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IslandBoy77

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IslandBoy77

Apr 10, 2016 12:47

Articles : IslandBoy77 commented on news English Phrases in China that Drive Me Nuts

A classic I meet almost every day: I ask "Why do you think that?" - They answer: "Yes". Every time, without fail, I have to follow that up with "But WHY do you think that?" - then I actually get an answer to the question. I've never actually been able to figure out why Chinese people, pretty much without fail for ... Full Comment>>

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Mar 19, 2016 08:28

Articles : IslandBoy77 commented on news East vs. West: When Parenting Styles Clash

Take my hat off to you for doing so well. Full Comment>>

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Oct 24, 2015 09:42

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Man in Qingdao Shrimp Ordeal Gets 50,000 Yuan, Donates it to Sick Child

Nice to see a positive story for a change. Well done to both men. Selfless Generosity is a great virtue to promote and model... Full Comment>>

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May 24, 2015 09:19

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Fifth Round of Negotiations Produces Charter for Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Like every other bank on the planet... Full Comment>>

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May 07, 2015 05:16

Articles : IslandBoy77 commented on news 5 Reasons Why Foreigners Come Work in China

Agreed. Only those doing a rubbish job find teaching easy in China. Real teachers work their a** off 50-60 hours a week for 1/3rd what they would get paid back home... Full Comment>>

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Apr 25, 2015 08:04

Articles : IslandBoy77 commented on news Canadian in Love Searches for Lost Online “Girlfriend” in Shenzhen

A lonely old man and his money are soon parted. If he didn't do the required research to find out which Asian matchmaking sites are real and which are fake, well... to the best of my knowledge, only 2 of the plethora of websites are real. One is chinalovematch.net, but i don't recall the name of the 2nd one. Only ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 21, 2015 08:46

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Did New Zealand Spy on Chinese Government Buildings in Auckland?

"New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said in an interview with Radio New Zealand on April 20 that the allegations were “baseless,”" - that's politician-speak for "yes, that's absolutely true, but I can't say that because you caught us with our hand in the cookie jar"... Full Comment>>

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Apr 17, 2015 08:27

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news 5,226 Arrested in Kunming Anti-Drug Crack Down

Yeah, that's right - the legalised use of Alcohol and Cigarettes has been such a boon to society, being all light and love and jo-sticks, with no impact on people's health or societal cohesion, and people use their brains and don't abuse those things at all - right? Full Comment>>

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Apr 17, 2015 08:23

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Wuhan University Spent 4 Million Yuan Building Fake Great Wall

Next time you arrange to have something built that can be seen from space, let us know... Full Comment>>

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Apr 11, 2015 14:33

Articles : IslandBoy77 commented on news Credit Cards, Cooking, and Criticism: 16 Differences Between Americans and Chinese

It's interesting how many posting here "forget" that Americans were regarded with almost the same disdain as they now show to the Chinese, when I was a young lad. During the 70's and 80's, I well remember the loud, obnoxious, arrogant behaviour of American tourists wherever I encountered them. It didn't matter which ... Full Comment>>

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Apr 04, 2015 13:30

Blogs : IslandBoy77 Posted a new blog Weird USA News

There's plenty of China-bashing these days, particularly from many that frequent this website. I thought it about time we re-visited the weirdness of the rest of the world, to remind ourselves that China simply does weird their way, and in volume due to such a large populace. But beyond the quintessential "Walmart ...

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Apr 03, 2015 08:42

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news 41 Chinese Scholarly Articles Revoked by UK Publishing Group

When they are prepared to pay 20-30% more for their i-Baubles and other electronic toys that make their lives more comfortable Full Comment>>

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Apr 02, 2015 08:39

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Show Me the Money: Chinese Investors Now Can Pay $200,000 for Citizenship in Dominica

Did you just say "government" and "money is put to good use" in the same sentence? :-p Full Comment>>

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Apr 01, 2015 08:30

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news 2 Killed and 5 Injured in Shanghai Bar Fight Between Rival Gangs

Yeah, that NEVER happens in the west... :-\ Full Comment>>

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Mar 31, 2015 08:24

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Hero Beijing Student Blocks Car from Bike Lane in Viral Video

I hope a trend will develop in the young people to stand against things that they now and believe to be "wrong". It takes a lot more courage than many realise or are willing to admit to stand up against "Accepted behaviour", especially when there are 4 people, all senior in years. But if this does develop as a trend,... Full Comment>>

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Mar 30, 2015 08:03

Articles : IslandBoy77 commented on news 5 Important Differences Between Beijing and Shanghai Expats

No one is forcing you to come to this website or read it's articles. Its certainly a far from perfect website. If you don't like it, don't come here. Your choice. And captchas do work, but only after 1 refresh. An annoying glitch, but hardly worth spilling your coffee over... :-p Full Comment>>

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Mar 28, 2015 12:52

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Apple To Launch iPhone Trade-In Program in China

Love 'em or hate 'em, apple epitomises the 21st century recipe for making obscene amounts of profit.. Full Comment>>

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Mar 28, 2015 11:56

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news What a Charmer: Fujian Creep Slaps “Ugly” Blind Date

Some of you didn't notice the caption under the photo: "Unrelated Photo". That picture isn't Lin. I think it highly unlikely she'd be letting the whole world see her "before and after" photo, especially after an incident like this. Weird that the story said "Lin tweaked the photos slightly" - either that's a ... Full Comment>>

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Mar 25, 2015 08:34

Articles : IslandBoy77 commented on news Learning Curves: Alternative Education in China

Although i like some of the ideas of the alternative education systems, all of the students i've met from the Steiner education systems are "off": arrogant, disobedient, wilfull, and just downright unpleasant. Giving children too much freedom too early has, from my observations, lead to very undesirable results, and ... Full Comment>>

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Mar 16, 2015 08:11

Articles : IslandBoy77 commented on news A-Z Guide to Navigating a Chinese Pharmacy

Brilliant article - just "what the doctor ordered". Wish I'd seen it the first time it came out, as I was sick with various stomach / intestine bug things for almost the whole time during my first 5 months in china. I'm printing this list off and bookmarking the page... Full Comment>>

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Mar 08, 2015 12:15

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news China Box Office Tops US for the First Time

Does it actually matter what movies the Chinese go to see? Domestic or foreign, it's just entertainment. It's a given that a country that's only been out from under the hard heel of very restrictive rule for 30-odd years will have a relatively immature home-grown movie industry. We do well not to measure solely on ... Full Comment>>

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Mar 04, 2015 10:24

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Opera Troupe’s Bus Falls Off Cliff, 20 Dead

"How the hell does a bus fall off a cliff?" - considering the total lack of detail in the article, a rant about this, implying that buses don't fall off cliffs anywhere except China, is unwarranted. There are a good number of reasons that a vehicle could fall off a cliff, regardless of the country or ethnicity of ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 26, 2015 08:51

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news Feminists Pledge to Boycott Spring Festival Gala over ‘Discriminatory Content’

To the nay-sayers: you've gotta start somewhere to redress the "issues" in China. What - you think all the massive changes in the "west", which was very much like China in many ways for a long time, took place overnight? You think changes like equal opportunities looked like they had a snowball's chance at the start ... Full Comment>>

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Feb 26, 2015 08:47

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news American Man Becomes Internet Sensation in China Thanks to Brother Orange

There's no mention of a missing phone, so we have to assume that the Chinese guy stole it and that the phone continued to upload new photos to the Apple cloud. But if the phone was stolen, wouldn't one of the first things the American guy do be to change some passwords? Like, to his cloud? An odd story with not ... Full Comment>>

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Jan 31, 2015 09:08

Around China : IslandBoy77 commented on news China Video Ban Lift Spreads to Whole Country

"after officials worried about the potential for ‘moral corruption’ from violent videogames" - a fair concern, to be sure, but one that was never going to be helped by simply banning the production of consoles. There's plenty of research and anecdotal evidence to back up the knowledge that violent video games ... Full Comment>>

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