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Forums > Living in Kunming > Hospital recommendations for giving birth

michael2015, you've delved quite in-depth on this topic thread. Enjoyable memoir. You should contribute an official "How to..." survive and thrive as new dad in Kunming. A paternal guide for expats. ;)

Haali wrote: "Angel looks fancy, but as viyida said, it's the same doctors as the other hospitals..."

To be fair, public University hospitals are training grounds for residents straight out of medical schools. Even fellows or attendings making their rounds are light under their belts compared to senior-level physicians on team rosters of expensive, private maternity hospitals such as Angel.

Angel also recruits active or former chief physicians from their respective obgyn departments. Head physicians are more prepared to handle the unforeseen 1% childbirth complications. Angel pays these sought after veterans high remuneration. These exorbitant costs are naturally passed on to patients and added to the bill.

So unlike overcrowded public hospitals, Angel's patients receive more personal attention from qualified and experienced physicians.

Besides overpriced drugs and superfluous tests peddled by Angel's medical consultants, Privilege is essentially what their deeper pocketed clientele willingly splurge on. That, and the luxury boutique hotel atmosphere & service. All of which elevates the entire birthing "experience" to regal pampering. Not to mention more comfort for the family and extended family members.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Hospital recommendations for giving birth

Cesareans cost over 100K-200K (depending on packages), where as vaginal natural births are around 60K-80K.

Keep in mind, Angel's visiting obstetricians are plucked from larger university hospitals in town, which will be much cheaper.

But you pay for that nice, clean environment and attentive service with more privacy.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Good site for downloading Chinese subtitles?

You need to choose the font style "Arial Unicode MS" in your media player.

If you don't have this font in your system, download the .TTF (True Type Font) file from the following link (or google it):

After acquiring the file, move it to your Windows folder where fonts files are stored:


For your media player such as VLC, change subtitle default decoding to "Universal, Chinese (GB18030)"

Problem should be solved. Chinese .srt subs should display properly.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Good site for downloading Chinese subtitles?

Not sure about fixtools, but I'm with Krismoonpie here.

Before tiger (congrats btw) comes in with his newfound fangs, I need point out lots of people like myself actually look for Chinese subs in srt or ass formats to watch foreign films on VLC with their Chinese counterparts so they can also follow.

For me, my go to websites are the following:

and (edit: never mind this one, problem loading)

They are quick to update, although the freaky clown horror sequel IT 2 has been slow. In a few days Breaking Bad El Camino will be showing and Chinese subtitles will soon follow.


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As the 70th National Golden Week comes to a close, allow me to end the discourse on a more positive note with the "second arrow" parable.

To use another weaponry analogy, a wooden arrow flies across a forest and hits a person on the back. This first arrow of misfortune causes great pain to the victim, or even a nation. Be it the pain and humiliation inflicted by the Japanese occupation, Nanjing massacre, or the Opium Wars instigated by the British centuries earlier. As victims in life, we may not see the first arrow coming, nor control its trajectory.

The second arrow, however, is the suffering in the psyche after being hit by the first arrow. The emotional turmoil lingering in the mind of the victim(s) afterwards. The archer of that second arrow is in actuality ourselves. We've been shooting ourselves with them since the dawn of human conflicts.

We internally fire the second arrow, perpetuating our own adverse reactions of suffering vis-a-vis the first. Negative reactions that lead to a cyclic chain reaction of retributions or suffering for others as well.

For the sake of humanity, and to avoid a nuclear winter or impending global warming catastrophe, we as individuals and a collective nation turning to the next chapter, should try to control life's second arrows by being more mindful, or "正念" (zhengnian).

The word "" is the combination of now () over mind/heart ().

Not being attached to the past, nor fretting the future.... drishta dharma sukha viharin.

My typo, good catch herenow.

Chinese has a phrase to describe contradiction similar to your oxymoron, called 矛盾 (maodun). The spear (mao) that penetrates all shields and the shield (dun) that blocks all spears. Therein lies the contradiction.

The ongoing arms race, as it stands on paper, no shields of missile dense systems (MDS) could deter faster than sound hypersonic spears.

Moreover, ally Russia is currently bolstering Mainland's early missile defense system to counter more traditional ICBMs. Only these three nations will have this early warning MDS tech.

Hence, the concept of mutuality is, at least for now, tilted in favor of China if in event of an unlikely military escalation. This shift in balance of power, to return to my Art of War nod, gives U.S. and allies more pause for thought for waging war over the disputed SCS.

Chessboard stalemate ensues. The status quo of China expanding military, fishing, and drilling presence resumes as planned.

In Sun Tzu's Art of War. The best military tactic is not engaging in actual war, but defeating your enemies in mental tactics without firing a shot.

The display of advance weaponry is correlated to China's long-term GDP stabilization.

Americans don't seem to have a defense system that can bypass a legion of hypersonic ICBMs with nuke warheads capable of hitting US mainland soil in 30 minutes. This type of weaponry gives MAD (mass assured destruction) leverage to China's claim to the USD trillion dollar gas and mineral resources in the SCS.

People forget that energy also drives the economy, without which we saw the eventual downfall of Imperial Rising Sun and Nazi Germany.


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