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  1. Hello. Fortunately this has never happened to me, losing my passport in the middle of nowhere China. I am very careful with my passport, and really this has taught me responsibility because I tended to lose stuff easily. I came back drunk one night in Vang Vieng, Laos and thought I lost my passport, scoured the room drunk and tripping and had a melt down, but then remembered I stuck it on top of the tall dresser so if I did get jacked, perhaps my passport would be safe. Since I was going to drink Beer Lao under the Moon, I did not want to take the passport. This is what really sucks about traveling, having to keep up with the passport and either hope your room isn't broken into and stolen, or you do not lose it from your carelessness either by drink or being in a hurry. But if I lost my passport in Laos, I would fkd, right? I can go to the embassy, but how do I prove I am me? It's always good for one to take a picture of their passport on their mobile device as some kind of proof. It seems like the embassy could give their citizen some type of registered letter as secondary identification of someone is marooned abroad. But Laos and Cambodia and possibly Thailand don't ask for ID for busses, trains, and hotels. China does. If I lose my passport in another city, I am homeless and stuck, and stuck at the crappy MOTEL 8 for a long time. Another time coming from Shenzhen back to Hangzhou. Had a ticket for an airline and walked a great distance to the end of the concourse (whoever designs airports, may you get ran over by a 747) to be basically told there was no plane or something crazy. So back to lug my stuff in a hurry to get an evening flight home, sort of in a hurry, sort of annoyed, and I lost my passport before security, I left it on the counter in a rush to catch this plane back. Hugged the man who gave it to me, who didn't want to be hugged. Very relieved. Problem was the baggage handler dropped my bag like old trash and smashed a bottle of sweet pickles from Hong Kong and now my bag has shards of glass, pickles, and a sweet, vinegar odor of childhood happiness. But if my passport was missing, I couldn't go back to Hangzhou and I would be homeless. At least Shenzhen has the embassy. What sucks now is the requirement to have identification to take almost any transportation out of town. I say any because one can ride the non scheduled busses, which will pick people up from the street to go to another city. I call these slow busses or chicken busses. If you were all the way in Kashgar (been there, a meat lovers paradise, camels and Muslims) and lose your passport, how do you get home? Can't take a bus or a train, much less a flight. I am an American and the closest embassy is in Chengdu or Xi'an. If I have a round trip plane ticket and lose the passport in Kashgar I can't get on the plane, and lose my money on it. Then if I rented the room before losing the passport, I am stuck in Kashgar in that hotel room. Even if I can slow bus it back, I would be homeless and would have to rely on private, inefficient slow transport back to Hangzhou or an Embassy. Even if I can take one of those slow busses, the ride would be extremely slow and would stop at every hamlet, hut and curve in the road. One of those long haul, dark as black on the busses with the racks, and people smoking including a driver. With a cliff on one side and a raging river. So, what happens in China if you lose your passport and you are in a far off city or place? Could you beg the police in letting you stay in a room, or be allowed to buy a ticket on a bus, train or plane? Couldn't a cop in Chengdu call Hangzhou PSB or Entry Exit to confirm me so I can go home? What about embassies, what ID can I offer them if I lose my passport. Have a state driver's license, is that sufficient? Dont lose your passport!
  2. Seemingly most schools are farrrrrrrrrrrrrrr away from the city, and there is not much getting around this fact. Hell, this summer, I worked a summer school job in Jinhua and the fucking campus had to be 20 kilometers out of town off a highway with no bus service. There isnt shit to do in Hangzhou anyway. Eat crap food? Go to these disgusting, crowded supermarkets that sell little else than white liquor, frozen vegetables and shit on a stick? Get drunk at one of these idiotic bars with the loud music, awful food, and rude staff? Go to some dance club with electronic noise at 200 decibles which will cause you deafness for days? The movie theaters just show these horrid Chinese films with crap concessions. Seriously, what is there to do there? I like it when you apply for a job and ask the location and be told that it is somewhere like Sandunzhen. Myself, I have no clue where Sandunzhen is. You know, use streets like "It's on PooPoo Road and Bingbong Avenue." or at least "It's in the Northeast side of the city." Lots of times they will say "It's near West Lake.", well sure it is, when compared to Beijing being close to West Lake. It doesnt matter where you are because it is the same garbage.
  3. Do you like Chinese food?-Uh, no, it tastes like garbage and I miss real food from home..... To be fair, when I was in Korea, I was asked numerous times if I were married (I was around 32 then). They thought it was really weird that I wasn't married and extolled me to do so. I even made friends with a manager of a convenience store near my workplace and when I told him I was going to leave, he told me not to return until I was married.
  4. In my experience, Chinese "help" when you do not want their help and is a hinderance. When you need help, Chinese are worthless as tits on a boar, and yes, tits on a boar is pretty damn worthless.
  5. Interesting question. China has made me "grow up" in many ways, and has taught me some survival skills. Hey, let's drop you off in a country of a people of another race, where the vast majority of people do not speak your language, that serves 90 percent awful food and live. Many people could not do that. My father could not do that. He is smart, had a very successful and lucrative career, and ironically has travelled to many countries, but could not just live in such an alien place like China. My mother on the other hand if she were young and unmarried probably would have embraced it. I embraced it. When I first came here, I thought China was fun and saw it as an alien adventure. Now I have been here so long, I see it as reality and the way it is. I think foreign people can and do become lonely here, and some succumb to alcohol as a pressure valve. I do definitely. Many people do. At least with the foreigners, many are in cliques. It is almost like high school sometimes. Usually comes down to age, nationality and sometimes race. But this is also something good that comes from this experience, is to be able to accept and respect peoples of another culture. However, you do wake up with the realization that I am different, this is an alien country, and I will never be accepted here except as an outsider and you are alone, and you have to cope with that. Myself, I am a loner. I am an only child, like to do things by myself and are wary of making relationships. Here, you can lose yourself, and if not careful, really mentally lose yourself into flights of fantasy. You will if not already wake up and wonder "What the hell am I doing here?" You have to acclimate yourself to the people and surroundings and one can either have a positive or a negative experience from it. I would tell any young person under, say 25 if they are wayward, don't know what they want and want to find their own meaning of life to come here. It will teach you, and I have been taught. But if you were a jerk before coming here, probably you will be a jerk when you leave.
  6. I have been in Hangzhou for 15 years and have seen the city change a lot, some for the better, others not so much. Sometimes you can see me in my favorite bar/alternate living room (7 Club) crying in my cups about how fun this city used to be in the early 00's and how much charm this city has really lost over the years. But I also think that when I was here, I was 15 years younger, left my country after some bad experiences, had a sexy ass Oriental girlfriend/wife and desired for a "new start" and Hangzhou gave me that new start. Now 15 years later, most of me wants to return back to the USA, partly because my mother is dying and my father will be alone and I have no other siblings. Two reasons make me aprehensive about going home, getting a job and readjusting to living there again. Locals and Foreigner/locals like myself really forget how BIG this city is. I read once years ago that Hangzhou was actually something like the 32nd largest city in the World. I would dare to say if Hangzhou was an American city, it would be the third or fourth largest city in that nation. It is HUGE, but even still now, has the feel of a smaller city and place. Another nice thing about the city is that it is close to Shanghai, and from Shanghai, the World. My favorite big Chinese city is Xi'an. Xi'an is badass. But if I lived in Xi'an, I would have to pay for a ticket to get to Shanghai or Beijing to "get over the hump" to America. One thing I have always praised China about is the good public transportation system. For some odd reason, the Chinese are efficient to very efficient in this. Taxis, busses, the subway. Very convenient. The Hangzhou Metro has been a godsend the last five years. Yes, it is crowded, but remember, this city has about 5-6 million people and many folks do not have a car. I would advise and have to people not to get a car because of the issues of driver safety (Chinese are insane drivers) and really the lack of parking for the cars. But it is nice not to have a car and I do not miss it. Another wonderful thing that I cherish here is the people whom I have had the priviledge of knowing all of these years, literally from all over the Planet. All continents, everywhere. I was thinking about a guy I knew from Togo. My all time best friend and brother from another mother comes from Iceland. I know three guys from Burundi, a country that I doubt most people can find on a map. I wish I had the wealth to see the Earth, but the second best thing is to have representives from everywhere meeting and knowing me. There are people from all six inhabited continents who know me. I didnt say like me, but know me. Hangzhou is getting more and more expensive. Housing definitely. Traffic here is bad for most of the day, and has increased, which tells me that more and more people are moving here from somewhere else, raising housing prices and prices for goods and services. I am a teacher and like what I do (although now less), but the salaries have not kept up with the inflation of the city. Employment is limiting and would like the freedom to do what I want professionally, but I am a foreigner here and must follow their dictates. Personally, I do not like about 90 percent of "Chinese food" and never have. Yuck is the best word I can describe it. Chou Dofu is the hallmark of it all. The supermarkets here suck balls. Awful. I returned back to my hometown in the United States after 14 years, and on the ride back to the house, my mother (my parents have come seen me in China several times, sort of like sitcom parents on a bad TV show which never ends) mentioned they built a new supermarket in their community and I asked to go there before we went home. I walked inside and felt I heard 10,000 angels singing in my ear and I would have dropped to my knees in tears and ecstasy if it werent for my folks. I would have dropped to my knees and thanked the Lord Jesus for allowing me to enter that Holy Place, and I am an agnostic. Bars and restaurants here for foreigners is a joke and it always has been. Most of them serve substandard fare, mediocre food, served by unfriendly drones. Most of them have little understanding of what service should be, or how to truly treat a customer, and it is also the foreigner not really knowing or really accepting how things are done here. A lot of them do act when you enter their establishment of "why are you here?" These places all serve the same crap and none of the crap is better than any crap served anywhere else. However, it is nice not having to tip anyone. I guess some will take tips, but it is not a part of the culture. When I was in Taiwan in my first week in Asia, I tried to tip the bartenders at a disco type place for drinks and they would not take it. Not that anyone should tip these worthless, lazy bartenders and servers here anyway. They would rather be hidden away in their dark corner masterbating with their Iphone 8. Moving on..... One can get stuck here, and the longer you are here, the more stuck you are (and I am up to my neck). I am also married to a Chinese citizen, a woman I love very much, but we are having mostly financial and communication problems which has grown wider and wider, like a rip in the pants which gets bigger once someone sits down. I would tell any foreigner actually, don't have sex with the locals (foreign ladies included). I say "Don't fuck the locals" which as much seriousness as "Don't shoot heroin" or "Don't kick the grizzly bear in the nuts". Chinese psychology and thinking is very, very different than ours. Chinese are not strange to us, they are strange to all cultures. Chinese are a dichotomy, they are the sweetest, kindest people ever (and they are) while being the most insensitive, boorish assholes ever (and they really are). Chinese are very hardworking and industrious. They are also lazy and self serving. They are intellectual and fucking dumb. Marrying one and being intimate with them is like dealing with the "Three Faces of Eve", you don't know what personality you will get when you come home. One thing about Chinese is that they tell so many lies that they dont know what the truth is themselves. It is remarkable to me really that this culture ever became a culture, a civilization, much less a World power. Lastly (applause) the weather here is insane. Really. If you could turn the climate of this area into a human being, it would be in a straight jacket in a mental hospital, spitting and throwing feces at orderlies, and screaming. Horrible, unbearable heat in summer (got up to 105F/43C in July), with bone chilling, wet, nasty winters. I will say if I was a King of my nation, October 1 would also be a holiday because it harkens the coming of Holy Autumn and the furthest time distance between then and the next summer of hell. Chinese for some reason do not insulate their buildings. I think someone with a business spirit could sell these idiots INSULATION, might get rich. But the Chinese seem to love wearing coats inside and leave the doors and windows open in 1000 degree heat. Don't expect something different because it wont happen. Learn this and you might make it in the Land of Chou Dofu Neverland. The stories I can tell. The older you are the more stories you have and the less experiences you have left. To young people, enjoy your year or two and leave for the rest of your life. I have already warned some young men of this. But we cannot expect the youth to listen and think of wise advisement as foolish. Youth is wasted on the young. Even if you make really good money, dont make this place your life, because it will be your life and it will consume you. Good hunting.
  7. Although some games were played last weekend, this weekend (Saturday) is the opening day of College or NCAA football, which I actually like and prefer over NFL.
  8. So far one vote yes, one vote no.....So who is right?
  9. This is the question. Is the new section of Line 2 open or soon to be open? The Internet as usual isn't of help. 谢谢!
  10. Root Beer? Probably Shanghai or Taobao. If you can find a can of root beer in Hangzhou, I'll kiss your ass. Once every blue moon one might be able to find Cream Soda, but it quickly goes away. Ice cream shouldn't be hard at all however.
  11. First of all. What type of visa do you have that you wish to renew? Most of us have the following four. 1. Working Visa Z visa If you want to come here from another province to work you have to go through the process of getting a new work visa. 2. Marriage/Family Should be a Q1 or Q2 visa. 3. Visitor/Tourist L visa 4. Business.
  12. I love Buy Now. If they aint got it, you don't need it. Or get your stuff fixed while you sit across the street eating a Burger King. After Buy Now, Vineyard is about a 15 minute walk away. Problem is that there is no prices on anything. I should not have to ask someone how much something is, it should already be displayed to me. I guess this also goes back to my hatred of bargaining for anything. Give me a price for me to accept or reject. Quit playing these games because I don't want to play the shit. I live Apple, but their shit is too expensive. I mean, 6,000 RMB for a Iphone 7. That's almost $900 USD. For what do I get for that kind of price? These phones are not expensive to make. Chinese have this idea that the more expensive something is, the more quality it has. It is what it is.
  13. One thing that might be difficult for some foreigners is the toilet and especially Public Toilets. While toilets have improved somewhat, they can prove to be somewhat of a nightmare, if you are caught in the city and need to relieve yourself. I do not wish to go into the two main bodily fuctions for use of a toilet, but I am happy that I am a male so i do not have to sit down half of the time. Most of the toilets here are unfortunately of the squat variety or the hole in the floor. Personally, I hate these very much, and cannot use them correctly and will not go in one unless its the hole or inside my pants. While fortunately this has not happened, I have had very careful walks when I must excrete myself and I am walking slowly, holding what I have inside me, sort of like holding nitroius gycerine soaked in dynamite and hoping to make it to defuse it before the explosion and the loss of my dignity. Businesses and whatnot seem to hide their toilet, or have a shopping mall type of place and force the patrons to walk to the one bathroom for ten stores (Oakwood does this). BUT..... Oakwood has real toilets, the sit down throne type of toilet. Clean too! If you are in the city, try to look for hotels, hotels will usually have a sit down toilet. The subway stations, or many of them have a handicapped but a real toilet! Most four star hotels have very clean toilets for public use. Eudora has a toilet upstairs. List your own. Pretty difficult places when its an emergency.... The Supermarket. Many banks. Buy Now computer store, go to Oakwood. Keith Moon, the late drummer of the band The Who used to blow up hotel room toilets while on tour. He would get drunk and literally blow up his loo, sometimes with small sticks of dynomite. Never went to jail, but The Who was not allowed in many hotel chains, and I would think him blowing up his toilet means many others nearby were damaged and which forced Moon to use a bandmate's toilet down the hall "Ya blew up ya loo ay, you bloody wanker, punk off matey!" Or not. Indians go outside for the cows to be blessed. Thats what I say, why have a hole at all, just go outside. Yuck!