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OK, here is a retroactive Xiamen thread. I will answer any and all questions that I can that you have about Xiamen, China, after having spent 3 months there working as a model. I will try to post relevant pictures until all questions have been answered. I'm also willing to hear your thoughts on Kuala Lumpur, because that's were I am based until November.
Pic related, it's my roommate walking to a party one night in Xiamen.
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I have become fed up with America, and have decided to leave. I have never left the states before, not even on vacation. I'm looking for advice on where to go and how to survive there.
My problem with America is simple: I believe our culture has been deliberately designed by a secret few to facilitate consumerism, fear of the unknown, and conformity. I believe that, through television, film, and word of mouth, the zeitgeist of Americans has been carefully manipulated to create value systems that are beneficial to these secret few. We do not depend on ourselves to grow our own food, build our own houses, and live our own lives, but instead willingly enslave ourselves to employers to accumulate imaginary wealth which we can use to procure these necessities. I wish to skip the pointless middle step of slavery, and earn my life for myself, completely independent and sovereign.
How and where can i do this? I doubt it can truly be done in America, as even the open country is subject to property taxes, permits, and other forms of government oversight, which means i'll have to look elsewhere. Canada is the closest and most accessible, with remote regions that are almost completely untouched by man, but the climate is nearly inhospitable, and i am not an experienced enough survivalist.
Where in the world, then, can i build my own home, farm my own food, and live my own life, completely independant of any form of government, and how do i go about doing so?
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Anyone here actually been an ESL teacher anywhere in Asia? Any experiences, tips, suggestions about which countries are good and which suck, etc. . . would be appreciated.
Also, if anyone has any idea, has the shit state of the economy dried up ESL opportunities over there at all, or is it still relatively possible to get jobs?
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I am heading to Beijing early next year (actually, heading to another part of China on business, but have a few free days in Beijing,) This is my second trip to China -- first time there, I did the usual tourist things in Beijing.
This trip, I'll be traveling with a friend who will be seeing China for the first time, and I know we'll need to get around to the usual basic stuff because of that. But I want to be sure to work in at least one not-the-standard-stuff moment while we are there.
Already done/seen/experienced: The Great Wall, Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, ate duck, listened to abbreviated Beijing Opera for tourists, saw a show with the acrobats.
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So I'm headed to Brussels this Friday, coming back (to Germany -- we're driving) on the Sunday evening... I'm going to visit a local friend there, but it's actually my second time. The last time was also two days but mostly spent drinking/recovering (because it was a friend's birthday) and we saw a specific exhibit on our free day. We were a larger group and it was harder to really do too much. But I have seen the city somewhat, the Grande Place and Manneken Pis, Quick Burger, the Tintin Shop (I loved Tintin as a youngster), the famous Delirium absinthe bar (which we'll probably go to again) and so on.
This time I'm going with fewer people (me, 3 others, plus staying with our local friend). It is also the other's FIRST time in Brussels, and I may have to repeat some of that basic touristy stuff again. Hardmode: two of them don't like art or museums. However I do, and if there are any really really worth seeing, I'm a big boy and don't mind going by myself.
We'll probably visit the Atomium (especially requested. but is it worth paying to go up inside??). I've perused wikitravel, and here are a few places that piqued my interest... I really liked the Art Nouveau architecture and façades, so I'm on the lookout for that. Is the Horta museum worth it? Belgian Comic Strip Center
I love Belgian beer (without fruit... Leffe, Grimbergen, Gueuzes, all the trappist stuff. just amazeballs) and would love love LOVE to visit a brewery, and I will almost certainly be bringing some home since we're driving. Wikitravel recommends Cantillon Brewery. Thoughts?
(pic related. was last time)
16 Hours in Hong Kong
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I've got a 16 hour layover in Hong Kong at the beginning of October. Anyone here have some advice on what to do? I plan on getting breakfast, lunch and dinner around the city and having a couple drinks before heading back to the airport. Other than that, what sites should I make a point of seeing, experiencing, etc?
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Going to thailand for about a month. General plan is to spend a few days to a week in the north - Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, rent a suzuki samurai or something, then flying from Chiang Mai to Laos, spending about a week there, then on to the southeastern islands: Koh Samui, Koh Pangan, stuff like that.
I need recommendations and stuff to do around those places, and if you have a cool place outside this plan, feel free to say so, I have no problem re-planning it.
Also, general Thailand tips thread.