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Forums > Living in Kunming > New Coronavirus

3. Movie theaters, bars, and KTV now allowed to resume business in Kunming, though public bath houses, massage parlors (body or feet) are not.

Forums > Living in Kunming > New Coronavirus

Updates from Kunming government mouthpieces:

1. People are now not required to put on masks in open, outdoor spaces.

2. Regarding designated hotels for quarantine in Kunming. Foreigners have to pay for the costs out of own pocket. Even overseas Chinese who've recently returned have to bear the burden of 14-day accommodation fees.

Forums > Living in Kunming > New Coronavirus

A report from Barrons reveals that "14 days in a government-designated hotel in Beijing, which now requires guests to pay for themselves... runs about 600 yuan ($86) per day."[...]

Have previous tab inquiries about Kunming's designated quarantine hotels for foreigners been answered?

Forums > Living in Kunming > New Coronavirus

The Thai Kingdom throughout the outbreak was one of the few neighboring nations that generously opened their doors to Chinese tourists/investors, with a wai bow sawaddee greeting.

Quite a bit of solidarity in times of panic.

Chinese whose Thai tourist visa expired, yet owned condos in Thailand, were permitted to stay as long as the epidemic persisted. At the time, returning back to highly-infected Chinese provinces were deemed risky. So it was a welcomed gesture of goodwill from his majesty and his Thai government.

But it goes without saying, Thailand learned to be on good terms with the massive tourist industry (2 trillion bahts) from Mainland. Particularly after the bitter Chinese boycotting of Thailand in 2018. That was when the tragic capsizing of Chinese tourist boats near Phuket took the lives of 46 Chinese passengers. Wechat and Weibo blew up at the poor handling from Thai ministries. Lessons learned. Now water under the bridge.

However, with 47 cases in Thailand and counting. The welfare of their people now supersedes bottom line tourism revenue (12 - 14% GDP), warranting stricter security discretion... and completely understandable.


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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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