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Share Our Blue Planet
2018-3-5 12:56
Our Blue Planet
When Mirror asked if we could take part in a cleanup event on the beach, I hesitated. I’ve never done this kind of thing before, and it sounds not very interesting to me. “But it’s very meaningful!”, Mirror insisted. “Then OK, let’s sign up”. It turned out to be not a bad idea to do the cleanup as the team leader Jason told us some facts about how plastics are damaging our environment, especially the ocean. And what we could do to turn the situation around. ...
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Share My Second Trip to Tanzania
2016-3-5 14:59
On 26 February, I got an urgent email from our salesperson David, asking my supervisor to send me to Tanzania for on-site assistance to one of his customers there. His customer is from Selcom, a local telecom company which provides network of point-of-sale terminals. The last time I was there, it’s in November 2015, and I was there to train their software engineer Andrew some basic stuff about our SDK (Software Development Kit). The headquarter of Selcom is located in Dar es Salaa ...
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Share My Africa Trip Illustrated
2015-9-24 16:41
My Africa Trip Illustrated
As early as June, I got an assignment to work on project for an African country. Since then, I'd been working like crazy to meet the deadline I was given. After months of hard work, this project had finally reached its final stage, and we were asked to go to Sudan to provide on-the-spot technical assistance. On August 16th, my colleague Joe and I were landed at the Khartoum International Airport. It's such a small airport that it only took us a few minutes from w ...
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Share Wonderful Times Together
2015-8-12 20:32
Wonderful Times Together
In the early morning of Saturday, August 1, I got up earlier than usual. I put a backpack on my back, and had a tripod on my shoulder, and headed towards Shenzhen North Station. From there, I was going to take a train to Xiamen, a city which I'd never been to. The journey took me about four hours, and I was lucky to get a seat near the window of the train. I plugged earbuds into my ears, and started listening to music. While my eyes kept looking at the outside of the window, I was thinki ...
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Share A Shocking Revelation About Our University
2015-6-20 14:45
Ron is a semi-retired Canadian, who now works in Xiamen, Fujian province. I wanted to know more about him, so I started a conversation with him on Wechat. Originally, I just wanted to know more about him, but the conversation turned out to be a shocking revelation about our higher learning. Here's an excerpt of our conversation. ME: Do you teach in Xiamen? RON: No, I was offered several jobs but for me to take one the school would have to fake a university degree for me. I never completed uni ...
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Share Picnic in the Mountains
2015-6-17 12:52
Picnic in the Mountains
As usual, when the weekend approaches, there will be some links about outdoor activities emerge on social network. An organizer nicknamed Uncle Tudou put on a link called Trekking Paiya Mountains on Wechat. Many people followed up, and I was one of them. When I signed up for the activity, I was dragged into a Wechat chatting group immediately. There were over a dozen people in this group and they were discussing how to meet on Sunday and how to prepare for this event. Uncle Tudou suggested tha ...
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Share My Two-day Travel in Dubai
2015-5-24 10:44
My Two-day Travel in Dubai
After the two-day exhibition, it's time for us to relax and have some fun. We had a small discussion on where we should go in the coming two days before we pack things up and go home. My colleague Shilin proposed that the first day we should go to the desert and ride the camels, and we should spend the next day touring around the city and visiting some famous scenic spots. The rest of us thought that's a good idea. So on May 14th, after the lunch, we started our trip to the desert. When we ar ...
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Share My Restless Father
2015-4-18 20:04
When I was still working in my office last week, my uncle called me and told me my father was with him and he wanted to tell me something, then he transferred me to my father. I was a bit surprised and expected something urgent. Instead of first asking me how I was doing on my job as he usually did, he went straight to ask me if I could transfer him ten thousand yuan immediately because he just lost his job and wanted to go home raising chickens to earn some money. He ...
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Share Seeing the World Through Lens
2015-3-10 00:48
Seeing the World Through Lens
Last week, I bought a DSLR online, and it cost me roughly a month's salary. I've never given it a second thought when spending the money, not because I'm a big spender, but because I was quite sure about the joy it could bring me when I'm shooting in the field with it. I'm not setting myself to be a photographer, but I know what it takes to be a shutterbug, and I'm working on it. Before I bought my camera, I only had a rough idea of how the Single Lens Reflex camera works. So I downloaded a lo ...
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Share Hometown Beyond Recognition
2015-2-25 14:49
Just two days away from the lunar new year, I boarded a coach along with my luggages. It's already late afternoon, and this trip would take me more than two hours. I was exhausted, because just two days ago, I stayed overnight on a slow train from Shenzhen to Yueyang for my friend's wedding. Then I took another train from Yueyang to Changsha -- my home city, after the wedding, and I was still not yet home, only closer. After spending yet another night at my sister's home, I was finally on my la ...
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  • My Second Trip to Tanzania 2016-3-17 10:25

    RonJaDa: Hey Cody, that sound like a scary experience,  it is hard to know what to do.  I am glad you got through safe and did not encounter more serious probl ...
    Hi, Ron, thank you very much for your concern and kind suggestions. Yes, it's a valuable lesson for me.

  • My Second Trip to Tanzania 2016-3-10 19:39

    Hey Cody, that sound like a scary experience,  it is hard to know what to do.  I am glad you got through safe and did not encounter more serious problems.

    My recommendation would be to talk to your boss about it to ensure you are covered for future trips. If you legally have to declare a business trip and get the $250 visa, your company should be able to add that cost to your customers bill for your trip.

    It is always hard knowing how to deal with corrupt officials, but I guess this is a valuable lesson for you.

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