Finals

When I saw the final of the Euro 2004 in the Bierzelt of a small town in Bavaria, I would have never thought where I’d end up four years later…

Network cable

NULL encryption just worked once. With help of the lrz I’m about to narrow down the problem. Today I bought a new network cable and for now I can use VPN. In case it stops working again, I got three more points on my list. But I hope the best.

NULL encryption

No news from the lrz. They didn’t even bother to reply. Today I played around and checked “Allow using NULL encryption” in the configuration dialog. For the moment, VPN works. I hope it’ll last.

Animal oil

A friend said all the noodle people use animal oil because it’s cheaper. Aaaaaaarg. Bu hao. Hen bu hao. I will never be able to eat noodles again. We had just found a noodle woman a few weeks ago and last week I thought she used animal oil. Now I know…

Another language

As if Chinese wasn’t enough, Ouwen and I decided to learn Korean. Last week a Korean friend has been at home and bought us the book “Korean made easy for beginners”. Looks very good.

Korean made easy for beginners
Korean made easy for beginners

It’s good that they included a CD because I can’t find the free mp3s online. The book is for beginners which implies that they do not speak Korean. How are they supposed to understand the website.

Korean made easy for beginners

Hangul: Fascinating. Not as hard as Hanzi but also not too easy.

Hurry up, LRZ

Would be great if the lrz could finally fix the problems with their VPN server that I’ve reported over a month ago. The golden shield prevents me from accessing several sites. This blog is one of them.

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Shanghai

The tenthousandst picture I took with this camera since I got it for Christmas 2006 shows a ship on Huangpu River and the Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong seen from Gucheng Park.

Third chance

I’ve tried twice but never got beyond two posts. With me being in Shanghai and twitter’s increasing popularity I’m thinking about giving it a third chance. Let’s try it for a few days.

No hanzi on the cell phone

no hanzi on the cell phone

I get several of these messages per week. Mostly from China Mobile.

no hanzi on the cell phone

Perhaps I’ll get a new cell phone if I decide to stay longer.

Labor day, work on Sunday

Because of Labor Day on Thursday Tongji moved the classes from Friday to Sunday giving us three days off. The downside is that we have to go to school on Sunday. At first I thought it was a joke but it’s obviously not.

Update

Ubuntu 8.04 brought me Firefox 3 Beta 5 which is not yet supported by one of my crucial add-ons. Chinese Perapera-kun translates Chinese words by hovering over them. Very useful.

Now I have to get along with these:

Teamwork

The midterms are over and learning for them has improved my Chinese quite a bit. Inspired by a student of Sinology I had decided not to study any tones as memorizing doesn’t work, I can’t speak them anyway and most Chinese also understand me if I don’t use them. That doesn’t mean that I won’t try to learn them by speaking.

In the midterms we solved some exercises in teamwork and I would have never thought that one day a Chinese would copy from me in a Chinese exam. ;-)

Maybe more

According to Tongji it’s no problem to stay longer as long as TUM agrees. So the question is: Do I really want to stay longer? I don’t know. Fortunately I don’t have to decide right away.

More?

I asked my coordinator in Germany and she said I could stay longer. Let’s hope that I’ll get another admission from Tongji. If everything works out I would fly to Munich, write my exams and come back to Shanghai.

Wood, water and stones

Near Linan
Near Linan

Fake tree

Near Linan
Near Linan

Waiting for the worst food so far.

Near Linan

I’ve been gnawing on one of the wooden things in front without any effect before I finally gave up. The other dishes weren’t much better.

Near Linan
Near Linan

Funny thing to pump water. We thought we’d help them by using it but it actually cost one Yuan.

Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan
Near Linan

From Shanghai to Linan

The beginning of our two day study trip to Linan organized by the International School. Price: 50 Yuan (about 4,50 Euro).

Leaving Shanghai

Five buses in front of the International Students Building.

Leaving Shanghai

Large houses being built in the middle of nowhere. We’ve also seen developments with dozens of new, empty houses.

Leaving Shanghai

Oriental cherry?

News about the chair

“It is a good chair, it was made in Japan and was used in German in 1997.”

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Watch the video here.

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Lamp

The only thing I bought. Very useful. And only 32 Yuan (+ 2,90 Yuan for the bulb).

Wood and food

Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant

We just said we want something without meat and something with. I always said yes when the man, seemed to be the owner, asked about tofu, corn, etc. as I eat all of them. I never intended to order all the things… A great deal too much food for two persons and not as cheap as it could have been. But very delicious.

Chinese restaurant

For they know not what they do

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

Ok, better than this.

Hongkou

Match your bedding to your dress. Or the other way round.

Hongkou

Better than living food.

Hongkou
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall
Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall

Hongkou night

Women Hospital

Women Hospital

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

My barber’s. We think the sign says they will reopen on April 30th.

Hongkou

As usual: We know many characters but have no clue about their meaning in combination.

Hongkou

My street.

Hongkou

The house on the other side.

The 3 Kingdom Restaurant

Korean restaurant

The upper thing was also yellow, I have no idea why it’s green on the pictures.

Korean restaurant

Every table has its own fume hood and barbecue grill.

Korean restaurant

So many people are running around in the restaurants but no one takes care of your clothes. You always have to put them over your chair. I did it and then someone came and put this thing over my coat to “protect” it. Weird.

Korean restaurant

Free appetizers.

Korean restaurant

Gou rou, dog meat. No one wanted to order it and I only eat dogs when I can kill them myself. :-P

Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant

A waitress cooked the vegetables at another table, away from the meat.

Korean restaurant

The barbecue was changed very often. The waitresses came with a new one, put the meat on it and took the used one away.

Korean restaurant

Korean cutting the meat.

Korean restaurant

You eat the things wrapped in a lettuce leaf.

Korean restaurant

No idea why our Koren friend poured her tea in her rice.

Korean restaurant

Dessert

Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant
Korean restaurant

Air conditioning with jet engine

Korean restaurant

Cleaning

Just a little bit

Chinese restaurant

My vegetarian food didn’t even comply with the Chinese definition as I could spot the meat easily. The waitress said it’s just “a little bit” but they finally cooked the dish again.

Chinese restaurant

Mifan. I could eat tons. And I begin to understand why Chinese like it that much.

Chinese restaurant

Waitresses standing around. As all Chinese restaurants this one also had personnel en masse.