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Friday, March 23, 2012

Chinese aren't stiff at all (And other Reflections after reading China Daily)



While we were treading the subway heading to the train stations, my friend bought me an English-language newspaper called China Daily which he wanted me to pose with while riding the train. I was just able to read it lately and this February 15, 2012 issue of the paper somehow introduced me to China.


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Obviously
(What we have an idea of)

1. It is obvious in the headline that day that China is an economic giant : BEIJING LENDS A HAND TO EUROPE  (Premier offers help but says only eurozone can solve its debt crisis).
2. China is eager to take the lead by giving importance to international relations.

3. Learning foreign languages is a serious business for people in China and its leaders as well.

4. Death penalty for drug makers/traffickers (there is a chinese businesswoman in the news penalized with it)

5.No facebook in China, we know that. Another disappointing news for foreigners already using this service: Sina Weibo which is a twitter-like service required Chinese ID numbers and real names by March 16.

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Pleased to know
(What we don't know yet)

1. Despite the state-regulated media in China, I was kind pleased that there are universities that offer a degree in Journalism and communications

2. Chinese are not stiff at all. On page 7, one headline says: GOAT, DOE WED AT YUNNAN ZOO
and another goes: BUREAU PLAYS MATCHMAKER FOR SINGLE POLICE OFFICERS

3. We thought everything made in china is cheap or imitation but surprise, surprise: Chinese are serious about patents and trademark infringement too. One news says: "Tech firm seeks ban on Apple" as it claims they own the iPad trademark. Another says: VILLAGE IN TEMPEST OVER FURNITURE DESIGN PATENTS (Residents making similar products, one files for IP).

4. Chinese are going gaga over reality tv too. They have this SOLDIERS' SORTIE, a reality show seeking military top cop joined by males and its female counterpart called STAND OUT which is a reality show seeking a Charlie's Angel... "If they can stand physical tests and being yelled at while wearing a swimsuit, they are mentally strong enough and can better protect their clients," says the bodyguard agency founder who will hire the winner of the show.

5. Chinese are sure not that stiff; they are fashionable too: cosmetic surgery is "in" there too.

6. Sure they're not stiff: 50percent of respondents learn about sex through internet and 34percent have more than two sexual partners..."Attitudes toward sex changing in China" say so in page 19.

7. 13 days for drug use?! Surprised. "Actor finished with time behind bars".... the body mentioned, Zhang was caught using drugs on Jan 30. The law states he should be detained for 13 days.

Here's the link to the the website of China Daily: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Fascinating Tianjin, China


My travel buddy and our pink rabbit ears are enjoying the Little Italy of Tianjin, China!!!
    Tianjin, China will always be remembered with fondness for the places and faces we saw there! From the cultural sites and the first slow Ferris Wheel ride, it will always be in my heart. During our 2012 trip, at the bullet train from Beijing to Tianjin, we met two university girls and a man who we later knew through his calling card as Jiao. With kindness, Jiao led us to our hotel by offering to join him in his taxi going home as our hotel, he checked on his mobile phone, is just along his way. It was a great relief considering we arrived there at 8:30PM and the number of people hailing taxis. 
     As if one blessing is not enough, another unexpected kindness befell us when a young lad named Steve offered to walk around with us on our second and last day in Tianjin. We were able to see the China House, the old catholic church known as Our Lady of Victory Church, St. Joseph Church, the oldest Buddhist Temple near the Tianjin Eye and the Italian Village. He also brought us to the airport-like train terminal of Tianjin. We had a great time because of their kindness that warmed us, and despite the fact that it was our first cold winter experience...

The Tianjin Eye http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin

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The Tianjin Eye http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin
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Fenghua Bridge on Haihe Riverhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin 
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Entrance to the Culture/Literature Street...

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cute and fascinating pieces...

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mushrooms, i believe...

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fascinating architecture...

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Entrance of Queen of Heaven Palace, 
an important structure and architecture in Tianjin... 
Place of worship for Buddhists.
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Entrance to young artists enterprise... and just beside our hotel.. 

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Inside the young artists enterprise... and just beside our hotel.. 
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Young Artists Incubation Center, Tianjin..
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Admirable government effort benefiting young artists:
Young Artists Incubation Center, Tianjin..    

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at the Young Artists Incubation Center, Tianjin..   
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tianjin eye, up close
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Going up and seeing from above Tianjin at night

Going up and seeing from above Tianjin at night 
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Inside the oldest and important Buddhist temple in tianjin, just near the T-eye...
It was a busy day of worship as it was the second day of teh lunar new year (Feb 22).
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STEVE our new found and kind friend in tianjin
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TOWER, where they throw coins. The higher tower the coin gets in, the greater the chances the wish of the person comes true.... This is Inside the oldest and important Buddhist temple in tianjin, just near the T-eye...It was a busy day of worship as it was the second day of teh lunar new year (Feb 22).

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INCENSE AREA. Inside the oldest and important Buddhist temple in tianjin, just near the T-eye...
It was a busy day of worship as it was the second day of teh lunar new year (Feb 22).

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This Hall houses the Buddha... we can't see any of them as the place  is crowded with worshippers!!!
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This Hall also houses the Buddha... we can't see any of them as the place  is crowded with worshippers!!!
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posing beside the lion, by the Haihe River.
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Our lady of victory church..
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The ceiling of the renovated Our lady of victory church..   

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at the back portion of still pretty church...
you wouldn't believe that the inside of this church is under advanced renovation...
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Our lady of victory church..
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St Joseph Church, Tianjin
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The china house is a french house actually...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianjin 

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the juxtaposed china, up close...
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the china house...
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The big ben of london? lol
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Tianjin Haihe Italian Style Town........Ciao!
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Tianjin Haihe Italian Style Town........
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Tianjin Haihe Italian Style Town........

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Tianjin Haihe Italian Style Town........

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A way to end the day...

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