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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:

Chinese Candy

Chinese Candy

Made of vegetables

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.”

Rainy Hongkou

Hongkou
Hongkou

In front of the Rainbow City Lifestyle Mall.

Hongkou
Hongkou
Hongkou

Feihong Road and an entrances to the metro station Linping Road.

Hongkou
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

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