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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Changes to train to Vietnam Border

Excuse the following train derailing long post. But Peter's "modern men" diatribe reminded me of the one & only George Carlin (RIP), and his classic Modern Man rap:

"I am a modern man,
A man for the millennium,
Digital and smoke free.

A diversified, multi-cultural,
Post-modern deconstructionist;
Politically, anatomically and ecologically incorrect.

I’ve been uplinked and downloaded,
I’ve been inputted and outsourced.
I know the upside of downsizing,
I know the downside of upgrading.

I’m a high-tech low-life.
A cutting edge, state-of-the-art,
Bi-coastal multi-tasker,
And I can give you a gigabyte in a nanosecond.

I’m new-wave, but I’m old school;
And my inner child is outward bound.

I’m a hot-wired, heat seeking,
Warm-hearted cool customer;
Voice activated and bio-degradable.

I interface with my database;
My database is in cyberspace;
So I’m interactive, I’m hyperactive,
And from time to time I’m radioactive.

Behind the eight ball, ahead of the curve,
Ridin' the wave, dodgin' the bullet
Pushin' the envelope.

I’m on point, on task, on message,
And off drugs.

I’ve got no need for coke and speed;
I've got no urge to binge and purge.

I’m in the moment, on the edge,
Over the top, but under the radar.

A high-concept, low-profile,
Medium-range ballistic missionary.

A street-wise smart bomb.
A top-gun bottom-feeder.

I wear power ties, I tell power lies,
I take power naps, I run victory laps.

I’m a totally ongoing, big-foot, slam-dunk,
Rainmaker with a pro-active outreach.

A raging workaholic, a working rageaholic;
Out of rehab and in denial.

I’ve got a personal trainer,
A personal shopper,
A personal assistant,
And a personal agenda.

You can’t shut me up;
You can’t dumb me down.

Cause I’m tireless and I’m wireless.
I’m an alpha-male on beta-blockers.

I’m a non-believer,
An over-achiever;
Laid-back and fashion-forward.
Up-front, down-home;
Low-rent, high-maintenance.

I'm super-sized, long-lasting,
High-definition, fast-acting,
Oven-ready and built to last.

A hands-on, footloose, knee-jerk head case;
Prematurely post-traumatic,
And I have a love child that sends me hate-mail.

But I’m feeling, I’m caring,
I’m healing, I’m sharing.
A supportive, bonding, nurturing
Primary care-giver.

My output is down, but my income is up.
I take a short position on the long bond,
And my revenue stream has its own cash flow.

I read junk mail, I eat junk food,
I buy junk bonds, and I watch trash sports.

I’m gender-specific, capital-intensive,
User-friendly and lactose-intolerant.

I like rough sex; I like tough love.
I use the f-word in my email.
And the software on my hard drive
Is hard-core -- no soft porn.

I bought a microwave at a mini-mall.
I bought a mini-van at a mega-store.
I eat fast food in the slow lane.

I’m toll-free, bite-sized, ready-to-wear,
And I come in all sizes.

A fully equipped, factory-authorized
Hospital-tested, clinically proven,
Scientifically formulated medical miracle.

I’ve been pre-washed, pre-cooked, pre-heated,
Pre-screened, pre-approved, pre-packaged,
Post-dated, freeze-dried, double-wrapped
And vacuum-packed.

And... I have an unlimited broadband capacity.

I’m a rude dude, but I’m the real deal.
Lean and mean.
Cocked, locked and ready to rock;
Rough, tough and hard to bluff.

I take it slow, I go with the flow;
I ride with the tide, I’ve got glide in my stride.

Drivin' and movin', sailin' and spinnin',
Jivin' and groovin', wailin' and winnin'.

I don’t snooze, so I don’t lose.
I keep the pedal to the metal
And the rubber on the road.
I party hearty and lunchtime is crunch time.

I’m hangin' in, there ain’t no doubt;
And I’m hangin' tough.
Over and out!"

Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring money into China

Be that as it may. Smaller units in Kunming's better located city-center areas have reaped high gross rental yield. Conversely, lower 'multiplier' than you generalized it to be.

The asking price and actual selling price you talked about depends on total price of your property.

Typically smaller apartment units on the market are sold faster than, say, villas in Dianchi would. Few potential buyers can burn ten million. One million on hand is much more tenable.

The smaller 24-50sqm units near Bangkok's CBD areas, or 70sqm units in Kunming's city-center, may reach higher achievable gross rental yield compared to properties over 300sqm lying inconveniently further away from center and MRT/BTS stations.

Achievable gross rental yield is an useful measurement of your property investment value.

In order to achieve 5%. You'd have to purchase apartment/condo for 600K. Renting it out for 2,500/month.

Historically viable in both cities.

In terms of the rent multiplier mentioned by you in page one. Said multiplier is 240. Or 20ish years (give or take) to break even. Even if house value has dismally remained completely unchanged. 5% yield is much higher than bank deposit rates, or against current 3.5% returns on investment funds. Probably still better than renting in this awful scenario. Particularly for those residing long-term.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring money into China


This may be the case for new developments in Bangkok. Don't think the secondary housing market is doing so hot. At least not like China's housing market where values could double in a year depending where you've invested.

Forums > Living in Kunming > computer advice?

Ishmael, you can ask a friend to copy latest Windows 7 Ultimate x86 (or x64) to bootable USB via Rufus. Your amateur tech-savvy friends should understand.

Painlessly update or repair offline using said portable USB stick containing Win7 operating system (OS). The USB backup OS will one day come in handy.

You can even upgrade to Windows 10 Pro with USB containing Win10 if you so fancy.

As dolphin mentioned, it is advised not to disable important cumulative/security updates. Featured/optional updates can be ignored.


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Agreed with dolphin completely. Well said. And if your mind meanders off track, just gently bring the focus back again. Repeat as much as necessary. No need to blame oneself when incessant thinking mind reverts back to default monkey mode.

Like preparing for a marathon, our mind needs training as well. You don't suddenly decide to race the Boston after waking up one morning, nor become a meditation zen master overnight.

That goes beyond mindful eating of croissants, but also preparing them.

I'm assuming that "zen" extends to Igor's kitchen. The very act of kneading the dough can be envisioned as massaging the cosmos. The flour contain seeds of wheat nurtured by photon particles from the Sun, waters & soil nutrients of Earth. The wheat flour is the embodiment of elements spawned by cosmic supernova explosions. Not just microorganisms involved in the leavening of bread, but the smaller quanta wave particle interactions of energy packets. To make a sourdough from scratch, you must first invent the universe (rip Carl Sagan).

Even washing the baking pans afterwards can be synonymous to bathing the Buddha himself. Being tasked with something so precious, one can't afford to indulge in mental chatter and risk dropping the baby Buddha. Rather, being in the 'zone' like a free climbing mountaineer. Feel the weight of the pan. Passing it from one hand to the next. A symbolic gesture of altruistic giving. Feel the cold or lukewarm water caressing your skin. The scent of the detergent. The zen of dish-washing can be as blissful as eating or debating pain campagnard.


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