Date registered: August 3, 2011
Region: North America
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EDIT: scare frenzy
Come on, fyen18.... really? You're going to go there, eh?
Most kids in the States don't have autism. In fact, it's actually 1% of children (http://www.cdc.gov/[...] and the correlation between autism and vaccinations is not substantiated.
"While there are still a handful of parents who, in almost a religious way, cling to the notion that vaccines cause autism, the vast majority of parents and scientists have accepted what the data clearly show. There is no data to support an autism vaccine link. There never has been. Vaccines don't cause autism."
One shouldn't just feed into a scary frenzy. One should do their reading and research.
"Most foreigners i meet ALWAYS talks about sex or 'bitches' as they call them. I have respect for the opposite sex and will not call them that, unless they are total cunts, then ill tell them off."
Ha, you won't call a girl a 'bitch' because the respect you have for the opposite sex, yet you seem to have no problem calling girls 'cunts'. Seems a little bit contradictory.
LA Redneck, you can do all the research you want, but sometimes you run into unforeseen complications or situations. I didn't come here to bitch and moan. I'm completely aware of the illegality of working on an F visa and shady work practices on the part of these English training schools. I didn't come to China expecting to work illegally on a F visa either. I had no other feasible choice though at the time and I rather not go into why because it's really not that important and it'll just be too long to read. But you don't know people's situations, so you shouldn't be so quick to judge. I just wanted to gather more information about this, and see if anyone had gone through something similar which might help me out.
@Ira - That's so badass. I'm thinking about doing this, but I'm worried my company will alert the PSB and they'll record it in some system, making it difficult for me to get a visa if I ever want to come back to China.
Thanks for ALL your help though (La Redneck included). You all have some interesting insight and experiences. I will definitely call Nick and ask for his opinion. I'll update y'all with what happens, in case this information will be of use to someone else.
So I'm 'interning' at an English training school on an F visa that my company helped me get. My F visa expires in November, but my contract with the company ends in mid-August, and I would like to travel for a month after. My company says they must cancel my visa on our last day of employment. Can they do this?
Yes, they helped me with the documents and whatnot to procure the visa, but I paid for it all on my own. What is even more frustrating is that they have given me many different reasons for having to cancel it... First, they said since my company is 'sponsoring' my visa they don't want me as a liability, then they said it's not the company's policy, it's actually the PSB's policy..
So I called the PSB and spoke to someone in Visa Services (a phone number which my company's HR dept. gave to me) who said that most companies DO NOT cancel visas on the last day of employment, and in fact, the PSB recommends that companies do not. But then my HR rep called me this morning, after I had told her I called the PSB myself, and told me she called 'a special number' at the PSB, and spoke to someone who now says they will fine both the company and me if the company doesn't cancel my visa on my last day of employment. I asked her why we had gotten different information from the PSB, and she said it's because they misunderstood me and thought I was going home to the USA immediately, and not traveling. But that doesn't make sense... if I was just going to go back home as soon as my contract ends, then this visa thing wouldn't even be an issue so I'm almost positive that the PSB person I spoke to and I were on the same page.
So I'm frustrated because I'm getting a lot of different information and I already paid 1,000 yuan for this F visa they want to terminate early, and now might be forced to leave the country to get an L visa. I'd obviously have to pay for that flight and visa on my own, as well. It's a big pain in the ass.
Has anyone had a similar experience or know anything about this?
It would be a tremendous help. Cheers.
Thanks for updating, misubi. I am also going to go with Globy relocation just so I make sure my dog makes it back to the states with me.
I'm glad there was no quarantine examination, or paperwork for that matter stateside. It sounds like it was an easy transition.
Anyway thanks for all your help. Glad to hear you and your pup made it!
I love Mike's, so much, in fact, I order pizza from them almost every week. The Snow White and Frog Prince are my personal favorites.
A word of warning though:
I've gotten the veggie sandwich twice, which tastes amazing... but I got sick, unfortunately, after eating the sandwich BOTH times. My friend also has gotten sick off a sandwich before. With the veggie sandwich, I'm assuming it has something to do with the cheese... since the veggie sandwich is just cheese, veggies, and bread. I'm not sure what it is, but it's a real shame, because I think the combination of goat cheese and veggies is absolutely perfect.
@Mike, if you can assure me I won't get sick off another veggie sandwich, I can almost guarantee I'll be ordering one every week. But until then, I'll stick with the pizzas.
I just would like to say the owners of the Lazy Pug are the nicest people. I don't know if you can find such great service anywhere in Chengdu. Not only are they attentive, and reasonable, but they actually care about you. And your dog.
I brought my dog last night for the anniversary party, and as soon as Dana saw the dog she came over, loved it, and then asked if she (the dog) was thirsty. She immediately went to the kitchen to bring out a huge bowl of water for the pup, and then stayed around to chat.
It's the small things that count, I think. You know when you go to the Lazy Pug that you'll be taken care of very well, and sometimes that's the kind of guarantee you're looking for.
The music there, fortunately, is not like the typical bar (Paname, Jelly, etc)/club music For the most part it's quite good, and not in your mainstream rap/pop kind of way.
Also I really enjoy the atmosphere of the place. As an American, it honestly feels like I'm back at home sipping on a beer. It's the kind of place where you can temporarily forget that you're in the 'du.
Bah, it's okay.
Atmosphere: okay (not a fan of the predatorial environment though). The best part of the bar is probably the outside area. If you enjoy predators, being prey, or overdressed girls with heavy make-up, then this is your dig.
Music: Usually bad and too loud for conversation inside the bar.
Wine: Not good quality, but what can you expect? It's free.
Only worth going to if you're a lady and it's Thursday, or if you're a guy who can get a lady friend to score you some free wine.
I've had my fair share of falafel back in the States, and none compares to the falafel sandwiches at falafel laila. It's a little pricey for what you get, but what you get is delicious and I never regret it. I'm usually still hungry after a falafel sandwich (not very filling), so I usually get a small potato laila as well— very oily and piled with ketchup. They're better than fries! I think the money is definitely worth it to get something so different and foreign as great falafel in Chengdu. Whowouldathunk?