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16 years in China. Married. Insane...or does the two previous statements already give that away?
Sinobear

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Sinobear

Apr 27, 2016 12:15

Articles : Sinobear commented on news Office Craziness in China (Part 1)

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Apr 26, 2016 18:21

Articles : Sinobear commented on news Parents Need Not Apply

Good advice. It's just that a lot of schools have a "take it or leave it" mentality and don't continue communication once they find out I have kids. Full Comment>>

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Apr 26, 2016 18:18

Articles : Sinobear commented on news Parents Need Not Apply

That's true. It's just that I'm already in a backwater and I want a place more cosmopolitan for my kids. The irony is that I want to repatriate, but it's not possible to go for interviews when you're not there. Catch-22 all around. Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Apr 26, 2016 18:16

Articles : Sinobear commented on news Parents Need Not Apply

Not an option for me. Full Comment>>

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Apr 25, 2016 17:54

Articles : Sinobear commented on news Parents Need Not Apply

BTW: I write Blog posts from time-to-time. I never expect to have them resurface as articles. If you had a family to support, the above would be of interest to you. If not, why bother even reading it? Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Apr 25, 2016 17:48

Articles : Sinobear commented on news Parents Need Not Apply

And what do you know about my qualifications, experience or abilities? Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Apr 25, 2016 17:42

Articles : Sinobear commented on news Parents Need Not Apply

I never said that I wanted more money, I was making the point that the tuition should be more equitable compared to the salary. Comparing the situation of the locals is not logical, either. The issue here is not whether someone has or doesn't have children, it's about the possibility of employing a teacher long-term ... Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Apr 20, 2016 12:29

Blogs : Sinobear commented on Sinobear 's blog Parents Need Not Apply

25.5K/mo based on a CDN dollar exchange rate. Most positions were very well paid, with full benefits. Another example, during the time I first came to China and for a few years thereafter, even kindergartens were advertising at 20K/mo. Supply/demand started the downward trend until it is what it is today...stagnant ... Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Apr 17, 2016 19:37

Blogs : Sinobear commented on thabet_sava 's blog Simplifying the Art of English Writing

So sorry, but obviously, you have no idea what academic writing is about. The worst thing in China is to try and undo the damage that has been done beforehand by those unqualified to teach. Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Apr 17, 2016 19:35

Blogs : Sinobear Posted a new blog Parents Need Not Apply

What has China got against parents?Been doing some job and soul-searching lately, and there’s something I’ve noticed.As a parent of twins, most schools offering positions offer either no discount or only a 50% discount on tuition.This gets me to thinking…shouldn’t parents be more responsible and less likely to ...

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Sinobear

Mar 07, 2016 21:04

Around China : Sinobear commented on news France to Add 9 More Visa Centers in China to Accompany a 40% Increase in Demand

(With apologies to Dr. Monkey): I guess since France is considered the home of rudeness and arrogance it is natural for so many Chinese to be going there to take lessons. Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Feb 27, 2016 13:58

Articles : Sinobear commented on news Take the Plunge: Everything You Need to Know about Scuba Diving in China

Some other places to get lessons? As silverbutton1 mentioned, prices? A nice concept for an article but missing the whole "Everything you need to know..." part. Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Feb 17, 2016 13:53

Blogs : Sinobear Posted a new blog And So It Goes

Here’s the story of a friend I’ll call ‘Xena’.Xena was hired to be the Vice-Principal of a school to teach young Americans Chinese (their parents have hopes and even expectations that their child will later attend a prestigious Chinese university).Problem is, Xena cannot read, write or speak Chinese. Her only ...

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Sinobear

Nov 28, 2015 19:39

Articles : Sinobear commented on news 3 Things You May Wish You Know Before Coming to China

More Spam endorsed by ECC! Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Nov 16, 2015 20:47

Blogs : Sinobear commented on apartmentrent 's blog Sichuan Cuisine

And we should trust someone who rips off other people's work? What the hell is going on with ECC letting the copy/paste rip-off artists post this crap? Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Nov 16, 2015 20:45

Blogs : Sinobear commented on apartmentrent 's blog Local Dishes Restaurants in Suzhou

Nice copy/paste job and copyright infringement. www.chinahighlights.com/suzhou/restaurants.htm Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Aug 19, 2015 07:09

Blogs : Sinobear commented on chineseschools 's blog The Most Magic Drinks in China - Hot Water!!!

Oh, ECC is openly allowing advertising and copy/pasta on the Blogs whilst rejecting 'normal' users entries 'just because...' Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Jul 27, 2015 08:04

Articles : Sinobear commented on news How to Lose Your Chinese Colleagues in 7 Days

So are guest/anonymous comments. Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Jul 27, 2015 08:03

Articles : Sinobear commented on news How to Lose Your Chinese Colleagues in 7 Days

I think the article was pretty much tongue-in-cheek. I've witnessed a lot of FOBs with a heightened sense of entitlement so I can understand where the author was coming from. Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Jul 19, 2015 16:34

Blogs : Sinobear Posted a new blog An Open Letter to Sites "Requesting" Me to Disable AdBlocker

An Open Letter to Sites “Requesting” that I Disable AdBlocker.Dear Site that I visit infrequently, and more so with good reason (yes, Threat Level {a sub-site of Wired.com} I’m talking about you!):Why shall I not, not ever, disable/uninstall my AdBlocker? Here’s why:I look for information on the Internet. ...

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Sinobear

Jul 06, 2015 20:27

Around China : Sinobear commented on news China to Train Five Thousand Football Coaches

You could add 5400 'real' teachers to teach the youth something useful, but hey, more teams to lose at soccer and increase the amount of people who deride China worldwide is cool, too. Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Jun 15, 2015 16:53

Blogs : Sinobear commented on Sairaab 's blog Current English job situation, in non-English speaking countries.

"Sour grapes" - read destinyeric's diatribe and understand the market in China before heading to the wailing wall. A "truly" educated person would completely research a country prior to making the jump to living and working there. If you know the cards are stacked against you, and you still decide to make the jump, ... Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Jun 15, 2015 16:49

Blogs : Sinobear commented on Sairaab 's blog My first experience with Chinese people, here, in China.

I am sure you and 'botbonnie' are certified, but certainly not in IELTS! Full Comment>>

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Sinobear

Jun 15, 2015 16:47

Blogs : Sinobear commented on jdredd1 's blog Can we open the parents eyes?

You also need to understand English better! What's with the lowercase 'i' and 'there' instead of 'their'? Oh, wait, this was a joke right? Full Comment>>

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