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    How to get a website blocked.

    You can also block certain websites via your router's admin panel. But that won't solve any problem. What you should is talk with her seriously, but it also depends on the situation: A) if is gambling so much that it is hurting your lifestyle then you should have a serious conversation with her B) If the money being gambled is nothing compared to the amount of money she has or possesses (or if she is super rich) then you shouldn't worry so much about it, just try to supervise her and try to get her to be transparent but also don't be mean to her otherwise she will keep secrets from you. C) If she is gambling all of your money and you're going broke as a result then just run away from this woman! Quickly!~
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    exercises for cellulite

    It always helps to pay more attention to what you eat and how you live your life. btw: This is not a cure but if you do the following it will certainly help you a lot Diet: Things you can do: +Eat more whole foods (More fruits, more veggies, etc...) +Drink more water (clean water, please don't try drinking Chinese tap water) +Try to eat some kind of raw whole fruit at least once a day +If you could buy organic veggies/fruits more often that would certain help but very hard to do in China. -Avoid processed food as much as possible. (packaged foods, foods that were processed in some kind of factory, white flour, bread, noodles, white rice, minimize your usage of cooking oil) instead of those things you can steam some sweet potatoes, yams, potatoes for a healthier alternative of carbs. -Try to lower your consumption of meat, fishes, eggs, milk and other animal byproducts, these types of food create a lots of acidity in your body and they usually contain the highest amounts of fat and protein (a lot more than what regular folks require). People with a lots of cellulites are easiest to find in countries where people eats a lots of processed food and also eats a lots of meat: basically people with a typical Western diet. Staying active: You don't need to go to the gym everyday and have extreme workouts you should just try to be more active in your lifestyle, sometimes the stairs instead of the elevator, take more walks around the neighborhood, spend more hours a day on your feet moving around dancing, doing house chores, etc.... Having an active lifestyle is much healthier than having a sedentary lifestyle then trying to make up for it by going to the gym once a week or twice a week. Even if you manage to find a lymphatic drainage place in China that is called if you don't change your dietary/exercise habits it will only be a quick fix (like a band-aid) and you might end up facing the same problems again in the future. think long-term, don't go on a diet and then as soon as the problem is solved stop with it, take your dietary habits seriously and stick with it.
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    Where to find vegan meals

    Please share the address of the restaurant. Is it in Xiaoshan?
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    Where to find vegan meals

    People can label themselves whatever they want. That's not really what I meant to say. I also agree that anyone that doesn't eat meat can label themselves vegetarians. Correct me if I am wrong but what I meant is that in China, unlike in the West, if you say you are vegetarian (素) then basically means that you don't eat any meat, dairy nor eggs. Chinese vegetarians that I met so far were usually mostly-vegan, they also didn't eat eggs nor dairy. But in the West the term ''vegan'' was created by a group of people that wanted to make the distinction, because most ''vegetarians'' in the west still eat a lots of dairy and eggs(hence he reason why the term "vegan" was created in the west), sometimes even more than their meat-eating counterparts. Which for Chinese vegetarians wouldn't be really be seen as a Vegetarian I think. So I think that's pretty cool. There are all kinds of Vegans. Healthy ones, unhealthy ones, crazy ones, etc.... If you only eat chips and sweet drinks that may still be Vegan but not healthy. But it's also quite easy to be healthy as a Vegan you just need to eat a mostly whole foods diet, a lots of vegetables, grains, fruits, etc... a very diverse diet. (as with any diet!) And try your best to avoid processed food. I am not Vegan for health reasons, but I believe it has helped me becoming healthier than I have ever been. I simply pay more attention to what I am eating now because 1) to avoid giving Veganism a bad image (people have stereotypes/bias) 2) I simply learned to watch out what I eat. The main reason why I am Vegan it's because I am very concerned about the environment, and eating a vegan diet certainly helps a lot. The second reason because I also think it's quite unnecessary (and wrong) kill animals when I can live a healthy life without eating them. Not trying to piss anyone off, someone asked my reason for being Vegan and I am simply sharing how I feel about it.
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    Where to find vegan meals

    That's also what I do also when I go to the Korean restaurants. Just order a meatless bibimbap and tell them you don't want the egg, and also tell them you also don't want any kimchi on the side because fish sauce is usually used to make kimchi as well. Sometimes they will find it strange or try to offer you something else for skipping those things but the bibimbap will still taste really good! Eventually you will realize that it is actually quite advantageous to eat a Vegan diet in China. Meat, dairy and eggs are quite expensive and but Vegan (plant-based options) alternatives are usually the cheapest ones... Because eating meat (among other animal-byproducts) is so expensive for the average person in China it is much more likely that people here will try to cut-corners and go to great lengths to make meat more profitable or make it taste better. Just be patient, don't be afraid to order something and don't be too hard on yourself. Get familiar with Chinese dishes, some trial and error here, some asking around there, and etc... eventually you will know exactly what dishes to order at the sichuan restaurant, which dishes to order at the X1njiang restaurant, or the korean one, or the hubei one, etc....
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    Where to find vegan meals

    I am also a Vegan in Xiaoshan. I think it can be quite easy to be Vegan in China, especially in Zhejiang. But that also depends on how pure you want your food to be. In regular restaurants: For the most part, for most Chinese restaurants you can get dishes that may look 100% plant-based but may have been cooked in the same pan as meat or they may have added chicken broth or something but if you ask the restaurant they will just tell you it only has vegetables, they will tell you it's vegetarian, you gotta ask the right questions, it becomes easier after you become more familiar with more chinese dishes. As a Vegan I find it really disturbing to think too much about it. Realistically speaking I think it is better if you try not to always think about the hidden ingredients in every single dish you order. There are certain dishes though that almost always 100% plant-based. (PM me then I can give you more advices, but basically in China you just gotta go trial-and-error with your food) Buddhist/temple restaurants: At Buddhist temples in China all the food is usually 100% vegan (''素食''). But in China people don't really have the distinction between vegetarian and Vegan because real ''vegetarians'' don't eat any dairy, eggs, and other animal byproducts. While some people in the West will drink milk and still call themselves vegetarians. There is this small town I went to a few hours away from Hangzhou where you pay 20RMB (I heard from someone at the restaurant they had a group of rich patrons that subsidized the food for everyone in the town) and you can get all you can eat 100% vegan food, I haven't seen that yet in Hangzhou but surely there will be some temples and there are normally quite cheap as well. IF you check on happycow.net you will probably find a few restaurants in Hangzhou but unfortunately nothing to be found in Xiaoshan. :( I still have to find some other vegan restaurants here as well. In the meantime learn some important key words and try eating at regular places. If you have any questions just send me a message.
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    I didn't imply anything just wanted to people to get along well. Ik wil alleen dat iedereen op deze forum heel vriendelijk met elkaar kunnen zijn. :P
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    Didn't really notice any of his other posts. lbh (loser back home) or bhl (back home loser) almost the same, you probably know what I meant anyways so please give me a break, I'm still a china newbie. I wasn't trying to put anyone in their place nor did I imply that anyone here was a bhl, I'm not that kind of person. I just felt it was a bit harsh thing to do to someone who just joined the community. Making fun of someone's spelling mistakes instead of welcoming them seems a bit harsh. The guy is from Pakistan, Chemical Engineering major, he is not a language major nor an English major, so why should we expect his English to be perfect?
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    I am not trying to imply anything by the following remark but: He may not be able to spell hello but at least he is doing a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering which is already much better than some of the LBH laowais who think that being white alone and being able to teach English makes them better than everybody else. Welcome dude!
  10. I was wondering if anyone here had experience here buying computer hardware like graphic cards but second-hand on Taobao or something? I was wondering if it would be really cheap or whether it's even a good idea to buy it in China? Or is it cheaper to buy abroad prior to going to China?
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    Residence Permit, for Q1 visa holders.

    Thank you so much for the answer. We married in the Netherlands and already got it notarized at the embassy as well as the local foreign-affairs notarization office. I am very aware that with a Q1 residence permit, working is as illegal as someone with a tourist visa or something like trying to work. I am aware of that, but the only thing I want them to give me is the residence permit so that I can at least stay with my wife that found a nice job in China. Either ways I really want to be in China to be with my wife for now, and improve my Chinese to professional level which I studied (mostly self-study and practicing with Chinese friends, wife, etc..) so a residence permit without a work permit is already sufficient for me to do everything I require for now. I already speak enough Mandarin to be able to blend in easily, but I still really want to be able to read, write and make my vocab a bit more sophisticated and proper for office use, business, and etc..
  12. Hi everyone! I have a serious question to ask: Is it difficult to get a residence permit of at least 1 year on a Q1 VISA as a husband? I just got a Q1 visa (as a husband) to go to China and continue with the Q1 procedure in Hangzhou. And from what I understand I have to register for a residence permit as soon as I arrive in China (within 30 days). I don´t really know if my foreign bank´s balance sheet would make any difference in helping me, or previous work or academic qualifications. Should I disclose any of those things? Does anyone here have any experience with a Q1 visa in here? From reading the brief summary of our situation does anyone know if it would be difficult to get at least 1 year residence card and/or more than a 1 year after applying for the first time at the PSB? What kind of things would help mentioning or showing that I should do that to improve my odds at getting a longer residence permit?
  13. gg90

    Life in Hangzhou

    ik ook, bedankt! :)
  14. gg90

    Hi there!

    Thank you Jean Hu, and thank you Jess for the heads up! That is not a problem at all, I will be moving to HZ to live there, not for holidays. :)
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    Question: What are the NGOs in Hangzhou?

    I know exactly what you mean, I did not literally mean NGO in the sense of it being non-governmental, I can careless whether it is governmental entity or not. I just meant to say a not-for-profit organization somehow trying to help the community. I will check Ms. Hu's link, looks quite interesting. Thank you hangzhouvian! Thank you Ms. Hu!