jaseminsibo: I love ancient traditions. Though in the 21st century it may defy logical thinking and practicality, i love it for its roots, family bonding and how it enriches the practitioners' lives with steep culture. check out www.zhupearl.com for a modern twist on ancient Chinese traditions!
jaseminsibo: Yup mama is always the wisest. Especially when it comes to love, it can't be forced or orchestrated. Short of enlisting under dating sites and programs. True love is like a flower, it'll bud and blossom in its own sweet timing. And for it to last, it needs to be watered with love, grace, sweetness and understanding. http://www.epiphanystories.com read it!
jaseminsibo: This is an interesting article! Well i personally think when it comes to sex and what happens in the bedroom, chuck our logical brain at the door and just follow our heart and desires! As humans i think at times we think too much especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Too many cooks spoil the soup, so too much thinking ruins the libido.
junkchief: Sometimes when I walk through my neighborhood, I feel like I am in the music video of the early 80's cover by Dutch singer Taco (that was REALLY his name!!). People look at me weird as a hum a few bars and tap dance my way down a side alley. Look for "Taco - Puttin' on the Ritz" if you want a little taste of pure 80's style and flavor (warning: gets really hardcore 80's around the 3min mark!). :)
cj750: I have been there and had an order of the layer cake as well as the ice cream, met the owner and noticed the clean, cheerful atmosphere which accompanied the delicious deserts and by the way, try the coffee....it alone is worth the visit.
notanillusion: We are helping to support the Kathmandu Dhalko refugee camp, organized by the Nepal based, founder of Pilgrim Books Research Institute Benjamin Monnet. All of our art print and card sales through end of June will go towards there, a list will be provided by the organization where the funds have gone to:
anchorsaway: My Chinese boyfriend's idea of "puttin' on the ritz" consists of a steaming pot of mushroom infused water, and a homemade hot pot in our living room. I, however, envision fluffy white slippers paired with fluffy white robes, king sized beds that feel like you're floating on clouds, and champagne-induced bubble baths with slightly more bubbles than water. For 2 years I have dreamed of this perfect escape from our Beijing hutong, with my sights set on a luxurious staycation. This past weekend I had finally done it. I had convinced my boyfriend to let go of his traditional "Northern boy" ways, and embrace the "Western" world of a staycation. Unfortunately, shortly after checking-in to paradise, his Mom called us to say that his Grandfather was on his deathbed. Our romantic trip was cut tragically short, as we raced to his hometown to say our goodbyes.
I would love the chance to cheer my boy up with a real staycation. Aaaaand we will most definitely promise to have a champagne-induced dance party ft. Taco's version of Puttin' on the Ritz because it's actually amazing.
cracine: Usually peanut butter, sometimes cream cheese. If I'm going all out, I'll top it with olive tapenade, capers, fresh parsley, and chopped pimiento. But let's face it, Ritz are delicious all by themselves.
elanheart: How anonymous are these posts? "Accreditation" would = bribe in China. And if one is so very concerned about "venting" rather than truth - it would seem to me that if teachers have been abused, then venting is a natural outcome and comments can be read with learned intuitions re the machinations of Chinese business - If the writer is new to the paradigm, then some frustrations will be emotional reactions to red-tape - as it were - bureaucracy as it is and must be in a developing country - and other concerns will align with the statistically targeted foci per the mission of this blog. Rumor can, of course, become accepted factoid - but if we tiptoe around abuse nothing will ever be disseminated or contemplated and pursued as a valid cause. I hear your caution and your attempts at "professionalism" - and this is noble and good - however - Could we get on with it? I have been in China almost two years - contracts are rarely registered because employers then must admit to accurate wages and pay appropriate taxes - I have been asked to sign two separate contracts, and when I refused, CEO says That's okay, I'll sign it for you. The two highest paid employees - myself and another "Director" - are no longer with the bogus company - I have been advertised as a professor with a British school - I am a PhD and professor from the States, but boss will claim any of his "foreign" staff are representatives of whichever institution will sell his programs to rich parents - I have been asked to call a candidate I recommended to find out whether "her skin was black or white" - I refused. CEO wanted to cut my salary - I stuck to the contract - CEO didn't pay learning center staff for 3 months - no explanation - finally paid partial salaries or full salary (once?) end of the month - but juggles funds among his employees to pay who he needs to pay at the moment - and the more dedicated an employee, the more he berates her (he only hires cute, young women) - abuses, withholds pay, fires - whatever. We can try to look like educated professionals - or we can actually behave in a responsible manner. Words are lovely words - but they are as transparent as the Chinese "business model" - Could we just be honest?