Mr. Zheng

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

32 Excellent

About Mr. Zheng

  • Rank
  • Birthday 01/01/1970

Profile Information

  • Location
    The Land Of Elvis
  1. My understanding is that after 2013, someone in your situation would have to go back to your home country and apply there with the Chinese embassy closest to your home. I do not think Hong Kong is a viable option anymore. My suggestion to you is to call the Foreign Expert Bureau (FEB) and ask them. You also need to ask them exactly what you need when you return. One big and infuriating problem here is that you might hear several different things from people in authority, and frankly in your position I again, would call the FEB, since they are the final authority in this. Don't entirely trust the word of the school you want to work for. Not that they are lying or anything, it is just they don't know and are too lazy to find out. Chinese New Years is on January 28th, which is a three day public holiday, so probably if you deal with either your country or HK, you should be able to do your business after the three days.
  2. It's a LENOVO, which is the Edsel of computers. Might give 1000 RMB if it works. I like my IPad so much more.
  3. I went there last Sunday, and it sort of dampened my enthusiasm about the place. The good thing was the staff were happy and welcoming, but we're not pushy or follow you around like death like most local staff do. Bad news is that the place was expensive and their menu did not look that appetizing. I saw their hamburgers, and even the menu picture it looked strange, an oversized piece of meat with too much salad contained by two small of a piece of bread. Dunno. It seems to me all these menus in all of these type of restaurants are about the same which is sad and annoying. This could be Eudora's, Slim's or Vineyard (uh, I mean Wade's) menu. At least Charcoal is trying to do something different. There is some idiotic "shots" promotion, drink all fifty of them and get a hat, or a frog painted blue or something. It wasn't a bar perse, but more of a restaurant type of place with little kids about, even had an area with little kid tables and chairs with coloring books and whatnot. So much more child friendly. People who free base tobacco have to step outside, and their are patio chairs outside for that purpose. The place just lacks something. Dunno. I am a big fan of Eudora's. Expensive, but not exceedingly so, pretty good food, excellent music and a real westernized type bar/restaurant (until they have some loudass band playing). Also staff who don't acknowledge your existence until you call them.
  4. Would probably be better if the photographer would take all of their shit out of the rooms first. This is something annoying about Chinese. Mostly, they do not tell you the LOCATION of the place. The place is "near HIS". Well, where the fk is HIS? For those not in the know, what is HIS? Or lots of times, "we are near West Lake". Makes no sense. I live in Xiasha and to someone in Beijing, Xiasha is near West Lake. This dipshit didnt even offer any contact information. if I wanted to sell or rent something, I will offer all the contact information I have. I am supposed to PM this guy and wait and hope the asshat will send me a message back which necessitates me wasting my time revisiting this site every few hours? Also, watermarks on photos are douchy as can be. Why? And yes, quote the rent price! Is all this crap scattered about two and fro part of the price? Information is the key.
  5. Howdy. Have been reading some chatter on some other boards that our college degrees need to be "authenticated", and would like to know if anyone, especially Americans have gotten this done and what might be required, especially for Americans. I plan on going back to the USA in January and would like to stay on top of things. One thing that is a concern is having to deal with the Chinese consulate, with the nearest ones near me is hundreds of miles away, and walking around the streets of Chicago (Chicago in Russian is "Siberia") in February looking for an address is not my idea of entertainment. I guess I can swing by the Foreign Expert Bureau and ask them. However what frustrates me no end about Chinese is that they do not know anything, or give bad or incorrect information. Has anyone gone through this process if necessary? Thank you.
  6. HOW MUCH IS THE RENT? (This is important).
  7. I don't like to drink water, so I drink very little of it. As a matter of fact, I have a Midea water cooler in a box in my new school sponsored apartment that I have not opened and probably never will. I really do not know where to get jug water like that and can't say I much care. I have tried to drink bottled water, and just do not like it. Water is for bathing, swimming and cooking. If the water is boiled, it will be fine. I have drank tea, and have made soup and other dehydrated foods from boiled tap water for years, and it has not killed me yet or made me sick.
  8. I never much cared for Sunday. Just the eventual bummer come down after the narcotic excitement of Friday afternoon. I have started a thread in the past where I ask "How is China better than your country.." and I always come up with booze and transportation. It is nice not to own a car here. I get around just fine, and if I can, so can you. 24/7 alcohol laws and being able to buy booze where I want. In my home town, one cannot buy wine or spirits on a Sunday in a bottle shop (liquor store, package store etc.). You can buy beer, but not booze. One can buy beer at 7 AM Monday through Saturday, but have to wait until noon on Sunday. A liquor store can only sell liquor and wine and literally nothing else. No drinks, no mixers, no food, not even a corkscrew. The town I went to college in sold beer (except on Sundays!) but it had to be sold warm and illegal to sell cold because they were afraid of students driving drunk. But in the county north, it was legal to buy beer on Sundays It is wonderful to live where I can buy liquor, wine, beer and smokes in the same damn place, and if I desire, 8 AM on a Sunday morning. Or better yet, after 3 am, since that was the time the law perscribed that alcohol (beer) cannot be sold, again for some asinine reason. I went to Zambia in 2014, and they were the same, after like 10 PM, the beer cooler was locked. Good beer too, called CASTLE. I abhor the banks here, BUT...they are open (most branches) on Sundays. In the USA, most were not open during the weekend, or maybe on Saturday. Also (for some stupid reason) banks close on Federal holidays, no matter how minor the holiday is. Columbus Day, Memorial Day, closed. So, many working people who have a 9-5 Monday-Friday job make the banks very busy with long lines, although unlike Chinese who hold the window until Jesus returns, most Americans just want to cash a paycheck or rob the place. Shopping malls where I was younger. Maybe I wanted to go to the mall. Oh shit, it's Sunday, the mall closes at 6:00 instead of 9:30. Used to lead a lot of confusion, is this place open, or that place. Or the horror will the place be too slammed packed. Restaurants are filled to capacity for the after church Jesus Lizards. Isnt a Commandment "Keep the Sabbath holy...." while running around waitstaff for a straw, sweet tea, or drink five cocktails because they forgot that they cannot buy any more booze because its Sunday.
  9. I will start with the "Cons" because, hey, bitching is fun..... 1. Very difficult to get a taxi in the late afternoon, between around 3:00pm-5:00pm. Ironically this is when most people want a taxi, when they are getting out of school or work. Really sucks when one has an appointment somewhere in the afternoon and trying to get home and seeing taxis whizzing by empty with the wave off bullshit. 2. The weather here sucks. As you see, it is HOT as hell in the summer, and summer lasts basically several months from June until late September. Winter is COLD and wet. Many freezing days last year. Another problem is that the buildings have little insulation which adds to the cold. Spring and Fall are OK, but they are brief respites from what is coming soon. I am used to the heat because I was born and raised in this climate and know what to do. I feel for people who live in places like Canada, Russia, Sweden, Minnesota or anywhere that doesn't get this beastly hot. Hangzhou is hotter than Bangkok, Thailand. Look it up, I'll wait. Told you. 3. Nightlife here is lame. Again, just the truth. Just LOUD places with rude, stupid, clueless staff. The so called "foreigner restaurants" sell the same uninspired crap, most of it is crap because the cooks cannot make anything proper but chou dofu and chicken feet. Hangzhou used to have sort of a happening night life, now it just sucks, and not worth the trouble mostly. PROS 1. I can buy alcohol 24/7 anywhere. None of this dumbass Sunday laws or restrictions on where alcohol is sold. Nice to able to go to the banks on Sunday. 2. Although this is 1. on my Cons list, I really like the public transportation here. The Hangzhou Subway is mostly awesome (except not 24 hours). Busses get crowded (especially when the taxis do not run), but not always. 3. Mostly the people are very pleasant.
  10. One thing I have always wanted to know about, but never have is how much serious crime there is in Hangzhou. I wonder how many people are murdered in the city a year? How many armed robberies? I used to live near a Kedi convenience store that to me would be so easy for a Chinese person to knock over in the middle of the night. How many sexual assaults? Aggravated assaults? Spousal beating, drunk driving? Are there neighborhoods more dangerous than others? I wonder how prevalent illegal drug use? How many people here are strung out on heroin for instance? Is there prescription drug abuse here like in the United States? How many Chinese people smoke or use marijuana? If someone wants help for alcoholism or drug abuse, do they have "treatment centers" for this? There is Alcoholics Anonymous in Shanghai, but that is for foreigners, and would think AA would be incompatable in China in so many ways. Couldn't imagine a Chinese AA meeting. Would either be absolutely hilarious, tragic or just painful. Sort of like a real AA meeting. Where is jail? If a Chinese is charged with a crime, do they get a lawyer? Are there District Attorneys? Can people "plea bargain"? Is there trial by jury here? I have seen three judge panels on television, and what I have read, when someone is charged with a crime, they are deemed to be guilty 99 percent of the time. Then there is prison, where is the closest prison to Hangzhou? Seems to me that most bad actors are either killed or banished.
  11. Back on the subject of the subway, I wished they finished the part to Line 2 they are working on first, because there is no train at all serving the west side of Hangzhou. The part of Line 2 that is open parallels Line 1. As someone who lived here pre subway, the Metro has been a Godsend. It is very convenient and basically goes almost where I want to go. Another complaint would be that it doesn't run 24/7. I wish it did. The facilities also need more bathrooms, especially on the level waiting for the train.
  12. These classes annoy the hell out of me. Even in schools where I had English majors, they would always throw in this "International Trade" class crap of students who do not want to be there and have no interest in the subject. They also know that this is more or less a "fluff" class and they don't have to care. I resent having to do these. Also what sucks is that out of a class of say thirty people, I would have about three who want to do something. I try to preach to these kids that they need to find something they want to do for a living. If you feel English is of no use to you, don't take English. Lots of rich folks here who can't count to ten in English. They just have no need for it. I am happy to make my little 6k a month for kids who want to learn. I had one Xiasha class I absolutely loved. They were my last class of the week, and basically we had a great time and that 90 minutes flew by. When you are in a room with people who have zero interest, why bother? Why waste their time? Why waste my time? I don't get that. Their parents wasted the money on nothing.
  13. Concerning the air ticket, do you get the money, or do you have to buy the ticket for reimbursement? Each college has their own rule concerning this.
  14. What I tell people is to get a University or public school position and then work several hours a week at a so called "training school" or education companies like Web, Wall Street, New Oriental or whomever else. The college pay here is low, something like 5,000 to 8,000 a month, but the trading schools pay at least 150 RMB and goes up from there. The colleges provide housing although some know to my chagrin offer some bullshit called a "housing allowance", which sucks because it really doesn't cover the price of an apartment, and most all the apartments here are two to three bedroom apartments, or be stuck living in a sleeping room. Another small thing that annoys me about the colleges is their LOOOOONG lunch break. Stupid shit like 11:15 until 13:40. For some reason, Chinese like to sleep after lunch. I would like an hour, get back at 12:30-1 pm and get my shit done and go home, not lay around there half the afternoon, and this cannot be changed whatsoever. Also, a lot of the time, the schedules are inconvenient and most will not work with you to get a better schedule. Most colleges require 16 forty (or 45) minute class periods a week. One could get it done in two days (like 8-9:30, 10-11:30, 1:30-3:00, 3:30-5:00), or more comfortably three days. One asshole school in Xiasha refused to give me a three day a week schedule, saying I had to be there four days a week and could not care less that I travelled from town to their stupid campus an hour away one way. I am meeting resistance from my school now for a three day work week. For the moment, I will get shuttled to some campus WAYYYYYYY the fuck outside of town, and I am trying to say that I want to work all day and get my hours completed, I do not want to fart around and do 12 1/2 hours on the floor over a four or even a five day schedule. Also, you can about forget changing one's schedule, it is set in stone by God Himself on High and cannot ever, ever, ever be changed. I dread looking up my schedule for the semester, and how inconvenient it is. If you get your visa and work full time for a training school, your overall monthly pay will be lower per hour than to work part time for them, and they will tend to work you A LOT of hours, especially on the weekends, doing different ages of students (from 3 to 40 years of age) doing all kinds of lesson plans, and hoping your customers are not complaining about your work. Since you were in Korea, you probably know of what a "Hogwan" is, which is a private for profit school. Sort of like this, not as horrible as a Hogwan, but could be as bad. Since they hold your visa, you are at their mercy. I am working for a little office school now, and the lady owner would have my ass up there seven days a week of she could, like her Chinese staff. But some places have a set schedule and doesn't change. What I am harping about is to see the schedule and pay attention to it. Also, do not accept a position which cannot secure you a Z visa and Residence Permit. My dummy boss has some idea that she can get teachers and get the business visas (M visas), and I am trying to tell her that the law will bust her ass for doing that, it is illegal as hell. One ear and out the other with her. One used to be able to do cowboy shit like that, but no more, and really, why work under a hinky visa to work in some rinky dink one horse kiddy school? One thing about public schools here, they tend to have them literally in the middle of bumfuck nowhere. I applied for a high school position (to teach social studies and history which I majored in) and this school was way the hell up in far north Hangzhou somewhere, away from everything but nothing. I have lived in Hangzhou for 14 years and have never been in that area once. The other places are Xiasha, which is about 10 kilometers east of downtown, and an area on the far west side, west of Xihu wetlands. Or Binjiang, another suburb. There are lots of schools IN THE CITY itself, they just don't seem to need people. This is one thing I would look at when looking at jobs, where is the job? How much traveling will I have to do. Too long of a post, but my recommendation is to try to get a University position or a public school job, and supplement one's income with private classes if you wish. Pay attention to location and ones schedule. Hangzhou is bigger than the map. Hangzhou covers Binjiang, Xiasha, Linping, which are basically their own communities far away. Also, concerning location,machine se are always vague on that, with crap like "It's twenty minutes from the downtown!" Do your research and good luck.