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Chinese Cultural Beauties ~ Moderation

11 Nov


The local cafe has recently acquired a new employee devoted to customer happiness ~¬†Gordy, the resident Koi fish ūüôā

Adorable little guy, he swims around in his bowl quite contentedly, entertaining children and adults alike.

Having attempted to keep koi fish myself and discovering a problem wherein they kept dying, I asked the owner how they have kept him alive so long.

One of the beauties of Chinese culture is how often they answer simple questions with ancient proverbs or philosophical explanations.

The owner’s enlightening response was that the key lay in finding moderation. ¬†The Koi fish are like people~they are a little strong and a little weak.¬†They have particular environments that they need to survive. If it is too clean and easy, they will be lazy and unhealthy. ¬†If it is too dirty and difficult, they will be depressed and find it hard to breathe.¬†They need balance to survive.

So every day, he changes¬†Gordy’s water. But where I would change the water completely, they balance clean and dirty water. They dump out half of the old water and add half with new/fresh water. ¬†This way, the water is a lot like the local ponds that¬†Gordy¬†comes from ~ a little fresh water (from rain and connected waterways) and a little dirty water (from algae, dirt, and other natural dirtiers). ¬†In this natural environment,¬†Gordy¬†grows both strong and happy.

Go Gordy! Live Long and Prosper!

Email in China

1 Apr

Over time, it gets harder and harder to use Google and Outlook products here in China. This is a particularly large issue for the wonderful world of email.  Gmail and Outlook mail are no longer working properly even with a VPN.  

The largest problem I’m confronting right now is that Chinese services are blocking “Received” messages from Gmail or Outlook accounts. ¬†For example, QQ (which my students all use), is completely rejecting anything from GMail or Outlook. ¬†

So what can you use?

Well, here are a couple alternatives:

  • QQ¬†– This is what most of the students are using. Basically, you register and download QQ International, and one of the options available to you with an account is QQMail.They have unlimited space and you can add large attachments. The downside is remembering your totally random QQ# email address (e.g.¬†123456789@qq.com).
  • Foxmail¬†– Doesn’t work with a VPN on. ¬†Offers you an email system that’s pretty good
  • 163.com¬†– Download with Google Chrome browser so you can translate the system into English while you set up your account. Pretty good, a lot of students use it. ¬†

I’ll try to do a comparison on them later. Right now, I use QQ, and I like it a lot. I do get tired of not being able to send an email to very many people and you keep having to enter confirmation codes. But it works!

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