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  1. Awesome ebike for sale ¥2850

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  2. Hello. I work part time at a training center like school teaching the little kids, from about 3 to 12. I do my thing there, and there are about six or seven other people there doing the same thing. One of the teachers is here on a business visa. I have told him and he knows that this is illegal and he can get into a lot of trouble of caught, if all the horror stories are seemingly true. Big fine, deportation. Deportation would suck for this guy because he has a brother or family member in another major city. I have told the boss lady the same thing. You shouldn't hire teachers like this, it will bite you in the ass. She is Chinese and won't listen to a foreigner, and again what I read is on the Internet, but places like Beijing and Guangzhou do raids periodically. I have never heard of raids in Hangzhou. I personally can't think of why many people would want to work full time making maybe 10,000 a month, and then have to shell out 3500-4000 for an apartment, so basically working 20-25 hours a week for 6000 after housing chasing little kids about, and then having to save for airfare home or worse, on visa runs dealing with the government and why one is constantly in and out on business visas playing a game. Has Hangzhou ever had school raids? I have never heard of it.
  3. I want to see the new Star Wars movie in Imax, is it showing yet? I have tried to find their website but cannot. Has anyone seen it?
  4. How is the food at Vineyard Social10, good for Christmas?

    Did the Vineyard thing last night. Went there about 4:00 pm and there was a kids party in there. The whole place was taken over by fucking children and teachers and parents. They were having a "private party" and was closed and got a few dodgy looks. So I went to College Bar. Not too bad of a place. Has nachos, and a tall Carlsburg for 25¥. I did watch some other people get food, plus a couple at the bar ordering a pizza. Problem is that when they lifted the pizza, it was limp, the sure sign of a shit pizza. Sort of goes back to why is Chinese food so awful, and the cooks so incapable of putting out a good product. Went back to Vineyard around 6:00, and this is where Chinese ruins the day comes into play. Basically the LOUD ASS Christmas music where you can't TALK TO ANYONE WITHOUT RAISING YOUR VOICE. Why in Christ sake (Happy Birthday Jesus) do they do this? Chinese love noise and LOUDNESS. It is so annoying. Concerning the buffet, the food wasn't ready and there was about four of those metal things that houses the food and I thought, eh, maybe I don't want to pay 188 for that. Did have the "mulled wine", which was basically Changyu heated, and for some reason orange peels. At least I had some alcohol without paying for it at all. Hate to complain (well, not really) but I get sick of the loud ass music which is so loud you cannot make conversation. The more people, the louder the music gets. The music is horrible and this was all Christmas music. We know it's Christmas don't need a theme song. Actually the only place that has good recorded music is Eudora, who plays basically 1960's-1980's rock at an appropriate volume.
  5. Where to live

    The best suite at the Shangrila hotel on Beishan Road with servants at your beck and call. That is the snarky response. Really, the whole central part of the city is about the same no matter where you are. I think what might be more important to you is how much you are willing to spend for housing and what kind of transportation you have, and how close to your job you are. Really the more central you are in the city, the better it is. I wouldn't live out in the suburbs unless it is maybe Binjiang which is actually pretty nice. Xiasha, Linping, skip them if possible. Its not like an American city with good areas, dodgy areas, bad areas, and don't go there in the daytime unless you want to die areas (my city is like this). Take my advice and enjoy.
  6. Close the door! Close the window! It's winter now!

    Concerning Chinese New Years, I loved getting ripped drunk and standing outside at midnight on opening day of Chinese New Years and hear the blasting. Just an ocean of NOISE which lasted for hours with shit going off everywhere. Now, I have heard that the government is curtailing the blasting because of "air pollution" or some such nonsense. Besides, now I go home to see my elderly parents, I am an only child and feel obligated to go.
  7. How is the food at Vineyard Social10, good for Christmas?

    Crabs. Yuck. My wife is Chinese and cannot tell you how many times I have turned crab down. They think I am weird when I do, but just unappetizing to me. The Vineyard was bought by a new group of people this year and so the food will be different under the new regime. The food was awful under the old management and would refuse to eat there. But the place is different and wonder if the food will be worth it. Hopefully it wont be BBQ style, but we will see. I can easily drink enough Tiger beer to make the 188 RMB price a deal. But unfortunatly, I have always found these so called western food places mediocre to bad.
  8. I really liked what the new owners have done to the Vineyard Bar on Yugu Rd near Xixi. The Social10 (weird name)They really did the place much nicer, added a bar. Very clean and kept up well unlike the previous owners/management of days gone by. I occasionally go in there and went last week and was really impressed. It's a good venue butt again, the previous management really let it go and it is great to have a decent bar, which the old place lacked. Asked about Christmas Eve dinner. The manager gave me a menu. Sounds decent. I'm not advertising for them but the price is suitable, especially for free flow. Here is the rundown. Christmas buffet 圣诞节自助餐 188rmb 20:30 --00:00 Appetizers:头盘: Garden 田园沙拉 Italian mushrooms salad意式蘑菇沙拉 sweet corn red bean cucumber tomato 美国甜玉米、红腰豆、黄瓜、小番茄 Italian Deli Platter 意大利式什锦冷肠拼盘 Main course主菜: BBQ sausages德式什锦香肠 Roasted beef tenderloin慢烤安格斯牛肉 BBQ pork ribs烧烤猪肋排 Roasted chicken leg香草烤鸡腿 Roasted New Zealand lamb Leg烤新西兰羊腿 Special mashed potatoes特色土豆泥 Pizza margarita 玛格丽特披萨 Pizza salami 沙拉米肠披萨 Desserts甜品: Strawberry mousse cake草莓慕斯蛋糕 tiramisu提拉米苏 Chocolate cookies巧克力曲奇饼 Drinks free flow (The important thing, would actually save money just by drinking free flow than a regular night), 畅饮饮料 Hot Mulled wine (free flow) 热果酒 (畅饮) Sparkling wine taylor 泰莱香槟起泡酒 Lazy lizard Australian red wine (Lazy Lizard?) 乐芝利扎德红葡萄酒 Draft Beer tiger (The Swill of the Orient!) 虎牌生啤 Tequila龙舌兰 Orange juice橙汁 Apple juice 苹果汁 Coffee咖啡 Black tea红茶 (Coffee might be nice). Is the food there good? The only thing I have ever eaten there was a slice of pepperoni pizza. Good but greasy a bit. I have always been a bit Leary of places that sell "western food" and a lot of these places are of a dubious quality, and I like to see what other people are eating, but I don't know. Last year Eudora and Slim's had "set dinners" for Christmas, so I couldn't get my steak there at either place. Eudora cooks up a good steak like back home if you are willing to pay 250-275 for it. One thing I do miss from the old Vimeyard was their version of a Margarita which was basically a slurped with tequila in it. That was good. This place doesn't have it. Any suggestions or have eaten there?
  9. From the author who brought you, "How to survive a Hangzhou summer." comes this thread. Now that winter is here is the yearly struggle with Chinese on warmth in offices and other spaces. For some reason, Chinese are incapable of closing the door behind them to the outside. Even when the door they are entering was closed to begin with. The open the door and wander in like cattle, leaving the door open. This is while the people who work in the office itself wearing coats indoors. For me, I want to take off my damn coat when I am inside. This is why "inside" was invented, so that people can get out of the elements. I was a bit of a jerk I guess, but I lectured a woman in the office about why Chinese people hate warmth and leave the doors and windows open. She countered it is because of the "fresh air". I have heard this bullshit argument for many years and shows the absolute single mindedness of Chinese that everyone says "fresh air". Ok. I tried to explain that the air outside is actually the same as the air inside. It is the same air. Now, if there is an intrusive smell, I can see opening up the windows to rid of the smell, but usually, there is no smell! Really? I can assure you in high summer when it is 40* outside, they are not opening all the windows and doors for the "fresh air". I worked at a kindergarten many years ago and it was the same crap. The owner would have all the kids go outside for exercise (with screaming loud music) with the cleaners inside opening all the windows in the classroom when it is about 5*C outside. I got into an argument with one of them about it. It also didn't help much when they would boil vinegar which supposedly kept the children from catching a cold from viruses or some such nonsense. Some things Chinese do comes out of the Dark Ages. Probably thinks electrictity comes from magic beans and the farts of unicorns. One Chinese New Years several years ago, I was at my wife's family place, and it was near freezing outside, since it was February. Doors and windows wide open and people inside wearing coats. I was about to die. These were not poor people, it is just what they do I guess. But why? Why do they love to be cold?
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  11. Salary Expectations

    One thing I would advise people is to see HOW MANY HOURS is required for a position, as well as the pay itself. You might see 18,000 a month and think it's great, but then you see the job requires a 40 hour week, or at very least a 40 hour week requiring the person to sit in the office (office hours) and how much preperation is required and the levels of students. 18,000 plus a 40 hour workweek is only 112.5 RMB an hour. Not really that great of a deal. My primary job I make "take home" about 7500 RMB, BUT I only have to teach 16 hours a MONTH. A month I say! Kick ass. I sort of fell into this position through an agency, but great by me. Some joints would require 16 hours a WEEK for the same pay. I am now somewhat supplementing this income with a part time job. While not legal, if you have a legal working visa, there is no hassles 99.9% of the time, with the .1% being some bullshit like the G20 last year. Look at how much you make per hour, not per month. Lastly, see where the job is. This is important since a lot of teaching postions tend to be way the fk outside of the city. either on the far west side past Xixi Wetlands, or in Xiasha, or way the hell up north with the hillbillies. I had a job last year on the far westside and let me tell you, it sucks balls to ride and ride and ride and ride and ride the city busses and the subways for hours. I was doing about 10 hours a week on subways and busses last year. Now my job is either a thirty minute walk, a 15 minute bus ride or a five minute car ride. I am near all my amenities, my favorite supermarket, the subways, Burger King. Last year I was working in WenYi Xi Lu and living in Xiasha (long story, ugh....) You need to add in your travel time to how long you have to be gone.

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    I personally hate haggling with a passion. I do not like when I am looking at products like electronics and there is no prices on them, which makes me talk to the salesperson, and getting the run around of what the prices are. Also, I want to hit a salesperson I'm the mouth of they ask me how much I am willing to pay for something. I don't know. I am not the salesman. Buying a car would be maddening. Buying stuff online is weird also, and having to wait for the package to arrive at your door. Since I don't want my product stolen, I want to be at the door when it arrives.