Ramblin Mik has Moved!

Ramblin Mik has Moved!

Dear all,

Ramblinmik.com has now joined forces with our good friends at West Points East!  All our latest posts will be on there  Please go to www.westpointseast.com for more interesting stories and China info!

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Love Costs Money

Love Costs Money The author is a Russian-American woman who works and lives in Beijing Most societies that I have encountered in my lifetime would almost certainly accept the following famously clichéd quote, “Money can’t buy love.” Most people think of marriage as a sacred love contract, and in modern East and West European, North and South American societies, individuals simply do not wish to settle for a loveless life-long partnership. We are about to discuss the kind of love that one feels towards a Read more [...] Read More

Learnings from Naxi friends

Learnings from Naxi friends Sifting through the moments in China, I see a beautiful gem appear as I remember the precious time spent with a Naxi friend and her family in Lijiang, Yunnan. Walking to their home was a breathe of sweet, fresh mountain air, different from the smoggy thickness of some of the cities that I had spent time in in the East. Their home was surrounded by a verdant isle of green and the occasional grazing pony. Embraced also by the majestic mountains standing tall like noble guards around a fortress, within Read more [...] Read More

Chinese Children Under Pressure

Chinese Children Under Pressure Children in China are under immense pressure to succeed today. When examining the pressure placed on this generation of youngsters we discover the adverse effects which take place later in life. This raises the question of what kind of pressure should be exerted on children. Most kids take the least path of resistance, be it video games or watching TV, but parents have a base level of expectations for what children should achieve upon reaching adulthood. However, Chinese parents hoist far more pressure Read more [...] Read More

The Problem with Helping in China

The Problem with Helping in China Those of us who have spent time in China have all encountered situations where we are left scratching our heads in disbelief. No instance more so than the sight of a citizen in distress, surrounded by a sea of public common indifference. Those of us who have taken in the nightspots of China have probably witnessed alcohol-induced physical confrontations between natives. Of course, bar districts of the world suffer more or less the same problems; this in itself is not exclusive to China. The Read more [...] Read More

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube returning to the mainland

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube returning to the mainland   Since mid-2009, following riots in Xinjiang, the Chinese authorities have blocked Facebook, Twitter and Youtube in mainland China, claiming that they were the medium through which the riots were organised. Computer-savvy expats have long been using VPNs to access their favourite censored content, however, soon some of them won’t need to any more. According to The South China Morning Post, many censored sites such as Facebook will be accessible within a newly planned Free Trade Zone Read more [...] Read More