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Forums > Living in Kunming > LABA MUSIC WEEKEND

Thanks, Eddy...and thanks to all the people who have organized, and places of business who are selling tickets for this weekend of music at Laba.

We all are looking forward to it — and excitement is building!

I just want to add this about our band:
"War Horse" is Ian on guitar/vocals, Chuck "Jacques Le Blanc" on bass/vocals, Nick La Flame on accordion/vocals, Ma Tu on drums, and myself on guitar/vocals. We're going to do some new originals and a few new covers. It will be an interesting set.

Thanks again to everyone helping out with this weekend of music in Kunming!

Forums > Living in Kunming > Halloween 2011

Hey, "Bad Boy" — since you asked the question, let's put it this way: How many days am I gonna dress up? I'm goin' as a cowboy. I've been going as a cowboy, or the Lone Ranger, all my life. That's why they call me "Nevada". So I pretty much dress up EVERY day...Easy, see? Friday the Hump for the Great Apes, Saturday at the Camel and at the Mask for bands and DJs and Hip Hop. Probably Sunday, somewhere, and then, see, I dress up again as a cowboy to teach my students on the "real" Halloween. Fun, eh? It's all fun. I'm sure this weekend, in San Francisco, for example, is gonna be about a 5 day blast...that's the way it Kunming, too.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Lazy Bones Restaurant Is Closed

Elliott: Cas & I want to thank you for all that you have done for us and for everyone. We had some great brunches, pizza nights, sports nights — well into the early mornings — and for making Lbones such a wonderful place to eat & meet.

We're gonna miss the friendly, community atmosphere you created.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Fake Apple Store in Kunming

The latest news:"Chinese officials have found five fake Apple stores in the southwestern city of Kunming, and ordered two of them to suspend business while they're investigated, a local government website said Monday.

Officials couldn't do anything about the other three stores — which prominently displayed Apple signs and logos — because they did not find any fake Apple products for sale, according to a report by a local newspaper posted on the Kunming city government's website."

The moral of the story is that you can sell real products in fake stores but not fake products in fake stores. Go figure.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Fake Apple Store in Kunming

Laughingstock or Admiration?

I think a question could be asked here: Is China being laughed at because just about everything, including entire Apple Stores and products are knocked off, faked, and sold in China and around the world?

Or: Do people around the world admire China for the savvy and skill to do such a good job with their abilities to fake and copy?

The surprising thing about this recent story is that everyone, including news agencies in every country, are picking up on the story. I'm not surprised. I know this store and have always thought it was fake. I never questioned that it was a real Apple franchise selling real Apple goods. I do know there are licensed dealers to serve and repair Apple computers as my American friend had to use one and present his warranty and registration for his Mac.

But hey, if you're a musician and have bought a Fender amp in Kunming, you know it's fake. They won't give you a real guarantee. If it breaks down, like mine did, like my friend's did, hey, they just give you another one. They don't send it "back to the Fender factory" for repair.

My guitar, an Epiphone which I bought in Guangzhou for a lot of money in a reputable music store, couldn't, wouldn't, supply me with a guarantee. They asked for my email address and said they'd send it to me. After many emails to them and without receiving any replies, I gave up. It's probably fake. But it's a great guitar!

Point is, we're not talking about t-shirts with misspellings bought on the street proclaiming to be some hot shot international band — which we obviously know are fake. We're talking about walking into regular stores which sell known brands of equipment and electronic devices, like Apple phones and computers, and we're sold fake products. No one bats an eye. Why?

Well, perhaps the products aren't perfect — but maybe they are "good enough" - for the price one pays. And are they really that inferior to "the real thing"?


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Interesting article, and thanks for all the information. Phil "The Kunming Sausage King" told us about your plans the day before — had we known a bit earlier Cas & I surely would have loved to tag along and help out. Well, enjoy, and know that your ideas and insight on all of this — having knowledge of where our meat comes from, participating, are the way of our parents and grandparents. Sadly, few people now take the time, and this is pretty inspiring!

A really nice article, Chris. to Scott & Carl I'd like to say: We've been "Bad Monkeys" for quite a while. I know this article centered on the brew and the evolution of the Monkey, but I want to say thanks for all of the love & support and encouragement you've given to all of the musicians. there's nothing better than a good place, a 'real" bar that combines great beer and cocktails with live music.

In regard to the comment someone made about American beer, I'd just point out that you guys are talking about the American micro brew culture — and I'd agree — it's probably the best in the world.

See you soon for some beer, music and perhaps that venison steak!

Oh, and trust me, your first franchise should definitely be set up in Kunming!


Well done! thanks for the interesting story. I always love the photos from your journeys and wished there had been a few more. But hey —I have deep admiration for your cycling skills and effort in completing this challenging endeavor! I think one thing is missing in detail here, though: How about a little insight into how the celebration party in Old Dali went upon your arrival?

Thanks, guys. This is touching and such a wonderful project. We know the energy and effort you have put into organizing all of this. You have all of our support.

I would like to thank all of the people who came to my gig at Ganesh last night. Thanks to Piers, Xiao Hu and the Ganesh staff and to Xiao Kris for his great work on the sound board.

I think Ganesh is a nice small venue where Kunming musicians can express themselves and share their creativity.

It was a wonderful night!


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