Hobo April 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

It is always good to remember where we came from. This has got to be one of your best posts yet!

:)

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Kimberly Luke April 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I really enjoyed your photos. It was interesting for me because my husband and I are looking into adopting a little girl from China after the first of the year…

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Ruben Ricart April 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for sharing your story with us John! Loved the video and reminded me of what life was like for my grandparents in the carribean…very similar to what you showed us….great vid!

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Internet Marketing Services April 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Looks nice :-)

I am sure you miss your childhood memories from the home where you grew up in

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Lee Ka Hoong April 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Thanks for sharing your old house photo! I can’t see any house like this in my country, I always saw it in the Movie only. Good sharing! :)

Regards,
Lee

Essai Selvan April 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I am from India and I can feel the cultural link between
china and India.

I hread in several books that Indian and Chinese culture is so similar in several aspects. And hence proved by this video.

Sure it looks like a Jail for someone but those are the houses that made us here…. :)

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Joyful Alternative April 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Rehab that handsome old stone house. You can put plumbing and electricity in it!

There’s an old stone house in Berks County, Pennsylvania, that my ancestors built in the 1720s. Family still live in it, and there’s a family reunion there every year–I’ve gone twice. Modern conveniences were added as they became common, but the original (very big) fireplace is still there, and we marvel at how short they must have been, judging by how low the doorways are.

Save your house for your descendants, generations from now.

Mortgage Guy April 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Very humbling video indeed. Its emotional in a way. We should all remember where we came from and where we are now in life. Life is an on going journey.

I liked the video.

I am sure in China they have electricity and water and other comforts and bit different life.

basketball_blog April 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm

haha.. my hometown is quite near PanYu

Play Games Win Prizes April 2, 2009 at 10:58 pm

When I visited where my Grandfather grew up, it’s like what you are showing here…except it still is a farm with no Internet :P

-Mike

Paul April 3, 2009 at 1:34 am

Very cool video. Cool to see where you came from. Also gives some insight where the source of your ambition comes from.

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Silvia April 3, 2009 at 5:52 am

Were there any windows in the house in those days?They must be. Windows are like eyes according to Feng Shui.Does anybody take care of the house?

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John Chow April 3, 2009 at 8:00 am

What you see now is how the house has always looked. No windows.

Darren April 3, 2009 at 11:31 am

Incredible. You really went high in life. Just incredible.

FMF April 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Very, very cool. Thanks for sharing.

What an inspiration to see where you came from — and where you are now.

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Infogle.com April 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm

John i saw your video… and in the end parts when you say… that your parents migrated to give you better life and english is your second language – you got emotional.. arent you?

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John Chow April 4, 2009 at 10:20 am

Ya, I got a little emotional at the end.

Make Money On The Internet April 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm

May we must share something about our place too on the blog. Thanks John, you just inspiring us.

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Jiverly Wong April 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm

The memories of the house you grew up in. I thought you were born in the US.

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Wacky Emotions April 4, 2009 at 6:27 am

Lol at the guy who said it looked like a jail xD

blinkky April 4, 2009 at 8:20 am

It has a lot of memories…

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Work At Home Blog April 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

I think in your China trip this must be the most memorable and the most exciting – coming home. Glad you could do this.

Peter Lee

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Pamela Beeney April 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

As a Real Estate Broker for 25+ years, I understand the apartment development & $$, but I’m wondering is the area in need of some type of charitable service? Could it be housed there? What could you set up to benefit the local needs? Or is that type of thing just not done in China? How about a free asset school, teaching internet, second language, or? What a Great opportunity to create a legacy asset tribute to your family roots & giving others a ‘hand up.’ You do a lot of fabulous stuff.
As part of your community, we appreciate all the advise and the role model that you are. Thank you!

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John Chow April 4, 2009 at 10:14 am

It’s a nice thought but that part of China doesn’t need any charity. There is zero unemployment. It’s just booming.

Onyxx April 4, 2009 at 11:56 am

It’s good to know there are some places that are prospering. Thanks for openly sharing your childhood, it is refreshingly honest.

Silvia April 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm

That’s nice to hear positive news from that part of the world.

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marl April 5, 2009 at 1:07 am

Such a strong house!Imagine, for so many years it stood still against the modern world.

A place that should be preserved IMHO.

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Asian Teens Model April 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

very nostalgic john

Mitch April 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm

You’ve definitely come a long way since then, and you should feel proud of all your accomplishments. Oddly enough, even with that, I envy you for a different reason. As a military kid, I’ve lived in many places that I’m not allowed to visit, and that’s too bad. So, I can’t even track back that little bit of legacy.

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Tweet Cashing April 5, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Nice to see the house John. Looks like a cool place.

abnerfan.blogspot.com April 6, 2009 at 12:53 am

Punyu should be Panyu, actually. Punyu or Poonyu are Cantonese. In China, we now use Pinyin phonetic system to name a place in China.

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abnerfan.blogspot.com April 6, 2009 at 1:01 am

Actually, Punyu should be Panyu, Punyu or Poonyu are both cantonese pronunciation. We use the mandarin or Putonghua pinyin phonetic system to name a place.
By the way , I am blessed to live here now at Panyu district of Guangzhou. I live and study in the Higher Education Mega Center.

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Saro April 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Umm… April Fools anyone? You honestly don’t all think JC used to live there… right?!

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afandi April 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

How I miss the place where I was born… I never visit Vietnam since I left it 30 years ago…
Amazing pictures John.

Sam April 7, 2009 at 1:59 am

is there anybody who’s still living this room?

Online TV April 10, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Judging from the pictures, I’ll say than nobody still lives there.

Sam April 7, 2009 at 2:01 am

Is there anybody still living in this house?

John Chow April 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Nobody lives in the house anymore.

Mario Remedios April 7, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Wow John, I see you have a humble beginning and look what you have accomplished. You are a true inspiration of success. I have a very humble background myself as I was born in Cuba. Pretty poor there as you might imagine. Great post! :-)

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learn Internet Marketing April 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

Great John. My hats off to someone who is proud of his beginnings. As they say, always appreciate everything you been given in life before and now. Be proud man. Your past is a part of you, much of it is what made you who you are today.

nice post!

jobucks April 9, 2009 at 4:29 am

that’s a great house,

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BlogTipsForBeginners April 10, 2009 at 5:15 am

Wow, culture shock! The toilet is awesome!

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Teen Forum April 10, 2009 at 6:41 am

Built by hand by your great great grandfather and still standing that’s amazing!

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diana rupert April 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Amazing! Its just like going back to the past!

shun2u April 11, 2009 at 6:48 pm

oh gosh!!!

Affiliate Guides April 12, 2009 at 3:43 am

I love brick houses! And this one is surely a nice old styled one.

:)

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Andrew@jetcomx April 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

WOW…you’ve made such great strides since then

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girliegeek April 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Thanks for letting us see where you came from. I’ll bet that at 7 years old living there, you never could have imagined how different your life would be in 2009. Good on you!! You are proof that hard work and the drive to succeed are all you need to accomplish anything you desire.

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earthtoholly April 15, 2009 at 6:45 am

A very nice video. How lucky that your boyhood home is still there for you to reminisce. A house that sturdy is worthy of preservation and wouldn’t that be nice!

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leon April 18, 2009 at 11:40 pm

i think it would be a pity if you torn it down , if i where you i would keep the house and renovate it with modern furniture and technology.

and for your friends that grew up with you i think you can search in qq.com (china’s version of facebook & myspace)

Smart Boy Designs April 21, 2009 at 1:49 am

These photos are amazing. Your past home is indeed unique.

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Ron Givens April 21, 2009 at 8:08 am

Wow, these photos as well as your story are great. This is the true “roots”.

Beautiful stuff.

-Ron

Global Ingresos April 22, 2009 at 12:17 am

hi this house is scary, the video is pretty

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Technolik April 23, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Is a very long time since you have visit the house where you grew up and where you lived and I believe many memories have started taking control over you thinking about your childhood…

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www.gp56.ws GDI-极限雪人 April 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm

呵呵 要常回家看看有

Mybased April 27, 2009 at 9:51 am

大哥,不能拆了建别墅的哟。应该花点钱整修一下,是历史的见证。

Derek Bingham April 27, 2009 at 2:52 pm

This is why I named you as one of my most influential people in Affiliate marketing on my blog John.

Sometimes we always look at the obstacles in life and what we can’t do in our limited thinking minds.

But when you see people like you give a testimony like that, and share your life with the world gives promise to all who follow. Thanks for that awesome share;

I am now even more inspired to be the next Super Affiliate Marketer!

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mike April 28, 2009 at 10:42 am

Hi John! I still use a dial-up and Im in New York. I love the pictures. It has its own style.

Caleb May 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

I’d love to grow up there as a kid. Seems like a great place to run a muck. Plus, their’s no “watch for the cars” traffic.

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Static May 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm

That’s time right there.

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Michael Zhao May 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm

That is just too awesome man…I too was born in a small village in Guangzhou (The Zheng province) and I cannot wait to go back again to visit and reflect on the success I will eventually have…Time for me to rise. Literally from rags to riches John…Good for you.

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wordpress design May 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm

pretty amazing. nice photos and nice story

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Linda May 19, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I sometimes drive past where I used to live as a child. It bothers me to see how much its changed.

Sometimes it’s nice to keep childhood memories intact.

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Lito | TheFilipinoEntrepreneur.Com May 24, 2009 at 3:07 am

I thought you are Korean and not Chinese. I’m half Chinese but I never heard of Chow as a surname before in my elementary and high school years (those were Chinese schools). I don’t have Chinese friends after that. I also thought you are born in Canada and your parents migrated there.

Anyway nice seeing your photos. It reminded me of my father’s roots.

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WLC Program June 2, 2009 at 8:15 am

I wish I owned the homes that I grew up in. It’s so funny how huge they seem when you’re so young and small. When you go back, they just don’t seem the same. I love child hood memories. I enjoyed looking at your pics there. I love the past.

D3Marketers June 6, 2009 at 2:24 am

From bricks in CHINA to posh mansions in CANADA. HARDWORK+LUCK=JOHN CHOW. More blessings!

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Michael Chu June 10, 2009 at 10:23 am

Hey John what camera/camcorder did you use to film your old house in China? I like how well it works at night.

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Online Marketing June 13, 2009 at 6:02 am

Can’t beat history John… built by you Grandfather.. that is cool…

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rozim June 17, 2009 at 2:20 am

this is great thing to know house where you grow up in, i am sure you have much better one with your blog to day mr. john

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PimP C June 25, 2009 at 8:08 am

Thank you for sharing this, and congratulations on all your success!

I say you if you have to tear it down, rebuild it as a shelter for homeless people. Think about it, seems like a great idea.

James Hartje June 26, 2009 at 5:06 am

I’m sure your house looks nothing like that now

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Mic Henry June 26, 2009 at 7:34 am

My house looks like that. Sleeping on the floor does wonders for my back.

Blog Tips November 21, 2011 at 5:38 am

OMG…. I never thought you are from such a background. But how… how did you manage to do all these things within a house like this. When did you start to blogging. I would like to hear the whole story of your life. If you like please share with us. I think we will be able to learn thousands of lessons from your life story.

Wish you all the best for your future works.