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tauney

Jun 05, 2014 11:51

Articles : tauney commented on news ‘Red Flags’ to Watch Out for When Working in China

About the "working hours" bit, that's not necessarily true. In Guangxi province, all my classes have been between 35 minutes (public primary classes) and 1.5 hours (at my private training center). I had a real working visa at both jobs. The most common class length here is 40 minutes. Full Comment>>

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Jun 05, 2014 11:40

Listings : tauney Reviewed listing The Queen's Head English Pub

This is without a doubt the best place to go out for a post-work-beer and meet new people in Nanning. My friends and I go here all the time! :D

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Oct 23, 2013 10:12

Around China : tauney commented on news CCTV Criticizes Starbucks For Higher Prices in Mainland China

I've actually mentioned this many times before when discussing Chinese economics with friends back home. I'm sure the barristas at Chinese Starbucks are making significantly less per hour than their North American counterparts. Starbucks also controls its costs by manufacturing its own machinery and products, so one ... Full Comment>>

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Aug 30, 2013 09:26

Articles : tauney commented on news A Killer Hangover: China’s Problem with Fake Alcohol

I had the worst hangover once, living in Beihai, after having two gin and tonics at the club. I was in bed sick for a day and a half with a splitting headache and I couldn't keep anything down. My school "invited themselves in" to my apartment to see if I would be going to work that day...they were treated to a ... Full Comment>>

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Aug 18, 2013 11:25

Articles : tauney commented on news A Day at the Barber Shop: Getting a Haircut in China

Another issue is that they have zero idea about how to deal with naturally curly hair. A friend of mine who had beautiful curls ended up leaving the salon in tears, sporting an Afro, because they didn't know how much to cut off. My hair's naturally wavy and they very seldomly dry my hair completely, so in the ... Full Comment>>

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Jun 11, 2013 11:11

Articles : tauney commented on news The Price of Marriage in China: Infographic Shows Astounding Data

You guys need to edit that infographic...ankie brocelet? nockloce? Full Comment>>

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May 26, 2013 19:24

Around China : tauney commented on news Forrest Gump: Man Visits Every Chinese Province During 26-Year Mega Run

Run, Forrest, run! Full Comment>>

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May 23, 2013 09:55

Articles : tauney commented on news The “Unfriendly” Expats? Stereotypes of Russians in China

You raise a really good point. It damages the reputation of foreign women in general, in fact. My friends and I went out to a club the other night and they had some "foreign entertainment" (ie. Russian strippers). When my girlfriend and I went to the washroom, we were propositioned, and she was groped by some ... Full Comment>>

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May 09, 2013 10:25

Around China : tauney commented on news Poorly Parked BMW Spray-Painted with Insults by Angry Passersby

Drivers here are such arseholes. Some rich d-bag almost backed over me on my bicycle the other day, with onlookers shouting and trying to stop him. I threw my bike out of the way, and banged on his driver's side window. I yelled at him and he just waved and gave a stupid smirk! If I saw that guy again I'd do worse ... Full Comment>>

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May 09, 2013 10:19

Around China : tauney commented on news Chomp Chomp: Guangzhou Supermarket Selling Crocodile Meat?!

Crocodiles aren't exactly endangered. And it's not just Guangzhou--you can also get crocodile in Nanning, Guangxi. Southern Chinese eat everything. :D Full Comment>>

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May 02, 2013 21:19

Articles : tauney commented on news 5 Things I’ve Learned About China That I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

I've struck a fairly good balance between the expat bubble and the "real-China-experience", I think. I go to the foreign bar with my coworkers and friends, drink red wine at home and cook some western comfort food occasionally. The rest of the time, I enjoy a lot of good Chinese meals with my boyfriend's family, eat ... Full Comment>>

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May 01, 2013 09:54

Articles : tauney commented on news Grapes of Wrath: 600% Mark-up for Imported Wine in China

I noticed this from my first day in China. Most recently I went to a French wine shop near my home and noted that what sells as a cheap table wine (around 5 euros), was being sold here as "high-end" at over 600yuan per bottle. JUst because it says "chateau" on it, doesn't mean it's good! I've been trying to educate ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 27, 2013 10:25

Articles : tauney commented on news Food Safety in China: From the Field to Your Dinner Plate

Great article! You really delved into the food safety issues in China. We can only hope that they step up the game and find a way to nip that kind of opportunism in the bud. Full Comment>>

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Mar 20, 2013 10:23

Articles : tauney commented on news Chinese Smartphone Buyer’s Guide for Q1 2013

I've got a Huawei phone and have the same problem: no google app works on it. It doesn't even register when I go through the google play website and try to register my phone, though it's a popular enough model. I suspect socio-political tensions with China and Google Inc. are to blame, but I'd love to be able to use ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 08, 2013 22:20

Blogs : tauney commented on darkstar1 's blog Dodgy Beer – How I Learned the Hard Way

That's happened to me...with the same goddamned beer! I'll never drink Yanjing again if I can help it. Full Comment>>

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Feb 01, 2013 20:52

Around China : tauney commented on news Elderly Gay Couple Tie the Knot in Beijing

so cute! A step in the right direction Full Comment>>

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Jan 30, 2013 22:38

Articles : tauney commented on news How to Successfully Switch ESL Jobs in China

Yes and yes...find a new job and get them on it ASAP. I almost got screwed by not having everything ready on time. In the end, it took 2 months to get my new visa, during which time I was on a temporary residence permit. You do need a release letter, assuming that you have a foreign expert's certificate, and not just...... Full Comment>>

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Jan 30, 2013 22:36

Articles : tauney commented on news How to Successfully Switch ESL Jobs in China

sorry, I took a long time to answer--I only just noticed your reply. I got the information from this website, actually! http://news.echinacities.com/detail/8562-Updated-Guidelines-for-Obtaining-a-Chinese-Visa And I experienced it myself--I got a visa form from the visa offices here in Nanning that said I was to go ... Full Comment>>

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Jan 21, 2013 16:46

Articles : tauney commented on news Learning from Experience: Realizations about China Expat-hood

How did you get "stuck" here? I had the opposite experience with friends and family, as did a lot of others I talk to. Parents/friends/family/coworkers that are terrified and think China is this ridiculously backward place where everything will kill you. But then you get here and you find that it's a beautiful ... Full Comment>>

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Dec 29, 2012 21:06

Articles : tauney commented on news How to Successfully Switch ESL Jobs in China

From what I read, it is still possible to get the work visa from Hong Kong, but only a certain number of people per year are now allowed to do this.

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Dec 28, 2012 10:47

Articles : tauney commented on news How to Successfully Switch ESL Jobs in China

everyone has a different situation. my switch from old job to new job was pretty hellish. i had a z visa with my old job but it turned out they had given me a work permit, not a foreign expert's certificate, and the visa was only valid for 11 months, ending on the day my contract ended. the old school didnt involve ...

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