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expatlife26

Feb 25, 2014 10:55

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

I absolutely agree that being professional is a big responsibility but I think this is a little too fatalistic…”You’re in China so better just accept every negative aspect!” With good planning and executing a lot of those nagging China things just aren’t issues. Yeah, some locals stare and it’s not the biggest ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 23, 2014 17:14

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on Erichu 's blog Why it’s getting harder to marry now

Interesting...I think shanghai in general is ahead of the rest of China. It's funny cause I think in some ways the richer the average person is...the less people think about money. There are tons of guys in the US who have some money and still can't get a date. In Shanghai the average person is doing ok...so no need ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 21, 2014 11:11

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on Erichu 's blog Why it’s getting harder to marry now

Why do you think that "those who have a much higher status of happiness are those who are not so wealthy"? I'm not being a jerk i'm asking if there was a study done about life satisfaction in China. In the US, studies show happiness and income go up together until about $70,000...so once you get to a certain level ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 21, 2014 10:39

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on Erichu 's blog Why it’s getting harder to marry now

No I absolutely can’t blame them and that’s kinda my point. Life sucks here for average people and I feel for them, although I find their behavior generally annoying. Even though things have gotten better, there's still that survival, security-seeking mentality taught by the parents/grandparents and maybe it is ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 17, 2014 15:07

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on littlemissmoo 's blog Alien Transport Countdown

You mentioned before you live in Guangzhou, they allow E-Bikes in the city center now? Full Comment>>

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Feb 17, 2014 15:06

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

Bazz, what's your take on the psychology of the comments. Elaborate. Btw you want to dive into some psychology check out the comments on my other blog. Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

Feb 17, 2014 13:39

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on hadleyj09 's blog Why do you wanna live in China? (Because I love China)

If i was applying for a job in the US, i might cop to my 1 term as an ESL teacher just to add a little color to my resume, but more as part of the story of how I went to China and found something in my field, though I would never admit to it if applying for a job within China, where it's considered a stigma in the ... Full Comment>>

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expatlife26

Feb 12, 2014 13:21

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news Man Does Shoddy Job at Making Car Look Like a Mercedes Benz

Oh, maybe because he had a fake license plate...that's probably why. Full Comment>>

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Feb 12, 2014 13:15

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news Man Does Shoddy Job at Making Car Look Like a Mercedes Benz

Yeah I don't understand how that's a crime. I mean it's tacky as hell but how is it illegal? I know somebody back home who put all Benz logos on their hyundai as an obvious gag...I mean you bought the car you can put whatever logo you want on it. If I cross off motorola on my phone and put a samsung sticker on it can... Full Comment>>

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Feb 11, 2014 14:20

Around China : expatlife26 commented on news British Girl Working as an Aupair in China is Shocked by Wealth

That's not really fair to call her a bimbo. She was willing to take a chance at being an au pair in a foreign country to get some travel experience. That doesn't sound like a bimbo to me. Full Comment>>

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Feb 11, 2014 10:21

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on hadleyj09 's blog Why do you wanna live in China? (Because I love China)

I'm really glad you’re enjoying yourself...but i think you're wearing a very thick pair of rose colored glasses. When I first got here I kinda got carried away too with all the praise and attention I got...after a while I realized that they did not "see me for me". How could they? Even with the best intentions, I ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 10, 2014 09:34

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on Erichu 's blog Why it’s getting harder to marry now

Not surprised to hear that! Unrealistic expectations mean no one gets married. Full Comment>>

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Feb 10, 2014 09:27

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

Gailored, i'm not afraid of chinese culture, but i'm not going to make excuses for it either. It's not anachronistic to say that China (and other countries including european ones, i mentioned Italy) is pretty corrupt and nepotistic. The study was on how succession is handled with family-owned businesses. In places ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 07, 2014 15:49

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

As a side note, I read an interesting study on family owned businesses...an obsession with family strongly correlates with cultures with more corruption and general distrust. It makes sense...where you have a generally trustworthy environment and strong rule of law company owners can hire professional managers to ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 07, 2014 14:19

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

I suspect you're right about how locals define accomplishments. Full Comment>>

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Feb 07, 2014 11:48

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

I agree we can't change them. My advice is to seek healthy relationships with intelligent, perceptive people. Full Comment>>

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Feb 07, 2014 11:47

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

thanks! glad you liked it. Full Comment>>

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Feb 07, 2014 11:45

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

The point wasn't that the chinese (or anyone) are wrong for how they think of us (outside our control), but that what they think is irrelevant. I work hard, I really try to do objectively good work. To some though, i'll always just be the foreigner. And that's crap. If they like me for that, they're shallow and if ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 07, 2014 11:35

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

To each their own. Enjoy the attention if you like it! Full Comment>>

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Feb 01, 2014 16:21

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on Robk 's blog Tired of doing ESL? Want to try something else in China?

I can give a little bit of insight into this, but by no means is this definitive so take it as being strictly "in my experience". I have met a few western doctors working at the international clinics in Shanghai, their situation is that they were private practice doctors in the west and were hired by these clinics ... Full Comment>>

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Jan 30, 2014 00:49

Articles : expatlife26 commented on news The Shamate: China’s Misunderstood Sub-Culture

I guess the big problem for these people is just that the lifestyle floor here is so low that someone who isn't competitive can't possibly carry themselves with any confidence. You can't sell yourself as like a romantic rebel-type when it's painfully clear that you earn $200 per month and live with 8 other guys. I ... Full Comment>>

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Jan 28, 2014 13:03

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

Thanks, I really appreciate that. Good question. I guess I would define an accomplishment as something positive and self-affirming...i guess any kind of goal you set and achieve can be an accomplishment. I guess the only thing you're really entitled to in this world is the personal satisfaction of reaching your ... Full Comment>>

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Jan 28, 2014 09:52

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on Robk 's blog Tired of doing ESL? Want to try something else in China?

This is good advice. Definitely should be spending your free time learning skills. From my experience, high-level computer skills are WAY more important than Chinese language. I said this in my own blog too...I have NEVER met a single expat who got what I would consider a "good career" (defined as something that you ... Full Comment>>

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Jan 28, 2014 09:38

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on Erichu 's blog Why it’s getting harder to marry now

I think a lot of it is due to unrealistic expectations. I feel like nearly every Chinese person (understandably so because being a have-not here is a objectively a pretty miserable life all things considered) feels the need to 'marry up'. I mean when you look at the demographics it's almost 120 men for 100 women of ... Full Comment>>

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Jan 28, 2014 09:24

Blogs : expatlife26 commented on hadleyj09 's blog 5 Things I Have Learned In China

I agree, i think "free" gets a certain type of person way too excited here. When I first moved into my complex, the gym was free and constantly full of people just hanging out there. Including old people and babies who did not belong in a gym under any circumstances. Once they instituted a nominal 10RMB charge to ... Full Comment>>

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