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  • RegisteredFebruary 7, 2012
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  • RegisteredFebruary 7, 2012

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Opening a cake shop

AlPage, I wish you good luck!

Don't down-price. Provide a high quality and don't bake on the cheap. Don't worry about the competition. Stick to your guns and you can make it. If you provide all natural ingredients your customers will pay!

Forums > Food & Drink > Chinese cooking classes

I'm not trying to be insulting but for 50 or 30 rmb you will get practically nothing and learn nothing IMHO> In my humble opinion.

First, Anne has a lot of knowledge. Second, she includes everything for the price, the food, the recipe, the knowledge and all the preparation that is required of her to do in advance. Third, 100 is not expensive at all.

You can't count only the food she needs to buy; she also needs cleavers, chopping boards, etc, etc. Plus you are learning a new skill from an experienced person. And her knowledge is valuable and you must pay her for that knowledge.

I wouldn't do cooking lessons for any less, and probably charge more. I have written 2 Chinese cookbooks and right now only cook Chinese food in my home. But I don't have the time to teach it and don't have a kitchen big enough, and I actually find adult learners of all kinds to be fickle, in other words, I would buy a lot of materials to provide for the class above and beyond the food and then after a short time, people would quit for any number of reasons. Besides, great deal of work goes into teaching new cooking skills to foreigners. Been there, done that.

Forums > Food & Drink > Guandu Ba Ba - great for Breakfast

I often make pizza with my friends' children. I cut the plain bread baba in half through the middle, add toppings and mozzarella cheese and bake it in a hot over for 10-15 minutes. The toppings can be sweet such as fruits cut up very small, then the cheese on top. Or they can be savoury with tomato sauce, ham, onion, bacon, tomato, peppers, and cheese. Either way the kids love it.


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Thanks again for the wonderful comments. Keep them coming! I love to hear your opinions...especially that you like to learn about the lives of our locals here in KMG. It's true that there are other reasons for this woman to chose this business, and as foreigners we look at the bigger picture of things do not take everything at face value!

Thanks for the wonderful comments and keeping a positive spin on things! Check out "Exploring Kunming Bread: Guandu Baba" if you want more of the same. I'm currently researching/writing an article about my local Library Lady, who owns a private English and Chinese Children's Library. Regards, Roz


Education is required here. There are many things they can do to clean the public toilets up and keep them clean. Top of the list is that workers must be trained to:
1) stop using toilet water to clean the floors
2) use disinfectant solutions to clean
3) install washroom basins for the sole purpose of washing out mops and pails, and storing cleaning solutions
4) stop using the Western toilet stalls for storage of mops and the Western toilets to clean the mops, and keep them fully operational for seniors and handicapped person or others who aren't able to squat



Yes, it's a hassle for me to go a long way, but the hassle is worth it. The range of foreign products far surpasses any other supermarket/big box store/or whatever you want to call them. And in comparision to the first time I shopped there 2 years ago, I feel the whole store has improved.

If you compare the variety and the store brand products to the drivvel at the other big supermarkets, there is absolutely no comparison.

My list of real foreign quality products is endless and includes:
- beautiful fresh salmon
- tacos
- lovely baked goods
- fine quality white sugar
- flour - all purpose and for bread
- spices
- a huge variety of spices
- olives
- all the pasta making seasonings and sauces you could want
- frozen puff pastry
- a fantastic selection of dairy products inc. Cream Cheese, Mozzarella, Cottage Cheese, Cheddars, Brie and Camembert, whipping cream - all priced fairly and not overpriced.
- popping corn without the bugs
- the Horeca brand of everything is superb, including olive oil, dish soap, at competitive prices
- etc, etc, etc

Face it, we are in no man's land here in KM so a little bit of inconvenience for all these great products is a god-send.


Good tour company, lovely rates. I''m going to give it a try.
Regards, Roz