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Jebowski last won the day on October 16 2017

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    I enjoy improving my Chinese! Music of all sorts! Soccer, baseball and other sports. Dabble in cooking. Getting to know more about other people, places is great... Shoot me a message! :)


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  1. Jebowski


    There are so many fakes here, might not be worth it... Decathlon has decent boots for reasonable prices.
  2. Jebowski

    Hi! New to Hangzhou

    If your school is also in your neighborhood, you might ask who they order from?
  3. Basement, 9 Club ? Tried those? There was some cool beat making happening at that Wake Town market event. Some of it was pretty dope. I can't seem to load your music on here. But will look on Spotify. Good luck and enjoy!
  4. Jebowski

    Maya in Hangzhou

    Come now, South Africans say chicken is vegetable, so it's not an issue. Yes, it would be tough being a vegetarian in SA. So much braai. I had dreams of vegetables there. Once ordered a salad and my friends got worried. Same when I opted for veggie bunny chow. Before you know I'm feasting on Gemsbok shank. Lekker stuff, all of it. Now I'm hungry.
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    Bars with the least number of Chinese

    On the Trivia nights, it's a very foreign crowd at Wade's. Eudora always has plenty of foreign vibes. College Bar. Mojitos. Some in Binjiang too.
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    Colorized Past

    Yeah, American Civil War really captivated me at a young age. Good job in the colors.
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    Colorized Past

    that was cool! any more?
  8. It's pretty sluggish on the applicant end. No one is perfect, but it feels like we've collectively flushed the integrity out of the ESL job market. In multiple aspects. I definitely can think of some places where I can improve. Also, I'm pleased to know I've taken steps to improve along the way. But I didn't start replying to this post to praise myself. That's lame. As a result, it does get a little embarrassing, the way it's asked/implied when I meet people... "Teaching English, right?" Not condescending per se, just a bit dismissive... Hey, if you're a server at a restaurant, a taxi driver, a security guard - that's cool. Those are important jobs. I'll bet you've got a story or two. And in fairness, let us first see how you carry and conduct yourself at work. Or maybe your work isn't much of what defines you. Sure, then let's hear it, see it, whatever! Or better yet, you don't need to say/do anything to "defend" yourself. In a casual situation, I ought to give you the benefit of the doubt. If you're an installation artist and I own the venue, okay, let's see your portfolio... on and on I just think to some degree we have to take each other's occupations a little more seriously (or just with respect?). Deviate from high standards to low, rather than the other way around, if that makes sense. Don't be shocked when I do something moderately responsible, hahaha, that should be a given! Okay sorry to go off :) Good topic to discuss. I know I sort of steered it away from applicants...
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    New to forum, not new to HZ

    Groundhog's Day?
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    New to forum, not new to HZ

    Hey hey, a Spokanite here. Good to see another Washingtonian around! (don't you love explaining over and over how it's not DC? hehehe)
  11. Saint, read your longer post just now. I feel you on a handful of points. I get a little disgusted with myself sometimes, at how quick I am to generalize. And yet, time and again, people reaffirm the the reputations/stereotypes/etc... Then there's the frustrations of having a balanced discussion, about say politics. On a date recently, I said I didn't like "Wolf Warrior 2" (or 1) and the lady's reply was: "It made billions in the box office, how can it be bad?" Sigh. Alright. So, I feel like the voice and reasoning I've developed for so long is shut up here. I'm not opposed to all things Chinese -not by a long shot. But I don't want to be scolded for having something to drink with my meal, or doing light exercise to sweat/cough out the remnants of a lingering chest cold. No doubt it goes both ways - foreigners are quick to prescribe, and America is the classic example of the last century of imposing its will without taking much consideration for anyone else. To blend with what Hippo and some others were saying, it gets hard to trust people. Haven't met so many Chinese that really cared to just pass time with me. They want English lessons, an actor for an advertisement, translations, help with university admissions, a mix-raced baby, etc. And then I start going around with this chip on my shoulder. It's not good. But it also gets me by without feeling disappointed. I get to where I need to be and spend the time with the people I feel are worthwhile. I try my best to give people a chance first, but I just know to be weary and watch for signs. All of this said, it's really important to keep finding the pleasures of daily life. I think for me that means, designing a life that has growth and challenges (your career, learning Chinese...), but also time to enjoy easy going activities (coffee and book, watch a football match, bike ride...). Be well guys!
  12. Ah, the Zheng factor. Superb touch with the Bubbles reference. And Zheng bud, I think another difference is that markets are everywhere here. You really don't need to stock up. I mostly avoid that anyhow, as inevitably I'll have some produce I don't use up in time, and I feel like a wasteful shite. Sometimes they bag it, sometimes not. Haven't been too put off by it, EXCEPT when the checker then starts slinging the next customers stuff into the bagging area and everyone body-language seems to be urging me to hurry up. 'Don't like that. Always wanted to try that in the parking lots back home, never have. Hahaha
  13. Jebowski

    Whats up with this Blue Pasta crap

    yeah, you were smart to turn off your notifications, in the meanwhile
  14. Jebowski

    Whats up with this Blue Pasta crap

    So it is. I really don't look at the Activity tab much. Thanks for the friendly heads up.
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    Moving to Hangzhou

    Yuhang is a little far from the rest of the city. But depending on where you are in it, the line 1 metro might get you into the thick of it. Good luck!