Date registered: June 16, 2013
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I don't think you "need" to eat avocado for your health.
Especially in this country, where it costs so much to buy.
If you simply must eat it, join the rest of the world and make guacamole dip for corn chips.
Or put it on a taco, sandwich or salad.
Just bought a package of "Aka" bacon from Metro.
Cooked some up this morning to find they've changed the recipe of their mish-mash of pork parts.
There's some kind of synthetic maple additive to give it a nauseating sweetness (catering to the locals' western-food-sugar-requisite, perhaps?).
Metro, you disappoint me.
By the way, never buy the large red can of "tomato paste" of Shanghai origin from Metro.
It's actually ketchup.
As in sacharined tomato slop.
You'll have to provide more info:
-Where are you?
Which Australian Consulate are you applying at?
-Are you Chinese?
-Is the police certificate simply a registration of residence, or something other?
If you are a foreign person now in Chengdu looking for this clearance paper, then you need to go to your local neighborhood police station (bring a Chinese friend).
After being pointed across town several times and over the course of several days, you will probably get what you need.
I've been meaning to go to Redbeard's, it's just a little out of the way. An hour or so, that is.
Sounds pretty great, however... Burger King outlets have been materializing in the strangest of places too, which ain't too shabby for a bargain.
In the meantime, one can get all ingredients needed at the local Auchan or Carrefour, usually.
Mix in bowl:
egg (for Canadians, ha ha)
couple splashes white vinegar 白醋
red chili flakes
minced garlic (optional)
worcestershire (if you got it)
basil or oregano (if you got it)
fry/bbq 3-5 minutes each side.
Get yer french loaf o' bread at the aforementioned supermarkets, or at Rosa's bakeries. Fresh veggies at the street markets for garnish (tomato, onion, lettuce -- wash well).
Ikea usually has a good deal on yellow mustard/ketchup.
Metro for good cheese and bacon.
you're on your own, there.
There's an indoor skating rink in my neighborhood.
It's one of the strangest places,
like rolling through a time-warp into 1982 or something.
Dark and discoteque-y.
Lots of funny people hanging around at night.
But it's about an hour or more bus ride from Sichuan Uni to Northwest Chengdu. Jinniu District.
If you want details just message me.
You'll be fine.
This is China.
If you want to teach and earn income, just follow their lead.
There's no such thing as a "reputable school".
If you try to change schools now the same thing will just happen again.
Stick it out and and trust them until you get the hang of things.
Go to some of the bigger banks (eg; Bank of China at LuoMaShi) and talk to the guys standing outside of the bank.
They aren't fussy and most of them are pretty professional about changing money.
They WANT your pounds.
They'll give you a better rate than the bank, most likely.
As invisible said,
bring a friend who is fluent in Chinese - just in case.
I just got back from my Z-visa run.
I'm also American, and they charged me 1100 HKD + 300 HKD for the Rush fee (1 day). I don't remember what the 2 or 3 day fees were.
Pay cash only, but there was a Bank of China located inside the waiting room.
I didn't bring any original degrees or certs. But do bring photocopies of them just in case. Nevertheless, they didn't ask me for them. It's a case-by-case basis for them.
You have your invite letter and your permit, but don't forget you also need your Health Check document. They will want photocopies of that. Plus, they asked for a single passport style photo.
Be as nice to those people as possible. Have everything prepared and ready, and it all should go smoothly.
where you are going:
They moved to another floor, but in the same building. You'll find it because there are signs everywhere.