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A Peak into the future of A Boomer Abroad and Help!

What the near-term future holds I am working towards two big events in the not-so-sordid history of aboomerabroad.com. 1. Launch of the site. Stay tuned. 2. Book on fascinating things about China you can only find out through living and working there. The book will have a lot more than the 24 items posted on […]

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PART 11 – 24 FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT CHINA – TRAVEL AND BIKES WITHOUT LIGHTS

23. How to travel internationally like most Chinese in 4 easy steps: 1. Don’t eat the local food. Either eat noodles in your room or go out to a Chinese restaurant. 2. Don’t worry about meeting the local people. They aren’t Chinese. You’re traveling in a group of Chinese for a reason. 3. Don’t waste […]

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Look-at-me buildings that at least are not dull at night

PART 10 – 24 FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT CHINA – REAL ESTATE AND POWER

21. Build, build, and build First there is no building then there is Stand still while outside, close your eyes for a few minutes and by the time you open them you may find a new building is starting to rise in front of you. I didn’t find anything to be built well in China […]

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PART 9 – 24 FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT CHINA – WORK

19. Working for a foreign company with foreign boss Teaching Business English in China mainly introduced me to Chinese who either worked for a foreign company or wanted to work for a foreign company. They like our companies more than we do During the time I was in China, I never came into contact with […]

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Part 8 – 24 FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT CHINA – MEN, WOMEN, AND MONEY

17. Money makes the world go round Money can’t buy me love? In any country money makes a man more attractive to women. More money makes him more attractive. For example, in the book Freakonomics the authors discussed a survey of dating site emails. The more money a man listed himself as making, the more […]

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PART 7 – 24 FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT CHINA – AGE, BEAUTY, AND LIGHT SKIN

14. Hope I die before I get old? Many Westerners who have never been to China, but feel they know something about Chinese culture,  confuse Chinese veneration of ancestors with respect for old folks. Quite the opposite is true. Chinese venerate – when it comes to non-ancestors – youth, good looks, and light skin. The […]

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PART 6 – 24 FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT CHINA – CHILDREN & PARENTS

12. Your kids are your retirement system Chinese do not depend on I.R.A.’s to keep them fed, clothed and sheltered in retirement. They rely on K.I.D.’s instead. In spite of how often Chinese use saving money for retirement as an excuse not to travel, even to the town next door, when pushed to explain their […]

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PART 5 – 24 FASCINATING THINGS ABOUT CHINA – CHINESE CULTURE

Chinese Culture in General 9. Chinese do this. Chinese don’t do that. Or, running with the herd While still in San Francisco, I became friends with a number of Chinese immigrant women. The constantly said “Chinese do (this)” and “Chinese don’t do (that)”. I used to wonder how could 1.3 billion Chinese do this or […]

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Thai Medical Tourism – Sample Price

To give you an idea of how reasonably priced healthcare is in Thailand, I’ve listed the cost (as of today) of a comprehensive check up at Bumrungrad Hospital. I picked Bumrungrad because it is generally one of the more expensive hospitals in Thailand. Bumrungrad Comprehensive Vital Signs and Physical Examination Blood Test Complete Blood Count (CBC) Fasting […]

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Questions to ask a doctor

These questions are based on a list questions from Thailand Medical Tourism Portal. I’ve added some more and reorganized. General Background What qualifications do you hold and where did you receive them? Are you certified with local, national, and/or international health organizations? What professional memberships do you belong to? Experience with specific procedure Do you have […]

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