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#Country Roads – #China Style!

6 May

Who needs a Road when you have crops to dry out?  #Farming – #China style. 😂

Glimpse into China Past

5 May

Mural on the outside of an abandoned building

May #Flowers

4 May

#Spring – April Showers bring May Flowers

#Astrill VPN 2017

4 May

Astrill VPN

If you pay any attention to my blog, you’ll know that for the last 3 years I have been living abroad. The world has many wonderful aspects to it (the mountains are GORGEOUS!), but stable and safe internet service is not one of those. My friend recently took her computer back to the States after a trip abroad to be repaired and the tech guy said she had more than 200 viruses on her system.  

So if you aren’t looking to break firewalls and get into sites you shouldn’t be getting into, why would you want a VPN?  You can find my list of the pros and cons of a VPN here. In general, I like the security a VPN provides to me, whether at home or abroad. I still use my VPNs in the US, especially if at a public location to avoid the same hacks, viruses, and trojans I worry about while traveling.  A VPN can help keep you fast and safe. Sometimes. Depending on which VPN you choose.  Also, it sometimes helps me bypass technical issues in the system. For example, my university uses Blackboard, but it does have random glitches that drop it a lot.  About 25% of the time, it only works if the teachers use a VPN.   When other teachers are down and out, those with a VPN can still get on.

To be honest, I actually go back and forth between Astrill and VyprVPN which runs at about $80/year for 1 device or $100/year for 2 device. Another one recommended to be was ExpressVPN which runs at about $100/year for 1 device and 1 phone/ipad (I’ve never tried them so I have nothing to give you for Express).   

After more than 3 years as an Astrill user, I thought I would offer you a report on how it’s going.  Continue reading

Life of an Foreign #Teacher ~ Computer Catastrophes

4 May
1:20 hour into class, for the 5th week in a row, all the computers crashed AGAIN. Completely deleting all the students hard work. Even saved documents were wiped off.
 
Class Leader immediately: Don’t worry teacher, I know. I will go make them come.
 
Me; why, yes Kevin darling. That might be an excellent idea. (**Insert Angry Face). And see if you can find the building manager. Or their boss. Or the boss of the boss.
 
Class: oooohhhh. *Waits eagerly and vengefully to enjoy the fireworks about to commence*
 
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Let Summer Commence!

30 Apr

Lemon 7-up is absolutely delicious! They call it ningmengqi or 柠檬七.

柠檬 (lemon) + 七 (7). It’s basically 7-up with squeezed lemon in it.  Delicious!

I usually order it 多多冰 (duo duo bing).  多means more/extra.  In Chinese, saying something twice makes it stronger – so 多多 means ‘a lot extra’.  冰 means ‘ice’. 

So I get 柠檬七多多冰 (ningmenqi duoduobing) or lemon 7-up with lots of ice. It’s possible I’m supposed to say the Ice first- my grammar isn’t that good. 😂 But they understand me! It cost me 7¥ or about 1$.  

If you visit #China. you should try it. Very Good and super refreshing!

#Travel: First Motorbike Ride!

29 Apr

Took my first ever motor Scooter ride today!  Drove about 3 hours out and about. Saw lots of cool things, Including this vegetable garden in front of the public toilet 😂


The #Tech Life ~ #VPN Pros and Cons

26 Apr

As always, I’m actually a supporter of people using VPNs to protect themselves when on the internet.  Although a VPN is never completely anonymous, it does go a long way towards protecting your identity and computer from people who want to hack and steal your data.  For those of you interested in how a VPN can help you or hurt you, I thought I’d compile a list of benefits and problems I’ve run into with my 3 years of VPN experience 🙂

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Ice Cream #Coffee

22 Apr

Iced Coffee #China style!  Here in Henan, most restaurants don’t have ice.  The Chinese don’t really like iced drinks – believing the cold unboiled water will make them sick and is a bad combination with your inside organs. (Probably true of the water here.) 

But Ice Cream is a different story.  Still bad for your health but not so likely to kill you.  So if you Order iced coffee or an iced soda You’ll get Ice cream coffee or a ice cream float 😄

#Foreign Food Fun!

21 Apr

Ooh. . . . Seaweed Chips!  😂 The perfect junk food.  They have the weirdest Types of chips here – no BBQ or Chedder Sour Cream.  Nope, It’s Seaweed, Green Tea, Squid, Roasted Lamb, Hot Pot, and Yoghurt

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