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Archive for October, 2008

Getting a Job Posted by on Oct 28, 2008

Hello readers! As you may or may not know, one of my involvements here in the tumultuous worldwide economy is finding a job here in China- a process known by no other name than 就业 (starting a job).  If you find yourself in a position where you have 失业(lost one’s job/become unemployed), you must work…

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Service Phrases One Is Likely to Encounter Whilst in China Posted by on Oct 24, 2008

First of all, an apology for the late entry.  I got food poisoning.  Most people are wary of getting food from street vendors, but that doesn’t take street credibility into account.  If people get sick from your food and you’re a vendor on the street, you’ll get run out of dodge before you know it. …

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Renting in China Part 1 Posted by on Oct 16, 2008

Unless you’ve come to China to 定居(settle down), you’re likely going to be spending money to 租房(rent a house).  Here are some helpful tips to know when you go with a realtor who’s trying to move a property.  If you’re living by yourself, you’ll likely live in an 一居室(single) apartment.  If you’re a fancier type…

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Macau – Lemonade out of Lemons Posted by on Oct 13, 2008

Whilst in Hong Kong, I went with a friend of mine to 澳门 (Macau). We went to the Sands and Venetian casinos. They had 二十一点(blackjack), 百家乐(baccarat), roulette, and others. I stuck to 二十一点 while my friend played the 老虎机(slots). I changed 500 港币 (hong kong dollars) into 筹码(chips) and hit the table. The lowest bet…

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Visa Fun! Posted by on Oct 9, 2008

Greetings readers! I have just come back from 香港(Hong Kong) because of an issue with my 签证(visa). A multi-entry visa will let you 多次入境, but only for 60 days at a time. I went to the 出入境管理局(border entry-exit administration) at Andingmen, where I found that they could not effectively 延(extend) my visa because I didn’t…

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When Gift-Giving Goes Awry Posted by on Oct 7, 2008

The NBA is pretty popular in China, and for good reason.  Fans can watch Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian, the sport itself requires very little equipment, and a lot of people can play at the same time- all strong suits.  Moreover, I’ve heard a couple people say that they listen to NBA announcers to make their English more colloquial.  Suffice…

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