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Now ye're talking - to an Irishman in China

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  • Registered Users Posts: 43 KissMeArse


    Not trying to sound weird or as if I'm looking for a gf (I'm married lol!) but do you find as a Westerner in China that you get hit on by women there much? I've heard that this is often the case as Westerners are seen as exotic/different and likely rich.
    Also, have you had many experiences where Chinese people want to take your picture, again for the reasons above being different/exotic to them? I imagine this is probably more common outside the bigger cities where there wouldn't be nearly as many foreigners or ex-pats.


  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    KissMeArse wrote: »
    Not trying to sound weird or as if I'm looking for a gf (I'm married lol!) but do you find as a Westerner in China that you get hit on by women there much? I've heard that this is often the case as Westerners are seen as exotic/different and likely rich.
    Also, have you had many experiences where Chinese people want to take your picture, again for the reasons above being different/exotic to them? I imagine this is probably more common outside the bigger cities where there wouldn't be nearly as many foreigners or ex-pats.

    Most Chinese people don't speak English and most westerners don't speak enough Chinese, so there is that barrier in regards to meeting someone here. Any westerner I know here who is in a relationship here with a Chinese person, their girlfriend/wife speaks English. I'm sure there are exceptions to that, but I don't personally know of any.

    Yeah that happens, but as you mentioned it's more common in smaller cities were they're not as used to seeing westerners. You can literally become a local celebrity. I've had a woman hand me their child so she could take a picture. Some people don't like it. I've often been out with a group of non-Chinese friends, at a bar for example. A Chinese person will try to take a picture and some of the group I'm with will tell them no. Maybe it's just me, but I personally don't care if someone wants to take a picture. Similarly, people get annoyed by the constant staring when walking down the street. In most cases it's just pure curiosity on their part. Again, I doesn't bother me and I will often say hello, just to see their reaction. On a side note, I love messing with Chinese people who talk about you (never anything bad) because they assume you can't understand a word they're saying. Have had some funny elevator conversations.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,776 ✭✭✭up for anything


    Any westerner I know here who is in a relationship here with a Chinese person, their girlfriend/wife speaks English.

    You say girlfriend/wife - does it never happen the other way round as in a female westerner being in a relationship with a Chinese man? Following from that, are same sex relationships regarded with horror, the way they were here not so long ago?

    Is your city beginning to relax travel restrictions in the way that other cities are in China now as new infections are dropping? Seems a bit chancy to do that as surely once restrictions are lifted new infections will start rising again. Maybe they've given up trying to contain it because it's impossible and hurting the economy?


  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    You say girlfriend/wife - does it never happen the other way round as in a female westerner being in a relationship with a Chinese man? Following from that, are same sex relationships regarded with horror, the way they were here not so long ago?

    Is your city beginning to relax travel restrictions in the way that other cities are in China now as new infections are dropping? Seems a bit chancy to do that as surely once restrictions are lifted new infections will start rising again. Maybe they've given up trying to contain it because it's impossible and hurting the economy?

    My girlfriends boxing coach is a Chinese guy who is married to a westerner. One of my friends in a previous city I live, American girl, has a Chinese boyfriend. So yes, it happens. Those are the only 2 I know of though. As for same sex relationships, they're still a bit taboo. I think it's a face thing, families don't want everyone knowing their son/daughter is gay. One of my colleagues is gay and has a girlfriend, but not everyone in the office knows this. Her family doesn't know. So yeah, it's something that it is often kept under wraps.

    I'm still only allowed out every 2 days, but some districts have lifted that so hopefully that will be gone in a of couple days. Even then, still checking temperatures and only residents allowed in each complex, no visitors. Still only convenience stores and supermarkets open here, and have to sign in/have your temperature checked. Some of the tourist places and parks have opened. I reckon by next week more places will be open.

    I probably won't be going back to the office next week as someone in the office building I work had the virus apparently, so the building was locked down. I haven't been there in a month, so I suspect I'm probably safe :pac: But yeah,I think while everyone is eager to get back to normal there is still a sense of 'what if'. If it gets going again I think it could end up much worse.

    On a side note, I'm obviously reading the news every day so see that places like Italy, South korea, Iran etc. are seeing a spike in cases. I've also seen some people comment on how it's been overblown. Very easy to say when it's not on your doorstep. To those people I would say try spending a month a home, then get back to me. Quarantine is not fun, I haven't seen a familiar face in 4 weeks. Nevermind the possibility of losing your job through no fault of your own. And all of this is without even getting sick. China had to essentially quarantine the entire country to stop this spreading, I don't think people quite realise the magnitude of that and what it actually does to a country. The alternative is to let it spread and possibly have millions die instead of thousands.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,373 ✭✭✭Gloomtastic!


    On a side note, I'm obviously reading the news every day so see that places like Italy, South korea, Iran etc. are seeing a spike in cases. I've also seen some people comment on how it's been overblown. Very easy to say when it's not on your doorstep. To those people I would say try spending a month a home, then get back to me. Quarantine is not fun, I haven't seen a familiar face in 4 weeks. Nevermind the possibility of losing your job through no fault of your own. And all of this is without even getting sick. China had to essentially quarantine the entire country to stop this spreading, I don't think people quite realise the magnitude of that and what it actually does to a country. The alternative is to let it spread and possibly have millions die instead of thousands.

    I just can't see Ireland doing curfew. How do you get an Irishman to do something? Tell him not to do it! :rolleyes:

    Here in Dublin, dogs are legally banned from being off lead on Bull Island, a nature reserve here. However, Dublin City Corporation have recently announced that they are no longer going to enforce the law due to the abuse their staff get when trying to get people to conform. One had a nervous breakdown! :eek:


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  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    I just can't see Ireland doing curfew. How do you get an Irishman to do something? Tell him not to do it! :rolleyes:

    Here in Dublin, dogs are legally banned from being off lead on Bull Island, a nature reserve here. However, Dublin City Corporation have recently announced that they are no longer going to enforce the law due to the abuse their staff get when trying to get people to conform. One had a nervous breakdown! :eek:

    My girlfriend is British and we were joking last week saying imagine trying to quarantine people like this in Dublin or London? Not a hope, people would go mental. Obviously the last few days has made the thought less funny now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,064 ✭✭✭volchitsa


    My girlfriend is British and we were joking last week saying imagine trying to quarantine people like this in Dublin or London? Not a hope, people would go mental. Obviously the last few days has made the thought less funny now.

    I was wondering how you manage quarantine with the dog? Doesn't he/she go stir crazy in the flat? (Like you say, the whole idea of quarantine has suddenly got a whole lot closer and I find myself working out how we'd manage if it happened - and the dog might be an issue!)

    Also, presumably some people in China have houses with gardens, or does everyone live in a flat or small village? I mean, how rich would you have to be before you'd live in a house with its own entrance and a private garden, what is sort of an average middle class life for us?


  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    volchitsa wrote: »
    I was wondering how you manage quarantine with the dog? Doesn't he/she go stir crazy in the flat? (Like you say, the whole idea of quarantine has suddenly got a whole lot closer and I find myself working out how we'd manage if it happened - and the dog might be an issue!)

    Also, presumably some people in China have houses with gardens, or does everyone live in a flat or small village? I mean, how rich would you have to be before you'd live in a house with its own entrance and a private garden, what is sort of an average middle class life for us?

    I'm allowed out within the apartment complex, which thankfully is large enough that I walk him around a bit. So he still gets to go out 3 times a day. We're just not allowed to leave the actual complex. Our apartment complex is basically a gated community with 8 buildings, each with 27 floors. There have been actual apartment buildings quarantined, as is nobody allowed to enter or leave the building. But only in buildings where a resident has been confirmed to have contracted the virus. One of those is the office building I work in.

    Houses are not a thing here in China, at least not within the cities. There's just far too many people for that. You do see 'houses' when you go out into the smaller villages and towns, but within the cities it's just apartment blocks, either on their own or within a complex. The old style apartment blocks are usually 6 or 7 floors, negating the need for an elevator. But large apartment buildings are now the norm. As above, my building has 27 floors. I'm sure there are some houses within cities, but I'm guessing you would need to be mega rich to own one. I have a massive garden outside with grass, trees, nice bench areas, table tennis, a basketball court, playground etc. I just share it with a 1000 other people :D

    So as you can see, any kind of quarantine in Ireland would be much different than here, and more difficult to implement. Because everyone here lives in apartments blocks and complexes, you can essentially contain hundreds or thousands of people with just one way in or out. Try doing that with 1000's of detached or semi-detached houses that have individual entrances.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,373 ✭✭✭Gloomtastic!


    The Irish collective weakness is drink. What’s China’s? Is it gambling. Anytime I’ve been in a casino, it’s been full of Chinese betting on anything and everything.


  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    The Irish collective weakness is drink. What’s China’s? Is it gambling. Anytime I’ve been in a casino, it’s been full of Chinese betting on anything and everything.

    Gambling is technically illegal in China, but you see people playing cards and majong for money all the time. There are official lotteries in China, which the government doesn't consider gambling. I remember speaking to 2 British guys in Beijing who worked for a company that ran 'sports betting shops' in China. I was half drunk so can't remember exactly how it worked, but something along the lines of it's not illegal if you bet on multiple results. I'll need to check that, but I'm fairly sure that's what they said. If you ever want to see an insane amount of money being spent on gambling, go to Macau. I've been to Vegas and there is no comparison. And more than 50% of the people in the casinos are from mainland China. I like the odd football bet but don't really like casinos, so I was perfectly happy playing the cheap poker and roulette machines. To be honest that was all I could justify/afford anyway, most of the tables had insane minimum bets.


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  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,980 Mod ✭✭✭✭iamstop


    If you ever want to see an insane amount of money being spent on gambling, go to Macau. I've been to Vegas and there is no comparison. And more than 50% of the people in the casinos are from mainland China.

    I took a trip there on the ferry from Hong Kong. Nice little place to visit. Checked out some Casinos. Thought is was great craic that the Macua Pataca was worth about 1/10th of a Euro.

    So you'd be betting in MP and it would seem like you were high rolling but in fact you just bet a 5er. Lol.

    Some nice Portuguese buildings and forts etc IIRC


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,776 ✭✭✭up for anything


    How are things now? Are restrictions still easing?


  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    How are things now? Are restrictions still easing?

    Things are getting better. We're all allowed out now every day. Still only residents allowed inside each apartment block/complex, that'll probably last another while. Everyone had to scan a QR code and fill out a online form with your details, which in turn generates your own QR code. So you need to show that your QR code pretty much everywhere you go (I've only been to the supermarket), and to get back into your apartment complex. Some places scan it, but most places just ask to see it. I've seen some restaurants open, but you basically place your order at the door and they hand it out to you when it's ready. I had starbucks yesterday :D I had to order it on the app and wait outside, when coffee was ready the barista guy unlocked the door and handed me the coffee. Some malls have opened, but I haven't been so I don't know to what extent. Tourist areas have opened. My office building is still sealed off for another week though, so another week working from home :rolleyes:

    In general though, much better. A lot more people milling about so the city is starting to look normal again in that sense. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing to be honest. I'm still on venturing out to get coffee and some groceries, not taking any risks. Been cooking up a storm at home. Sad to see the first case in Ireland, but that was inevitable I guess. Hopefully things don't get too much worse. It's kind of surreal seeing all these new cases popping up all over the place as that's just been the norm here the past 5 weeks. I can understand the concern and panic (somewhat), in hindsight we didn't know at first what this thing was or how bad it would get until we were in the midst of it. If anyone wants any quarantine tips I'll be happy to oblige :pac: I am starting to go a bit mad at this stage though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,334 ✭✭✭✭fritzelly


    With cases popping up everywhere else and only 3 new cases outside Hubei today do you have any sense of worry that this could blow up again now everyone is starting to return back to work and people left to mingle freely?


  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    fritzelly wrote: »
    With cases popping up everywhere else and only 3 new cases outside Hubei today do you have any sense of worry that this could blow up again now everyone is starting to return back to work and people left to mingle freely?

    Definitely a worry for everyone. But after 5 weeks I think they really had no choice but to loosen the restrictions. Most things are still closed, and schools won't reopen for at least another 2 weeks, probably longer. What they have done seems to have worked, hopefully it will continue to improve but there is always that 'what if' at the back of your mind.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Regional East Moderators, Regional North West Moderators Posts: 12,072 Mod ✭✭✭✭miamee


    Do you think being indoors and restricted in your movements will affect you when the restrictions have been lifted? I know it's only been a few weeks but will you feel really weird when you have the freedom back to go wherever you like, as if you are doing something wrong by heading to the mall or getting on a bus?

    Glad to hear things are returning to normality though, being stuck inside for so long can't be good for anyone either.


  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    miamee wrote: »
    Do you think being indoors and restricted in your movements will affect you when the restrictions have been lifted? I know it's only been a few weeks but will you feel really weird when you have the freedom back to go wherever you like, as if you are doing something wrong by heading to the mall or getting on a bus?

    Glad to hear things are returning to normality though, being stuck inside for so long can't be good for anyone either.

    It's affecting me now to be honest. Not in a terrible way, but I'm more irritable and just don't know what to do with myself half the time. If I didn't have work to do I'd be literally driven mad. The idea of staying at home for a week or 2 and watching movies, reading or doing whatever hobby interests you is something I'm sure a lot of people would love to do. Get away from the daily grind so to say. But I'm entering my sixth week, this is not fun anymore. Sure, I can go outside, but to what? Going for a 'Sunday stroll' is nice and all, but when it's all you have you lose interest very quickly. In saying all that I'm staying positive, amidst fleeting moments of extreme boredom. This is a once in a lifetime thing (I hope), and I do not want to do it again. Catching the virus is the last thing on my mind.

    But yeah, it'll be weird going back to normality. Or maybe it won't, I don't know. It's monday and I've at least another week to go before going back to the workplace. I'm obviously avoiding buses and malls at the moment, even though they've started up again, but you've no idea how much I wanna go to a restaurant and eat some food I haven't cooked. I love cooking, but twice a day for over 5 weeks and it's gets mundane. Never thought I'd say that.

    Quarantine is not fun guys. If you're stuck with it, for whatever reason, that's fair enough, but certainly don't hope for it. Stocking up on food does nothing except ensure you have something to eat, that'll be the least of you worries.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,196 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious


    Have you ever seen a mobile execution van? Do you ever see or hear anything about the death penalty over there? Do summary executions still happen?


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,334 ✭✭✭✭fritzelly


    Questions have dried up as Ireland is in a state of hysteria now


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 409 ✭✭Titclamp


    What's the food like?


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  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    Have you ever seen a mobile execution van? Do you ever see or hear anything about the death penalty over there? Do summary executions still happen?

    No I haven't, or maybe I have and didn't notice it. It's not something you hear about often, apart from hearing news stories. I think the most common use of it is for murder. My first year in China, 2013, I taught in a high school. One of my students was stabbed to death in a ktv (karaoke) by a kid from another school. Both were 17. I remember hearing that the victims family was calling for the death penalty. But I left before it was all resolved so not sure what happened.

    There's a massive list of crimes that can carry the death penalty, but not all of them are an automatic death penalty. I've heard some surprisingly lenient sentences given for crimes such as rape etc. In saying all that, it's a very safe place.
    fritzelly wrote: »
    Questions have dried up as Ireland is in a state of hysteria now

    Yeah I can see that, it's surreal seeing cases popping up all over the place and things here improving. Hope you all keep safe.
    Titclamp wrote: »
    What's the food like?

    Very different to your generic Chinese takeaway food, not even comparable to be honest. The only things I can think of off hand that you can actually get here is sweet and sour (somewhat similar depending on the restaurant), chow mein (very different), fried rice (somewhat similar), roast duck (much better here), dumplings (do Chinese takeaways even sell them?). Hong kong restaurants here tend to be a bit more comparable to Chinese takeaway food (taste wise), but even that is only small number of things.

    I adore the food here, I will miss it when I eventually leave. If you like spicy food then there's lots of great options. It's not all spicy though, depends on the region. Hot pot is godly good (when it's done right), probably my favourite. Are there any hot pot restaurants in Dublin? I'm not moving home until there is at least one.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,616 ✭✭✭maninasia


    How many different forms of moon cake did you eat a few weeks ago?

    I should be in taipei for a week for the first time ever this year, so have you been over that way? Any cultural do's or don't I should know about?

    And is stinky tofu all I hear it is? :)

    Stinky tofu is great , go for it.
    Asking somebody in China about Taiwan is not very useful .


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,616 ✭✭✭maninasia


    My girlfriend is British and we were joking last week saying imagine trying to quarantine people like this in Dublin or London? Not a hope, people would go mental. Obviously the last few days has made the thought less funny now.

    They will change their tune very quickly. In fact they will be asking the government to put people in quarantine.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,776 ✭✭✭up for anything


    It's funny how all over Facebook Irish people are hysterical at the thought of the government culling us using Covid-19 but they're quite happy to help the murderous overlords along by demanding quarantines and self-isolation which if they are to carry their deluded conspiracy theories to a conclusion would mean that they are making it easier for the NWO to kill them off and not have any questions asked. So many plot lines. :D:D


    OP, I haven't watched any because videos tend to drag on and I prefer to read quickly... but have you seen any indication there, either on the Chinese version of the Internet or in real life of this business that many thousands more have died and are still dying of the virus or because they were walled up in their homes and died of the virus or of starvation - all the scaremongery stuff we are hearing here? There are videos showing multiple bodies being bundled into body bags because they are in in scarce supply - the bags and not the bodies.

    Another question I have based on a interview I read which was purported to be given (and in the Daily Mail) by the first British person in China to get the virus supposedly in November - is whether for the average ex-pat in China on reasonable money is medical care very expensive - would calling an ambulance for yourself be bank-breaking and would treatment be refused if your money dried up?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,171 ✭✭✭✭MadYaker


    European ex pats generally get health insurance from their empolyer that allows them to access the much nicer American owned hospitals in china, you don't wanna go to the other ones.


  • Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 21,502 Mod ✭✭✭✭Agent Smith


    Do you have a bedside locker?

    Whats in your beside locker?

    Do you live with your G/F? How has the quarantines been affecting you both?


  • Registered Users Posts: 34,283 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato


    Whats in your beside locker?

    :confused:

    Fingal County Council are certainly not competent to be making decisions about the most important piece of infrastructure on the island. They need to stick to badly designed cycle lanes and deciding on whether Mrs Murphy can have her kitchen extension.



  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    It's funny how all over Facebook Irish people are hysterical at the thought of the government culling us using Covid-19 but they're quite happy to help the murderous overlords along by demanding quarantines and self-isolation which if they are to carry their deluded conspiracy theories to a conclusion would mean that they are making it easier for the NWO to kill them off and not have any questions asked. So many plot lines. :D:D


    OP, I haven't watched any because videos tend to drag on and I prefer to read quickly... but have you seen any indication there, either on the Chinese version of the Internet or in real life of this business that many thousands more have died and are still dying of the virus or because they were walled up in their homes and died of the virus or of starvation - all the scaremongery stuff we are hearing here? There are videos showing multiple bodies being bundled into body bags because they are in in scarce supply - the bags and not the bodies.

    Another question I have based on a interview I read which was purported to be given (and in the Daily Mail) by the first British person in China to get the virus supposedly in November - is whether for the average ex-pat in China on reasonable money is medical care very expensive - would calling an ambulance for yourself be bank-breaking and would treatment be refused if your money dried up?

    Sorry for the delay.

    No I haven't seen any of that, not even close. Funnily enough, I tend to believe the numbers coming out of China. I am here and know people across the country so if that kind of stuff was happening you would definitely hear about it. I'm in WeChat groups with hundreds of foreigners and Chinese across the country, everyone is just complaining about work stuff and being generally being stuck at home. Hubei is another story, I do believe there were far more infected and far more died simply due to insane amount of people who caught it...not enough test kits, not enough beds etc. and people probably dying without even being tested. I'm not sure the Chinese government even knows how many were infected there. I'm as skeptical has most people when it comes to info coming from the CCP, but I'm just not seeing or hearing anything that suggests otherwise. I don't know anyone who was caught the virus. Furthermore, I don't know anyone whose friend/family member/colleague/neighbour etc. was gotten the virus. Take from that what you will.

    Regarding medical costs, it depends how sick you are. It also depends on the hospital, some are more expensive than others. If you have to stay in hospital for a few days, it can add up. Operations can be expensive. Guy I know gotten beaten up by a bunch of Russians had to get a few facial surgeries, cost about 10,000 euro. Then again, I damaged by knee playing football, got an MRI and saw a couple of doctors and went back for a check up...100 euro for everything. You need to pay in advance for medical stuff here, so you won't get treated if you don't pay. Hopefully your insurance is decent.
    Do you have a bedside locker?

    Whats in your beside locker?

    Do you live with your G/F? How has the quarantines been affecting you both?

    Yes, and upon checking it's pretty empty. Just some loose change, and old watch and my passport. Sorry to disappoint.

    Yeah I live with my girlfriend. We are fine, but starting to go a bit mad at this stage though. We try to get out as much as possible, but most of our time is spent at home because there's still not much open. It's been 7 weeks for me (I think :confused:), 5 for her. I don't even know anymore to be honest. It certainly gets to you, half the time you just don't know what do to with yourself. Cooking a lot, watching tv shows/movies, playing cards, browsing the internet, reading, working etc. That's the extent of it. I've never been in a situation like this, and I hope never to be again.

    Won't be going back to work this week either, building is still closed. Workplaces, whatever they may be, need to apply to the government to open again. Everyone in our office can work from home so that's kinda screwed us. So yeah, another week of fun in store. And maybe another after that, nobody knows. I made my own sausages this afternoon, that's how bored I was.

    Hope you're all keeping safe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,776 ✭✭✭up for anything


    Thank you for your fullsome answers. You're very patient. I have more questions based on Internet conspiracy rumours, if you don't mind?

    People are posting pics of Wuhan skyline etc and not a light to be seen. I'm assuming that is because it's the business district so if no one is using them they turn the lights off to save money. :D

    Someone mentioned they'd seen a video of one of the newly constructed hospitals but there were no lights on in any of the buildings surrounding it - forced exclusion zone or something?

    Here's what seems like a regular Yahoo news link accusing all and sundry if cover ups.

    https://news.yahoo.com/chinas-coronavirus-recovery-fake-whistleblowers-191300391.html

    You say you don't know anyone who got the virus. Have you seen anything from someone who actually had it and recovered.

    Are you actually a Chinese secret agent posing as an Irishman in China covering up the real state of affairs?


    How did the sausages taste? Post me a photo of your dog holding a newspaper with today's date. :D

    I can't imagine having to be sequestered with my young adult children for seven weeks. I'd be sneaking out to catch the virus so as to get way from them for a break in hospital.


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  • Company Representative Posts: 39 Verified rep I'm in China, AMA


    Thank you for your fullsome answers. You're very patient. I have more questions based on Internet conspiracy rumours, if you don't mind?

    People are posting pics of Wuhan skyline etc and not a light to be seen. I'm assuming that is because it's the business district so if no one is using them they turn the lights off to save money. :D

    Someone mentioned they'd seen a video of one of the newly constructed hospitals but there were no lights on in any of the buildings surrounding it - forced exclusion zone or something?

    Here's what seems like a regular Yahoo news link accusing all and sundry if cover ups.

    https://news.yahoo.com/chinas-coronavirus-recovery-fake-whistleblowers-191300391.html

    You say you don't know anyone who got the virus. Have you seen anything from someone who actually had it and recovered.

    Are you actually a Chinese secret agent posing as an Irishman in China covering up the real state of affairs?


    How did the sausages taste? Post me a photo of your dog holding a newspaper with today's date. :D

    I can't imagine having to be sequestered with my young adult children for seven weeks. I'd be sneaking out to catch the virus so as to get way from them for a break in hospital.

    No problem at all, I'm happy to answer any questions.

    I have seen some foreigners in Wuhan posting in WeChat groups, their experience has been the same as mine, albeit far more restrictive of course. It's not just Wuhan, I know a girl here in my city who has a coronavirus case in her apartment building, the building was essentially sealed off and she had groceries delivered to her door every second day. Could not leave her apartment for 3 weeks.

    I can't really answer about Wuhan because I just don't know. There are people there that are fine, but locked in their apartment of course. Then there are people who have been sealed in their apartment. The lights going out thing, that can happen here at any time. It's happened a couple of times to me, but is rarely thankfully. Beyond that I haven't a clue.

    I've seen a couple of posts on Weibo from people who have recovered. One in particular was a guy in his 20's/30's who got pretty damn sick, spent 2 weeks in hospital and even needed oxygen. But he recovered, I'll try my best to find it, but that was a couple weeks ago.

    Haha nope, just an Irishman living in China unfortunately. Nothing exciting.

    The sausages were pretty good, made about 2 kilos so plenty in the freezer now to do me a while, will post picture tomorrow. However, I have ran out of teabags which is an absolute disaster, I'm stuck with that green tea sh*te...donations are welcome. The Chinese don't really do newspapers so I won't be able to do that, but I will post some sort of picture tomorrow of my dog.


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