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Friday, August 18, 2017

KTV Karaoke Booths INSIDE a SUPERMARKET?! WTF - Only in China





Wait, WHAT IS THIS? Why are there KTV (karaoke) booths inside this
Carrefour complex in Chengdu, Sichuan, China? This is one of the weirdest, strangest, most random and hilarious things I have seen in China. My WTF China radar went off like crazy when I saw this, and I had to make a video - there was no way I was going to just walk aby it!

You guys have seen gaming booths inside Chinese malls, right? Same kind of idea, I guess. Maybe guys or girls, while waiting on their significant others, can sing a song or two! Seems like it's 5 yuan, which, while less than one USD, is more than I'd want to say for singing in a glorified telephone booth in a Chinese supermarket.

Anyway - what are your thoughts on sitting in a KTV / karaoke booth in the middle of a supermarket in China? Sound like fun? Or completely lame?

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

To Neijiang! We're doing WHAT??!!! Daily-Life Vlogging in China





Today, we're on the road - for a bit, anyway. My wife and in-laws are headed to Neijiang, a small town in Sichuan province, China. Why are we going there for the morning? Oh, wouldn't you like to know....! Haha well, if you watch, you'll find out!

I'll give you a hint - it might have to do with the purchase of the automobile persuasion...

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WTF China Stories | FAKE MEDICINE Girl | A Consequence of 'Leftover' Wom...





Welcome back to another episode of WTF China Stories! In this episode, we are going to discuss two phenomena in modern-day China: leftover women, and fake medicine.



You see, in China, nearly all women are put under enormous pressure to get married and have children as soon as possible, and after 27-28 years old, they are considered unmarriable and spinsters by Chinese society, which in my opinion is fucking ridiculous. Oh, well - this is China.



Anyway, I had a friend who was 24/25 and was on the cusp of getting married when her boyfriend dumped her, seemingly out of the blue...the rest of the story continues in the video!



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Self Harm Resources - you are NOT ALONE http://www.seventeen.com/health/advice/a4533/cutting-resources/



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Taking the Train in China | Going Back to Longchang Again





Ah, yes - the train! Possibly my favorite mode of transportation in China. Yes, seriously! I really like taking the train here. It's just a nice way to get around. Convenient, never late, plenty of space to move around - I love it! Snarky (White Guy) made a great video about taking the high-speed train from Shenzhen to Shanghai! Check it out!

Snarky's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoWs2...

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

TOP 5 China Vloggers I Watch EVERY Time They Upload | Most Underrated Ch...





Far West China: https://www.youtube.com/user/farwestc...

Snarkyguy: https://www.youtube.com/user/snarkywh...

Raising Shanghai: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt3K...

Living in China: https://www.youtube.com/user/JasonLig...

Lenaaround: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiNV...

Jerry Capital: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZI1...

Here's the deal - there are a ton of vloggers in China now. It's so different in 2017 compared to 2011. When I came here, it was just SerpentZA , laowhy86, and me - nobody else was making videos at the time (that I know of), so vlogging in China has obviously taken off as more people come here to live and work. China vloggers unite! Haha 

However, not everyone is getting the exposure that they deserve, so I've put together some of the best vloggers in China that I think are underrated and under appreciated. Beijing, Guizhou, Xi'an, Dongguan, Hong Kong, (and Chengdu? haha) - they're all over the place! 

There's something for everyone, I think. There's daily-life vlogging, Chinese culture, only in China stuff, WTF China, drones, married people, traveling in China, working in China, and so much more. Please subscribe to them!

I think if you spend some time with these guys, then you'll see that China's way more than just Shenzhen or Chengdu. China's a huge country with so much to offer in so many ways - that's what vlogging is for! To share experiences - so let's do it!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

WTF China Stories: The 8-MONTH-OLD English Student | REAL TIGER PARENTS



This is a 100% true China story. Think of this like the Chinese version of Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories, except without Hollywood and with a fat, white guy who's not really famous for anything. Anyway....on with the story!

I used to work at a Chinese English training school, which is basically an after-school school for kids to take an extra-curricular English class or two in order to give them an edge over the competition here in China. I've mentioned competition before on this channel in one of my "This is China" videos, which you can find on my channel. 

I've taught plenty of children in China - early education is a very strongly emphasized facet of education here in China, and foreigners are usually called in to teach children the foundations of English. 

This training school was called i2, and the kids usually ranged in age from 6-12 years old. However, one time, a couple came in with a baby and asked if we could teach her child. We said, "Sure, where's the child?" "What do you mean? He's here," she said, gesturing to the infant in her arms. 

Bish, what??? An Eight-month-old student?! Oh, wow....my poor co-worker. Now, the story begins....

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Monday, August 7, 2017

I'm a CAM GIRL Now?! China's Multi Billion Yuan Industry | Live Streaming





Live streaming in China has really taken off in the past year or so! It's insane the amount of people and the amount of money that can be made by sitting in front of a camera in your home entertaining people! So I am trying my hand at it. China has its own version of YouTube, Vine, Facebook, Whatsapp, and more - so why not Twitch or any of those other live-streaming platforms?



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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Typical Vegetable Market in China | Buying Groceries in China





So, you're living in China, yeah? You need to buy groceries, yeah? Don't want to spend a ton of money in those Chinese supermarkets? You're in luck! You can go to a farmer's market where things are brought in fresh every day! THIS is how we do it here in China!



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Thursday, June 8, 2017

China Stories | An Unexpected Party














In China, there's a fascinating phenomenon I call the "Unexpected Party Effect," which almost exclusively occurs when a foreigner goes out into a less-traveled place in a small town without many foreigners or out in the countryside where there are no foreigners. When off the beaten path, you'll have some unexpected invitations and meet some new people you'd never have met otherwise! And here are just two examples of the many I have experienced:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Visiting Longchi Village: A Poignant Reminder of the Wenchuan Earthquake

What started as an innocent enough daytrip to Longchi Village just north of Dujiangyan turned into a much more eerie and contemplative time than I expected.



It turns out that not everyone and everything is all well and good in some areas after the Wenchuan Earthquake struck....even ten years later. I was quite sad during some parts of this tour, and I'm not really sure how I feel about making a video about it.



Your thoughts?




Monday, May 8, 2017

Teaching In China | Training Schools vs. Universities: Pros and Cons

So, you want to teach in China? Here are some tips!









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Working at a training school, you will have:

- Longer working hours. Many, if not most, training schools will sign you for something around 22-25 teaching hours a week, not including “non-teaching hours.” This includes: English First, i2 International Education, Wall Street English, Disney English, New Oriental, Meten English. You can sign part-time contracts with most of these companies, but generally speaking, if you want a living wage, a full-time job, and a Z visa (work visa), you’re gonna put in the hours.

- Higher pay. You’re working longer hours, so you will get paid more. Salaries range from 140/hr to 200+/hr. If you’re teaching 25 hours a week, you can work that out. Some training schools give housing stipends/other compensation, so you’ll be making 10-15k yuan/month.

- No experience / credentials needed, depending on where and which company you teach at.

- No housing included. You’re on your own for a place.

- Lots of young students and annoying parents with abnormally high expectations.

- Fairly rigid curriculums to follow and little freedom to teach what you like.

- Not a normal social life. You’ll be working weekends.

Working at a university, you will have:

- Shorter working hours. Most university contracts are for between 12-18 teaching hours a week, with 16 being the most common. However, each “hour” is usually 45 or 50 minutes, followed by a break, then another “hour,” so you’re not teaching the whole time.

- Lower pay. Working less = less money, of course.

- Experience / credentials needed. This also depends on where you’re going to be. If you want to be at a university and you don’t have any experience, you’ll have to start small. You’ll at least need your original degree, and sometimes they’ll want to see your transcripts as well! They’re cutting down on fake degrees.

- More free time!!

- Housing included (most of the time) or a housing stipend.

- Complete freedom to teach what you like, sometimes to a fault.

- Older students, often (not always) with better English, so you don’t need to teach from the ground up.

Good luck!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

American Cooks Kung Pao Chicken For the First Time

Here we go! I, Austin Guidry, am embarking on an experiment: expanding my arsenal of Chinese dishes that I cook. Today, I'm trying Kung Pao Chicken.













If you want to cook this, you'll need this!



Authentic Kung Pao Chicken Recipe:

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

- A little less than 1lb of chicken breasts (400g is okay)
- 1 cup diced leeks (1.5 cm)
- 1 cup peanuts, skins removed
- 4 large cloves sliced garlic
- 10 round decent-sized slices of ginger
- Oil (preferably peanut), Salt, Sugar, Starch, Water, Cooking Wine (料酒 Liaojiu),
    - (Optional, but recommended) Huajiao (Sichuan peppercorn)

- Wash all ingredients before beginning.
- Prepare one bowl of marinade
    - 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp starch, 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Dice chicken breasts into 1.5cm cubes and transfer into the marinade. Marinate for 20 minutes minimum
- In another small bowl, mix: 1tbsp water, 1 tbsp starch, 1 tsp salt, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp cooking wine / liquor (料酒 liaojiu).
    - This is your flavor base

(If using Sichuan Peppercorn)
- Heat oil to medium heat, and when hot, add 1-2 tbsp of peppercorn. Let cook and stir until peppercorns visibly darken. Remove. (The flavor will remain in the oil)

- Prepare to fry your peanuts. Put enough oil for the peanuts to sit in and fully fry, but fully submerging them is unnecessary
- Fry until the color changes and gets darker
- Remove the peanuts and set aside

- Once your chicken has marinated for 20 minutes, heat up the oil to medium high and add the chicken and stir until nearly done.

- When the chicken’s nearly done, turn down to medium and add ginger, garlic, leeks, peanuts, and flavor base.

- Cook for 2 minutes then add dried peppers, stirring continuously. After 1-2 minutes, plate and enjoy! :)
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