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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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

Fart-Time Teaching

Fart-Time Teaching

Whilst browsing through job adverts on www.thebeijinger.com, we came across this offer of a ‘fart-time’ job!

http://www.thebeijinger.com/classifieds/employment/2013/10/10/we-are-seeking-fart-time-english-teachers

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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

Senkaku or Diaoyu?

Senkaku or Diaoyu? Taking into account our considerable communication problems, Okubo became as close a friend as can be during his time in Yunnan, China.  In rural areas, Japanese citizens are a rare find, and I was intrigued from our first meeting.  Japanese culture is thoroughly entwined with China’s, yet aside from his physical features, Okubo couldn’t have been less Chinese.  He found Yunnan to be an alluring place, and bode his time bartending patiently while his brother in-law (a Korean man) finalized Read more [...] Read More

Seeing India the Flashy way

Seeing India the Flashy way Having travelled a lot in China, when I stepped off the plane in to India, I had a vague idea of what to expect. Unofficial taxi drivers crowding around intimidated foreigners, dirt and dust and car horns. Having arranged to meet my friend at the airport I knew that I would be able to avoid most of this. Maybe he would come in a taxi to meet me, maybe he would somehow arrange a private car, but what I didn't expect as he beckoned me past the Read more [...] Read More