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  • in reply to: Questioning carnism? #52453
    Dan
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    I personally haven’t endeavored to rid myself of such primal indulgences – I have been walking down the hall of nightmares my entire life. Though I’m not a transitioning I do consider myself diet-fluid (note: this is not the same as an all-fluid diet).

    My 2 cents (since you explicitly stated you didn’t want it): China seems a tough place to do it. I’ll warn you though: having ordered for people observing vegetarian (non-carnism, for the layman) and other meat-excluding diets, these requests are often lost on normal waiters and waitresses at the average restaurant. Unless it’s a specialty vegetarian/vegan restaurant, this will certainly be an uncommon request, meaning you may get a nod and an understanding “uhn” but rarely is the request actually totally understood, let alone carried out. So asking for no meat may work at Lotus on the Water, but this method may not work at the average restaurant. Good luck resisting your carnal urges!

    in reply to: A Literatus to be in Chengdu this Winter #51858
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    Mister Quinn,

    I feel compelled, by the sheer ELECTRIC thrum in my temples and sudden surrender of my synapses, to confess:

    I could make neither head nor hide of this sincerely written yet obfuscatingly obtuse bulletin.

    Why, mayhaps,

    I – a native English speaker both born and bred on the shores of those states United

    I-once an educator and entertainer – nay, EDUTAINER – of the youth of this dear dominion

    Mayhaps I, on a private basis

    – for sheepishness forbids the public parading of my poor pronunciation and impotent, pathetic prose-

    could sup at your abundant, bountiful, practically overflowing knowledge teets?

    If English is your business, I’m buying. Or bartering.

    in reply to: Selling an Ikea Bed & Mattress #51705
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    Hi noa123, get in touch with me on WeChat I’m interested in one or two of those items

    wechat: dp_engel

    in reply to: Where to Find Chia Seeds? #51556
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    I can’t say Jessy, but their website has lots of information. I recommend you browse the site and see if it meets your standards. It seems particularly good for English-speakers because it has reviews and information all in English. There may be a similarly reliable website in Chinese, but I’m not sure.

    http://www.iherb.com/info/Benefits

    http://www.iherb.com/info/about

    in reply to: Where to Find Chia Seeds? #51552
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    Jessy, if you visit the site it allows you to choose your region and your currency on the top left hand side of the homepage. I haven’t used it, but it looks like both work.

    in reply to: Need Native-English Speaking Teachers #51551
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    Visa provided?

    in reply to: Help Finding Sporting Equipment #51518
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    Hooray!

    in reply to: Help Finding Sporting Equipment #51516
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    迪卡侬(高新区店) 成都市武侯区

    in reply to: Help Finding Sporting Equipment #51513
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    I believe you can find these things at Decathlon, located opposite Ikea in South Chengdu. You could find much more variety and maybe better quality (not sure of Decathlon’s offerings in this department) shopping online on JD or Taobao, if you can find a friend to order them for you.

    in reply to: Part-Time Bartending in Chengdu? #51474
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    Dear sentient_burrit0,

    Competent bar personnel are always in demand, just depends on the wage you’re willing to work for. If you’re foreign you’ll have a hard time pricing out locals and other low-wage workers, but I know a couple ppl who do this, so if you can prove you can earn your keep I’m sure you’ll have no trouble.

    in reply to: Meetup this November? #51473
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    Douban is good for Chinese events, ChengduExpat will give you a good rundown of foreign events but not a great forum since it’s still very new. Find a couple people to drag you into wechat groups that overlap with your hobbies and I’m sure you’ll find likeminded people in no time. There is a guy who does food tours (Jordan, who wrote an article you can find on the front page of this site) who is more well-versed in the local food scene here than most foreigners. But yeah, as far as forums go, most of the conversation has migrated to WeChat…

    in reply to: Cost of Living in Chengdu #50015
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    Awesome. I’ve got raw data from the past month+  of expenses and have just been thinking of how to present it. This is a good motivator :]

    One thing I see missing is your phone+data bills… which is something I also neglected to track and something I hope to be getting the most out of with this kind of exercise. Anyways, I’ll post again when I have something to show.

    Another thing I’ve been interested in tracking is… how often I treat/get treated. I’ve been listing meals I’ve been treated as a “0”, and dinners where I treat with “Dinner for X people” with the grand total. Haven’t been totally diligent about it though. Not sure what I’d do with the data anyways…

    in reply to: Opening a Pho Shop in Chengdu? #49733
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    I think you will find there is a lot of support for opening a pho place in Chengdu, at least based on the conversations I’ve had with friends. The F&B community here is pretty tight, I’m sure if you came to town you’d be able to get the lowdown from some of them, might even hear from some of them on this here forum 。。。

    Which breakfast shop in Taipei did you consult for? I’ve only been to Taipei once, went on a mini food tour and was pretty blown away.

    in reply to: Selling: iPhone 6 (64GB) and iPad Mini 2 (128GB) #49403
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    Hey Cubby, I’m interested. Wanna message me on WeChat? ID: dp_engel

    in reply to: Any Country, Honky-Tonk, Rock & Roll Players? #48297
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    Oh man, I remember when a Canadian bluegrass group rolled through the Flower Town Morning Bar. One of the best musical acts I’ve seen in Chengdu, a real knee-slappin’, rootin-tootin’, good feelin’, all-round yeehaw of an evening.

    Let us know if you put a group together 😀

    in reply to: Nearest/most Accessible Ghost City? #48045
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    Hey guys, finally published that interview with ghost cities explorer Wade Shepard. You can check it out on the Chengdu Living front page, or follow the link here: https://www.chengduliving.com/ghost-cities-with-wade-shepard/

    Part 2 of that interview will come out in a couple of days. As for the closest “ghost city”, that would be the Tianfu New Area, the upcoming (in a couple of years/decades) eco-city that is going to form a mega-region with Chengdu and Chongqing… if they can every populate it. It’s still in the process of being constructed, but I’ve heard from some people who went to check it out that it is monumental.

    in reply to: Pizza Mandolino & Mike's Pizza Kitchen #48017
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    @Dan: I hit this place a few nights ago. Kinda nasty, greasy Pizza Hut style pizza. Ok in a pinch as a guilty pleasure, but as soon as it was finished i had some personal recriminations: “why?! Why?!

    Bahahaha thanks, it might take a moment of serious desperation to get me to go for one of their pizzas now. But that’s not to say it’s totally off my radar… who doesn’t like a good bit of self-loathing?

    in reply to: Pizza Mandolino & Mike's Pizza Kitchen #48012
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    Yeah, I noticed it this weekend as well. Got myself a delivery menu… one of these nights, it’s on! Full review coming soon

    in reply to: What do you do for fun in Chengdu? #48011
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    • Fly a kite

    “Go fly a kite” sounds like an olde time-y “get out of here!”

    People’s Park is a pretty spectacular, cacophonous mess if that’s what you’re into. It’s worth a peak, easy access by subway.

    in reply to: Staining a Table: Help #47799
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    Yeah!  I rode past B&Q on my bike and thought to myself that’s probably the best place to do it. Thanks for reminding me, I’ll update later on.

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