Os.elocin, I totally agree, but that is not the issue. Never let an agent out of your site on the day of your "monkey show" service. Get paid before, during, or directly right after. Its your own fault if you don't. On another note, its a huge shame "musicians" in this town prostitute themselves the way they do just because they are laowai. Done it many times in the past and its just gotten sickening to me lately. Meanwhile legit lower paying bars are lacking real bands because everyone is playing stupid Monkey shows.
Hi all. Anybody see footage of the basketball brawl? Where here's a bit of it.
I live here. I've played a lot of basketball in China and I've watched a lot of the pro teams in China play foreign teams. From sandlot games to pro league games, its damn interesting to watch how brutal fouling is tolerated. Its also interesting to see how locals and pros alike really gear up to play foreigners. For my own playing experience, I just chalked it up to sandlot style play and also Chinese players viewing it as a fun and unique opportunity to test themselves against foreigners. But after watching quite a few pro games on CCTV5 and finally this brawl, I have to say its getting a bit weird. Its like institutionalized frustration. China wants so badly to compete at basketball WAY before its time and I think they're just tired of losing. When the rules of any game break down, its all fighting...and fist fighting is definitely something that is quite common here. Lowest common denominator arrives really quickly when you're getting beat by 20 points every game. When I watched the video, two things struck me: 1) the gang up: There was a scuffle between two players and IMMEDIATELY the four other members of Baiyi swarmed the Georgetown player in question 2) bad bad sportsmanship: later as one Baiyi player was connecting with consecutive blows to the head of a prone Georgetown player, his teammate stood right over him and watched. Check any NBA or NCAA game and you see players trying to intervene or stop their teammates from pulverizing other players. Also, Georgetown players looked like they were trying to restrain themselves and the Baiyi guys were PICKING UP CHAIRS to use as weapons.
Good luck to any Chinese team playing abroad where they're not supported by a homogenous adoring nationalistic crowd when they mete out cheap shots when they're once again getting their butts kicked within the rules of the game.
Hi, my wife and I are fast and furiously working on a boutique hostel very close to the green lake area and should be completed by the beginning of June. It will feature private rooms all with private baths, a pizza kitchen/cafe and a rooftop patio. Please keep your eyes open for ads for the Cottage Inn Kunming. It should fit your bill.
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This tiny little shop hidden in the little streets adjacent to Kundu has the best MiGan (米干) if not the only MiGan in Kunming. Its basically a Dai style fetuccini-width rice noodle that is either fried or served in a soup. I highly recommend it to those who turn their noses up (like me!) at MiXian. The owners are super friendly and one plate of the delicious fried version holds me over most of the day.
Thought I'd chime in on this one after having an extensive relationship with this hospital.
Fall of 2008, I manifested symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis. I knew what it was because my dad had had it and told me all about what symptoms to look for. I knew exactly how to find the problem and told the physicians at Kunming Hospital #1 to do the tests. They did not find the problem, even though I told them how and where to look. Distraught, I went to Richland where they promptly found the problem, showed me the results, and insisted on immediate treatment. Throughout the procedure, I got the feeling that I was their first case of DVT and that they were checking medical journals every step of the way. Treatment was successful. The private room I stayed in was super clean and I was treated with courtesy, if not curiosity. The entirety of my in-hospital stay cost me 20,000 yuan. For my father, who had similar treatment in the U.S., the cost was 25,000 dollars.
In an emergency situation, there is no way I would recommend this hospital in that it seems to be run by a lethargic monolingual skeleton crew that takes weekends off. If you know what you have and you want a clean place to be treated, I think its a good spot. One final "however"...read this article just as a reminder that you're in Kunming, where healthcare has LONG way to go.
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