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  1. English Speaking Hairdresser in HangZhou

    hey man :) oh you know, getting hit from every direction and not much I can do, except to roll with it. Will be flying back soon though. 8 months in this place and I can't say 1 good thing about it.
  2. English Speaking Hairdresser in HangZhou

    This is an old thread and chances are OP will not see it. My friend is a hairdresser with around a decade of experience, worked in London and has her own shop in central HZ. The shop is called t-mei. Very near West Lake Cultural Square metro stop. PM me for contact.
  3. American coming to Hangzhou

    Usually the school pays the rent or provides you with an apartment. most foreigners I know live in a place provided by the school. If there's a problem - you talk to the school and they talk to whoever needs to deal with it. Less hassle. And usually not too far from work. Just let them know you don't want to share your flat with anyone else or whatever preference you have.
  4. Company broke the contract, getting Chinard hard

    I hope to achieve 2 things by posting this info : 1) for newbies researching schools in HZ and China - hope this gives you an idea of what can happen in China. Also, when you are looking up your potential employer. I tried to find that franchise and couldn't get any solid info about them... which I hope will help someone as those cunts are opening new centers all over HZ. 2) maybe.. just maybe all the people moaning and bitching about how shitty China can be are on to something...
  5. Company broke the contract, getting Chinard hard

    I have time to kill so I thought I'd give a quick update. Just a public service announcement :) So this is what happened. The company broke the contract and refused to do anything about it. I ended up getting a new visa and a new job. Basically I just walked away as there was nothing I could do. The company again decided to screw me over by not paying me 2 weeks salary. Apparently, I needed to give a 3 months notice and... I broke the contract :D :D :D which is a great example of how things are here for foreigners. The contract is only applicable when they can benefit from it. I went there to ask for my money one day (unannounced) and they were threatening me and my SO - apparently they lied to the parents that I left the country and whatnot. I didn't even speak to anyone while I was there. And got threats to be put in jail, that they would go after my SO's business, guanxi and all that bullshit. The school I worked for is called Pingu's English. It is a part of a much larger conglomerate (owned by the same people) which include Sesame Street and My Gym (at least the majority of them). In my case, it wasn't a real school. These places are called "education consulting companies" - they don't have a license to hire teachers. So on paper you work somewhere else, while in reality you teach in their center. At my new job, I met a guy who worked for one of those schools for years, but recently left because they broke his contract too.
  6. condoms

    The guy just wants to sell condoms. and instead of posting it in the correction section, just thought to casually add his input on a conversation... from 2008. ffs...
  7. Salary Expectations

    Did you teach for 10-24 hours or is that the total amount of time you spent at school. I don't know much about the situation 4 years ago regarding wages and job availability. But 1000 each year seems like an incremental change. Again, from personal exp - after 6 months of working you can make a jump to seriously increase your salary (mine was on the low-end of the spectrum, though).
  8. Are foreign restaurant companies clueless? Signage in English.

    For some reason those t-shirt with terrible English phrases (or barely decipherable English) come to mind. And people buy and wear them proudly on their own. It would be smarter to use advertising that can reach the main consumer base, and putting up advertising on a limited space in a language that absolute majority of that base can't read is just silly. I think it has to do something with "face" (modern, international business), novelty (Halloween costumes and decorations) and of course globalization.
  9. Animal welfare?

    Heart-breaking. 2 weeks in a cage without water and sleeping in it's own filth... Maybe letting it lose would be better? Low chances of surviving but still better than a slow death in a cage...
  10. "sjw's" are disliked for their style of discourse and attempts to control it, rather than their actual politics. things like "shaming" their opponents, throwing words like "racism" and "misogyny" indiscriminately, and generally going out of their way to find insignificant things to be offended out about in lieu of actual social issues that need attention. it's what separates sjw's (as a pejorative) from actual proponents of social justice.
  11. First, let's appreciate the irony of calling someone who preached non-violence a "warrior" :) as for MLK -most people who would be called (or even self-identified as) a SJW are racists :) Yes, it may have meant something else in the past. But today the meaning and use are completely opposite. The times change and language transforms with it - many words used to have a different meaning in the past. I agree MLK and the like can be called SJW given a quick definition by what SJW means (and taken into account the historical context). if it makes sense, SJW is less of a literal interpretation of the words "Social Justice Warrior" and more of a way to describe a specific type of behavior (already discussed).
  12. Salary Expectations

    I did just that. Nothing out of the ordinary - 2 days off, public holidays, up to 20 hours a week teaching, 40 hour work-week... And I keep learning it was a shitty deal and I could have done a lot better from other people in a similar situation (newbies to China and teaching). I don't want to start a fight. People have their personal experiences and motives to say what they say. Some are recruiters, some are running schools and are looking for teachers. Some are bored, jaded newbie teachers with time to waste. All I'm gonna say is - this forum is a small community with an even smaller number of active members. Internet is a big place and information is very easily accessible. Read and search for yourselves how much people are earning. I wouldn't settle for less than 12-13k (with rent).
  13. Sometimes I wish I didn't know what a SJW is... God damn, putting MLK or Gandhi in the same paragraph, let alone category... god.damn.
  14. Salary Expectations

    I think it's safe to say a newcomer with little to no experience in teaching should not settle for less than 10-12k (+rent on top of that).
  15. Sounds interesting. However I don't know many places to go or what to visit. Essentially I would be just tagging along and following someone else :)