Tenwest Mandarin School

User profile: hedgepig

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  • RegisteredAugust 15, 2006
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  • RegisteredAugust 15, 2006

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Forums > Food & Drink > Where can I buy Brewdog beer?

i'm doing my best to drink all of the Punk IPA much closer to the source... now i know Kunming's farther downstream, i'll lay off a bit so you guys don't run dry :)

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Swimming in lakes?

there's a reservoir in the west of the city that's explicitly set up for swimming. it's not super easy to find, so have a poke about on Google Maps - it's off of Zhaozong Lu. expect lots of self absorbed preening Chinese males who spend a lot of time sunning themselves and far less time swimming.

i've swum in a reservoir in the northwest of the city, and i've heard of people swimming in the Songhuaba reservoir in the north east, but it's pretty clear that it's not allowed, so don't be surprised if you get thrown out. the water level thing probably means it's not a good idea anyway.

don't forget about Fuxian Lake. some of the cleanest water in the country. and, erm, the sea's not so far away: www.gokunming.com/[...]

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Visa renewal.

you're having a laff, right? FECs went out with the ark. there's no China visa-on-arrival. you've got a bit of work to do to get your plan together. unfortunately, i'm sure you can find visa-ed teaching work in Kunming. maybe not around chunjie, mind.

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"while praying they retain their own character and culture"

Their own culture? I think not. I think aspects of their own culture were supplanted by 'helpful' Christian missionaries.

On a less angry-about-how-Christianity-homogenised-the-world-with-the-aid-of-fairy-stories note, if teach => taught, why not preach => praught?

possible. go all the way through the gorge in one day, sleep in Daju. your cut off will be the ferry - so nail the operating times of that in advance. you might need your running shoes.

i'm no expert photographer, but i was taught to keep my horizontals horizontal... that photo, presumably an official one, makes me feel like i'm already in a plane.

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it was a little haphazard when i was there there other day after rolling in from East Bumblef$#k, Yunnan - no cold Bitburgers (but Beerlao was an acceptable replacement) and staff insisted on showing off their English, which ultimately proved not to be up to the task, rather than listen to my Chinese. wee bit on the pricey side too, especially given the competition up on Menglong Lu.

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no-one's reviewed this place for nearly 3 years! i think i know why: it's solid. a bit boring maybe, but they get the job done: food on the table in good time, attentive staff, wide selection of items. the 'Prague Breakfast' is a fine feed, still good value after the recent price increase.

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love the breakfast items. good coffee. superlative bread. great pommes frites. generally competent staff. cool atmosphere. jia you!

and, i remain grateful to French Cafe for keeping me alive over chunjie... :)

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i really really want Ganesh to be good. we're limited in our choice of Indian restaurants in Kunming, and i'd love to see them all succeed.

but, meet me half way, guys. when my first question inquires if i can eat (i was there mid-afternoon) and the answer is yes, i don't expect to go through the arduous task of ordering only to be told that i'd have to wait 20 minutes for the chef to return from buying vegetables.

why was ordering arduous? "we should have it" is not an answer. don't serve other customers at the same time. write it down. don't run out of stuff that can be pre-prepared and stored, like samosas. and really, why's the chef buying veggies?

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i joined friends here on the weekend. they were getting food and playing a game. the pizzas looked great, but my friends advised me to avoid them, saying they tasted bland.

having made a selection, it took 20 minutes for the staff to tell me that my choice was no longer available. as my friends had nearly finished their game, we then all took our business elsewhere.

helpful advice:

- if someone arrives, give them a menu

- sort out the beer selection

- if i speak to you in Chinese, speak back to me in Chinese