Sunday, October 30, 2005

Guitar and More Survival Tips in China

A7x guitar came two weeks ago. Yay.

It was a Schecter Omen 6.

and now, it's time to do my civic duty of attempting to help the 2.5 people that actually come to Sunbunland.

How to Pick a Taxi (in Beijing)

1. Price stickers

Usually, the price sticker on the window tells you how old the car is. The 1.2RMB ones are sorta-old Xialis with little leg room. These are pretty old. Some don't have air conditioning, essential for summer survival.

1.6RMBs are usually Citroens or black Hyundais, which are OK - but if you need better comfort, pick the multi-colored Hyundais and other cars - these usually have a PRINTED on (not PAINTED on) taxi logo and have little signs of age. These are very comfortable.

2RMB taxis are hard to find, so that means that you should avoid them, basically.

2. Run the taximeter

Tell your driver to run the taximeter so they don't rip you off. Make sure you speak Chinese fluently (and with a Beijing accent) so the driver doesn't pick the "shortcut."

3. Make sure the driver knows where something is.

If you have to, tell them where they are and the driver will usually cooperate. Otherwise, ditch and find another taxi (if possible). If you can't, ... read #2.

That's it for this week. gn.

Friday, October 07, 2005

G4 sent me EverQuest 2.

WOOHOO! I won EverQuest 2 from that one gaming cable TV network. See, being on the internet for 7 hours a day does pay off.

I also won a guitar signed by Avenged Sevenfold... when will it come?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Learn to Travel in China .. The Sunbun Way!

I'm gonna make this blog be worth something to the 1 or 2 devoted readers that come here every day.

If you ever want to travel in China, here's some tips to survive.

1) Learn Chinese.
You'll thank me later.

2) Order food from trusted places.
It's best to play it safe and avoid any roadside stands, or any restaurants that sell only hot snacks, unless people recommend it to you. If you have to, you can order some lamb skewers from some barbeque stands - but avoid any with no customers queuing.

3) Watch for LICENSED taxis only.
Unlicensed taxis will run their meter for a long time just for profit. Tell your driver to run the meter also, or they'll charge you $100 instead of $10. Watch out!

For more tips, go to WikiTravel.org for more tips of China and other places. Maybe you'll learn something.

As for me, I got a D in school today, so I'm dead. Bye.