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User profile: michael2015

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  • RegisteredDecember 16, 2015
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  • RegisteredDecember 16, 2015

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Public fighting.

I "didn't just know" and the "I should just know" rebuttal was an interesting response, so I had to think about why you'd say that and "why I should just know".

I'm from the incredibly litigious and legally oppressive USA, where both corporate and military and civilian management are hypersensitive to blanket statements that could be construed as harassment.

We're trained at least once, and sometimes annually, on race issues, gender issues, and more recently, on both gender and sexual orientation, which could make one hyper-paranoid, so yeah...mabye I'm at fault for "not just knowing" aka assuming to know how you think or what you meant.

We're also trained annually on criminal fraud, waste, and abuse - but that thread leads seriously off-topic into some nasty turf.

So - public apologies for being perhaps ludicrously paranoid and assuming the worst, as opposed to arguably assuming the best. The US government trained me and others to be this way and enforced that paranoia with severe threats such as termination, suspension, discipline, etc for any perceived infractions. That does not include the potential civil suits that can literally drive one bankrupt and or insane. That's the law...

On that note - China's a great country - where people can engage in very public fracas. How's THAT for human rights...ah..wrong thread...

Forums > Living in Kunming > Public fighting.

Really? "The Chinese..." implying all Chinese behave like shameless trailer trash? These news clicks are popular precisely because they're NOT normal behavior. That and today's internet news is actually entertainment, designed to stimulate site visits and user interactions, similar to pigeons trained to peck a button for food pellets.

Thank you google click-ads.

Forums > Living in Kunming > The Last Hurrah

Please continue to contribute constructive comments and advice for the benefit of the newbies. That's what makes gokm a great forum.

As for trolling and baiting - just ignore the bait and don't feed the trolls.

Hopefully, once they figure out how to do it, gokm will add rankings to comments a la yahoo et al blogs, so the community can then somewhat self-police.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Chinese minister's outburst

I saw the original video and the government official's response was spot on. Western media is typically, predictably, and monotonously adversarial.

I'm more curious as to why he appeared to lose his cool.

Definitely something more to that story, that we'll probably never know, unless Snowden can wikileaks more recent and current NSA files.

Forums > Living in Kunming > pregnancy permit

Ditto what tiger tiger said. You do NOT need to move your hukou here - but that helps downstream with children's schooling (a LOT), unless you enroll them in school with their foreign passport, so may as well get that done also.

Thanks for retrieving that ancient thread on moving hukou(s).


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I found Beijing Yingke through their ad on the gokunming website.

I recently used Beijing Yingke to take care of a rather complicated real estate transaction. After finally gathering all the required documents as specified - we actually managed to successfully complete the entire process in a single visit with no requirements for "additional documents" or "extra procedures".


The attorneys were polite, tolerant of infinitely many questions, professional, courteous, and most of all - professional and competent.
The law firms fees were an acceptable increment above local fees, to account for the multi-lingual requirements.

Most importantly - the requested transaction was completed on the first pass with no additional documentation or procedures - which is a stunning accomplishment and nod towards Beijing Yingke's professional knowledge in this sector.

Five Star rating - highly recommend.


Just stopped by Wicker Basket Beichen again to stock up on frozen pizzas, frozen pies (chicken, beef), cheese, and sliced ham (ask them to slice it for you). Love this place - simple decor, polite helpful nice staff - nothing fancy - but gets the job done.


Finally got around to using Salvador's delivery service - tried it out on the chicken burrito and their bag of nacho chips. Delivery was flawless despite being a bit out of area (≥4km) and the food was still warm.

First experience - excellent (5 stars).

Excellent as always - even with long distance delivery. Now if only the online menu was expanded a little (like the chicken strips...hint hint hint...nudge nudge...wink wink).


Just stopped into Prague Beichen for dinner a few nights ago - and I'm shocked at how good their food is - five star international hotel quality. Even the fruit-based drink was made from genuine fruit - as opposed to the usual domestic fare of fruit syrup with chunks of fruit added. The food was well-presented and "plated".

The restaurant itself has had a major overhaul and now occupies both the ground floor and the second floor - well illuminated without being blinding, wide open and airy space (2nd floor), nice attentive but non-intrusive service, and reasonable prices for excellent cuisine.

Will absolutely return several times more, to savor and experience other menu items.

A pleasant surprise and culinary delight - great place for a date or even a quiet business meeting. Excellent atmosphere.


Excellent coffee, tea, and simple meals - to include waffles and various incarnations of sandwiches. Ground floor is NO SMOKING, second floor (where they hide the bathrooms), SMOKING.

Extraordinarily popular place - beautiful location, typical service for Kunming - which means when it's good, it's stellar, when it's bad - it's terrifying - so they have a quality consistency problem that's reflected in the various staff and shifts.

However - it's still a great place to meet, hang out, chill, relax, etc. Just remember to DIY (do it yourself) most of the time.