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Taizhou Bilingual – The end is nigh

Taizhou Bilingual – The end is nigh

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All things…

Having found my new apartment in my new estate to be a step in the wrong direction, it was a stroke of luck that the school decided they didn’t wish to continue my contract.

Having lived in the place for 2 weeks, it’s still got no TV and I’m confined to one room, in which I sit and watch the internet.

Not what the contract says, I’m supposed to be provided with a TV (minimum requirement for dealing with the boredom).

Bai xing jiao ling

The estate is called Bai xing Jiao ling, or common peoples estate, which is exactly right.

The leafy boulevards of Fengnan Road have been replaced by dumped sofas and bags of building waste.

The apartment itself is lightly furnished, with a wicker sofa, a table some chairs, a washing machine, a fridge, (whose door doesn’t close properly), and a TV (which doesn’t work) – all covered by a layer of plaster dust.

It’s closer to school, but further from the shops, places to eat, supermarkets and general activity.
Out in the sticks you might say.

It’s really not what I’m looking for. I want to be close to town, near the bars, shops and communications. Where I can have a good time. I was relieved when they said they were terminating my contract.

This, I think, won’t be without drama.

In the stitch zone

The guy from the agency that employed me on behalf of the school said they would pay me until 28th January + travel bonus.

I’m getting the distinct feeling they’re going to try and sack me and get out of paying this $500 bonus.

Someone asked me whether I was receiving drugs in the post in the teachers office, which I felt was a strange thing to say.

It’s not unusual to receive packages over Christmas. And like the other outlandish comments, I let it fall on stoney ground, (so to speak).

It’s 10 days to go until I’m free of the contract and paid up. I’m getting the feeling this week I’m going to be stitched up… so watch this space…

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Stolen bike #1

Stolen bike #1

Bought it from Auchan last weekend.

Bought a lock and chain for it. Rode it to school for 1 week.

Today, locked it up in front of supermarket in the center of town. In broad daylight.

Came back after about an hour.

It was gone.

Giant
Giant

After all the mudgards and chains, it cost about 1,400 RMB or about £150.

Rang my contact from the school and informed her. She came down, which was nice, and made out a report with the police. Who offered me an orange.

I declined.

Winter is coming

I’ve had experiences in China before with bikes.

They always get robbed.

I’m going to hang fire on the purchase of a new one.

I still have use of the free ones and one of the locks which I bought, which will have to suffice.

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Taizhou town

Taizhou town

So…

Went to see the film Interstellar last night. Took a cycle down to the local cinema.

Spitting Chinese

Girl gave me a free drink. There were a lot of spitting Chinese. One guy was even spitting in the cinema.

They used to do this in Shanghai, except they never used to spit. They would make a noise to get a reaction. Obviously, the Chinese round here are not that evolved, they go the whole hog.

Even people in uniforms were spitting.

I guess that’s what you’ve got to expect coming to a small town in China.

Interstellar

The film itself was good. Michael Caine sends a mission to Jupiter’s rings where there is a wormhole which the astronauts from a failing earth, go in.

When in there, they have to decide which planet to populate. Anyway, the upshot is, HATE is the key to the universe, and if we hate things enough, we will be chosen to populate other planets. Which seems reasonable.

Cost me 40 yuan or £4.

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