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expatlife26

Jul 02, 2014 14:07

Articles : expatlife26 commented on news China’s Military-Style Internet Addiction Centers: Recent Death Sparks Uproar

No one cool cares about partisan product tribalism. Both are excellent, functional systems. Full Comment>>

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May 29, 2014 14:29

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news Foreigners Fined for Jaywalking and Cheekiness to Police Officer

I know its aggravating to be singled out for breaking a rule you see others break...but honestly if you're breaking a rule the sympathy ends there. "Because the Chinese do it" is the worst reason to do anything. They also run the air conditioners with the windows open. Full Comment>>

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May 29, 2014 14:23

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news Foreigners Fined for Jaywalking and Cheekiness to Police Officer

Yeah you know I read that too. City streets used to be assumed as the space of pedestrians to walk around, jaywalking wasn't a thing until cars wanted to be able to drive faster. Now it seems absurd and uncouth to have people walking in the street. Full Comment>>

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May 29, 2014 11:19

Articles : expatlife26 commented on news Is Teaching English in China Worthwhile?

Well yeah, its not closing doors but it's not necessarily opening them either. No one is going to look at your resume and say "Oh god former ESL teacher this goes right in the trash!" But at the same time it isn't going to excite them either. Lets say you get a business degree and spend 5 years teaching in ... Full Comment>>

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May 27, 2014 13:39

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on hadleyj09 's blog China is NOT a bad place to be (RANT)

And don't take this as people saying "You should be complaining too like us cool cynical people, you're stupid to be happy!"...cause I'm against detached irony and cynical defeatism as much as anybody you're gonna meet and I firmly believe in trying to find what happiness you can. The issue is that you're telling ... Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

May 27, 2014 12:22

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on hadleyj09 's blog China: Life Is Great Here

Hadley, what you're missing out on when talking about the high cost of health care in the US is that ITS REAL MEDICINE. I agree with you 100% it's outrageous the cost of health care and I support Obamacare 100%. Terrible roll-out but long overdue for the USA. But China's health care system is BS. Yes, you can see ... Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

May 27, 2014 11:53

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on hadleyj09 's blog China is NOT a bad place to be (RANT)

Im gonna agree with Sinobear and Mike on this. China is fun as like a continuation of college life. You come here at 22 work at a university and basically keep student hours with no papers to write or research to do. It IS a dream life for a college student...you show up to class (you're just at the head now) have ... Full Comment>>

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May 27, 2014 11:48

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on hadleyj09 's blog China is NOT a bad place to be (RANT)

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Apr 28, 2014 10:44

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on mike695ca 's blog Are You Finally Ready To Take The Leap?

Right!...you know there are SO many good places and opportunities to score dates (no matter what your preference) in a big city here. Hell, even super-hot euro models are still going to be feeling somewhat socially limited here and are thus eminently approachable. With that in mind, I can't fathom why some people ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 25, 2014 14:44

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on mike695ca 's blog Are You Finally Ready To Take The Leap?

Great piece mike! I really can't agree enough the importance of just being on time, staying late, dressing well and not being creepy. Those are things that are 100% in our control that really can help make a good impression. That's why I think someone who has never held a professional job should seek out the company ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 19, 2014 19:00

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on coineineagh 's blog Appearances vs. Substance, part II

That was always my hunch about the laws too. They make them impossible to follow to the letter so they'll always have something over a target they don't like. I've talked to locals about living and working in another city (than their hukou) and it's absolutely like that...nobody really cares 99% of the time but it's ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 13, 2014 14:08

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news Woman Knocks Over Old Man, Refuses to Apologize Because of ‘Special Status’

I have to agree with coineineagh and samsara; what separates us from people like this women is that I would never run over an old man and say that I am too important for it to matter. The US is full of jerks of course, but I mean even the most clueless jersey shore-style narcissist who hit an old man would probably ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 02, 2014 16:27

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news New Provisions Rolled Out to Tame Taxi Drivers and Minimize Offenses

People bitch about chinese taxis but Italian drivers are just as bad. I visited Rome with my gf over xmas and those scumbags might be even worse. Damn italy! Laughingstock of Europe! I just wish they wouldn't screw around with uber...which when available is freaking awesome. No more fighting over cabs with trashy ... Full Comment>>

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Mar 27, 2014 10:47

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on sethbarham.esl 's blog I Can't Get Past the Driving

Guangdong is pretty nice, I've been to GZ and Shenzhen, both pretty good cities. I liked Liede in Guangzhou a lot, tons of great restaurants...and that awesome mall with the brewpub on the roof deck next to that sony store. I've never noticed that BMW/Merc drivers here are any worse than average, I think it's just ... Full Comment>>

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Mar 25, 2014 14:36

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on sethbarham.esl 's blog I Can't Get Past the Driving

I don’t know if Bill falls into this category or not, but I know what Mike is talking about with the “scooter driving hippie” set you find here. The type that comes here for a big cultural experience and gets disappointed that the China has the same materialistic values westerners do, just turned up to 11, while ... Full Comment>>

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Mar 25, 2014 12:25

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news 60 Math Teachers From Shanghai To Lead Workshop in England to Improve National Level

Gailored, are you being satirical or not? Full Comment>>

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Mar 25, 2014 11:14

Articles : expatlife26 commented on news Considering Crimea: Should China Side With The US or Russia?

I was surprised to really look at the stats on Russia...they really aren't as formidable as I think people give them credit for. I guess I still kinda had that scary USSR image in my head. They got 140 million people, 750K military personnel (spread over huge area), bunch of generally outdated equipment and a $2 ... Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

Mar 25, 2014 10:50

Articles : expatlife26 commented on news “Naked Resignation”: Following Your Feet Out The Office

Thanks for the shoutout! The problem for these guys though is "Where do you go from here?" Ok, they quit a job they didn't like...so now what? Live off their parents? Doesn't sound like there are tons of good options for them. Full Comment>>

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Mar 24, 2014 11:33

Articles : expatlife26 commented on news “Naked Resignation”: Following Your Feet Out The Office

Definitely. A friend of mine (fellow american) tried to take his Chinese girlfriend to visit his parents, complete with documentation that they'd be together for 2+ years and she was denied a visa because her family couldn't show a certain amount of cash in the bank. Talking with friends working at the US consulate, ... Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

Mar 18, 2014 12:40

Articles : expatlife26 commented on news The Inn is Full: Why Are Nations Turning Their Back on Chinese Immigrants?

I think the Chinese tend to 'keep score' in a really ugly way. They want to be getting the better of every situation. "Hey why can't we immigrate to your country?!" "Well for one thing we can't immigrate to yours" "But of course you can't immigrate to China, you are not Chinese!" Full Comment>>

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Mar 18, 2014 11:46

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news 60 Math Teachers From Shanghai To Lead Workshop in England to Improve National Level

I agree, there are more good jobs now than ever, but also more people fighting for them. Back when there were good blue-collar jobs not everybody wanted to be a banker; they could objectively have 'enough' either way. I personally think there is dignity and masculinity in manufacturing and working with your hands, ... Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

Mar 18, 2014 11:15

Articles : expatlife26 commented on news The Inn is Full: Why Are Nations Turning Their Back on Chinese Immigrants?

One thing I think is kinda lost in modern PC discourse is that for the most part places are good or bad based on the values of the people living there. Sweden is cold, it should be horrible...but it's not. It's full of Swedes who generally are decent people and it's a great society. The reverse being a place like ... Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

Mar 07, 2014 09:19

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news 800 RMB Electric Bike Crashes Into Merc, Merc Owner Pays For Damage

I'm actually not quite sure about this story...how would Mr. Wang know the final price of the repairs? Seems a little fishy. Nice moment of humanity if true. Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

Mar 03, 2014 12:55

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on expatlife26 's blog Don't be a Foreigner

I do...really. I absolutely don't think i'm faultless, in fact my own flaws that are basically what I write about. I think we all (myself no exception) have terrible, self-defeating instincts about a lot of things, in my other article probably at least 60% of what I called out as bullshit had been said by me at one ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 25, 2014 12:06

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on murphy903 's blog 8 Bits Of Advice For Foreign Teachers

Yeah that kind of..."you can't criticize them, it's their culture and we're guests!" mentality doesn't sit right with me either. I agree people here are generally miserable...one big reason why I think trying to live 'local' is misguided at best. Full Comment>>

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