Date registered: January 23, 2011
Region: North America
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My Chinese isn't great, but if anyone can call and ask what kinds of things they have need of (clothes, blankets, toiletries, childrens' toys) or any ways I can donate my time to help out, I'd be keen on knowing...
baijiu breakfast? hardcore!
how did you find the route? did you talk to people who had done the ride before or just looked at maps or GPS?
frickin awesome, btw
I'm selling my mountain bike, it's a nice-looking white and blue mountain bike big enough for someone who is fairly tall (I'm about 5'11"/178cm). It's a Chinese brand, Lgalas, but it's never had any major problems, and it does all the things a good mountain bike should do. It's got disc brakes, front fork suspension, and the gears switch smoothly. I live next to Slice of Heaven, so if you want to check it out I can meet you there, Salvadore's, or Moondog. Price negotiable.
Thanks for that, abcdabcd! I couldn't stop laughing for a few minutes after I read that ridiculous review you're talking about! Paraphrase: "The Mexican food here looks nothing like the food at cheesily decorated Tex-Mex places in China and the USA! I didn't actually eat the food, and I'm not sure what a Mexico is, but it doesn't even LOOK like Taco Bell! 0 stars!"
Beware! If you lose your card, most banks make you wait a week or so to get a new one, and you can't withdraw money without your card, even if you have your passport, etc, so basically for a week you have no access to your money. At least that's the policy for both ICBC and China Merchant's Bank.
Also, I would not recommend ICBC because of that and for another retarded policy: I opened my ICBC account while I was living in Chongqing last year. After I moved here my purse was stolen, so when I went in to replace my card they told me I had to go back to Chongqing to have my card replaced. Moronic. China Merchant's Bank replaced my card with minimal hassle except the waiting a week thing.
So today I was out riding around my neighborhood just for kicks and decided to try my luck at the big new-ish TCM hospital on the corner of Dianmian Ave and Hongshan Nan Lu. There's one woman there who speaks English, she said she works Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She's upstairs in the rheumatism clinic. The place looks really nice and clean, comfortable, even some privacy here and there. I asked about acupuncture and she gave me some prices, so I'll likely go bak to give that a shot. I described my lingering 8-day cold to her and she prescribed some herbs to me for tea, 140 yuan. Seems a bit pricey but I'll try anything to get rid of this damn cough. Updates to come
Best pizza in town. Slice of Heaven's a close second, and a better value on their 20kuai pizza Fridays, but overall taste and selection goes to Lost Garden, hands down. I went there for the 3rd or 4th time for the pizza night last week. We sat on their roof terrace, which has been re-done very nicely since the last time I was there. The service was reasonable, and the waitresses even spoke some English! On a previous visit I had a pumpkin soup and a baked pasta, both delicious and well-presented. Anecdote: I was there once on a cold day a couple of months ago and the foreign manager (owner?) made my friend and I hot toddies upon request, even though they're not on the menu, and they were pretty much perfect. I have nothing negative to say about this place.
I went to Alei for the first time last weekend to see Funk Assembly. The show was awesome, and the venue is not a bad one for live music since the stage can be seen from most of the seeting areas and there's even some room for dancing. The place was well-enough interestingly decorated, comfortable furniture. I was shocked that a Qingdao cost 30 kuai. For comparison, it's 3.5 in the store, 12 at Moondog, Scandalous! The cocktail prices were actually not bad, 45 for a long island is perfectly reasonable. It was a busy night, what with the show and all, but it was still annoying to wait 15-20 minutes for each of my 2 drinks, especially since there were about 8 people behind the bar. Also, that shark tank is straight up depressing.
I ate here a couple of weeks ago and was thoroughly impressed. The place is huge, for starters. The outside patio is lovely and beautifully designed, and is the best place for a party or event I've seen in Kunming. The food was delicious, authentic, and well-presented. Except the ceviche. That was a bit disappointing, since the main ingredient seemed to be canned tuna rather than shrimp, octopus, squid, etc. But the tacos, guacamole, queso fundito, and flan (and I'm sure we got something else too but I can't remember what it was) were are amazing. Well worth it, and the prices weren't as high as they're made out to be. Pretty reasonable really, for what you're getting. Looking forward to a return visit.
Wednesday, May 22
14th Green Drinks: Guest speaker Mr. Longyuan He Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Ecology and Geo-botany at Yunnan University, 7:00-8:30pm, free entry
Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra: Guest conductor Howard Dyck, performing Brahms, Wagner, a concerto for pipa and new work The Spirit of Lijiang, 8pm
Lasagna dinner, 6pm; Ladies Night: screwdrivers on special for ladies only, just 10 yuan! 9pm, free entry
ItIsWhatItIs: Australia vs. Kunming tech-house battle with newcomers DJs Frosty Paws and Dobidobi 7, 10pm, free entry
Pizza Night: 20% off all pizzas, add salad 10 yuan, add salad and Beer Lao 20 yuan, 5pm
Magic the Gathering Club: Meet international players, 7pm (no game fee)
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