Rick in China

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  • in reply to: Muay Thai – Personal Training #52788
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    My friend also runs classes during summer teaching Muay Thai, san da, and k1 – he just arrived (fights in winter during high season in Phuket, will provide training here in summer) if anyone interested at the Sports Uni. can send me a PM and I’ll put you in touch.

    @mulberry if your friend wants a training partner (if your friend still actively competes) outside of providing lessons to people, my buddy wants to find someone for that purpose also. Let me know.

    in reply to: China's 直播 Live Broadcast Phenomenon #52726
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    It’s definitely widespread.. my wife turned that on a few days ago showing me and baby dancing, said there are more than 400 ‘fans’, I was like…wtf, why you broadcasting us to randoms on the ‘net. 😛

    in reply to: Questioning carnism? #52566
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    To bring this up again: are there any vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Chengdu to recommend in particular? Recently someone was asking me this and I wasn’t sure if there were any restaurants in Chengdu that are favorites for people with these dietary restrictions.

    One of my favorite restaurants in Chengdu is a vegetarian/vegan (I’m quite sure it’s vegan, but I guess it depends slightly on what people include in that classification)

    It’s on Babao Jie (near luoma square, very close to the subway exit) on the 4th floor of platinum plaza, called Vegetarian Life? I think in English. It’s really really good – clean, comfortable, good service, wonderful presentation, etc. The price has risen since the first few years it was around, and they may have additional locations now but I’m not sure. Whenever I’m in the vicinity I make it a point to go there, they also have wonderfully healthy/pulpy fresh juice mixes but they’re relatively pricy.

    in reply to: Sending Money from UK To China #52451
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    Do not get an advanced account. There is some fee involved and it adds up – I had an advanced account then upgraded it, and there was like, over 1k RMB in fees outstanding which left me WTFuckin furious and emailing various account managers and stuff for a while trying to sort it. There is also no benefit with advanced account as you still pay the fees – only premier is fee-less for the int’l transfers.

    As for multi-country accounts basically if you have one overseas you can open another here of the same ‘level’, so for example, I have almost no money at any time in my Chinese HSBC account – just do a deposit (in USD, converted by someone else), then transfer to Canadian HSBC account via phone app, simple.

    If your current process works, I’d just stick with it, no sense in changing for the sake of changing and again, HSBC advanced is a terrible idea 😛

    in reply to: Sending Money from UK To China #52448
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    @Merior

    The 50k limit is for the conversion to/from foreign currency – not for the transfers themselves. I was going to get the paperwork together to do it normally myself for the last set of transfers, HSBC recommended I just complete it at BOC directly rather than use the premier service as the cash I wanted to move was already in BOC, and when I went to BOC, a very helpful customer manager lady helped me sort it all out – originally trying to figure out all the documents I required, then suggesting we just have a couple of wife’s relatives come by and they’ll sort everything out. They did it all for us, just needed a few people, a few SFZs, and a morning – converted several ‘annual limits’, and transferred to my overseas account directly.

    I know for a fact this isn’t within regulation – HSBC has a sign up saying as much, but the lady at the BOC not only suggested but didn’t hide the process whatsoever as we sorted it out, so I guess it’s pretty common.

    in reply to: Sending Money from UK To China #52445
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    HSBC is great, especially if you’ve the privilege of premier accounts. It’s fully free transfers (via online) and the whole “can’t transfer money out of China” myth is easily skirted – well, if you’ve an account overseas, that is. Even via Bank of China, unless your amount is ridiculous, transfers in/out of the country are pretty easy to deal with – I’ve brought *in* several hundred k USD via HSBC and sent out, several hundred k via Bank of China, latest of which was today – there are regulations around these things, and what you need to do is walk to the bank, meet a client manager, talk to them, and they’ll “offer you a method” – which I am not still clear about their personal benefit from skirting the regulations, but I have one at BoC who ‘found a way’ much easier than what I intended and simply helped me out… maybe it helps their resume having dealt with a larger amount of money/transactions or something.

    Just go to the bank and ask, and ask again, and ask again, until you find someone whose willing to help you out – money transfers are *seriously* not an issue in practice from personal experience. BTW @Merior all my HSBC stuff is done via the little fake calculator they give for the RSA code and I’m sure we use the same process, any host country account can be opened in any currency, and the process is deposit account -> exchangeable (I forget the name, there should be multiple types for this) account -> online transfer to destination account

    in reply to: Please help – Restaurants in Chengdu #52444
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    4+ times a week, eating out in Chengdu is cheap

    *was* cheap 😛 it’s not so cheap these days, except for small/local joints, I think it’s cheaper to ‘eat out’ in Beijing than Chengdu! I remember eating wonderful steak for a hundy, but in the ‘du, 100 yuan for a steak means it’s basically dogfood with black pepper sauce 😛

    in reply to: Questioning carnism? #52443
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    The entirety of the post is support oriented.

    My baby loves fish, I mean, as pets. We have plenty of fish of varying species, and she loves to feed them and watch them eat the food as it hits the surface and they nibble away, some other species wait for it to float down and the flakes become edible for different types of fish. She loves feeding the fish.

    Then we cook fish for dinner, and I explain the difference, and she savours the flesh of the animals similar to those we care for. Then I read posts like this, and think you need to get more into the acid-trip-y part of hippy lifestyle than the jump-on-a-cause portion, because fuck you, don’t tell other people how to live their lives or what to eat or do, I hope you’re eaten by some cows.

    in reply to: Looking for Driver + Car Rental Services in Chengdu #52442
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    arrive in the morning, explore and leave around late afternoon.

    First ever attempt at a Chengdu<>Jiuzhai daytrip 😛

    There are flights to JiuZhaiGou from Chengdu, however, it’s typically seen as a 3 day thing – 2 nights at a hotel, or at a ‘locals house’ which is easily arranged. You may be able to cram it into a day, but there is more to do than to walk a path around part of the scenic lake and if you want to experience the place, it’s a good idea to experience it rather than spend a starbucks meeting worth of time there.

    The cost for a driver in your circumstance would mean it needs to be a minivan, as no personal vehicles would accommodate the number of people, have you looked at trains, planes, and a proper multi-day trip? Or is this a weird must-be-1-day thing, because as an avid remote camper I can tell you, it wont be cheap getting a minivan to drive odd hours to JZG to/from Chengdu on the exact hours you need, if you can even find a person willing/capable of accommodating that kind of unique request.

    in reply to: Feasibility of a Renovation Company? #52260
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    Charlie’s on point, but in addition regarding the ‘derelict country house’, it’s not as easy as wanting to do it and doing it.. there would be an enormous amount of paperwork and authorizations involved in legally doing construction (or demolishing) in most any farm property, I loved the idea back in the day also.. you can buy property pretty cheap in the countryside, but the restrictions on use are significant. You could renovate the existing building of course but that’s probably all you’d end up being able to do, and keep in mind: one day soon, some random day, they may come ‘force’ the sale of said countryside house, and your renovations go out the window (maybe literally, but more likely, crushed under migrant worker hammers). Property ‘owned’ isn’t the same as property ‘owned’ in other places 😛

    in reply to: House Stuff For Sale #51593
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    @Tracey I had a Seimens oven/microwave combo that fit in the countertop, but left it there.. it’s too late now. It was pretty awesome, though, and I’d recommend it as a microwave/oven combo but it was around 6200 yuan I think.

    @Jerry nope, not avail 😀

    in reply to: Rambo Club Tech is Hiring #51201
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    If I had to guess, Rambo Club Tech would be the name of a company who manufactures/sells tactical weaponry, like various types of combat/hunting/self-defense gear..

    in reply to: Extending L Visa for 10 days #50490
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    897934-884 is right it’s easy to extend, however, if you *do* end up overstaying, the penalty will be 500/day up to a maximum of 10k RMB, but that price penalty only begins *after* the initial 10 days. Those providing the penalty will not necessarily know that it begins after the initial 10 days of overstay, but it’s absolutely accurate – I’ve had to pay it (due to stolen passport/length of time needed to get new one/expiring while waiting on new passport). So basically, 14 days overstay = 2k RMB plus new visa fee..better to just renew at PSB.

    in reply to: German Fellow Wants to Settle Down #50350
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    I am a nurse

    Why don’t you contact hospitals here? They’re probably desperate for foreign employees, I know there are several Indian doctors working here in surgery and such.. I’d be shocked if they wouldn’t eagerly accommodate a foreign nurse, especially a german one.

    in reply to: Maternity Hospitals in CD? #50280
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    If you’re in the Chengdu Dads group it’s a good place to ask – if not, suggest joining.. can send me a message if you want an invite. There are about 100 fathers many of which went thru the process here, good trove of information/support.

    in reply to: Female Beaten in Chengdu? #50219
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    Not so shocking..and not so brutal. I wouldn’t say it’s common, I don’t remember seeing guys hitting women in public very many times at all over all the years I’ve been here, but I’m certain that it happens at home. Also common, though, is wives cheating on their husbands who typically work a _lot_ while giving control of their accounts to their wives (they also often cheat themselves), so I suppose when a man gives up financial control of his earnings to his wife then finds out she’s banging other people it makes them extra enraged.

    in reply to: Looking for Decongestant Pills #50124
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    Shouldn’t need to be a Chinese ID, I haven’t bought that, but for some other drugs like tylenol cold now, they require ID at the place I go, but in that case just need to write it down on a sheet.. maybe different levels of drugs require different levels of ID etc, but if they do have it and just need a Chinese ID surely you can ask a friend/coworker/neighbour/something to help?

    in reply to: Hiring a Western Interior Designer #50091
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    I’d also suggest that nobody e-mails their resume to yahoo/et/al e-mail addresses, it has recently been linked as a baiting method to get ahold of enough personal information for spear phishing e-mails like fake inheritance and other bullshit. 😀 Careful folks.

    in reply to: Selling: Huawei Honor 4C 4G LTE 16GB Phone #50052
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    You’ll probably need to sell it a lot cheaper to find a buyer, a quick search on JD shows this: http://item.jd.com/2130590.html at 899…and that’s presuming someone wants a Huawei phone 😛

    Unless this is an entirely different product of course.

    in reply to: DIY and Recycling in Chengdu? #50011
    Rick in ChinaRick in China
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    I don’t know about recyclable wood boxes, but you can buy lumber in a wide variety around “81” just south off of SW 3rd Ring Road, there’s a huge furniture outlet area then next to that is a huge .. everything else market, just drive down the sub-streets until you see tens of wood shops next to eachother. (pretty much anything for construction/decoration/plumbing/electrical/whatever in this area)

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