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Forums > Living in Kunming > Do NOT marry a Chinese woman

Good. It was an interesting thread. Pity "Gaoxing" did'nt give his input ;)

Food for thought, though, that you Op, did'nt have anyplace except this forum to let off steam. Fix that, man.

Well, good luck in the future!

Forums > Living in Kunming > Do NOT marry a Chinese woman

Thing that caught my eye most about this thread was the advice given to live together x years before marriage. I admit it sounds like good advice at first but in fact i dont agree. To each, his own! :)

Forums > Food & Drink > Chinese cooking classes

On top of the cooking, students also get the stories behind the food, as well as proper english (jessies writing looks good to me) translations, as well as presumably some chinese practise (trees, food, fish, and plant names are always hardest in a language, in my opinion!)...this is a bargain.

Forums > Food & Drink > Chinese cooking classes

I did chinese cooking classes about 10 years ago in europe, and I can give my experiences just for comparison.

I dont remember the price but i guess it would have been around the same price. 3 hours each session, timed. It was in a proper cooking school, with a swedish guy who'd been a chef in some shanghai 5 star hotel. About 10 students each time.

Firstly, being in a proper cookery school, every kind of equipment was available. 80% of that equipment is not found in a typical kitchen, so that aspect was kinda useless.

Secondly, there were 9 or 10 students. The teacher would come around once every halfhour to see how each team (yea, we were split into random teams) was doing, make some corrections, talk some bs.

Thirdly, the ingredients were totally ridiculous. One simple dish, ants climbing up a tree, had about 20 different things in it. Something i remember specifically was counting out the 35 chillis for another dish, no more no less. Hmmm..reality check?

There were some tips on shopping, for example where you could get shaoxiang (??) wine, which was forbidden in europe at the time due to its anaesthetic properties. Nothing practical at all.

A few months later i came to china and realized that nothing id learned was usefull. Literally nothing.

Now. If someone is offering to teach an evening of real cooking in a real kitchen (i say the smaller, the better), take you shopping for real ingredients in a real market, in a group of 2 or 3, for 100rmb then i think its a fair deal. The kungfu and taiji and music teachers also ask this kind of money so why not the cooks...?


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Ive smoked pure tobacco in a villiage in turkey. I was drunk at the time but thats not why i puked.

the farmers take it in from the fields in cars, tuktuks, bikes, lorries, horseback, whatever. The schoolyard is covered with black plastic and the raw tobacco is spread out on it. Some sections are mixed with fruit, to be used for shisha pipesmoking. Anyhow, its not really dry before all the kids come and walk all over it. Up and down they walk, all day long, trampling and mixing the tobacco. An utterly disgusting stench rises and its everywhere. I think, it must be possible to smell this shit from miles away. Well, many of the 'real men', myself included, smoked it while its still moist. Using bits of coal to keep it burning. The coal enters the lungs as vapour but inside it crystallizes - after a few years smoking arabic pipes i had to quit, HAD to, because of the coal in my lungs. Well, i only saw the harvesting process once but the one thing that sticks in my mind is the kids feet. Surely they must be discoloured for the rest of their lives. Maybe even stinking raw tobacco for a lifetime, i dont know.

Then there's the social element. had a great show about a drug called crocodile which is methodically destroying some russian border towns, and everyone in them. Even in that case I could'nt distinguish any justification for legal OR SOCIAL persecution of the users. In the russian case, they were their own dealers, manufacturing the drug themselves according to recipies found on facebook and ingredients bought OTC at 24 hour pharmacies. So indeed, what to do? Suggest to start by seeing the users, ALL of them, as victims. ?

Hfcampo over and over tries to insinuate that being addicted to something is a choice that an individual makes. And a further implication is that the addict continues to decide to be addicted on an ongoing basis.

I dont think thats correct at all. Nobody ever decided 'im gonna try to be a junkie/chainsmoker/alco/obese'. Nobody. But how to formulate another counterargument escapes me at the minute. There are various opinons on whether the tendency to be addicted is genetic. However i think hfcampos post adequately describes why nicotine addiction is not (just) genetic, but also chemical. So on the one hand we have the chemical element (treat all drugs as poisons, and the addicts as victims) and on the other hand we have the physiological/psychological element (treat addicts as mentally/physically allergic to a 'harmless' substance). In neither of these arguments can i see a case for legal OR SOCIAL persecution of users. Dealers, however, including cigarette companies, knowingly expose substances to the public, in full knowledge that their profits generate hardship yet contribute absoloutely nothing to society. Except tax dollars and a need for rehabilitation.

you should see puerto rico :)

american gothic was a fantastic tv show, 90's i think. great fun and entertainment, as well as a latent, intelligent philosophical proposal. sheriff calebs proposal was, more or less, everyone is guilty.


yapp, agreed. can't force someone to be free. i think id need to be high before i could continue down that line of thought :)
kafka & lou reed vs huxley & sartre in a king-of-the-ring tag team match? :)



been there several times, very satisfied every time. menu has classics like fish n chips, bolognese, pizzas etc. very tasty, at good prices.


Friendly staff and good service, food and prices are ok. No complaints but its nothing special either, and not worth a visit unless you live closeby.


Nice atmosphere and cosy but the western food is bad. I think they deep-fry the burgers. As a cafe - 4 stars (service is a little bit lacking at times), coffee and cakes etc are good. As a restaurant, 2 stars (western food is too bad, asian food is mamahuhu).


"All the Meat" only had about 3 slices of salami on it, so maybe i got the wrong order. Anyway, leaving that aside - soggy bread, ketchup as tomatosauce, and cheese was probably from a tube.
Potato wedges soggy as well.
I left half my meal, the only thing up to scratch was the coke and the service. Will not be back.


If the name of the shop is written in english then they should speak english, yes! A pokey shithole trying to give the impression of a quaint li'l ole bookshop. Pig-ignorant staff, never been greeted with a smile there, nor even greeted. If you must shop here, bring your own bag. 1 star earned for selection and the (for me) convenient location.