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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on June 10, 2021, 07:06:27 PM »
It will be nice when the vaccination rate speeds up.  I think the problem in GZ will get it through people's heads that just because we have extremely few cases nationwide doesn't mean another big outbreak is impossible.  GZ got caught in time, but it could happen again.  Complacency is the enemy that took down so many countries that thought the issue was under control.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on June 10, 2021, 01:32:00 PM »
Feb 2022 - Winter Olympics Beijing
Late 2022 - CCP 20th Party Congress
And reportedly the national vaccination program is moving slow too.


One should probably place their bets on rear entry covid tests and three week false positive quarantine well into 2022.



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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Should I Buy Whey Protein Powder in China or Import?
« Last post by Ivyman on June 10, 2021, 04:08:29 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I need to lose a lot of body fat.  So, it's time to get back into health, exercise, and healthy foods.

1.  Whey protein is the best protein powder.

I know, many Asian countries I lived in had rice protein, soy, etc. but not 100% whey protein.

2.  Normally, in the US, Amazon.com or any sports supplement store has great prices.  Sometimes, there is even no markup, because it is so competitive.

However, in China, it is a different situation.

3.  Can anyone advise?

Should I buy from TaoBao, JD.com, or try to import from a place like BulkNutrition.com?
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on June 08, 2021, 07:22:14 PM »
It's probably worth a quick visit to the Chinese embassy to get the absolute latest.

As I understand it, those who are fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks ago (not sure of the full list of acceptable vaccines) are entitled to skip quarantine, but do have to take 2 different types of tests no more than 3 days before flying to China.

If anyone has the latest info, please share.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: When Can China Import Expat Teachers Again?
« Last post by piglet on June 08, 2021, 04:24:40 AM »
Yes need an update on this. We are double Pfizered as is over 60% of the population here in Israel so... looking to travel.
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Suggestions for Teaching Preparation, Engagement, Adaptation?
« Last post by Ivyman on June 06, 2021, 10:39:59 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I painfully realize often that my natural teaching ability is only mediocre, at best.

My manager and I spoke and realize I need to do more preparation, engagement, and adaptation.

As a consolation, we do use Kid's Box Series.  That is one of the best collections I have found.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on June 02, 2021, 05:52:47 PM »
Jab enough people with Sinovac and good things happen.

Just one COVID-19 patient is in critical condition at the Dr. Geraldo Cesar Reis clinic in Serrana, a city of almost 46,000 in Sao Paulo state’s countryside. The 63-year-old woman rejected the vaccine that was offered to every adult resident of Serrana as part of a trial.

Doctors say the woman was awaiting one of Pfizer’s shots, which remain scarce in Brazil. But she is an outlier here. Most adults rolled up their sleeves when offered the vaccine made by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, and the experiment has transformed the community into an oasis of near normalcy in a country where many communities continue to suffer.


Full article - https://apnews.com/article/caribbean-brazil-coronavirus-pandemic-business-health-20bd94d28ac7b373d7a8f3f9c557e5b6


I just wish more example cities like this could be set up around the world.  Showing people that high vaccination rates really help restore normalcy will make more people want to get vaccinated.
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The BS-Wrestling Pit / Science as normative
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on June 01, 2021, 02:49:58 PM »
In a nutshell, education in China is normative. Knowledge is not something you discover by yourself, it is delivered to you by an authority. Students are not taught to question or create because in normative terms, they cannot. Students aren't authorities. Knowledge is delivered to them and their task is not to determine how any of this works, but rather to internalize what they have received. If they memorize enough, then they are educated. They have the knowledge. Unfortunately, it is common in China to call for scientific education, scientific development, scientific whatever. They don't mean do science, they mean follow science. And by science they mean whatever "rational" thing the authority has worked out for you to memorise.

You know "China is a developing country" - or the modern iteration, "understand China's development stage"? China is a self-directing country struggling with global norms it doesn't like. "Science", for example. Or more exactly, Empiricism. Science is fine, empiricism is not.


Such a lot about China appears to become understandable if we just say, in China, judgment is normative. You don't make judgments based on evidence, you make them according to norms. And your norms are supplied by whoever or whatever is the authority.

What becomes really tricky though is... what is a normative authority?
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: Why Cannot I Get Splenda or Sucralose in China?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on May 26, 2021, 07:51:16 PM »
1.  Because it's an uncommon item here.  China uses some artificial sweeteners, but the demand is significantly less than in the US.

2.  Buy fresh at the grocery store or vegetable market,  If you find some you like, buy more and freeze some for when they are out of season.

3.  Splenda is probably available on Taobao and online shops specializing in imports.  Also, does your city have any grocery stores specializing in imports?  Plus, check the foreign good aisle of larger grocery stores and supercenters,
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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Why Cannot I Get Splenda or Sucralose in China?
« Last post by Ivyman on May 26, 2021, 05:24:38 AM »
Hi Everyone,

Back when I was much leaner and more fit, I ate oatmeal every day for breakfast.  Greek yogurt with strawberries, etc.

Key to this was a big box of Splenda, and cinnamon.

1.  Why cannot I get Splenda in China?

2.  What about frozen strawberries, blueberries, etc. that are common in the US?

3.  What should I do to get these things?
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