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Share My year 2015, a year of changes
2015-12-27 22:01
My year 2015, a year of changes
My year has been very surprising and full of new experiences, new friends and outlooks. In January I went to Philippines to renew my visa. I had just finished one project and really needed a new job. I really did not have an idea about my current job branch when snorkeling in the clear waters of Philippines. A serious work opportunity aroused sooner than I expected from a direction that really surprised me. My friend recommended me to a company that very soon indicated they were ...
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Share Bicycling to work, such a nice way to start a day!
2015-5-19 21:39
Already for two days I have been happy to ride my bicycle to work. Happy because it has been windy enough to keep the pollution levels down and also because I have had mainly tailwind or at least not headwind. I am very blessed to live close enough to the work place so the ride is very pleasant, just perfect length, not too long as it takes about 25-30 minutes to arrive. I am fortunate to have relatively simple and safe route (if you can describe any traffic safe in China), since ...
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Share First week at the new work
2015-5-14 22:22
I planned to write a post about the first week at the new job, but I was so exhausted I simply coud not make it. The new job started right after May Day holiday, and now it has almost been two weeks since I started. The first impression was a bit dull and boring, since there was not really someone to look after me and I was left pretty much on my own. That might be because the person who should have done this was not at the office on first two days so nobody really felt they sh ...
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Share Chinese style newbie training?
2015-4-29 22:22
Tomorrow will be the last day of the initial training for newcomers in the company. In many ways it has come time to say goodbye to pleasant evenings in Shanghai, time to move on to the heat of Beijing. The stress-free training will come to an end and busy and responsible work life will start. To sum up the training, I have to admit that it was surprisingly similar to what I would expect to receive in a Western company. Since I don't have anything to compare with I don't know if ...
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Share Long time, no see
2015-4-22 22:37
Inspired by the blog contest I decided to revive my blog. Well, a lot has happened in my life since I wrote here. Firstly, I graduated from Renmin University with best remarks! Yey! After that I had awesome autumn promoting Finnish companies in Beijing together with some governmental actors. I met many influential people, made new connections and hopefully learned a lot. I was privileged to act as Santa Claus's guide and translator here in Beijing. ...
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Share Why do you need to be a native speaker to teach language?
2014-5-20 18:45
It was just after I arrived to China I was introduced to the notion that ONLY a native speaker is qualified to teach foreign language to a non-native speaker. There have been some discussion on English teaching on this forum about the phenomenon of non-native speakers teaching English in China. Latest, Ariunbold was writing about "fake" English teachers in his blog. With this post I would like to give my support for the non-native speakers teaching English in China. It is very common, that ...
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Share Frustration over internet control
2014-5-20 13:47
I don't know what it is again this time, but as a foreigner in China, one gets used to the slow internet every now and then. One moment your browsing is so fast, Skype calls smooth and clear, and the next day you wake up it can be the opposite. You can't watch your favorite tv shows because the speed is too slow, and the Skype calling is like speaking without knowing how much they can hear, and listening to separate syllabes and trying to guess the words. Luckily, usually I don't have anything t ...
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Share Beijing, Beijing
2014-5-19 13:38
This topic came in to my mind then riding a taxi with my friend near the national opera in Beijing. She asked what that building was, and I told her it Beijing the National Center for Performing Arts. I said in the evening it is actually very nice place, you could even use the word romantic. This place is very near where I live, and therefore I often visit the park around it. During the years in Beijing it has become very dear to me. I remember reading a thread a couple of years ...
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Share Eurovision Song Contest 2014
2014-5-9 13:21
This Saturday it happens again, The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 which is held this year in Copenhagen. It is a great chance for our dear Chinese and other readers to get a glimpse of the European culture. Yes, it is a song contest between the countries in Europe, but at the same time so much more. It is a spectacular show and a carnival of open-mindedness. Its richness is the diversity. You can see opera, child singers, half-naked women, rap, humoristic numbers, great d ...
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Share When in China, do as the Chinese do
2014-4-29 16:51
In the beginning of April I had opportunity to make some money by acting as a translator and guide for my fellow countrymen visiting Beijing. As I was escorting this couple, used to the best quality and service available in life, it was really interesting to see Beijing again with the tourist’s eyes, and at the same time realize how sinicized I have become during the years living here in China. A couple of occasions I observed that I had developed some habits that I was not so pr ...
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  • My year 2015, a year of changes 2016-1-3 13:01

    youxiudeyou: Yes, we were playing the 八路军, communists fighting against Japanese.
    Very impressive. Yan'an was the headquarter of 8RA. In those days, there were quite a number of American expatriates working there. They were from US Army (military consultants and observers) as well as resident correspondents from US press including Edgar Snow, Anna Louise Strong, Agnes Smedley, etc. During the period between 1937 and 1945, Mao told the whole nation and the world via Reuters that the United States of America was the light tower and the world model from whom we should learn democracy and liberty. When he took the power in 1949, he changed his face and turned to learn things from Stalin. No consistency.

  • My year 2015, a year of changes 2016-1-2 21:30

    voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted it in our blog homepage.
    Thanks for highlighting, would be nice to write more often.

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