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Posted on: To Tip or Not to Tip
October 11, 2009, 02:13 PM

In familiar restaurants in China where I frequent, where we hold business dinners in private rooms, I will typically tip the tea girl or waitress directly during the meal by pressing 10 or 20 RMB into their hand depending on the number of people in the room. Sometimes it is politely refused or they have a look on their face like “what are you doing?” A simple mei wenti” 没问题usually works. I don’t believe that when one tips in China by adding onto the credit card bill it goes to the servers but to the owner of the establishment. Therefore I never add the tip onto a credit card but prefer to provide directly to the person who is providing the service. At some of these restaurants, I usually have the Captain’s phone number and will call ahead to make a reservation. And preferential treatment is usually rewarded by 50 RMB.

At small unfamiliar establishments I may or may not indicate to “keep the change”  不用找。

Posted on: The Final Show
January 10, 2009, 02:58 AM

Hi Amber,

Loved to listen to your show whether it was in the gym, in the car or on plane to China. You will be missed.

But PLEASE do not become a Yankees fan !!!


Boston, MA

Posted on: Chinese Music Taste and Registering with the Police
May 21, 2008, 11:56 AM

Is Daolang still popular in China ?? Just a few years ago he seemed to be doing well.

Posted on: The Super Bowl
February 04, 2008, 03:07 AM

CLAY - (I'll say it) You da man !! Good game. NYG dominated the lines. I'll give you a heads up when I'm in Shanghai to pick up dinner !!! Time for me to eat some crow ! Congrats to the NYG's !

Posted on: The Super Bowl
February 02, 2008, 04:32 AM

OK Clay - I'll give you 4 points. Let's hope its a good game.

Posted on: The Super Bowl
February 02, 2008, 02:37 AM

OK Clay. How about this, when NYG and NE played on 12/29/07, NE won 38 - 35. So I'll give you 3 points. It was a good game as I recall. Are we on? LEt me know, if not Wo ming bai ! May the best team win? Connie - WOW ! Nice job !!! How do you say BOSTON ? Isit Bushudun?

Posted on: The Super Bowl
February 01, 2008, 10:16 AM

Lordstanley - I do like the Red Wings, have for awhile as my Boston B's don't really go anywhere ........ but you may want to teach your daughter how to say Boston in Chinese (I think its Bushudun?) as in Red Sox and Celtics :-) Clay - my man, what happened to that initial vote of confidence for your NYG's ??? 12 points is a lot on the latest lines .....

Posted on: The Super Bowl
February 01, 2008, 02:58 AM

Lordstanley/isthatme ...... Go dolphins? Detroit, whatever (how about a white flag) (gentlemen, I do highly respect both of your(s) advanced Chinese) Clay's been rather quiet.............. cmon Clay .... time to man up !!!!! Are we on ????

Posted on: The Super Bowl
January 31, 2008, 10:19 AM

CLAY - I was wondering when a Giants fan would pop up !! Ler's wager a dinner on the game. (no I'm not giving you points). I do come to China frequently (8x in '07) one of us should be able to collect on the wager. What do you say? I do saty mostly in the Southern part of China but I will need to hit Shanghai in '08. Also in Feb '05 I was in a bar in Shekou watching the game between the Patriots and the Eagles (Pats won) and got interviewed by the Shenzhen News (link attached). Drinking pints at 7:30 in the morning was a first for me. Norman GO PATS

Posted on: Scams and Bus Culture
January 30, 2008, 09:14 PM

My opinion is that its a longshot. Does the family have "connections?" In any event she will have to go through an interview process to obtain the visa. Maybe something she says in the interview process will be enough ?? You'll never know unless she takes that first step. Have her talk with some of her friends that have visited the US and find out how they managed to obtain a visa. I hope it works out for you.