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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming Tap Water

Boiling at least removes most organic nasties, which are the ones that usually would cause short term sickness. I'm fine with boiled water for tea or whatever when visiting other people - at home we use bottled water for drinking.

Never had issues with this in Kunming.

What I do worry though is building unhealthy concentrations of toxic heavy metals and antibiotic residues circulating in the environment here, over the years.

In tiny amounts those would not necessarily bring any quick effects, but can contribute to cancer or other long term issues. For example arsenic increases risk for skin cancer, for which us blonde Nordics have increased risk here in Yunnan sun to begin with.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Windows help?

I recently had to install Windows on a new hard-drive after old broke down.

I was able to use the OS on broken HD enough to download Windows 10, burn it to CD, and then install from CD to new HD.

But that was Win10, I don't know if it would be possible for Win7. Also, I had a registration key available.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Foreigner dies in Kunming traffic accident?

My wife is trying to find the news article again - she read it in her phone earlier today.

From what she mentioned to me, the foreigner was driving a scooter and got overrun by garbage truck last night or early in the morning.

She remembers that the foreigner's Chinese name "杨怀" was mentioned.

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Not sure if this applies to Italy visas, but for many other European countries:

The Joint Visa Application Center that used to be in Beichen, is now relocated to an office building at intersection of .Shibo Road and Bojin Avenue.

New address:
1501D, Building A, Low Carbon Business Center, No. 12 Shibo Road, Kunming City, Yunnan Province 650000 China

www.vfsglobal.cn/finland/china/contact_us.html#14

I'm not a big fan of croissants anyway, and donuts I have not found in either of the establishments you mentioned.

@Dolphin: "savouring the croissant helps to cultivate appreciation. ie appreciating simple things rather than always feeling discontent that you don't have enough"

Perhaps, but it equally helps to cultivate ignorance of all the labor that has been put into creating that experience for you. At least I would allow you to feel discontent on behalf all the people who don't have enough, whether they had part in creating the croissant or not.

I't shouldn't anymore be about what you have or don't have, but what the other 7.7 billion (minus 1) people have or don't have. That's where the musings of Buddha (as quoted above) go wrong in this day and age.

There perhaps was a time, when embracing reality same way you would savour the croissant, could have been beneficial to achieving an enlightened state of mind.

But today, many would call such view on life quite the opposite of enlightened - it could be called ignorance or covering your eyes from all that is wrong. Perhaps that's suitable in Chinese context.

There, I connected the croissant to politics.

@sezuwupom : "JanJal is living the good life [...] Igor's delivers to your door."

You forgot to mention that I recycle and care for environment, which is why I would prefer to pick up my bakeries on my way rather than have someone on scooter deliver it wrapped in plastics. Even if it would leave the plastic maker and the scooter driver jobless. They could find new jobs in Just Hot, which I keep in business.

But I wish best of luck to Igor's. If location is everything, they have some catching up to do to reach out to potential customers like they are doing in this paid review..

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