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Ageism

Started this discussion. Last reply by JIMMY YU Dec 28, 2011. 189 Replies

We have our resident blogger on the evils of racism, but I’m not going to put that much effort into it, so just a Discussion.   For me to enter a club in Worcester means that I get stared at, at…Continue

Tags: David - any more worth adding?, My Generation - The Who, Father and Son - Cat Stevens

Don't Feed the Trolls

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cynic May 19, 2014. 152 Replies

Someone I respect once described SZStuff as "the most troll-friendly site he'd ever been on".I have had a pleasant few days with the forum behaving more like a forum.  Some interesting Discussions…Continue

Where is your life in Shenzhen going?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Coffee Break Mar 3, 2010. 142 Replies

For me I have had the career and family – both still continuing – so my life doesn’t really need to “go” anywhere.  I have enough money to last the rest of my life and my main interests are in seeing…Continue

Cute guy or sexy guy,which do you prefer?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike46 Jan 3, 2011. 134 Replies

Important question,As the title.........PS Any girl who manages to include me in either category gets a free dinner and a big kiss.PPS Thanks to Bunny for giving me the plagiaristic idea.Continue

You can't fool all the people all the time - but it's fun trying

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ning Oct 17, 2009. 125 Replies

I notice that there are none of our standard discussions showing right now so let's talk about playboys again - ready Kami? One in particular - that Mike61 guy.In my days as a moderator [retired for…Continue

Girls - Do you prefer to date single or married guys?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike46 Aug 12, 2009. 107 Replies

OK, if you're looking for marriage then that narrows the field down a bit, but what if you're looking to develop yourself and have a good time?Advantages of married guys:....Don't get ridiculous…Continue

Where would you hide your sex toys?

Started this discussion. Last reply by E.K Apr 25, 2012. 96 Replies

A friend of mine has a few sex toys and may have a male friend staying in her flat for a while - some of the time when she would be out at work.  I asked if he would approve of them and she said that…Continue

Tags: Competition for Kev's Discussion at Kami's Request

How do you decide where to live?

Started this discussion. Last reply by MissFortune Mar 26, 2011. 92 Replies

In particular, do you take into account the probabilities of natural disasters?  I’m not talking about the people who were born and grew up there, but we mobiles who choose where we live to some…Continue

What Will You Do with One Million RMB?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hell en Sep 29, 2009. 88 Replies

You have been left a million in the will of a rich uncle, but there are conditions. You are only allowed two choices about how to spend it:1 Buy an apartment for 0.7million, a car for 0.2million and…Continue

Soulmate? Bullshit!

Started this discussion. Last reply by SD Apr 18, 2013. 87 Replies

I disagree.No man is an island entire of itselfI think that it is possible to find people who complement oneself so perfectly that soulmate makes a good description.  I think that I have found two…Continue

 

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"Hi Mike, I went to Siem Reap in 2012, I spent 3 days cycling in Angkor, I loved it! I adore places like that , historical and cultural!!! Apartment from Angkor Wat, I also spent a few days in Yogyakarta in Indonesia last Feb, where…"
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"Safari in Tanzania is a lot more high-end exciting and dangerous , as Serengeti is more than 3 times bigger than Maasai Mara,and also they control the numbers of travelers allowed in the park in Zanzania.When I was camping inside the park, I was…"
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"Woow, you are very active here. My giraffes were in Victoria Fall from Zambia in May last year. Its easy to get a picture with the giraffes and myself there as there are not cats there, you know, LOL. I went Safari for a week in Tanzania…"
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Mike46 replied to Ziji's discussion Is it offensive to call foreignors " laowai" ?
"How come I'm seeing your stuff again? I thought I had you blocked but you've changed you name again - I'll have to change my filter routine to key of Page ID Number not name - lazy of me in the first place I guess. Mandarin is the…"
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Mike46 commented on Kev's blog post The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
"@GP - yes I think all the Bronte's used male names in their writing at first. I, on the other hand, enjoyed Wuthering Heights but not Jane Eyre - maybe because we had to read that at school. However, the rest of the Rejection Slip is genuine."
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Mike46 replied to tom simpson's discussion Visa for wife
"I assume it's a US passport so you can't get a visa on arrival. Depending on what time the flight gets in you can also get a visa at HK airport."
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Mike46 replied to David Ho's discussion Dog Ownership Advise
"We have in UK. We got the cat first and Rogue accepts that the cat is the senior. In fact cat is a real bully although looking cuddly and the dog is a real softy no matter how she looks. When we got the cat we were told it was female and so we…"
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Mike46 commented on Kev's blog post The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
"Dear Mr Bell, Thank you for sending us your work, Wuthering Heights, which we have read with interest. Although we did enjoy looking at your material, in the end we felt it wasn’t quite right for Conville & Walsh. We have to feel…"
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Mike46 replied to David Ho's discussion Dog Ownership Advise
"I get a very excited greeting when I meet her after being away for a couple of months - she's just coming up to me there with the whole body wagging, but knows not to jump up. I have to greet her outdoors because she usually gets so excited she…"
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Mike46 replied to David Ho's discussion Dog Ownership Advise
"In any case avoid American Bulldogs. This one is so soft and friendly but needs a lot of exercise and sheds like crazy. She belongs to my daughter and when I came back after Christmas everything I had was covered in hair. Despite spending hours with…"
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Mike46 commented on Kev's blog post The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
"I read both over fifty years ago and have never been tempted to re-read either."
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Mike46 replied to Black Dynamite's discussion Dating Tips for Foreign Girls
"emotional range of a teaspoon You mean getting into somewhere warm and wet, then rotating?"
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David Ho replied to Mike46's discussion Why can't we just let teenage girls enjoy their sexuality?
"Just wanted to leave some love for starting a useful and stimulating discussion on here :)"
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Mike46 replied to Ziji's discussion Is it offensive to call foreignors " laowai" ?
"Does this mean that we won't be able to understand "Friends" or "Home and Away"?"
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Mike46 replied to Ziji's discussion Is it offensive to call foreignors " laowai" ?
"Purely Platonic - that's me."
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Mike46 replied to Ziji's discussion Is it offensive to call foreignors " laowai" ?
"My first passports had English and French, then only English, but now all the EU languages. My previous one had Welsh too. If you're dating yourself then I think that you're setting your standards at an unnecessarily low level."
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Mike46 replied to Ziji's discussion Is it offensive to call foreignors " laowai" ?
"If you put it that way I'll agree - but measured in centuries. Latin didn't die quite fast enough. When I was applying for university places in 1965 Oxford and Cambridge still both required some qualifications in either Greek or Latin.…"
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Mike46 replied to Ziji's discussion Is it offensive to call foreignors " laowai" ?
"May I point out that Latin remained the main language for the written word and diplomatic exchanges for well over a thousand years after the fall of the Western Empire. I think that Mandarin will be around for a while yet, maybe long enough to be…"
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Shenzhen
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About Me:
I spend half my life in Shenzhen and half in the UK. I have travelled the World for the last 35 years, living in Hong Kong, Singapore, Algeria, Bolivia and the USA as well as visiting about another 50 countries. Honestly, I often think that it would be good to act my age, but it is so difficult.

I don't have msn so don't bother to ask. I prefer that we talk on the public comment boards here so that I can remember what I've told you. At the moment I'm getting a lot of comments and, while I try to respond to all, I may miss one. So if you think that I'm ignoring you, I'm not so just resend it.

Outline of my Travels

For those who requested it. There were many other short stays in other countries, but these were places that I lived in a house or flat.


1946-1965 Home and school in Slough just outside London

1965-1968 Studied Pure Mathematics at University of Bristol – an interesting historic city in the west of England. A great time.

1968-1973 Worked in London and lived as various places, at home, in flats, with gfs – usually no money by mid-month.

1973-1976 Moved to HK for a big salary increase, so “rich” at last. Lived in the mid-levels with plenty of social life. My HK gf wouldn't marry me because it would mean leaving HK.

1976-1978 Moved to Algeria a mixture of Arab and French background. Interesting cities and splendid mountain and desert scenery. Good strong wine and excellent food. Met my wife – a long and romantic story, both in the normal sense and Jane's.

1978 Columbia, SC, USA – not very interesting.

1978-1980 La Paz, Bolivia, South America at 4000m elevation in the Andes Mountains. Everything about the place was great – the people, the parties, the incredible scenery. Go to Bolivia if you have the chance.

1981 HK again. Birth of my elder daughter, Kathleen, now living in South Africa.

1982-1983 Singapore – quite boring after HK. Birth of my elder son, Alex.

1984-1985 HK yet again. The two kids limited us, but we had a good time.

1985-1988 New Haven, Connecticut, USA. It was time to settle down, so we went to live in America. We made very few friends and were poor again.

1988-1999 HK once more. Rich again – my wife was in property and earning more than me. The peak of my career – if you talked about transport in HK you talked about me. Birth of my younger daughter, Shelly, and my younger son. Chris. Death of my elder son.

1999-present Bought our house in Worcester for a nice quiet life and I commute to various places – mostly SZ – for work and excitement.

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China: Fake bank swindles customers out of RMB 200m : from BBC News

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 9:17am 10 Comments

To customers in the eastern city of Nanjing the interior looked like any other state-owned bank, with uniformed clerks working behind the counters, the Southern Metropolis Daily website reports.



Almost 200 people deposited their cash, including a businessman who handed over 12m yuan ($1.9m; £1.3m) in 2014. But he grew suspicious when he wasn't paid the promised interest on his money, and went to the police after the bank refused to return his savings. A police investigation found… Continue

One of Those Journeys

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 1:23pm 4 Comments

I travelled back with Emirates through Gatwick and Dubai, because my ticket was bought by my house-buying wife - don't worry girls I paid her back - and that was the cheapest. I left the house in Worcester at 11:30am on Monday. with my daughter giving me a lift to the station. The railways worked perfectly to I got to the airport three and a half hours before scheduled take-off. Then that Virgin plane made an emergency landing and so my flight, and all others, was delayed for between two and…

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Girls - Who Needs Friends?

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 8:30am 9 Comments

A week ago I didn't even know these things existed but now I've seen dozens if not hundreds. You can take pictures of yourself in front of beautiful scenery or famous sites without your nose looking like a walrus or the help of a "friend". Friends just get in the way - you have to make some sort of…

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A Style I Really Like

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 9:29am 2 Comments

I was re-reading some Saki short stories last night - I really like his sense of humour. He died in the front line during the First World War - his final words  - Put that bloody cigarette out! before being shot by a German sniper who'd heard the remark. Some quotations:

We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other married couples they sometimes live apart

Reginald in his wildest lapses into veracity never admits to being more…

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Why was my Advert Deleted?

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:01am 10 Comments

He posted a status:

If some foreigners wants to learn Chinese quickly, they can go to www.youku.com ----->CHINESE WITH MIKE .... Its free AND FUN

So I commented:

If some Chinese girls want to learn English quickly, they can go to English with Mike – it’s free And FUN.

He replied:

Why only girls?

I responded:

It’s free for them and FUN for me.

Then he deleted the…

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Back to the Difu Yet Again – in Spirit at Least

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 10:35am 13 Comments

I was eating alone last night and decided that Home Taste would be the place to go, so I strolled along.  However, approaching the front door I saw the decorated wedding cars and the bride standing in the doorway.  Looking inside I could see a mass of people and even the unpopular upstairs tables looked full.  I thought, it’s not too hot so I’ll go to the outdoor area and, rather than fight my way through the crowd, I walked round.  Totally full, and just a shrug of the shoulders from the…

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Mood Lyrics

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:40am 7 Comments

Last night – The Kinks:

All life we work but work is bore,

If life's for livin' what's livin' for,

Before that Mott the Hoople:

Oh I wish I'd never wanted then what I want now, twice as much

And Springsteen:

Now those memories come back to haunt me

they haunt me like a curse

Is a dream a lie if it don't come true

Or is it something worse

Of course Dylan:

Right now I…

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Fujian Trip Logistics

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 11:21am 5 Comments

A couple of people have asked about this, so I’ll tell you what I know and what we did.

An expanded set of photos are here.

High Speed Trains

A fast way to travel and while you don’t have to be at the station as early as for a flight, you still need to allow time for the nuisance ID checks – passport against ticket – and the x-raying of baggage . The…

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Kids in Fujian - August 2014

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:35pm 6 Comments

My elder daughter and son visited China for a couple of weeks and we took a trip to Fujian.

We left SZ on Monday afternoon and took the fast train to Xiamen, getting into our hotel on Zhong Shan Pedestrian Street at about 8pm.  It seems that Xiamen eats early because we had trouble finding a good restaurant open at that time. We spent Tuesday wandering around that area and took a speedboat to Gulangyu Island.  It was hot, sticky and very crowded. Not as interesting as I'd…

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be like a peach in a relationship

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:49pm 9 Comments

Juicy with short soft fuzzy hair.

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At 4:56pm on January 30, 2015, Nina Chen said…

Hi Mike,

I went to Siem Reap in 2012, I spent 3 days cycling in Angkor, I loved it! I adore places like that , historical and cultural!!! Apartment from Angkor Wat, I also spent a few days in Yogyakarta in Indonesia last Feb, where the Borobudur is! Amazing!!!!

And that I am based in SZ, I would have more time in Asian I would love to travelling with your guys sometime. 

Thank you for the dinner invitation over Chinese New Year but I am afraid I will be back to Guangxi with my family. I would really happy to attend if you can make it over the weekends.

Cheers.

And good luck for you as well.

Nina

At 3:01pm on January 30, 2015, Nina Chen said…

Safari in Tanzania is a lot more high-end exciting and dangerous , as Serengeti is more than 3 times bigger than Maasai Mara,and also they control the numbers of travelers allowed in the park in Zanzania.When I was camping inside the park, I was told once a guy woke up in the morning and found out there was a lion next to his camp!

While I was there I saw a lion family only 5 minutes drive away from our camping base. So I remind very alert the whole time and did exactly I was told.

I went hiking in Lake Manyara national park, I had to apply and paid for a park ranger with a gun for the hike. When we was in Tarangire National Park, a young elephant run after us trying to charge me!!!

I didn't travel many places in Asia as its too easy and doesn't require much budget and time. And I normally traveled solo, of course I don't mind travelling with someone but I found it difficult to find any travel mate in advance, so what I used to do was decide the route and pack my back, then go.

I am not too concerned about tips for South America as I actually received it every day from a group of people I met during backpacking.

Now that I am in SZ, I am actually looking for some event and activities around here I can kill sometime in the weekends.

At 1:42pm on January 30, 2015, Nina Chen said…

Woow, you are very active here. My giraffes were in Victoria Fall from Zambia in May last year. Its easy to get a picture with the giraffes and myself there as there are not cats there, you know, LOL.

I went Safari for a week in Tanzania in Dec 2013, the animals in Serengeti were a lot more exciting for me than the Kenya side. But I was not allowed to get off the vehicle and took picture with me and the animals, so I had plenty of amazing pictures for the animals but not with me in LOOOOOOOOOL

I lived and worked in Africa for over 5 year and I have just relocated back to Shenzhen recently. Before I moved back SZ, I spend 4 months travelling from Africa, to Europe, to America, then down to Mexico and Cuba, I stop further down as I need more budget and plan. The Visas is a problem for me, the Chinese passport is freaky useless. But I knew a few Friends (Chinese and foreigners) whose done this trip and I got some tips from them. Its doable to apply the visa as you go counties to counties along the way.

I still have a lot in my list, and its so difficult for me to do a grand round the world, as you know, the freaking useless Chinese passport, but step by step I am expanding it. LOL

At 4:01pm on December 31, 2014, J!M said…

it is,mate! I will be available except for :1st、4th 、7th 、11th in Jan 

At 2:20pm on December 31, 2014, J!M said…

No worry ,i will settle down in SZ forever this time,haha

At 3:27pm on November 21, 2014, Shishi said…

Thanks for reminding me I had used a name that was Sadie. I was trying hard to remember it this last midnight. Now I prefer shis chinese name Shishi.

At 10:31pm on November 12, 2014, JC said…
Yea that blows, found out the hard way!
At 2:41pm on August 7, 2014, Katrina Lin said…

Yes, I guess so. I was planning going alone, but so much can be enjoyed in Australia, I don't want to waste with myself only. so if can't find anyone by the end of this week, i'll change my plan. :P

Thank you so much for your tips.

At 2:06pm on August 7, 2014, Katrina Lin said…

How expensive would that be?

I calculated with 20,000 RMB.

At 3:27pm on August 4, 2014, luliang said…

Thanks for your suggestion . you are nice people .Glad to meet you in here .

At 1:12am on July 31, 2014, Tina said…

Where is that pool? and yeah I'm down for dinner. I love making new friends. It might have to wait a few weeks though. I'm gonna be super tight this first month there. Actually I will be arriving Friday but I have already been there several times.

At 8:04pm on July 30, 2014, Tina said…

Where is that pool? and yeah I'm down for dinner. I love making new friends. It might have to wait a few weeks though. I'm gonna be super tight this first month there. Actually I will be arriving Friday but I have already been there several times.

At 12:53pm on July 30, 2014,
My Weixin is on my page
Asia Stuff Media
said…

Thanks!

At 9:52pm on July 14, 2014, Ziji said…

You would not like to  hold "crap', better go back for carpe diem :)

At 4:50pm on June 26, 2014, Moody Evil said…
Mike,ur blog brought me back to the old days, memory is something I like! Thank you :p
At 9:48am on June 21, 2014, VG said…
Urban design , urban planning , landscape architecture
At 9:18am on June 20, 2014,
My Weixin is on my page
Asia Stuff Media
said…

Hi Mike. Did you get my comment for that discussion? It wasn't the topic itself, but rather the comments being generated by the topic that made me think it's best to delete. Sorry.

At 11:26pm on June 12, 2014, Vivi said…

hi Mike,Guess you have a pleasant trip in Austrilia. will go to Germany next week. Thank you for you invitation. i would like to join you guys. but really sorry, i am not availabel this Friday. hope you guys have fun and looking forwards to join you guys next time: )"

At 9:41pm on June 5, 2014, Vivi said…

hi Mike, how are you doing?to reply what is my travelling plan before. finally have another long distance trip to Germany this month.for interest,i took  the test of National Tour Guide(English) before and pass the test too.hope can been to more places andknow more this worlds, learn diffirent cultures and history.share this beautiful life tour to all who have similar hobbies: )

At 1:11am on May 30, 2014, WeiWei said…

Hello Mike,

Sorry for the late reply. I wasn't away like you or occupied by anything, truth is lately I've been attacked by laziness...very seriously. I can't focus on anything. It's like my brain has turned into a wet sponge--I can't think, can't concentrate. And I find it really difficult for me to sit through a 2-hour game, thus I still haven't finished watching the FA game...and how pointless is it of me to ask you to recommend more games...

Oh well, I'll try to pull myself together and get back on track next month, nevertheless, World Cup is coming, I don't wanna miss the biggest event in sports!

Oh thanks for sharing the photo with me. I could see how happy you were, and how can Chris be so cute?

I have a jersey from season '12-'13, but I've never worn it. I'll try to wear it and send a photo to you as well.

Cheers,

Kate

 

 
 
 

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