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Posted on: New Teaching Methodology: ASMR
April 01, 2016, 12:18 PM

I'd never thought about it, but can tones be whispered?  I guess lovers would know ...

Posted on: No Tampons?!
July 04, 2014, 05:00 PM

@pretzellogic @jennyzhu Thank you both very much for your advice - I'll give it a test...

wow, opens a whole new set of doors too, tq!

[belated response due to travelling :-) ]

Posted on: No Tampons?!
June 25, 2014, 11:21 PM

Many thanks you to both, your advice will be heeded... :-)

@pretzellogic aye, I hear fúwùyuán 服务员 all the time in restaurants, but what if I'm trying to start a conversation with a young lady outside of a restaurant or service environment?

Posted on: No Tampons?!
June 24, 2014, 09:47 AM

Hi Jenny, I go to Beijing and Shenzhen on business, what would you, or anyone, recommend I use instead of 小姐xiǎojiě, to avoid its negative connections in those areas?

Posted on: No Tampons?!
June 19, 2014, 08:43 AM

Say no more ...

Posted on: Hide and Seek
March 16, 2011, 10:49 AM

@pretzellogic Can you beat this though – when I’m driving my little girl to school we play hide and seek in the car. If works like this: she closes her eyes and "hides" while I count to 10. Then I tell her “here I come, ready or not”. Then I have to guess where she’s pretending to be … Works for us :-)

Posted on: Chinese Baijiu and the Best of the Worst
February 10, 2011, 03:20 PM

Aye - I can see it too, has someone hacked a freebie advert onto the CPod web site over CNY?

Posted on: Tea Refill
February 10, 2011, 10:19 AM

@pretzellogic When I'm on business in China I often go with a member of our staff who is a Beijing girl now living in the UK. She has a Masters in computer science so she's a smart cookie and knows about all the tricks. One time in Beijing we were approached by an "art scam" couple and despite very determined warnings from my colleague, I insisted we went along with it to see what would happen. To be honest, while being 100% aware it was a "scam", the items on offer at the prices being asked seemed very attractive to me. But while I was musing over what to buy, the "scam" couple turned the heat on my colleague telling her in very fast Chinese it was her “duty to China to ensure the foreigner bought at least something”. This attitude made her quite grumpy so she dragged me out before I could make a choice, so quite a narrow escape for me :-)

Posted on: Tea Refill
February 09, 2011, 02:53 PM

“I knew about the tea scams so I was instantly apprehensive...but I still went inside”.

I totally understand that, I have a sort of “morbid curiosity” when I think I’m being scammed, I have to follow it through until the last-minute get out point just to see how well my scammers have prepared their ‘craft’. My work is mainly in China and S E Asia and I’m often alone so I am a target for all sorts of ingenious scams, generally fronted by suspiciously friendly ladies.

Posted on: Tea Refill
February 09, 2011, 12:34 PM

The tea scam is alive and well in Beijing too.  I go to China several times a year on business and when in Beijing I like to go to Wang Fu Jing for window shopping.  Usually when I get near the “In time Lotte” Dept store I am approached by a couple of 'twenty something' smiley faced girls who all use the same basic opening script:

“Hello, do you speak English?  We are studying English at university and would love to practise our speaking with you :-)”

I’m happy enough to chat with them, provided I can speak to them in my limited Chinese and they use English.  This all works fine and is good practise for me, until the inevitable “Do you like Chinese tea?  Let’s go and drink tea in that tea house over there …” at which point I claim to have a tea allergy and invite them to Starbucks for coffee.  I've not ever had one acceptance ...