Date registered: June 24, 2008
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I'm not a proponent of capital punishment but this is a case seriously testing my feelings. If you can earn yourself a bullet to the head for holding on to more than 20 grams of hard drugs, where is the equivalent for greedy, ruthless people who knowingly conspire to risk the health of hundreds of thousands of their customers? You know what, maybe chopping off a few heads could set an example for other sociopaths to behold.
Considering the price of rhino horn in China due to TCM superstition, sadly I think it's only a matter of time before one or more are poached.
Good on CCTV. Here I thought they were mainly a mouthpiece.
Authoritarian ideology vs. authoritarian religion. Not sure who to root for.
Geogramatt,, Is no problem, no problem. You deserve present for honest. Please tell real name address and I come give you OK foreign friend?
In your price range, I'd definitely go for the Changfeng second hand. There are tonnes of those in China and they're surprisingly reliable. Even if they break down, they can get fixed almost anywhere. If I remember correctly, the 4x4 starts at 120.000 from the dealer, so you'll definitely be able to find a 3-4 years old one for half that. Even in Yunnan. Sean1 is right on the money with his assessment of the 2nd hand market here. I've seen adds for cars with 100.000 km on them, and the owner still wants 90 percent of what he forked over 5 years ago. The Yunnanese are still farmers when it comes to cars.
So I haven't been to Kunming for almost 2 years. I find the searches I've done regarding the metro rather confusing, not being able to find clear info on what's open and running. I assume the light rail to the new airport is fine, so that takes me as far as the Eastern Bus Station I guess. From there, is there a line going to the Wen Miao area or should I just jump into a taxi?
I don't think using a different font -this is assuming they'd even want to give me a new BC almost 2 years in- would do much since his name covers the male/female field and goes way into the date of birth one as well. My consulate told us to get it notarized and legalized but I guess that also means we have to take another trip back to Kunming (gotta love the bureaucracy here), but I'm not sure that even accomplishes anything. The notary public is supposed to translate the document to English, but is he even allowed to write a name he can not truly make out?
Nah, everything was fine with the midwife and the doctors/adm. The problem was fitting a foreign name into the standard birth certificate. Our BC is one of those green ones with everything in Chinese and English, but not enough room for the name. I'm wondering if other foreigners with kids here have/had the same problem. Did you get a standard certificate or is there a special one for foreign names that our hospital just didn't know about or could offer?
Has anyone else had problems with Chinese birth certificates when applying for a foreign passport? Our son was born in Kunming and the best BC they could come up with (after 3 attempts) was one where you still couldn't make out 2 letter in his name. My embassy can't accept an unreadable BC, which unfortunately makes perfect sense.
Do you guys have perfectly legible birth certificates or what? Were we just unlucky or interacted with halfwits at our hospital?
Went there with a couple of colleagues last week for lunch and I found the pizza to be really good. In fact I think it's the best pizza I've had in Kunming thus far and the decor was very nice indeed. "This would be a great place to bring a date" my friend noted. My only small grievance was the price. You'll have to fork over 60-70 kuai a pizza but in return you do get the real thing. One more thing, "austinpickers" wrote in his review that Rocco's didn't have a stone oven. That's not true. I didn't go take a look in the kitchen or anything but our pizzas were definitely made in a real pizza oven.
We walked past this place today and decided to have our dinner there. What a good decision that turned out to be. Nice decor, friendly staff and owners and a good selection of reading material. I also
appreciated that the tables had good space between them as opposed to so many other restaurants here where everything seems so cramped.
We went for a steak sub (good), Hawaii Burger (great), fries (perfectly fried) and the best milkshake I've had in Kunming. We finished the meal with a cup of good coffee and a really nice piece of chocolate cake. All in all 80 kuai for two people. Excellent value for money and we will definitely go back.
Went there yesterday and it totally made my week. Nice decor and friendly staff and a real salad bar. Sadly we both wanted mexican food so I can't really say much about their other courses. The food was great but just a tad spicier would have improved the dish. The best thing was that we almost had the place to ourselves and we could have a quiet conversation without shouting, spitting Chinese people in the background. I realised how much I had missed that since coming here.
We went to Chicago Coffee a couple of days ago and it was a nice experience. The place is cozy with soft comfy chairs (I realized how much I have missed one since coming here) and they have a nice little collection of English language books in the corner consisting mainly of classics and travel litterature. I was looking forward to trying their advertized tortilla bar but it wasn't up and running that evening.
Instead we went for 2 12 inch pizzas -roast chicken and pepperoni- but we quickly realized that 1 would have been enough. Those things are heavy. I am mainly into Italian style pizza but Chicago's double layered pizzas are well worth a try. Their coffee seems to be a bit on the expensive side but people say good things about it and they have got a nice selection. I wouldn't mind dropping by again some day,, hopefully when they've got the tortilla thing going. English speaking staff btw.
Tuesday, May 21