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2020.10.30 21:33 galaxywonder021 I'm Filipino and sometimes I feel like I don't relate to other Filipinos I know because of the way I was raised and all that. 23F (Also applies to Asians too but mainly Filipino since thats what I am ethnically/culturally)

I welcome anyone to share/give their own inputs.
Hello, so let me start off by saying that ethnically I am not entirely Filipino, my mother is half. I was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada as a child with my parents so technically I am considered first-generation.
The first point is my voice/accent, given that I was taught English by my parents (who both are fluent but of course have accents) I have an accent that comes out at times but since I was taught in Canada, my voice does have influence from Canada too. Basically, like many immigrant kids I carry a "mix" accent as I like to call it. On the phone it seems to be more amplified than when I talk to people in person though from what I have been told. Due to this, people automatically assume that I speak Tagalog like my parents but I don't. My mom/dad never taught me the language and yes I can understand some due to listening to it growing up but ask me to converse then I don't know how to. When I was in school, I met a few Filipino kids who would shun me because I didn't speak the language, other Asian kids who were either immigrants like myself (came as children) or whose parents were immigrants would share stories that I simply could not relate to. For example, they would talk about how they had to translate/faced a language barrier because of their parents speaking Mandarin or Tagalog. I understand that my parents being able to converse/write in English and all that made it easier for our family compared to someone who faces a language barrier but its a bit silly that people would shun/tease me because I don't speak another language.
The next point has to due with the type of friends and later on my dating life, compared to the Filipinos/Asians I knew growing up I had a more diverse set of friends and relationships. (Base on what I've noticed and what they told me) I remember in high school, I dated a white guy and one of my friends (She's Asian) asked me if my parents knew about him and I said yes. She, explained that it was weird that my parents would be okay with it. I never thought it was weird since in my own family there are people who date/marry other ethnic/racial groups. In terms of my friend groups, I had friends who were Asian, Middle Eastern, Black, White and Hispanic etc. My parents despite being first generation immigrants were welcoming of them and even my parents themselves although mostly hanging out with other Filipinos have made friends/hanged out with non-Filipinos/non-Asians. One thing, I noticed about many Asian/Filipinos is that tend to be cliquey with one another. Of course, this extends to my dating life which is my next point.My dating life has entirely been White with the exception of one guy who is mixed Asian/White. The first thing I been told by my Filipino/Asian friends is that "wow that's so different that your parents have no issue with them." or "wow you can date?!" When it comes to dating/relationships my parents are not the typical "tiger parent". I had people in my own ethnic group say I was being a sellout and all that.
Another point is I cannot to relate to stories that my Filipino/Asian friends had of their parents pressuring them to get good grades/become doctors and so on. My parents did want me to get good grades but they never pressured/yelled at me if I did not make all A's or if I got a C or lower. I see so many Asian things about "Asian parents and grades" but despite being Asian I personally do not relate to them. Another point, is food and cultural practices, the only Filipino cultural thing I do is eat Filipino food and not even that much. Unlike, other Filipinos I know whose diet is composed mostly of Filipino food I grew up eating a variety of foods which I believe was a good thing and is probably why I am not a picky eater. However, I don't do any of the traditional dances/practices and so on. For example, Filipinos do this thing where they bless the elders when they greet them. My mom/dad never taught me/raised me to do that so when I see other Filipinos do it, I go: "huh". One time I was visiting my friend's house (she's Filipino but more traditional than I am) and they had me do the bless to her grandma and I didn't know what to do. I heard her parents say, "You sure she is really Filipino? why doesn't she know how to do that" They even asked me why I did not know that gesture and explained its common for Filipinos. I responded, " My mom never taught me it she's half so she wasn't raised with that gesture and never taught me and my dad didn't" (Which is actually the reason why I was not taught it by her and I used my mom being half-Filipino as to why I was not taught certain things)
Other points:

  1. I noticed a lot of gatekeeping amongst Filipinos/Asian and btw these are Asian/Filipinos who are my age or so and spent their entire lives/most of their lives in Canada. These aren't people like my parents age or my grandparents age. My friend, the one whose parents asked me about the bless thing questioned some of my relatives since they had different hair. I understand, its more common for Filipinos to have straight-black hair but doesn't mean other hair types are impossible. I have relatives who have curly/wavy hair instead of the typical straight hair that many Filipinos carry. I had someone wonder, "If you're Filipino then why are your parents/family not super short." My parents aren't super tall btw but when you consider that many Filipino/southeast Asians are shorter their heights are considered "taller than average for their ethnic group" (My dad is 5'9 almost 5'10 and my mom is 5'5 meanwhile I got a more average southeast Asian height at 5'2) One guy was amazed that I had uncles/cousins who reached almost or over 6ft.
  2. This is one is more for non-Filipinos/people who are not familiar with Asian/Filipino history, I hated having to explain my name to people. Similar to many Filipinos, I have a Spanish name so on paper I sound Hispanic than Asian. My first name is quite European sounding too and so growing up in school I was always asked, "Oh are you half-Spanish, half-Latina or adopted?" I have nothing against those groups. (I dated two guys who are Spanish) but its annoying to always explain to people. Once, I told them that I am Filipino then they were like: Oh makes sense but sometimes they still didn't understand so I gave them a brief history lesson. However, that soon shifted to: "look it up on Google." Oh, another thing is that it is common for Asian (typically Chinese though) to carry a Western name. I've had classmates ask me if my first name is my real name. I tell them it is and they go: "Ah, thats odd." I don't relate to the stories of Asian people and their names/surnames. (Outside of Filipinos, for example if I read something about Asian names and culture I don't relate)
I know I shouldn't let these things bother me but I noticed that lately know I want to connect more to my cultural heritage and learn about it. I'm also in a serious/long term relationship with a man who is White and we have talked about having a family. I want my children to learn about their roots/ancestry from both sides so I began thinking of my life. I noticed growing up that despite being of the same ethnic/ancestral background as them people would gate keep/shun and tease just because of how my family chose to raise me and so on.
I sometimes feel like an outsider even with my own community/culture. If anyone else can relate to this (even if you are of a different ethnic/racial group) then I would love to hear your inputs.
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2020.10.30 06:44 OliviaWinget Confinement Food for Postpartum Mums

Confinement Food for Postpartum Mums

Food for Confinement
In many Asian cultures, the period after giving birth is filled with a long list of do’s and don’ts. This period, also called the confinement period, has many guidelines surrounding it. For postpartum moms following traditional confinement practices, diet is an important aspect.
Many of the rules pertaining to confinement food is rooted in traditional medicine and the belief of balance between heat and cold. As such, it is believed that mothers are prone to catching ‘wind’ and have a lot of ‘cold’ elements in their bodies after birth. Therefore they are always advised to consume foods that expel wind and provide ‘heat’ for the body. They are also prohibited from consuming ‘cooling’ foods.
Therefore, postnatal confinement food often contains the following ingredients:
Ginger
Ginger is believed to be a warming ingredient that helps dispel wind during confinement, and therefore helps to avoid aches, pains and discomfort.
Wine
Chinese rice wine is often combined with ginger and pork. These ingredients are boiled together to form a soup or stew that is believed to help mothers keep warm and avoid complications after childbirth.
Red Dates
Red dates are often incorporated into soups and other main dishes. It is believed to help replenish and nourish the blood, while helping to boost the immune system too. From a modern medicine standpoint, red dates are rich in vitamins and antioxidants which help to fight diseases.
Green Papaya
Green papaya is often cooked with fish as this is believed to help in natural milk production. Green papaya itself is very nutritious for the body and is part of a good balanced diet.
Fish and Other Proteins
Having meats like fish, chicken and pork is common for confinement moms and these ingredients contain the proteins needed for your body to heal after birth.
After having a new baby, confinement food doesn’t have to be plain and boring. It can be balanced and good for you, but be really tasty and creative too. Confinement food caterers like Tian Wei Signature will fill your confinement period with healthy meals that are delicious and varied, so you’ll be able to savor each meal time.
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2020.10.30 03:06 DominoBarksdale Coming to Netflix US, November 2020

From What's-on- Netlfix.com
November Dates TBD
Mismatched (Season 1) N – Indian romantic TV comedy.
Supernatural (Season 15 – Final Episodes) – The last remaining episodes of Supernatural season 15 – expected to be on November 27th.
Trial 4 (2020) N – Documentary on the killing of Boston cop, Sean K. Ellis.
Weekly Episodes Coming to Netflix in November 2020
Private Lives (Season 1) N – New episodes every Wednesday.
The Devil Punisher (Season 1) N – New episodes every Sunday.
The Great British Baking Show (Collection 8) N – New episodes every Friday.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 1st, 2020
60 Days In (Season 5) – A&E reality series that looks in a county jail in Indiana.
A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Stanley Kubrick’s cult classic.
Boyz n the Hood (1991) – Oscar-nominated crime drama about three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto.
Can You Hear Me? (Season 2) N – French Canadian drama series about three girls from low-income families navigating the complexities of life.
Casper (1995) – Kids classic fantasy movie.
Christmas Break-In (2018) – Holiday family special about a young girl stuck at school just before the holidays.
Dawson’s Creek (Seasons 1-6) – Every season and episode of the classic teen-drama.
Easy A (2010) – Emma Stone features in this high school rom-com about a student spreading rumors to help gain status.
Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale (2019) – Animated Christmas short.
Elf Pets: Santa’s Reindeer Rescue (2018) – Animated Christmas short.
Elliot the Littlest Reindeer (2018) – Animated holiday feature film where Blitzen announces his retirement.
Forged in Fire (Season 1) – HISTORY Channel’s reality series that follows various bladesmiths competing for a grand prize.
Jumping the Broom (2011) – Comedy from Salim Akil about two families coming together for a wedding.
Knock Knock (2015) – Keanu Reeves and Ana de Armas feature in this thriller.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Seasons 1-3) – All three seasons of A&E’s look into the Church of Scientology.
Little Monsters (1989) – Family comedy from the late 80s about a boy finding a world of monsters under his bed.
Mile 22 (2018) – Mark Wahlberg action thriller
Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – All-star Steven Soderbergh crime thriller.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) – Kevin James in the best movie ever.
Piercing (2018) – Horror mystery thriller
Platoon (1986) – Classic war movie.
School Daze – Unclear what version
Snowden (2016) – Biopic on Edward Snowden played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The Garfield Show (Season 3) – Animated adventures with everyone’s favorite Lasagne loving cat.
The Impossible (2012) – Naomi Watts features in this movie about a family caught in a tsunami.
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) – Family fantasy directed by Frank Oz.
The Next Karate Kid (1994) – Mr. Miyagi returns to teach a new pupil.
Voice (Season 2) – K-drama about a detective who had his life fall apart after his wife was murdered.
Wheels of Fortune
Yes Man (2008) – The Jim Carrey comedy where he can’t say no.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 2nd
Prospect (2018) – Sci-fi thriller starring Pedro Pascal about a father and daughter pairing heading to a mysterious moon to gather valuable resources.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 3rd
Felix Lobrecht: Hype (2020) N – German stand-up special looking into woke culture.
Gabby’s Dollhouse (Season 1) N – Dreamworks animated series for preschoolers.
Mother (2020) N – Asian film.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 4th
A Christmas Catch (2018) – A TV movie holiday romance
Christmas With A Prince (2018) – TV holiday romance starring Kaitlyn Leeb.
Love & Anarchy (Season 1) N – Comedy drama series.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 5th
A New York Christmas Wedding (2020) – Otoja Abit directs this holiday romantic movie.
Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? (Season 1) N – Spanish true-crime series.
Midnight at the Magnolia (2020) – Christmas-themed holiday romance movie.
One More Try (2012) – Filipino movie about a single mother is forced to reunite with her estranged husband to save her child from a deadly disease.
Operation Christmas Drop (2020) N – Holiday special about a political aide falling for an Air Force pilot.
Paranormal (Season 1) N – Netflix’s third Arabic full Netflix Original set in the 1960s where a doctor begins believing paranormal events are occurring around him.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 6th
Citation (2020) N – Nigerian Original about a student who reports her professor after trying to rape her.
Country Ever After (Season 1) N – Follow the family of Coffey Anderson in this reality series.
La trinchera infinita / The Endless Trench (2019) N – French movie set in 1936 with fascism taking over the country.
The Late Bloomer (2016) – Comedy about a man who goes through puberty a little later in life than most.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 9th
Undercover (Season 2) N – Dutch thriller series where undercover agents infiltrate drug operations.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 10th
A Lion in the House (Limited Series) – Docuseries on five families going through cancer treatments over a period of 6 years.
Dash & Lily (Season 1) N – Comedy teen drama set in the festive season about a little red notebook that is passed between two lovers.
Trash Truck (Season 1) N – Kids cartoon about a trash truck and his two human friends making friends and exploring.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 11th
A Queen Is Born (Season 1) N – Portuguese reality series featuring two drag queens that’s essentially Drag Race – rumored for November 11th.
Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun (Season 1) N – Sketch comedy series.
The Liberator (Limited Series) N – Animation meets Band of Brothers in this WW2 limited series.
What We Wanted / Was wir wollten (2020) N – Austrian drama about parenthood with a couple facing fertility issues.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 12th
A Very Special Love (2008) – Filipino romantic family drama.
Fruitvale Station (2013) – Biopic of Oscar Grant III starring Michael B. Jordan.
Graceful Friends (Season 1) – Also known as Elegant Friends, a TV mystery series from South Korea.
Ludo (2020) N – Dark comedy from India.
Memories of a Teenager / Yo, Adolscente (2019) – Spanish drama.
Prom Night – Unclear what version.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 13th
American Horror Story (Season 9) – The ninth installment of the anthology series set in 1984.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) N – A musical adventure holiday special featuring original songs from John Legend.
The Life Ahead / La vita davanti a se (2020) N – Italian drama about a Holocaust survivor taking in a 12-year-old boy who robbed her.
The Minions of Midas (Limited Series) N – Political thriller about a millionaire publisher blackmailed.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 15th
A Very Country Christmas (2017) – Holiday-themed family romance movie about a country star heading back home to find his roots.
America’s Next Top Model (Seasons 19 & 20) – Two seasons of the reality series from CBS which airs on VH1.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2009) – Animated Sony Pictures movie that sees the return of the crazy scientist.
Hometown Holiday (2018) – Holiday romance.
Polly Pocket (Season 2) – Animated Canadian adventures with the popular kids IP.
Survivor (Season 20 & Season 28) – CBS’s reality series Survivor debuts on Netflix.
The Crown (Season 4) N – The latest and final season for Olivia Colman in the role of Queen Elizabeth who will hand over the reins. The new epic seasons will introduce us to Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher.
V for Vendetta (2005) – The Wachowski’s dystopian thriller.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 16th
Loving (2016) – Romance based on a true story of an interracial couple in the late 1950s.
Whose Streets? (2017) – Documentary on the police killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 17th
The Boss Baby: Back in Business (Season 4) N – The latest Dreamworks adventures with The Boss Baby.
We Are The Champions (Season 1) N – Reality documentary series looking into some of the world’s oddest competitions.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 18th
Bitter Daisies / El sabor de las margaritas (Season 2) N – More episodes of the crime thriller series.
Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas (2020) N – Holiday reality special.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 19th
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) N – The sequel to The Princess Switch featuring Vanessa Hudgens playing the role of a down-to-earth baker and a prince’s wife.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 20th
Alien Xmas (2020) N – Christmas feature film about aliens attempting to steal Earth’s gravity.
Flavorful Origins: Gansu Cuisine (Season 3) N – Docu-series for foodies.
If Anything Happens I Love You (2020) N – Two grieving parents mourn the loss of a loved one in the family.
Voices of Fire (Season 1) N – Reality competition series about gospel singers.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 22nd
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020) N – Dolly Parton features in this small-town Christmas themed movie about a small town facing tough times around the holiday season.
Machete Kills (2013) – Robert Rodriguez directs this Danny Trejo action thriller.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 23rd
Hard Kill (2020) – Action thriller starring Bruce Willis.
Shawn Mendes: In Wonder (2020) N – Documentary on the famed singesongwriter.
Strongest Delivery Man (Season 1) – Korean drama about two food delivery works dueling it out.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 24th
Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday (2020) N – Holiday special for the Dreamworks series.
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) N – Ron Howard’s Netflix debut with this adaptation of the best-selling book featuring Amy Adams.
Notes for My Son / El Cuaderno de Tomy (2020) N – Argentinian movie about a woman battling terminal cancer and writes a book to speak about her life.
Wonderoos (Season 1) N – Kids animated series.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 25th
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (2020) N – Kurt Russell boots up as Santa Clause again with Christmas once again under threat from a new source.
Great Pretender (Season 2) N – Anime series.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 26th
Larry the Cable Guy: Remain Seated (2020) – Stand-up special
Mosul (2020) N – War thriller from executive producers The Russo Brothers.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 27th
A Go! Go! Cory Carson Christmas (2020) N – Christmas special.
Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker (2020) N – Shondaland documentary looking into the ballet group.
Over Christmas / Überweihnachten (Season 1) N – Christmas series from Germany.
Sugar Rush: Christmas (Season 2) N – Cooking reality series.
The Beast / La Belva (2020) N – Film.
Virgin River (Season 2) N – The return of the popular Netflix romance series.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 28th
The Uncanny Counter (Season 1) N
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 29th
Wonderoos: Holiday Holiday! (2020) N – Holiday kids animated special.
What’s Coming to Netflix on November 30th
The 2nd (2020) – Ryan Pillipe action thriller.
Rust Creek (2018) – Crime thriller.
Spookley and the Christmas Kittens
What are you looking forward to watching on Netflix in November 2020? Let us know in the comments down below.
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2020.10.29 22:17 i_rank_tvshows Community - Official* Ranking of Every Episode

COMMUNITY - Official* Ranking of Every Episode

*official in the sense that this is what i_rank_tvshows thinks and that's pretty official

RANK # EPISODE TITLE SYNOPSIS ANALYSIS
#110 "Advanced Introduction to Finality" s4e13 Season 4 finale where Dark Timeline invades For all the genius the Dark Timeline gives us, this conclusion does not feel earned or entertaining. On paper, the idea seems fine: the Dark Timeline invades. But in execution, the logic is too much of a stretch to genuinely enjoy and it all feels forced.
#109 "Alternative History of the German Invasion" s4e4 German invasion snoozefest One of the most--if not THE most--forgettable episodes. Centering the episode around the revived German villains (sans what made them funny the first time, Nick Kroll) meant this was doomed from inception. Decent set up of the Changnesia storyline, but even that feels underbaked. Strong argument can be made this is the worst episode, but the one below it gets docked more for the mistreatment of the dark timeline.
#108 "Conventions of Space and Time" s4e3 Inspector Spacetime convention This episode is a shell of an idea, similar to Season 4 finale. With a promising conceit, the background of the convention could lead anywhere. Ultimately, it leads us on an unlikeable battle for Abed's favor that provides no growth or insight for the characters involved. And other cringe moments help to make this one another easy one to forget.
#107 "Cooperative Escapism and Familial Relations" s4e5 Thanksgiving at Shirley's; Jeff reunites with his father Season 4 really was the worst, right? In a show known for nailing it's holiday episodes, I was excited to see what they'd do with their only Thanksgiving entry. What we get is the 'Season-four-shell-treatment': they want to connect Shawshank with escaping Shirley's and that's literally all there is. I know others appreciate the Jeff/Father storyline, but it felt too flat for me to feel emotionally invested.
#106 "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking" s4e6 Changnesia documentary Chang is one of my favorite characters. Had the Changesia angle been more genuine, as the episode leads us to believe until the end tag, then it would rank much higher. Instead, the obvious Chang-betrayal puts us back in well-tread territory, undoing the nicer aspects of this documentary episode. Ultimately, another instance of trying to retroactively make a memorable Community episode, missing the heart that could have made it special--although it comes close.
#105 "Intro to Knots" s4e10 Christmas where they 'kidnap' professor Another entry in 'Season-four-shell-treatment' made even more apparent with it being a Christmas episode. Great setup, interesting twist, but so much wasted potential. Had they cut the Die Hard stuff entirely, it may rank higher. I found the references repetitive and annoying and it led nowhere. There's just not enough focus to appreciate what's happening. I still get immense joy from the reveal that Chang can't tie knots, but the entire kidnapping storyline is too underdeveloped to be meaningful.
#104 "App Development and Condiments" s5e8 Meow-Meow Beans HOTTEST TAKE ALERT! People seem to disagree with me on this episode the most. One of the few high-concept episodes that falls flat for me. The more the school is taken over by the app, the less invested I became. Jeff's journey to return everyone to sanity was uninteresting, perhaps due to the aesthetic choices of the world-building. Some funny moments aside, it just doesn't succeed in being much more than a concept. Love the Tim & Eric cameo; should have been featured more.
#103 "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" s4e9 Puppet musical The puppets, songs and cameos make this one a Season 4 highlight. It's enough to distract you from noticing there's not much beyond that. The storyline itself is absurd in a bad way. If they had embedded the dark secrets in much more straightforward way (and given Abed one even if he didn't end up sharing it) it would have been much more enjoyable. I would have loved to see this idea executed with the real creative team at the helm.
#102 "Economics of Marine Biology" s4e7 Greendale tries to lure rich student This one surprisingly grows on you. Initially, the prospect of Greendale selling out to lure in 'the whale' seemed like a half-hearted attempt to go zany (and revisit the Abed-college-movie terrain) but rewatching Magnitude lose his identity and remembering the P.E.E. subplot, this one has a lot of laughs and surprising amount of heart.
#101 "Laws of Robotics and Party Rights" s6e5 Convicts attend Greendale using mobile tablets There are some good jokes in here, but the execution of the main idea of telepresence robots used by criminals doesn't come off all that entertaining. I'm bored more than I'm laughing and it's a decent one to skip in rewatching.
#100 "Heroic Origins" s4e12 Comic book origin stories They pretty much the nail the conceit in this episode. The comic book interlays and the fun exploration of how it all started are ambitious if not a little forced.The discovery of Chang at the center of it all, clearing the way for him to finally join the group, is a triumph. I'm also not bothered by the yet unmentioned Froyo shop that served as an important landmark in their backstory because it feels at home with the comic cliche.
#99 "History 101" s4e1 Season 4 premiere where Abed goes to his happy place(s) Abed's imagining of Community as an entirely other sitcom (with Fred Willard as Pierce) is fantastic until you realize the real show is a shell of its former self. That contrast hurts what is actually a really fun episode. It also suffers from too many storylines not really gelling. And they waste Abed; he's just sitting there for the most part. It ranks this high because for better or worse: it sets the tone for gas-leak season.
#98 "The Art of Discourse" s1e22 Annoying high school showdown and Abed's college cliches If it wasn't for the super annoying feud between Jeff/Britta and high schoolers, this would rank much higher. The fun meta-exploration really finds a home with the college cliche fixation, but so much time is wasted on "Da-Doys!"
#97 "Intro to Recycled Cinema" s6e8 Chang Space Movie I love the bits of repurposing the old footage of Chang to fit into Abed's new movie, but the rest of the movie scenes were unremarkable. The Steve Guttenberg cameo was great and his reactions to the film are entertaining. I love the "Ham girl!" line rocketing Chang into stardom. Beyond that though, it's all too light and uneventful that it's easy to rank low.
#96 "Football, Feminism, and You" s1e6 Troy used to play football I'm very glad they dropped this version of Troy early on, but it's really the first dud in its run. It does get points for bonding Shirley and Britta in a fun way. And I suppose there's some merit to fleshing out Troy as someone who'd fake an injury to avoid a football career, but the story's still not aware of Troy's true character. Perhaps the best example of the show trying to find its footing.
#95 "Aerodynamics of Gender" s2e7 Magic trampoline This one just doesn't do it for me. Sure, the idea of a magically-calming trampoline sounds funny and they execute it well enough, it's just not something I really need to rewatch. I don't get much enjoyment from Abed's mean-girl routine either.
#94 "Basic Genealogy" s1e18 Family day at Greendale Overall, it's an enjoyable episode. It suffers in rewatching because there's not much memorable entertainment beyond Britta getting spanked by Troy's Nana.
#93 "Celebrity Pharmacology" s2e13 Anti-drug play I find Pierce extra-annoying in this episode. My main moment of joy comes from Chang taking over the role of drugs. The other storylines don't add much, but there are some good laughs throughout.
#92 "Contemporary Impressionists" s3e11 Jeff's narcissism and celebrity impersonators I find Jeff extra-annoying in this episode. Sure, that's sort of the point, but it doesn't make his extra-narcissism any easier to enjoy. The group playing celebrity impressionists is enjoyable, but this is the least memorable episode in what may be the best season.
#91 "Herstory of Dance" s4e8 Sophie B. Hawkins dance This is a Season 4 gem. Beyond the lovely Brie Larson cameo, witnessing Britta's journey to actual pride and satisfaction is one of the great emotional moments in the series. What holds it back is the unnecessary double-date trope that just lets the cliched developments feel a little flimsy. This is helped by the lack of development of Brie Larson's character in the rest of the season.
#90 "Custody Law and European Diplomacy" s2e18 Shirley's baby shower and Britta dates a war criminal The Chang-may-be-Shirley's-baby's-daddy arc was great and this episode is perhaps the most focused and rewarding concerning it. What drags it down is the unlikeable Lukka and the somewhat boring plot surrounding his being an awful human.
#89 "Advanced Gay" s3e6 Pierce becomes a gay-rights icon While it was fun to see Pierce embrace some actual character growth, it doesn't really get capitalized on moving forward. This could have been a stepping stone for him; instead, it's a wasted opportunity. Some good laughs and it sets up two important plot points: Pierce's father's death and Troy's induction to the wild world of AC-Repair.
#88 "Advanced Criminal Law" s1e5 Britta's on trial and Abed pranks Troy I love Abed's elaborate prank, even though real-Troy would have been much more gullible. All the trial stuff is gold, too, especially the setting by the pool. While it suffers from the characters not being themselves quite yet, it's still a fun episode.
#87 "Environmental Science" s1e10 Jeff helps Chang to get out of homework There's not much to this episode beyond the Jeff/Chang storyline, but it's pretty compelling to push things forward. Humanizing Chang always warms my heart and for this to be our first real dive into his life, it's a decent foundation. The Fievel arc is pretty memorable thanks to Donald Glover's hilarity and the duet sung at the end.
#86 "Paranormal Parentage" s4e2 Pierce's haunted mansion A Halloween classic that doesn't suffer (much) from the season it's in. It feels like Community and even offers Pierce some great opportunities to shine. Entertaining all around, but would likely be that much greater with Harmon's influence.
#85 "Origins of Vampire Mythology" s3e15 Britta's ex, Blade I'm always confused when I see the title because I think, "another Halloween episode?" I think that impacts my disappointment in this otherwise fine episode. The Pierce/Chang friendship makes me wish we had more. And Britta's texting/calling from the bedroom is actually pretty funny and there's a sad turn where Troy's kindness breaks the spell.
#84 "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing" s5e9 Abed and Annie play TV board game Another one shaded by my personal disappointment. I was thrilled to hear Vince Gilligan would cameo, but was bummed this was the result. The end tag was funny, though. Decent snapshot of the fallout from Troy leaving, although it's continually frustrating to see Brie Larson underutilized. Oh, yeah, there's something to do with textbooks, too.
#83 "Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts" s3e12 Shirley remarries Andre This one suffers from being forgettable beyond Troy and Abed's 'weird-down'. Of course, the wedding is a standout plot point, but one that gets shuffled away easily as the season progresses.
#82 "Basic Email Security" s6e6 Greendale is hacked While being a weaker entry in Season 6, it definitely has some strong moments. The leaked emails leads to a hilarious discussion among the group and the unified purpose for an ultimately unworthy cause is great. The kid cop gag is solid, too.
#81 "Basic Sandwich" s5e13 Part Two of Season 5 finale where Greendale is saved The episode operates as a treasure hunt and what could have been a series finale if not for Yahoo!. It's successful in its first operation although the solution being a stinky, perverted former teacher with a deus-ex-machina contract is underwhelming. It would have failed as a series finale so thankfully we need not worry about analyzing it as such. Highlight is definitely Richie's brain-robbing ability.
#80 "Basic Story" s5e12 Part One of Season 5 finale where Subway takes over Greendale Three "Basic"s in a row, wtf? Anyway, this one leaves the breadcrumbs for the eventual treasure hunt with intrigue and the idea of Subway controlling Greendale feels like dire stakes. It's a fun set-up that barely outshines its concluding half.
#79 "The Psychology of Letting Go" s2e3 Pierce's mom in a lava lamp While the heartfelt drive to get ice cream allows for a touching moment, the rest of the plots don't do much for me. Britta vs Annie seems gratuitous and Jeff's vanity was already worn out this early in Season 2.
#78 "The Politics of Human Sexuality" s1e11 STD Fair Some great laughs although the subplots don't add much to the enjoyment. Annie's search to see "it" is some good ole Reverse Porky's fun and Abed telling students to not use condoms over the PA is prime Community.
#77 "Basic RV Repair and Palmistry" s6e10 RV road-trip movie with the giant hand A fun, meta episode that feels surprising considering it's somehow new territory all the way in Season 6. Some good laughs, good heartfelt moments, and sets up the great run of episodes that follow.
#76 "The Science of Illusion" s1e20 Britta's April Fool's joke A decently funny episode made all the more memorable for being the introduction of Troy and Abed's talkshow. I'd probably rank it higher if not for the fact that I find Annie and Shirley vying to be the bad cop as too much of a 'meh' thing.
#75 "Grifting 101" s6e9 Grifting An oddball episode made palatable by the hilarious Matt Barry. While a little farfetch'd in execution, it's a fun journey that's fueled by the absurd hijinx.
#74 "Asian Population Studies" s2e12 Who will join the study group? Perhaps the most normal episode in the series. That's not a knock against it, it's just a little bland in comparison to what's around it. Some solid moments and laughs, although I find Rich perplexing and frustrating just as Jeff does because I don't know how I'm supposed to make sense of his character.
#73 "G.I. Jeff" s5e11 Jeff's animated coma A lot of people really dislike this one and I think there's decent crossover with that group also disliking G.I. Joe. I could be wrong, but that's the only way this episode is outright bad to anyone in my eyes. Because it's a dead on spoof that subverts the original show in a hilariously effective way. The clincher for me is how well embedded the conceit is with the reality of Jeff being comatose. Being able to nail the logic makes it all more enjoyable for me.
#72 "Competitive Wine Tasting" s2e20 Who's the Boss? You can pretty much throw out the main storyline of Pierce's new, suspect, love interest. That bit drags the episode down in my opinion. The strength belongs in Abed's storyline where he asserts his pop culture dominance over a professor. We do get an interesting look into Troy and how he continually struggles to have actual struggles compared to the other characters, which rings true throughout the series.
#71 "Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts" s2e21 Shirley has her baby An overall fun episode despite the Shirley pregnancy arc already being tired by this point. Britta trying to deliver the baby is gold and Chang being humanized will always please me and this is perhaps his greatest, human moment. Not the biggest fan of Pierce buying Troy/Abed's handshake, but it leads to some fun moments.
#70 "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" s5e6 Bear Down for Midterms Being the first episode without Troy, naturally it's gonna suffer. What it does well though is capture the college-based zaniness that works so well for Community, highlighting new and background characters with the singular focus on an attainable goal.
#69 "Ladders" s6e1 Season 6 premiere where Frankie tries to fix Greendale A great introduction to perhaps the most underrated character, Frankie. While essentially being another 'Repilot' it does a good job in setting the new-ish stage while providing the same amount of laughs we expect from a good Community episode.
#68 "Studies in Modern Movement" s3e7 Annie's move Troy and Abed are especially grating in this episode and it really makes you sympathize with Annie. There's some redemption with their sweet, shadow-puppet performance. The highlight, though, is the Jeff/Dean karaoke of Kiss From a Rose.
#67 "Interpretive Dance" s1e14 Troy and Britta attempt to hide their dancing from group The dancing is great and a real chance for Donald Glover to shine with his range. It also offers one of the first instances of Troy being the heart of the group, sacrificing his secret to save Britta. If it wasn't for the bore that is Jeff/Slater romance, this one would rank higher.
#66 "Intro to Political Science" s2e14 Student-body president election Solid episode whose only crime is its debate setting not being nearly as funny or interesting as the episodes' ranked higher than it.
#65 "Geography of Global Conflict" s3e2 Model-UN showdown Fun episode with some memorable moments. Not a big fan of the UN showdown as the format but it works for Annie's obsessive passion. I wish Martin Starr would have been used more, his character had potential.
#64 "Basic Crisis Room Decorum" s6e3 Greendale gave a degree to a dog This episode is when I knew this final season was going to be done the right way. This has the classic feel of a Season 3 episode but with new characters bringing a fresh twist to what we already enjoy on the show.
#63 "Introduction to Finality" s3e22 Season 3 finale where Shirley takes Pierce to court What could have sadly been a series finale, this episode delivers in all the right areas. It's a satisfying conclusion to the Troy HVAC Messiah arc and ends on a hopeful look into the future.
#62 "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" s3e9 Foosball I always enjoy the Jeff/Shirley pairing and the connection in this episode is a strong look into their past and an example of growth. Any time Shirley can show off some unexpected skills that make her into a badass, sign me up. The anime cut of them facing off feels so right and unforced. Sadly, the B plot where Annie breaks Abed's DVD is complete (memorable) filler.
#61 "Biology 101" s3e1 Season 3 premiere where Jeff goes crazy A fun start to my favorite season. A successful foundation for what is the most ambitious season in terms of narrative connective tissue. This one sets the tone.
#60 "Course Listing Unavailable" s3e18 The group gets expelled from Greendale The momentum leading to the big gut punch at the end feels meaningful, as if the group could really be seeing its final days.
#59 "Accounting for Lawyers" s2e2 Jeff reunites with lawyer frenemy First episode where the group leaves the campus is a landmark moment. Very funny episode that gave us some classic moments like the Drew Carey cameo and the chloroform scene.
#58 "Communication Studies" s1e16 Jeff/Britta drunk voicemail Jeff and Abed's getting drunk montage solidifies this episode's entry this high into the rankings. While I'm not a big Slater fan, this is her most palatable episode by far.
#57 "Early 21st Century Romanticism" s2e15 Valentine's Day This episode really benefits from all its separate parts working together under the theme of Valentine's. Britta being needlessly defiant in the name of acceptance, Troy/Abed pursuing love only to realize their love matters more, and Jeff accepting Greendale through letting Chang move in is powerful. Even stronger, Pierce overusing his pain meds and seeing a tiny Andy Dick is funny until its made poignant by the dark ending.
#56 "Debate 109" s1e9 Jeff and Annie debate This episode gets major points for sparking the Jeff/Annie relationship, but it's one of my least favorites in rewatch. I guess it's the debate setting. Not taking away anything from the episode in terms of quality, it's solid.
#55 "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" s5e7 Jeff/Britta/Duncan love triangle and Hickey handcuffs Abed Some good character moments. I really enjoyed seeing Abed express a new emotion while be kept from seeing his movie. The Britta love triangle is interesting, but it doesn't add much beyond showing Duncan has an actual human side.
#54 "Anthropology 101" s2e1 Season 2 premiere with Betty White This one does a good job capitalizing on the drama generated in the Season 1 finale. We get the tangled mess of Jeff/Britta/Annie to good comedic effect and a maniacal Betty White cameo to boot. While the focus is completely on the romantic plot (and Abed says that can be boring) I felt like this was a good place to start the season.
#53 "Physical Education" s1e17 Jeff plays pool in shorts Jeff trying to look cool while playing pool is memorable, but it loses its comedic impact the more I rewatch it. Thankfully, everything surrounding it is pretty solid in this one, including Danny Pudi showing his range with impressions and playing his own doppelganger.
#52 "English as a Second Language" s1e24 New Spanish teacher I applaud this episode on how well it crafted the end of the first year: revealing Chang's a fraud at the risk of losing credit for the class, the tension between the group realizing they still haven't evolved beyond a study group quite yet, and setting up Troy's gifted handyman skills.
#51 "Romantic Expressionism" s1e15 Annie starts dating Vaughn Vaughn was a fun character and his relationship with Annie is memorable in the best way. The Kickpuncher stuff was solid bonding for the other characters, also allowing Chang time to find his footing within the early group dynamic.
#50 "Introduction to Film" s1e3 Abed takes a film class The first Abed-film episode that showcases surprising heart with its reveal at the end. This is perhaps the first example of how effortlessly the show is able to combine heartfelt moments with comedic ones while honoring their characters. I would argue this episode sets up the emotional center of Abed's claymation Christmas one in regards to showing the friction with his mother.
#49 "Spanish 101" s1e2 Spanish class An early outlier in my opinion: the second episode of the series actually showcases the characters well! We get hints of Chang's facade (Italian flags on flashcards/his eccentricity), we get Troy & Abed's iconic rap together, Pierce's focus on bonding with Jeff to fight off loneliness, Britta's being exposed as a lazy activist, and Shirley's baking brownies!
#48 "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" s2e16 Pierce in hospital mockumentary A well executed mockumentary that showcases how Pierce feels about his fellow members of the study group while he attempts to manipulate them for his own means. It's a great conceit that manages to spoof the style of other popular sitcoms (The Office, Parks & Rec, Modern Family) while retaining originality.
#47 "Pascal's Triangle Revisited" s1e25 Season 1 finale where Jeff kisses Annie This one has some classic moments: Jeff/Annie's kiss, Troy eating the big cookie, Duncan/Chang fight, and Britta/Slater showdown. It's a great end point for the first season.
#46 "Social Psychology" s1e4 Annie's psychology class experiment Iconic scene where Donald Glover shows off his uncanny ability to cry comedically. The rest around that part of the episode is fine, pretty much building blocks and figuring out what else worked.
#45 "Competitive Ecology" s3e4 Lab partners A really fun episode where we get different pairings of the characters and some self-aware examining of the group itself. Detective Chang could have been a whole episode unto itself but it shares the space well here.
#44 "Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care" s6e2 Dean in virtual-reality AND JESUS WEPT! I mean it's comedic gold: Jim Rash using physical comedy to be a god in a virtual world full of boring features. It's so great and memorable, it outshines the other storylines about Britta's parents and Chang's long journey to see the nurse.
#43 "Advanced Safety Features" s6e7 Dean buys a Honda Another Dean classic episode. I was happy to see Subway the Person return because I've always shipped Britta and him. It's also chock-full of other greatness: Chang's PowerPoint presentation, Natalie is Freezing, and Billy Zane trying to hide.
#42 "Pilot" s1e1 Series premiere Where it all started. It has to be honored for that. The episode also has probably the best Jeff speech in the whole series.
#41 "Home Economics" s1e8 Jeff crashes with Abed The first instance of a dedicated pairing of Jeff and Abed. It allows them to showcase their easy chemistry and they create a bond that propels much of the show for here on out. Pierce's song is kind of annoying though.
#40 "Introduction to Teaching" s5e2 Jeff becomes a teacher at Greendale Pretty much a feel-good episode for me. It's a return to form after the gas-leak season and establishing re-pilot. We get Buzz Hickey, Abed doing Nick Cage, and Dean thinking in French.
#39 "Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing" s6e4 Chang stars in Karate Kid One of my most quoted episodes. Besides singing Gay Dean all the time, I also find myself reminding people that Ralph Macchio!...showed up.
#38 "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples" s2e5 Abed documentary Abed going meta for the first time. But it also has the heart to show his vulnerability and Shirley's powerful friendship which saves the day. Pierce hanging with the hipsters also shows some vulnerability and provides some laughs.
#37 "Regional Holiday Music" s3e10 The group joins Glee club If they had to do another musical episode (and I'm glad they did) at least it was Christmas themed, again. This one is more focused on that as a theme and manages to spoof in fun ways. Baby Boomer Santa, thank you for everything.
#36 "Repilot" s5e1 Season 5 premiere where Jeff forms the Save Greendale Committee In a similar way to the Pilot, you have to give this one the same type of credit because it brought the show back to life. While its tone is darker than everything before it, Dan Harmon works his magic to make it feel like a part of the story all along.
#35 "Virtual Systems Analysis" s3e16 Annie goes into Dreamatorium I have a secret hope for the Community movie should it ever come to be: Abed and Annie should be together. There! I said it! Episodes like this where we focus on the pairing really show how well they work together and their chemistry can be magnetic. Beyond my daydreaming, this episode is a fun exploration of the characters in the vein of Abed's other imaginative journeys.
#34 "The First Chang Dynasty" s3e21 Heist to take down Chang Community does a heist movie. They nail it. We also get another John Goodman cameo and work towards resolving the Troy AC arc.
#33 "Wedding Videography" s6e12 Garrett's marriage mockumentary The incest episode. Also the episode where Abed doesn't physically appear. Yeah, it's a weird one. But the format makes it work and the group (especially Elroy) keeps us laughing.
#32 "Basic Human Anatomy" s4e11 Troy/Abed body swap Thanks to Jim Rash, Season 4 managed to crap out a classic. A great concept, some great acting, and a fitting end to the least popular romance in the show's history, SlateJeff included.
#31 "Geothermal Escapism" s5e5 Troy's farewell with a game of 'the floor is hot lava' A late-series classic showcasing the heartbreak of tearing apart the best pair Community has to offer: Troy and Abed. Of course it's another conceptual episode, but it manages to hold its own among them while relying more on the emotional moments for effect.
#30 "Investigative Journalism" s1e13 Greendale starts a school newspaper Buddy should have joined the group permanently. His lone entry in the series radiates throughout and it's always a warm fuzzy feeling to return to it.
#29 "Digital Exploration of Interior Design" s3e13 Subway student and set up for Pillow/Blanket war Arguably John Goodman's funniest appearance. All parts are working well here to make us laugh and care about the characters. Jeff's subplot is a bit boring, but not enough to detract from the overall enjoyment.
#28 "Modern Espionage" s6e11 Underground paintball Even though they could have never returned to paintball, I'm glad they saved it for near the end of the series run so that it felt nostalgic. I also enjoyed the idea of playing the game in secret, so the whole thing took on an espionage vibe that made it feel fresh.
#27 "Comparative Religion" s1e12 First Christmas episode; Jeff fight An instant classic. As you can tell (and as I've stated) I love the holiday episodes. This being one of the earliest entries, it's grounded in more reality than those that follow. With that, it still provides all the goods, just in a winter-doodle package.
#26 "Beginner Pottery" s1e19 Pottery and boating classes Since it's a show about community college, it makes sense there'd be episodes like this: ones where we focus on the group in separate classes. The boating entry is especially hilarious and allows Yvette Nicole Brown room to show off her acting skills. Oh, and hey, look, it's Tony Hale.
#25 "Digital Estate Planning" s3e20 Video game for Pierce's inheritance Just a genius idea. Executed flawlessly. A great storyline to paint on top of it. Seriously, y'all, great job. This is only number 25?!?
#24 "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" s2e9 Night School Kevin Corrigan really steals the show, doesn't he? It's fun watching the conspiracy unravel and the Dean really shines in the final scene.
#23 "Mixology Certification" s2e10 Troy's 21st birthday A noticeable tone shift occurs midway through this one and it highlights the ability of the show to get just as 'real' as it can get creatively 'unreal'. Donald Glover showcases his range as well. A poignant episode overall.
#22 "Basic Rocket Science" s2e4 KFC Space Simulator I credit this one with signaling that the show was going to lean into its conceptual motifs and use them as appropriate vehicles to bring a smile to your face time and time again. To call it a classic would be selling it short.
#21 "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" s5e10 D&D with Dean and David Cross Hard to revisit this well without coming up short, but this one manages to cement its own unique legacy. This one also proves that having the Dean at your table enhances your experience exponentially. Imagine what the first one would have been like with him there?
#20 "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps" s3e5 Scary stories [hums Daybreak]
#19 "Cooperative Polygraphy" s5e5 Polygraph for Pierce's wake Reader, did you know that I admire your dedication to read through my entire list? And also sperm.
#18 "Paradigms of Human Memory" s2e21 Clip episode Another genius idea: do a clip episode with clips from events that never 'happened.' This is the show operating entirely in its sweet spot.
#17 "For a Few Paintballs More" s2e24 Season 2 finale; Star Wars paintball The latter half of an incredible finale showcases all the characters having fun playing the game of pretend. Key note on the Annie and Abed watch: hottest kiss in the show.
#16 "A Fistful of Paintballs" s2e23 Western paintball I prefer this one to the Star Wars one, but only by just a little. A fine Annie episode and one the gets real on the Pierce issue in a satisfying and fitting way.
#15 "Introduction to Statistics" s1e7 First Halloween episode You can blame this one for getting me hooked on Community does holidays. And you can blame it for the Troy and Abed pairing that would propel the show onward.
#14 "Pillows and Blankets" s3e14 Pillow/Blanket fort war documentary Do you think Elroy actually does narration work?
#13 "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" s5e3 Ass Crack Bandit I'm a firm believer that Annie is the ACB. She alone is able to perform all the acts herself. Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments.
#12 "Contemporary American Poultry" s1e21 Chicken finger mafia movie Probably Scorsese's favorite episode of Community. Let me know in the comments, Marty.
#11 "Epidemiology" s2e6 Zombie Halloween party I'll watch this one every October until I die. Bet.
#10 "Curriculum Unavailable" s3e19 Greendale Insane asylum So, I smoke weed, right? And I watched this episode and I'm ashamed to admit but...I fell for it. I said aloud, "this explains everything." I thought (and still do) that it was great fucking twist. So, it sneaks in the top ten even though most will argue it's mid-tier at best.
#9 "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux" s3e8 Dean makes Greendale commercial documentary God bless Luis Guzmán. That is all.
#8 "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" s2e11 Claymation Christmas It's so satisfying to watch Clay-Abed jump on all those cars at the beginning. And I watched a lot of these types of movies as a kid so it's the most distilled Christmas essence that show could offer me. Appreciate it.
#7 "Cooperative Calligraphy" s2e8 Bottle episode Man, do I love a bottle episode. I also just saw the monkey steal the pen for the first time last viewing. Pretty freakin' cool if you ask me.
#6 "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television" s6e13 Series finale One final conceptual episode to go out on: pitch me your season 7. It's brilliant, touching, and satisfying. Trust me, it'll keep you coming back just to get that impact after watching all 110 episodes.
#5 "Critical Film Studies" s2e19 My Dinner with Abed; Pulp Fiction surprise party I only wish this episode were two separate episodes so I could enjoy it that much more. A wonderful meshing of ideas and Danny Pudi's best performance.
#4 "Basic Lupine Urology" s3e17 Law & Order In my childhood home, it was commonplace to hear the Law & Order theme song at all hours of the day/night. To say this episode affected me in a profound way would not be doing the impact justice. It's fucking beautiful.
#3 "Modern Warfare" s1e23 First paintball First and best. This episode probably gave the creators all the credit they needed to get the rest of the series done, whether that was at NBC or with Yahoo! (or Netflix in the future?). I'm just in awe every time that I watch it. Feels like it's always existed; hard to imagine someone conceived of the idea.
#2 "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" s2e14 D&D with Fat Neil I'm glad I own the DVDs so that I can revisit one of my favorites any time I get the itch to do so. Pity that Chang's portrayal of a drow is misperceived to be something other than agreeing exactly with those who find issue with it. As an avid D&D player, this would had to be near the top of the ranking.
#1 "Remedial Chaos Theory" s3e3 Different timelines; Troy & Abed's housewarming Surprising no one: this is the best episode of Community. I think most of the Community-Community will agree with me, but if you don't, you best come prepared because I just did a whole list and will do more so yeah pretty official wouldn't ya say?
Anyway, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it.
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2020.10.29 15:09 Ami_insani 21 [M4F] [ENTP] Looking for short distance/long distance relationship

Hi there! Thank you for checking this. My name is Ami, 21 year old and I am from Bali, Indonesia. I'm a businessman and have been in FnB and Horeca business for almost 3 years and still counting.
I'm looking for a woman to be my significant other, preferably 18-23 year old who's willing to get to know each other and willing to meet one day.
I'd love to find someone who is loyal and willing to accept me the way I am. Someone who's willing to discuss a problem (any problem) in order to solve it instead of ghosting away. And someone who's not really secretive.
Wherever you are from really doesn't matter. I'm really open to the idea of Long Distance Relationship.
Appearance for me is not my #1 criteria in terms of dating, the #1 is loyalty and integrity.
A little insight about me. SE Asian, about 5'3/4" (I don't mind dating someone who's taller than me LOL), and I have a short curly hair. I can send you the picture of myself once we get to know each other.
I prefer to have a call rather than chat since my finger can't keep up with my brain and I tend to lose what I'm going to write. But chatting for the first time to get to know each other for sure won't bother me.
For hobby and interest, I love to travel, solo travel. But the main reason for me to travel is to talk to the locals about their daily life and their culture, I'm not into scenery and something like that and I rarely took pictures of me traveling because I think photos can make my travel experience less memorable, hahaha. And also, i love traveling because of F O O D
I still remember about two years ago I nearly got killed by a Somalian pirate in a tea shop in Egypt because I asked him too much about his job and he thought that I was a spy, that experience is really scared the shit out of me but on the other side it is one of the best experience i ever had while traveling, Lol.
Oh yeah, back to topic. If you already read this far and interested to talk to me, please send me some DM or leave a comment down below. We can talk together on any other social media you want :)
I forgot to wrote about this on my last post, I have a small cat shelter in my house and currently taking care of 10 cats available for adoption. I'm a huge cat person and I love every animals.
And if this is an important trivia for you, I am an ENTP-A 7w8 and a Pisces.
I wanna say to whoever read this post, it's a difficult time for us these days especially because of the COVID-19, a lot of people have to stay at home, not being able to live the life as usual and also a lot of people are not able to do work or lost their job... You should be aware that you are precious and deserves every good thing in this world, including love and being loved.
I guess that's all I can tell. Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.
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2020.10.29 14:53 Ami_insani 21 [M4F] INDONESIA/EVERYWHERE - Looking for short distance/long distance relationship

Hi there! Thank you for checking this. My name is Ami, 21 year old and I am from Bali, Indonesia. I'm a businessman and have been in FnB and Horeca business for almost 3 years and still counting.
I'm looking for a woman to be my significant other, preferably 18-23 year old who's willing to get to know each other and willing to meet one day.
I'd love to find someone who is loyal and willing to accept me the way I am. Someone who's willing to discuss a problem (any problem) in order to solve it instead of ghosting away. And someone who's not really secretive.
Wherever you are from really doesn't matter. I'm really open to the idea of Long Distance Relationship.
Appearance for me is not my #1 criteria in terms of dating, the #1 is loyalty and integrity.
A little insight about me. SE Asian, about 5'3/4" (I don't mind dating someone who's taller than me LOL), and I have a short curly hair. I can send you the picture of myself once we get to know each other.
I prefer to have a call rather than chat since my finger can't keep up with my brain and I tend to lose what I'm going to write. But chatting for the first time to get to know each other for sure won't bother me.
For hobby and interest, I love to travel, solo travel. But the main reason for me to travel is to talk to the locals about their daily life and their culture, I'm not into scenery and something like that and I rarely took pictures of me traveling because I think photos can make my travel experience less memorable, hahaha. And also, i love traveling because of F O O D
I still remember about two years ago I nearly got killed by a Somalian pirate in a tea shop in Egypt because I asked him too much about his job and he thought that I was a spy, that experience is really scared the shit out of me but on the other side it is one of the best experience i ever had while traveling, Lol.
Oh yeah, back to topic. If you already read this far and interested to talk to me, please send me some DM or leave a comment down below. We can talk together on any other social media you want :)
I forgot to wrote about this on my last post, I have a small cat shelter in my house and currently taking care of 10 cats available for adoption. I'm a huge cat person and I love every animals.
And if this is an important trivia for you, I am an ENTP-A 7w8 and a Pisces.
I wanna say to whoever read this post, it's a difficult time for us these days especially because of the COVID-19, a lot of people have to stay at home, not being able to live the life as usual and also a lot of people are not able to do work or lost their job... You should be aware that you are precious and deserves every good thing in this world, including love and being loved.
I guess that's all I can tell. Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.
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2020.10.29 02:23 Bocsold Do Asian people living in Asia know of the difficulties from living in the West?

And I know it's kind of hard to make a mass oversimplification like this, but I mean in general. Do Asian people born and raised in Asia know or care about lots of the things we talk about on here?
Many of our discussions revolve around dating, culture, racism, etc. If you're living in a more homogeneous environment like Asia, these are not likely to be as big issues. So the problems that Asians have to face in the West--are they even on the radar of people elsewhere? Are these things that they think about and that might deter them from moving over? Or is emigrating desired so much that these hardships are insignificant in comparison?
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2020.10.28 22:00 AustralianChrono Virtual Drag Race Asia Season 1: Episode 13- The Festival Ball

Virtual Drag Race Asia Season 1: Episode 13- The Festival Ball
Tara is as always, a fierce lip sync assassin. She’s a great lip syncer… but she can’t keep it up against Bangcock. Bangcock roars, constantly moving to the beat of the song as he shakes, dances, and splits around. The song never stops moving, and Bangcock doesn’t either. Bangcock is just… fun, and everyone is enjoying it. Bangcock and Tara then play with each other, playing off each other as the song reaches its second half. It’s just... fun.
Mr Bangcock. Shantay… you stay.
Bangcock smiles. “Thank you.”
Mr Bangcock: “Two lip syncs in a row… and I still feel… excited. I live for performing. It’s always fun.” Bangcock grins.
Tara, you are a Queen who has grown so much in this competition, and i’m so happy we had you here. You’re a superstar. Now… Sashay… Away.
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity. Thanking you for letting me learn, letting me become a better person, and… I stay a Goddess.” Tara smiles.
Sakuya hugs Tara as she walks away. “Win this.” Tara looks at Sakuya.
“Bye Bitches.” Tara grins.
Tara: “I am sad, I didn’t make it to the end. But… I can’t be too sad. It’s been… fantastic.” Tara smiles.
Lipstick Message: “Tara for All Stars, Obviously!”
~
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The Monarch’s enter the werkroom.
“Final. 4.” Fabroa smirks. “Oh, it feels good.”
“I cannot believe this is the final week that we’re here.” Sakuya exhales. “Woah.”
“It’s fantastic!” Bangcock smiles. “I honestly feel like… each of us are so talented, so strong… that still, it’s competitive.”
“Oh, for sure!” Tomana grins. “Any of us could take it.”
“I feel like…” Fabroa smiles. “This week, this moment… it’ll make waves. The last time before the top 3…”
“So we must make a huge impact.” Sakuya nods.
“Exactly.” Fabroa shrugs. “Because it’s clear. It’ll be a fight till the end…”
“Oh, I’m ready for it.” Bangkok smiles.
“Me too.” Fabroa grins.
“Me three.” Sakuya laughs.
“May the best Monarch win, ladies and Gentlemen!” Tomana yells.
~
The next day, Sakuya chats with Bangcock.
“How are you feeling, Ms Third time winner?” Bangkok smiles.
“Oh, it’s…” Sakuya smiles. “Pretty darn exciting. How are you after last night?”
“I…” Bangkok laughs. “Weirdly enough feel… great. I think positivity, feeling like… you can do this, is what’s key here. I may have lip synced last night, but damn it, I feel ready.”
“That’s what should be happening.” Sakuya smiles. “It’s a Marathon.. Like we were told… not a sprint.”
“And i’m ready to start the endurance portion.” Bangcock laughs.
LET’S GET SICKENING!
As Rapunzel says… well, at last, I see the light.
“Disney?!” Tomana looks excited.
HEYO!
My Top 4…
It’s time for little… PUPPET SHOW. Because…
“EVERYBODY LOVES PUPPETS!”
~
Sakuya Kuromi, who knows you could do such a good Tomana.
“I JUST SCREAM!” Sakuya laughs.
You’re the final mini challenge winner.
Now, my Top 4. Each of you are superstars. But… you will have one. Last. Challenge. Before you make it to the Top 3. And that’s… the Ball.
Everyone grins.
In many Asian Cultures, we have a strong passion for the idea of festivals, of huge events that have the core idea… of community at its base. For this week’s maxi challenge, we are hosting The Festival Ball! You will deliver 3 looks. Daytime Festival Realness, where you will give us a lovely daytime look perfect for a visit to a Festival. New Year Formal Party Best, where you will serve us a look that is Pure Glamour. Gorgeous, Ready to Celebrate… and be Rich. And finally… you’ll be creating looks…
The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Pit Crew walk out holding hundreds of lanterns.
Made out of Lanterns for your final look, Light-Up Lantern Beauty Eleganza Extravaganza! This is the last challenge of this season before the grand finale. So the only way to make it to the end here… is to deliver. Good luck!
Sakuya Kuromi: “I… am excited. I want to prove myself here. The ideas are all running through my head. So many possibilities. I can do this.” Sakuya smiles.
~
As they get ready, Honey goes to visit the Monarch’s.
Tomana Gerri…
“Honey Soy.” Tomana smiles.
Now, you’ve had a few issues with the previous design challenges…
“Oh, I lip synced. It was a bit crazy!” Tomana laughs.
Yeah, you lip synced. What’s going to stop you this time?
“I have a drive, a passion for the bright, the colourful, and I’m going to do that here! Give you exciting, give you fun, and make you go… “Oooh, that Tomana…” Tomana smiles.
Do you think you have the sewing knowledge to meet the mark?
“Before he left, Nobu and I went through some tips and tricks… and I’m feeling hopeful.”
That’s good. I am excited… to see the final results.
Madame Fabroa!
“Hello.” Fabroa grins.
So, you and Bangcock have only one win compared to Sakuya’s 3, and Tomana’s 2. Does that concern you?
“Not when I know I am winning this challenge, no.” Fabroa smirks.
Oooh…
“I am a designer. I am a seamstress, and I know I can deliver looks. I want to go above and beyond, and I am serious when I say… I’m planning to give you the best looks of the season. All delivered by myself.” Fabroa nods.
That’s a big task.
“It is. But I feel confident. I know I have the capability, and I want… I want the crown. So, I’m fighting for it.” Fabroa shrugs. “It’s not an option for me.”
Who’s your biggest threat?
“Easily Sakuya. But, I fear she’s not going to bring the diversity of style… like I plan to. So, I’m not too concerned.”
Honey cackles.
Always a fun chat, Fabroa…
“Hope you enjoy the show tonight.” Fabroa winks.
~
The Top Four get ready.
“So, My Final 4….” Bangcock smiles. “What was everyone’s favourite moment of the season?”
“I… episode 1, I entered with such a nervous feeling this fear and dread… and then I won the first episode. I wasn’t even a superstar dancer! It… felt exciting, even if I lost the lip sync.” Sakuya chuckles.
“I loved that first challenge, too! It was… so much fun.” Tomana grins. “But, I loved winning the hosting challenge. It was a moment of so much fun… and working with Nobu.. was great.”
“Do you think you could… see yourself dating Nobu outside of the competition?” Bangcock smirks.
“I… could see something.” Tomana grins.
“I loved… winning the ball.” Fabroa winks.
“Someone’s competitive…” Sakuya says.
“It’s a competition to the end, isn’t it?” Fabroa shrugs. “I want to win... “ She laughs.
“My favourite challenge was the Snatch Game.” Bangcock nods. “It has so much majesty, so much power… and I was the one who won the challenge.”
“Regardless of how it all ends up…” Tomana smiles. “We all did it, and that’s worth celebrating!”
“To the Top 4!” Everyone yells.
~
Who wins?
Spreadsheet
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2020.10.28 19:55 ThrowRa_NeedsAdvice1 The woman (32F) that I (27M) love is taken. How can I get her to leave him for me? She had a crush on me

Long story short I live in Massachusetts and the woman I really like lives in Oregon.
We were in school together for 4 years. She moved to Oregon in July. She had a small crush on me then. I had some views she didn't like though and I regret expressing. I told her I think that I don't want a partner who I have to pay for everything for, and that I'm very frugal and cheap. It's true that I am but it's not her preference in a partner. We never actually dated or anything. I shouldn't have expressed this before even dating her.
I've been thinking about her more and more the past few months and I have nothing but regrets about how things went down. We're on good terms but nothing came out of it. I was on the phone with her last night talking to her about something unrelated. I actually bought a ticket to go visit her over the holidays (we talked in July about potentially doing this but never solidified plans). I thought this would be a show of good faith that I'm not "cheap" or "frugal" and that I could court her and start something special with her. When our phone call was coming to an end I told her I was coming to visit her over the holidays like we had discussed. I didn't mention it but I was hoping to use this time to tilt things into dating / relationship, and potentially look for a job down there so I could be with her. Her response devastated me. She told me she met a guy in August, and that she thinks he may be "the one for her"; She said that the relationship has taken off. She barely knows him. She just met him in August. She's known me for over two years. The other thing is that he's a white guy, she's Korean, and I'm Vietnamese. When we last talked about this kind of stuff she told me she only dates other Asians due to their ability to understand one another's cultures better. When I asked her why she decided to go with a caucasian she said because he was making an effort to learn her language over the past five years, and took a genuine interest in her culture. Also he's just an engineer. I'm an anesthesiologist. There's no way he could compete with me for her affection.
It just doesn't add up to me.
There has to be something I can do to win her over. She doesn't know I bought a ticket.. I wanted to surprise her after she agreed to me visiting.
I'm just wondering if anyone has had this experience and how they were able to ultimately be with their partner in the end. My current plan is to simply go there especially since I already have the ticket, and meet with her and take her to a very extravagant dinner, and convince her to leave this man for me.
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2020.10.28 15:26 grandflora322 Don’t let yourself be pigeonholed or gatekeeped

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=v3dmQAVCH_E
Link to the video that I stumbled upon randomly and look! What do you see. Lus somehow are suddenly experts on how Asian men date Right now and says how we’re all overhyped and not as good. Discouraging others basically. Like how unaware of yourself can you be smh. Tired of them pigenoholing and stereotyping us with their white, black, etc. friends. She’s painting all Asian men as this monolith (sounds familiar?) by saying they’re racist and close minded and weird based off of a few exes and the “toxic masculinity!1”
She’s definitely on the milder side tbf compared to more vicious ones like Esther Ku and Celeste Ng but she’s still playing a bad part.
Grouping a large population is just stupid. They like to believe they’re all unique and individual and somehow we’re all just a gigantic mess. Hold your head up! Don’t let these Lus trick everyone! Comments like these:
“She's the second person I'm hearing that from. I had a French teacher who is Korean and when I told her I was learning Korean she asked me if it was because of BTS cuz not all the guys in Korea are as handsome as them. Lol no offense but I told her I'm not a BTS fan. I haven't quite listened to their music and TBH half of the Koreans songs I have on my phone are OSTs.“ “So basically, if you're anything other than a skinny white girl (apart from Korean), Korean guys will probably not like you?“ this is the power of video in today’s world. She’s literally lying and brainwashing people and gatekeeping.
Or this:
“A Reminder for all black,brown beautiful ladies who are still dreaming for having a Korean boyfriend, you can do better.“
Lus are gatekeeping.
Separate vid comment:
“i'm not surprised that korean club culture is so sexist and that people think that groping is ok. the entire culture in korea is based on hundreds of years of extreme patriarchy and it still is very very patriarchal in Korea. It's institutionalized , just look at how many guys are protected in court despite being charged for rapes with evidence of it. most of asia is like that sadly, and thing will need to change asap since korea is going more global now.”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OMLeMLbOEzQ
This ones alot worse... and there’s more but I think I’ll stop here. They’re just getting very jealous now that the spotlight is gone from them.
Edit: nvm she’s even worse than I thought. Suggests it’s super rare for korean men to be “good at sex and have a decent sized dick” because she apparently never met one smh. I swear these Lus are worse than WM they’re smart for taking advantage of easy free food but Lus are just shitting on themselves. Like what do they gain from it other than being a pity prize of some white guy and being seen as pathetic and traitors by everyone else.
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2020.10.28 14:58 WitsEnd21 Need some advice (it’s messy and vague)

So to give some context to the story, my mother was divorced from my birth father from a young age... I never really know my “Dad” since I was told a lot of negative things about him and only really heard one side of the story hence naturally I never developed a relationship with him. It’s all in the past but I never had a father figure growing so as I grew up I became painfully aware of the knowledge Im missing that others were basically born with... (I’m a man in case it wasn’t clear)
My mum would date her boss (usually older than her) and bring them home even with my grandma who basically brought me up against the idea, I never liked it when I was young. Fast forward almost a decade I’m in middle school, she married a guy who is also a lot older than her promised to give a better life etc etc. let’s call this guy D. I was neutral because it was somewhat exciting to move to a new country but at the same time, it was scary to leave behind familiar comfort.
At first it was fine, I thought D was fine and even started calling him Dad because he asked me to because at the time I didn’t know it was a big deal. Then it started to all change, he became really aggressive and would try to assert his dominance over every little things. One time when I was around 16, he kicked me out the house for using black pepper over white pepper because I thought it would taste better with black pepper. His reason is I was lying about wanting to use black pepper because I forgot to sprinkle white pepper on it??? All sort of bullshit like that has started making me realized he is a very insecure controlling person. He would always influence my mum with his a lot of his nonsense which causes her to ask me for money from a young age which is not common in asian culture. I had became genuinely depressed at multiple point of my life which has affected other parts of my life. It would take too long for me to divulge everything and not trying to be a victim so I will just skip to the relevant part.
He lost his job and became unemployed a year after he brought us to the said country so my mother without proper certificates would have to take a lower wage job to pay off the mortgage. He got cancer a year or two after that so it was up to me and my mum to support him however after he recovered a year later; he basically took the pretext of starting a business overseas and blew away all the money in their joint account despite my mom strongly against it. (I suspect he was basically just having fun overseas pretending to be a big shot)
After he spent all his money, he was basically living off welfare and taking money from my mum who now has to pay off the mortgage and support him and I’m ashamed to say me as well as I was going to school off government loan. Crazy thing is he would become very controlling of my mum and regularly go to her workplace to throw a fit. Basically embarrassing her every time she’s doing well in her workplace and stopping her possible promotion. Fast forward another decade later, the house has appreciated greatly in value and the deed is split between him and my mum. My mum has been thinking about splitting with him but it’s unfair that he basically takes half of it even though he has not contributed anything beside the original down payment for the mortgage which is very little (less than 2.5% of the house worth). He would use this to threaten us and has his will written to his grandchildren from the previous family.
He was ousted from his previous family for whoring around overseas and being an intolerable person in general (I randomly happen upon his divorce papers one day). He’s basically doing the same thing again but we have no choice to put up with him. I wish I was a more able son but I’m useless person with student debt.
Is there legal claim for my mum to have a greater ownership of the house?
TL;DR Asshole stepfather is claiming 50% of the assets even though has not contributed anything in over 15 years. What’s the best way to claim greater ownership?
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2020.10.28 11:02 minamija 12 Top Cat Tattoo Design Ideas for Men and Women in 2020

12 Top Cat Tattoo Design Ideas for Men and Women in 2020

Cat Tattoos: The Connection Between Humans and Cats

The love story between humans and these furry felines dates back to the dawn of time. Numerous archaeological expeditions have uncovered graves dating back to the Stone Age with cats huddled against their deceased owners. Even today, many cat owners cannot stand the idea of being separated from their beloved tabby, no matter what. It is not surprising that the English word "cat" comes from the ancient Egyptian name for cats, "caute". The Egyptians were devout cat worshipers who believed the animal was an extension of the moon goddess Bastet.She was not only the guardian of the Pharaoh and of Lower Egypt but also the Divine Mother and a warrior goddess who watched over her beloved subjects.
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In a lot of ways, the Egyptians saw cats as a representation of their patron goddess because these were renowned for their great hunting gifts and used to protect the food stores of the ancient Egyptians from vermin and rodent invasions. Cats were so revered in Ancient Egypt that killing one was a crime punishable by death. The pages of the story tell of the tragic and brutal death of a man, murdered by an angry mob after he accidentally killed his own cat. Even the official forgiveness of Pharaoh Ptolemy XII was not enough to save the poor man from his terrible fate.
The idea of associating cats with hunting, protection and motherhood spread to Ancient Rome where cats became the symbol of the goddess Diana. In Ancient Rome, having a cat was supposed to bring good luck to all who shared the home with him and bring them domestic happiness. Even the Nordic peoples took up this idea. Their fertility goddess, Freyja, was not only notable for her beauty, elegance, grace and intelligence, she was also a fierce warrior who protected her people. No wonder cats are seen as a symbol of feminine power and beauty in a caat tattoo!
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Felines have often been associated with witchcraft and paganism in Europe, possibly due in part to the importation of ideas from Egypt and Rome. Diana, the moon goddess, became a symbol of paganism and witchcraft in the Middle Ages. During this time when the atmosphere was heavy with religious repression, free thinkers, creative expression and pagan practices became outlaws and were considered abominable. Alternative thoughts were seen as the work of a satanic force, and all the symbols associated with them were considered evil.
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Sadly, cats (and especially black cats) were seen as messengers of the demon and many of the superstitions that we still carry with us today stem from the religious stagnation of the Middle Ages. But one glance at the adorable face of your dear feline will be enough to convince you that there is nothing evil about him.
Cats are free spirits who display great independence and intelligence rarely matched in the animal world. Over the centuries, a collection of stories illustrating their ability to do exactly what they want has been armed. House cats are strange creatures: any minute they happen, they go from rubbing your legs so you are stroking their bellies, to ignoring you superbly. They can be loving and adorable and then totally haughty in the span of a nanosecond. The changing moods of cats have inspired many accounts describing the animal's keen changing abilities.
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According to legends, cats can change shape and roam freely between physical and spiritual realities, bringing messages to the deceased. In Japan, there is a legend that a cat could "change" a woman's behavior, which is why the weaker sex is often seen as unpredictable and secretive. For many women, this connection to felines is a compliment and a warning against those who would try to dominate or control them. Quite simply, one cannot control a free spirit.
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Meaning of Cat Tattoos for Men and Women

Cats are more than our furry feline friends. They symbolize a lot of things, including:
  • Female power
  • Luck and prosperity
  • The mystery and the secrets
  • Spirituality and connection with the Divine
  • A link with the afterlife
  • Protection
  • Intelligence and intuition
  • Elegance and refinement
  • Attention
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Different Types of Cat Tattoo Design Idea for Men and Women

Whether you want a lucky cat tattoo, a fat cat image, or even a Felix the cat design on your body, you will find these types of cat tattoos available in all shapes, colors and styles. These designs can represent your favorite cartoon characters, like Garfield, or contain spiritual and tribal elements. Many of these images mimic the natural color of cats (black, white, gray, red, spotted, tabby, etc.) and are sometimes made as a tribute to a great life companion.
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1. Cat Tattoo Design Idea for Men and Women: Black Cat

When talking about black cats, images of witches, old brooms, and large black simmering cauldrons come to mind. Black cats are, in general, associated with unfortunate changes in fate, and many stories warn us not to disturb the peace of a cat of this color. These cat tattoo ideas come from Celtic culturefor at that time and place the black cats were sacrificed to ward off the demon. For some people, black cats are an omen of destruction, walking silently through the night, which should be avoided at all costs; while for others, the black color of the cat makes it enchanting, mysterious and intriguing. Black cat tattoos are symbols of femininity, mystery and latent power, because of their connections with the unknown and paganism.
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2. Cat Tattoo Design Idea for Men and Women: Cat Footprint

The paw prints represent the emotional or mental overcoming of a difficult moment. They symbolize progress and the need to move forward in life. Have you ever wondered why Japanese and Chinese businesses have small statuettes of cats with a raised paw? In Asian culture, it is an ancient symbol of luck that dates back centuries and originates from the legend of Maneki Neko. While there are several versions of the myth, all of the accounts center on the story of a poor fellow suddenly making a fortune after being good to a cat that raised its front paw in front of him. Cat paw print tattoos represent prosperity, good luck and progress.
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3. Cat Tattoo Design Idea for Men and Women: Cat Skull

Skull tattoos are often associated with death, destruction, and disease. The mere image of a skull can get on the nerves and upset many people. But, given this animal's strong connection to the afterlife, cat skull tattoos are considered more of a more subtle way to symbolize your understanding and acceptance of the inevitable. In a way, this tattoo is a sign of bravery because it shows that you are not afraid to face your mortality.
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4. Cat Tattoo Design Idea for Men and Women: Cat Eye

The famous sculptor of the USA, Hiram Powers, said: "The eye is the mirror of the soul... Intelligence, will, is seen in the eyes...". Nothing more true has ever been said about cats. The eye of a cat is often seen as a symbol of intelligence, wisdom and a doorway to the Divine. It is considered to be a secret object of mysticism which allows those who are close to this symbol to approach the elements of life in the hereafter. Cat eye tattoos represent your ability to see more things than they really are. You can analyze a situation and see each action as a manifestation of something bigger.
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2020.10.28 06:31 Routine_Mixture2993 I'm sick of sibling favouritism

My older brother is definitely the favourite child. My parents were pushed in an arranged marriage and in classic asian culture, the son is definitely favored.
I have to cook, clean and just drop everything for my brother (I'm 16f). I guess he is an adult, so he can do whatever he wants, but he still lived at home, so I'm forced to do everything for him. I'm normally fine with this, cooking and cleaning that is, but what really annoys me is the difference in freedom.
When my brother was my age, he was allowed to go out every night, stay out late, not gave to go to school if he didnt want to etc. For me, my parents live by 'you had an hour of fun, so no more for the rest of the week'.
Recently I was allowed to go to a friends birthday, which I informed my parents about 2 weeks before. I checked in with them again telling them the details, and they told me I couldn't go anymore. When I pushed for a reason, they said I just wasnt allowed to go out on Saturday. My brother comes home and asks my mum if he can go out with friends on Saturday, she is more willing to accommodate date his needs over mine.
I honestly cant wait till I can leave the house in a few years so I dont have to deal with this bullshit favouritism anymore.
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2020.10.27 16:58 zz2002 The difference between Arranged Marriages & Forced Marriages

This is to inform people who give arranged marriages so much backlash.
Arranged marriages are not forced, they literally mean that your parents (a third-party) will look for a perspective spouse for you and then you’ll go out and get to know each other, a little like a blind date. In arranged marriages your parents arrange for you to go out on a date. Things will only go ahead once you both give your CONSENT.
If it’s forced, no it’s not a ‘forced arranged marriage’. It’s a FORCED marriage.
The part below is in regards to what Islam says: Forced marriages are haram, I accept a lot of families are influenced by culture and force their children to get married to someone they don’t want to, but that’s got nothing to do with Islam since it’s not allowed so the parent’s are sinning. Arranged marriages are completely fine and anyway you’re supposed to have the involvement of a mehram (a family member so that’s the third party) with all this finding someone to get married to. This doesn’t mean I’m saying there’s anything wrong with love marriages as long as you keep it halal
Anyways let’s move on from the Islam bit, I have something to vent about. I don’t know why South Asians find it so shocking when someone is willingly wanting to have an arranged marriage, there’s nothing wrong with them. But they’re made fun off and then these people are like ‘who broke your heart?’ I find it so dumb
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2020.10.27 13:14 niall_mcnulty Travelling to China and the 14-Day Mandatory Hotel Quarantine. My Story and Advice.

I take it you have exhausted all of your efforts on Google trying to find any information that will be helpful for your upcoming trip to China? You are now praying this article will shine some light on your situation? How do I know this? I was in the same boat as you only a month ago. Hopefully, I can answer a tonne of your questions and relieve some of that pre-travel anxiety by sharing my nightmare of a story.
This will be a semi-informative, semi-experienced based article on the entire process of travelling to China and what to expect from your mandatory 14-day quarantine. I will detail every step, starting from the eureka moment to eagerly walking out of your quarantine hotel in China. I personally found the pre-flight steps the most overwhelming of the entire experience. Once you touch down in China, everything is very organised and efficient. Although other travellers have had differing experiences, which I will touch upon later. I wonder how your own experiences will unfold? For now, sit back, take notes and/or revel in my disaster story.
Travel restrictions
Before you can even think about flying to China, you need to check if nationals from your country are allowed entry. For the better part of the year, China has had its borders closed to almost everyone, except a select few who were crucial to big industry. This widespread lockdown went as far as including Chinese nationals stuck abroad. China wasn’t messing about in a bid to keep a lid on the spread of Covid.
In mid-August, to my surprise and delight, an announcement went out over Wechat (Chinese messaging app) that China was re-opening its borders to a select group of European countries, adding them to an already small list of Asian countries that could travel to China under certain conditions. My country was on that list. I was ecstatic. My wife was still in China when restrictions were put in place. We hadn’t seen each other in months. I was finally going to see her and I couldn’t wait.
My advice for any would-be travellers is to check the Chinese embassy website for your respective countries. It wouldn’t hurt to check any .gov websites for your country too which might have some useful information on travel restrictions. There will be sufficient information on those sites to inform you of your ability to fly to China. NOTE: Regularly check these websites as updates and/or new restrictions can be put in place in the blink of an eye. For those only going to China for a short stint (which is unlikely but possible), it might also be useful to be aware of any quarantine rules that are in place for your return trip.
Chinese Visas
I mentioned above that there were conditions for those wishing to travel to China. Well, those conditions are focused solely on your visa or ability to get one. If you’re planning to visit the Great Wall or the Avatar inspired mountains in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, don’t bother. China is not open for tourism. You can only travel to China if you fit the following criteria.
  1. You held a valid “Foreigner’s Residence Permit” before lockdown (expired after 28 March 2020) for work, private matters or family reunion purposes and are returning for the same intention.
  2. You are invited by the provisional government for economic, trade, scientific, technological, culture or sport purposes and have the relevant documentation.
  3. You are invited for work, private matter or family reunion purposes in China and have obtained a “Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit”, “Invitation Letter (PU/TE)” or “Verification Confirmation of Invitation”.
  4. Humanitarian reasons, including visiting family and looking after sick or elderly family members.
  5. Crew members
Luckily my spouse visa was still valid. Barely. So I booked an appointment with the China Visa Application Service Center (global website) in London. China tends to out-source visa applications for large cities to this specific company. This offloads some of the workload. Makes sense, but adds extra cost to us. Frown. This may not be the case for your country, you might just need to visit the local Chinese embassy. Once again, check those websites. Whilst booking my appointment online, they required me to fill out an extensive online application. It was exhausting. Comparable to applying for citizenship. After reluctantly typing out my family history blah, blah, blah, I was finally allowed to choose a timeslot to visit the centre. Depending on how busy your embassy or local China Visa Application Service Center is, this could be anywhere from a couple of days wait, up to a couple of weeks. So plan accordingly. Luckily for me, two days later I hopped onto the District Line Tube, and off I went into London. I’m not familiar with other countries, but because of lockdown and restrictions, the visa centre in London was only open Tuesdays and Thursdays and was limited to morning hours. The whole process went by quite smoothly. I picked up my passport with a new visa the following week. NOTE: I had to put a 99GBP deposit down while they verified my existing visa. Once verified they reimbursed the money. Which was a massive relief, as the costs for going to China just kept piling on. For those applying for a new visa, you will be charged as per usual. I strongly recommend double-checking, triple-checking that you fall within their guidelines, otherwise you will lose that cash. Once again, this was my experience in London and it may vary globally. Always revert to the Chinese embassy website and/or .gov websites in your country for up to date information. Heck, even call them up if you find the guidelines vague or contradictory (which I did on numerous occasions).
Booking flights
This is where my nightmare truly set in. For starters, flights to China are exorbitantly expensive. Tickets were going for USD2000–5000. Yeah, exactly… WTH! To my surprise though, I found an incredibly affordable flight. This was in the realms of what I could afford. Only USD600 (one-way). A glimmer of hope at last. This was with an airline I had never heard of, and I travel regularly. I noticed it was partnered with a global and recognised alliance group, so my inklings of doubt quickly subsided, despite worry from family and friends. There was a 23-hour layover, which explained the price. In the grand scheme of things, 23-hours sitting in a dingy airport lounge, or a terminal hotel (which had shocking reviews), was nothing compared to seeing my wife again. Bring it on! I do, however, recommend flying direct if it is within your means. My 23-hour layover caused a lot of anxiety and trouble in terms of timing, specifically with the Covid-swab test. There is another key reason I recommend booking direct which I will touch upon later.
Covid-Swab Test
This is where things started becoming problematic. Travelling to China requires a mandatory Covid-swab test (not to be mistaken for the antibody test). To make things more delicate, you need to have your test administered 72 hours before your flight to China. Emphasis on your flight to China. If you have a multiple leg ticket, it only counts from the flight which is departing to China.
With my 23-hour layover, this left me with less than 48 hours to receive my results before embarking on my journey. Not ideal. To make matters worse, the only options for Covid-swab tests (with specific documentation for flying) in the UK are through private health clinics. And boy do they know their supply and demand. Prices are extortionary. Most clinics will offer a 48-72 hour window for returning your results, albeit denying liability if you miss your flight as a result of late test results. This made things troublesome. Few offered 24-hour results, those that did happily doubled their prices. Those costs just kept piling on.
I’m sure costs and timing may vary from country to country, but it still leaves a tight window. Plan accordingly. Make sure you leave yourself with enough time to hand in your health declaration form to the embassy and receive your signed form before your flight.
As for the test itself, boy oh boy. For someone who has a sensitive gag reflex to put it lightly, this test was not my cup of tea. For starters, the clinic I used insisted I administer the test myself. Secondly, it was via nose, and wait for it… throat too. I’m sure for most of you this won't be the case. Testing will be done via nasal passage or by throat and administered by a medical expert. I gagged for the entirety of the test and sneezed about 20 times. I probably scared the bejesus out of the patients waiting in line. Fun times.
One last important piece of advice regarding the swab test: Ask your medical practitioners to date it and put your passport number on your test results. This is crucial in obtaining a signed health declaration form.
Health Declaration Form
This is a must for getting on the plane. A printed out version to be specific. The only problem… it requires you emailing your Covid-swab test results to an embassy issued email address and then waiting for the reply. How long will it take? Will they reply in time? Will I make my flight? Those were the exact questions whizzing around my brain. I emailed the embassy enquiring about said questions and all I got were vague responses, or departments offloading the burden onto another department. Not helpful at all. I decided to take matters into my own hands, partially. I was still racing against the clock. The embassy website gives a list of email addresses you can email your Health Declaration Form and Covid-swab test to. The website suggests writing a specific subject header in your email to speed up the process. I decided to go gung ho. Email each address twice. Once following protocol. The second adding URGENT in the forefront of the subject title. And voila, success. Funnily enough, I received 4 different Health Declaration Forms in a matter of 20 minutes. This tactic may or may not work for you, but I suggest trying it. Fingers crossed my young padawans. Next stop, Heathrow Terminal 5. It’s the final countdown!
Airport Departure
Advice from a weary traveller: Constantly check for changes in your flight status, and updates on flight paths being cancelled. Read on for why this is critical.
Oh it was meant to be a joyous occasion. I was finally on my way back to my significant other. Documents in hand. How I was wrong. Again. My cab was pulling into Heathrow Terminal 5 and immediately I sensed something was off. There wasn’t a car or person in sight. It quickly became apparent the terminal was closed. I asked the cab driver to politely stay put as I investigated. All flights from terminal 5 had been re-allocated to different terminals. Great! I wish my airline had informed me of this. I know some of the blame falls on me too, I should have been more vigilant keeping up with my flight status etc, but I still feel this is something they should have made their customers aware of. As I hopped back into the cab, I see a couple arriving in their taxi. I quickly told them to keep their cab, “The terminal is closed! Don’t let your cab leave, you will be stranded!”. I’m not going to lie, I felt like a superhero saving that couple from disaster. For those who don’t frequent Heathrow often, the terminals are miles apart. It would definitely put a damper on your day. Although, I'm sure it wasn't that dramatic.
Eventually, I arrived at Terminal 2. The diversion had subsequently left me short on time. Naturally, there was a monstrosity of a queue to get into the terminal. Single file lane for every passenger entering the building, with one officer checking everyone's boarding pass. Typical England. Eventually, I made it to the check-in desk. Hallelujah. Pleasantries aside, the check-in assistant got to it. Seconds went by, seconds turned to minutes. “What's happening now”, I sighed under my breath. The airline couldn’t seem to find me in their system. I also noticed the flight number and departure time were slightly different from my booking info. Alas, they found me in their system. There’s just one teeny-weeny problem. The second leg of my ticket had been cancelled. It had been for 7 days already. All flights from that specific destination to China had been cancelled for the foreseeable future. I started to get agitated. Why had the airline not informed me of this? Why was I only finding out about this now? Why was there nothing on the airline website mentioning this? For my troubles, I received a standard-issue apology, no explanation and a voucher. No refund. Back home I went dejected and heartbroken.
If you happen to run into a similar situation, depending on local regulations, you may be legally entitled to a refund. Subsequently, I have taken the airline to small claims court via an online agency that handles such matters.
I mentioned earlier in the article to fly direct. This is why. It saves you having to worry about cancellations across multiple leg journeys. I’m just thankful I wasn’t sitting in that poorly rated terminal hotel in the middle of nowhere when the flight path to China was cancelled. Count your blessings.
Thanks to my lovely family, we can fast forward 24 hours, and I was off to China again, direct to Shanghai this time around and minus a small fortune. Before I carry on, I think it is important to note a few things regarding check-in: First, they ask you to scan and fill out a medical questionnaire using Wechat. You will need to show this on arrival. If you don’t have Wechat (Which the Australian next to me didn’t), they do have workarounds, albeit slow. So don’t fret. Secondly and of even greater importance, is if you have a second leg within China, you need to make sure it is for two weeks time. My ticket was for London — Shanghai — Beijing. The Beijing leg was on the same day as the Shanghai arrival. You will not be able to make same-day connections, let alone 2 or 3-day connections. The port of arrival is where you will quarantine. The airline unbeknownst to this factor, still graciously changed my Beijing flight to the appropriate date. Last but not least, prepare for the unexpected, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I fear a lot of people missed those local connecting flights for fear of asking.
In-flight
The flight itself wasn’t as uncomfortable as I was expecting. Despite a lack of hot food and wearing a mask for the entirety of the flight, it was just like any other flight. Staff weren’t wearing hazmat suits, there were no temperature checks, no strict enforcement of protocols. This will vary by country and airline. I had friends flying on Air China and it was exactly what you would expect. Limited food, hazmat wearing flight attendants, temperature checks, the whole shebang. If you are risk-averse and don’t want to roll the dice on your health, maybe flying on a Chinese airline will be your best bet.Note: Don’t forget to bring some snacks, water, hand sanitizewipes and several masks. After a few hours, the masks get really damp, which is not pleasant, but more importantly, time impedes the effectiveness of the masks. Medical experts recommend changing them every three hours.
Airport Arrivals
After 10 agonisingly long months, I finally touched down in China. I was so close, yet so far. I still had to endure two weeks of isolation. What would my hotel room be like? How much was it going to cost? Would the food be edible? How long would the process in the airport take? These are all questions, that cannot be answered. They will differ from person to person. It really is a roll of the dice. I can draw upon my own experiences and those of friends to give you a rough idea of what to expect. The highs and lows. Best to worst-case scenarios.
Let's start off with the airport experience. After disembarking the plane, I was fed through a one-way system. I wanted to bypass long queues so I power walked past anyone I had my sights on. This method proved extremely helpful in the long run. I highly recommend you adopt this advice. You really don’t want to be queuing behind hundreds of people.
The first pit stop, is your Covid-swab test. Staff are fast and efficient. They didn’t waste any time sticking two swabs up my nose. Each nostril for around 10 seconds. It was brain tinglingly brutal. The next pit stop brings me back to the questionnaire I had to fill out at Heathrow via Wechat. Airport staff scanned the QR code I received upon completion of the questionnaire. This downloaded my answers/information into their system. I also had to hand over my Health Declaration Form and Covid-swab test report. Next stop, immigration. The end was nigh. Or was it? After immigration, I collected my bags and joined a queue for the buses that would hurry me off to an unknown location. This queue, moved at snail pace. I was comparatively at the front, yet it still took over an hour. This is why I recommend power walking past anyone or anything. Skipping 50 people will save you an hour. Have your documents on hand, walk fast and you may save yourself significant time. After a significant wait, I finally boarded my bus. To where? No idea. I just hoped and prayed.
Hotel Experience
The anticipation was killing me. Would I score lucky in the hotel lottery? Would I be able to have a nice hot shower after such a long journey? The bus started pulling into a side road and…Cha-ching! It was the Holiday Inn. That's a win in my books. From arriving at the hotel, I was swiftly sent up to my room with my luggage, a toiletry bag, a few A4 papers with Chinese writing and a single pot of pot noodles. The most important of those being the A4 papers.
This contains all of the answers to your questions. If you can read Chinese. If not, I highly recommend you have a friend or colleague on hand to walk you through the form. It will differ from hotel to hotel as they each have their own policies. My hotel, for example, forbid ordering any food that didn’t come pre-wrapped. So McDonalds was off the menu. It also banned the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. If you don’t think you can last the two weeks, I recommend pre-packing some in your suitcase, otherwise use the opportunity to detox.
It also goes into detail about how to pay for your hotel stay, the food they provide for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also your covid test which you will take a few days before your departure. All payments have to be done via Wechat, Alipay and Chinese bank transfer. Alipay accepts foreign cards, although I haven’t personally tested it myself. If you don’t want to risk it, you could ask a friend to cover the payments and pay them back. They are all done via QR codes except for the covid test, which I had to pay via bank transfer. Either way, you have time in isolation to sort out a payment method which suits you. Time is not scarce in isolation!
As for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food I ate daily was actually pretty good. I was surprised. I had heard horror stories about the food being served in some hotels. This once again, comes back to the luck of the draw. You can opt-out having the food, but once you opt-out, it's done for good. You cannot pick and choose which days.
As for the cost of the hotel and food, it will say on your A4 sheet. The costs can vary dramatically from location to hotel. I had a friend stay at a horrible hotel, and he paid the same as me. Whereas I had some friends stay at a lovely hotel and paid 25% of what I paid. Generally, you won't pay more than 500RMB per night (excluding food). If you are lucky, or unlucky in the sense your hotel is a dump, you can be paying as low as 150RMB a night. Based off multiple accounts, the food seems to be a constant 100RMB a night. The food also comes ridiculously early. Breakfast at 730am (which isn’t so bad), but lunch and dinner come at 1130am and 430pm respectively. Some hotels do allow ordering from outside restaurants, so you can opt-out of the 100RMB a day and eat at your own expense and time.
As for my hotel room, it was clean, spacious and even had a bathtub. Once again, this may not be your experience. But this gave me the space to exercise daily, which I did to keep my mind busy. Time will be your enemy. So I recommend having a plan of action by the time you arrive. Set up a daily routine and stick to it. I read a lot, worked on some programming and exercised religiously. Without the routine, I think time would have stood still. You are alone, by yourself, with only your thoughts, for two weeks. It’s solitary confinement with a bathtub. Figure out what works for you, and you will be fine. Your only connection to the outside world will be your hazmat wearing food delivery man, knocking on your door to leave your food outside, or the nurse coming to collect your twice-daily temperature checks (self-administered).
Conclusion
I wrote this article to highlight some of the pains I went through in getting to China and ultimately back to my wife. But specifically to highlight how you can avoid those pains and make your trip less stressful.
To condense it all done to a tee, I highly recommend being vigilant in regards to your timing, your flight status, making sure you have the appropriate documentation, and dealing with isolation by being productive and letting go of the small details in life. Your bed may be uncomfortable, or the food sucks, but the time will pass, and you will move on with your life. It’s just a small blip in an otherwise fruitful life. Enjoy your travels and enjoy China. Most importantly, stay safe!
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2020.10.27 13:12 niall_mcnulty Travelling to China and the 14-Day Mandatory Hotel Quarantine. My Story and Advice

I take it you have exhausted all of your efforts on Google trying to find any information that will be helpful for your upcoming trip to China? You are now praying this article will shine some light on your situation? How do I know this? I was in the same boat as you only a month ago. Hopefully, I can answer a tonne of your questions and relieve some of that pre-travel anxiety by sharing my nightmare of a story.
This will be a semi-informative, semi-experienced based article on the entire process of travelling to China and what to expect from your mandatory 14-day quarantine. I will detail every step, starting from the eureka moment to eagerly walking out of your quarantine hotel in China. I personally found the pre-flight steps the most overwhelming of the entire experience. Once you touch down in China, everything is very organised and efficient. Although other travellers have had differing experiences, which I will touch upon later. I wonder how your own experiences will unfold? For now, sit back, take notes and/or revel in my disaster story.
Travel restrictions
Before you can even think about flying to China, you need to check if nationals from your country are allowed entry. For the better part of the year, China has had its borders closed to almost everyone, except a select few who were crucial to big industry. This widespread lockdown went as far as including Chinese nationals stuck abroad. China wasn’t messing about in a bid to keep a lid on the spread of Covid.
In mid-August, to my surprise and delight, an announcement went out over Wechat (Chinese messaging app) that China was re-opening its borders to a select group of European countries, adding them to an already small list of Asian countries that could travel to China under certain conditions. My country was on that list. I was ecstatic. My wife was still in China when restrictions were put in place. We hadn’t seen each other in months. I was finally going to see her and I couldn’t wait.
My advice for any would-be travellers is to check the Chinese embassy website for your respective countries. It wouldn’t hurt to check any .gov websites for your country too which might have some useful information on travel restrictions. There will be sufficient information on those sites to inform you of your ability to fly to China. NOTE: Regularly check these websites as updates and/or new restrictions can be put in place in the blink of an eye. For those only going to China for a short stint (which is unlikely but possible), it might also be useful to be aware of any quarantine rules that are in place for your return trip.
Chinese Visas
I mentioned above that there were conditions for those wishing to travel to China. Well, those conditions are focused solely on your visa or ability to get one. If you’re planning to visit the Great Wall or the Avatar inspired mountains in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, don’t bother. China is not open for tourism. You can only travel to China if you fit the following criteria.
  1. You held a valid “Foreigner’s Residence Permit” before lockdown (expired after 28 March 2020) for work, private matters or family reunion purposes and are returning for the same intention.
  2. You are invited by the provisional government for economic, trade, scientific, technological, culture or sport purposes and have the relevant documentation.
  3. You are invited for work, private matter or family reunion purposes in China and have obtained a “Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit”, “Invitation Letter (PU/TE)” or “Verification Confirmation of Invitation”.
  4. Humanitarian reasons, including visiting family and looking after sick or elderly family members.
  5. Crew members
Luckily my spouse visa was still valid. Barely. So I booked an appointment with the China Visa Application Service Center (global website) in London. China tends to out-source visa applications for large cities to this specific company. This offloads some of the workload. Makes sense, but adds extra cost to us. Frown. This may not be the case for your country, you might just need to visit the local Chinese embassy. Once again, check those websites. Whilst booking my appointment online, they required me to fill out an extensive online application. It was exhausting. Comparable to applying for citizenship. After reluctantly typing out my family history blah, blah, blah, I was finally allowed to choose a timeslot to visit the centre. Depending on how busy your embassy or local China Visa Application Service Center is, this could be anywhere from a couple of days wait, up to a couple of weeks. So plan accordingly. Luckily for me, two days later I hopped onto the District Line Tube, and off I went into London. I’m not familiar with other countries, but because of lockdown and restrictions, the visa centre in London was only open Tuesdays and Thursdays and was limited to morning hours. The whole process went by quite smoothly. I picked up my passport with a new visa the following week. NOTE: I had to put a 99GBP deposit down while they verified my existing visa. Once verified they reimbursed the money. Which was a massive relief, as the costs for going to China just kept piling on. For those applying for a new visa, you will be charged as per usual. I strongly recommend double-checking, triple-checking that you fall within their guidelines, otherwise you will lose that cash. Once again, this was my experience in London and it may vary globally. Always revert to the Chinese embassy website and/or .gov websites in your country for up to date information. Heck, even call them up if you find the guidelines vague or contradictory (which I did on numerous occasions).
Booking flights
This is where my nightmare truly set in. For starters, flights to China are exorbitantly expensive. Tickets were going for USD2000–5000. Yeah, exactly… WTH! To my surprise though, I found an incredibly affordable flight. This was in the realms of what I could afford. Only USD600 (one-way). A glimmer of hope at last. This was with an airline I had never heard of, and I travel regularly. I noticed it was partnered with a global and recognised alliance group, so my inklings of doubt quickly subsided, despite worry from family and friends. There was a 23-hour layover, which explained the price. In the grand scheme of things, 23-hours sitting in a dingy airport lounge, or a terminal hotel (which had shocking reviews), was nothing compared to seeing my wife again. Bring it on! I do, however, recommend flying direct if it is within your means. My 23-hour layover caused a lot of anxiety and trouble in terms of timing, specifically with the Covid-swab test. There is another key reason I recommend booking direct which I will touch upon later.
Covid-Swab Test
This is where things started becoming problematic. Travelling to China requires a mandatory Covid-swab test (not to be mistaken for the antibody test). To make things more delicate, you need to have your test administered 72 hours before your flight to China. Emphasis on your flight to China. If you have a multiple leg ticket, it only counts from the flight which is departing to China.
With my 23-hour layover, this left me with less than 48 hours to receive my results before embarking on my journey. Not ideal. To make matters worse, the only options for Covid-swab tests (with specific documentation for flying) in the UK are through private health clinics. And boy do they know their supply and demand. Prices are extortionary. Most clinics will offer a 48-72 hour window for returning your results, albeit denying liability if you miss your flight as a result of late test results. This made things troublesome. Few offered 24-hour results, those that did happily doubled their prices. Those costs just kept piling on.
I’m sure costs and timing may vary from country to country, but it still leaves a tight window. Plan accordingly. Make sure you leave yourself with enough time to hand in your health declaration form to the embassy and receive your signed form before your flight.
As for the test itself, boy oh boy. For someone who has a sensitive gag reflex to put it lightly, this test was not my cup of tea. For starters, the clinic I used insisted I administer the test myself. Secondly, it was via nose, and wait for it… throat too. I’m sure for most of you this won't be the case. Testing will be done via nasal passage or by throat and administered by a medical expert. I gagged for the entirety of the test and sneezed about 20 times. I probably scared the bejesus out of the patients waiting in line. Fun times.
One last important piece of advice regarding the swab test: Ask your medical practitioners to date it and put your passport number on your test results. This is crucial in obtaining a signed health declaration form.
Health Declaration Form
This is a must for getting on the plane. A printed out version to be specific. The only problem… it requires you emailing your Covid-swab test results to an embassy issued email address and then waiting for the reply. How long will it take? Will they reply in time? Will I make my flight? Those were the exact questions whizzing around my brain. I emailed the embassy enquiring about said questions and all I got were vague responses, or departments offloading the burden onto another department. Not helpful at all. I decided to take matters into my own hands, partially. I was still racing against the clock. The embassy website gives a list of email addresses you can email your Health Declaration Form and Covid-swab test to. The website suggests writing a specific subject header in your email to speed up the process. I decided to go gung ho. Email each address twice. Once following protocol. The second adding URGENT in the forefront of the subject title. And voila, success. Funnily enough, I received 4 different Health Declaration Forms in a matter of 20 minutes. This tactic may or may not work for you, but I suggest trying it. Fingers crossed my young padawans. Next stop, Heathrow Terminal 5. It’s the final countdown!
Airport Departure
Advice from a weary traveller: Constantly check for changes in your flight status, and updates on flight paths being cancelled. Read on for why this is critical.
Oh it was meant to be a joyous occasion. I was finally on my way back to my significant other. Documents in hand. How I was wrong. Again. My cab was pulling into Heathrow Terminal 5 and immediately I sensed something was off. There wasn’t a car or person in sight. It quickly became apparent the terminal was closed. I asked the cab driver to politely stay put as I investigated. All flights from terminal 5 had been re-allocated to different terminals. Great! I wish my airline had informed me of this. I know some of the blame falls on me too, I should have been more vigilant keeping up with my flight status etc, but I still feel this is something they should have made their customers aware of. As I hopped back into the cab, I see a couple arriving in their taxi. I quickly told them to keep their cab, “The terminal is closed! Don’t let your cab leave, you will be stranded!”. I’m not going to lie, I felt like a superhero saving that couple from disaster. For those who don’t frequent Heathrow often, the terminals are miles apart. It would definitely put a damper on your day. Although, I'm sure it wasn't that dramatic.
Eventually, I arrived at Terminal 2. The diversion had subsequently left me short on time. Naturally, there was a monstrosity of a queue to get into the terminal. Single file lane for every passenger entering the building, with one officer checking everyone's boarding pass. Typical England. Eventually, I made it to the check-in desk. Hallelujah. Pleasantries aside, the check-in assistant got to it. Seconds went by, seconds turned to minutes. “What's happening now”, I sighed under my breath. The airline couldn’t seem to find me in their system. I also noticed the flight number and departure time were slightly different from my booking info. Alas, they found me in their system. There’s just one teeny-weeny problem. The second leg of my ticket had been cancelled. It had been for 7 days already. All flights from that specific destination to China had been cancelled for the foreseeable future. I started to get agitated. Why had the airline not informed me of this? Why was I only finding out about this now? Why was there nothing on the airline website mentioning this? For my troubles, I received a standard-issue apology, no explanation and a voucher. No refund. Back home I went dejected and heartbroken.
If you happen to run into a similar situation, depending on local regulations, you may be legally entitled to a refund. Subsequently, I have taken the airline to small claims court via an online agency that handles such matters.
I mentioned earlier in the article to fly direct. This is why. It saves you having to worry about cancellations across multiple leg journeys. I’m just thankful I wasn’t sitting in that poorly rated terminal hotel in the middle of nowhere when the flight path to China was cancelled. Count your blessings.
Thanks to my lovely family, we can fast forward 24 hours, and I was off to China again, direct to Shanghai this time around and minus a small fortune. Before I carry on, I think it is important to note a few things regarding check-in: First, they ask you to scan and fill out a medical questionnaire using Wechat. You will need to show this on arrival. If you don’t have Wechat (Which the Australian next to me didn’t), they do have workarounds, albeit slow. So don’t fret. Secondly and of even greater importance, is if you have a second leg within China, you need to make sure it is for two weeks time. My ticket was for London — Shanghai — Beijing. The Beijing leg was on the same day as the Shanghai arrival. You will not be able to make same-day connections, let alone 2 or 3-day connections. The port of arrival is where you will quarantine. The airline unbeknownst to this factor, still graciously changed my Beijing flight to the appropriate date. Last but not least, prepare for the unexpected, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I fear a lot of people missed those local connecting flights for fear of asking.
In-flight
The flight itself wasn’t as uncomfortable as I was expecting. Despite a lack of hot food and wearing a mask for the entirety of the flight, it was just like any other flight. Staff weren’t wearing hazmat suits, there were no temperature checks, no strict enforcement of protocols. This will vary by country and airline. I had friends flying on Air China and it was exactly what you would expect. Limited food, hazmat wearing flight attendants, temperature checks, the whole shebang. If you are risk-averse and don’t want to roll the dice on your health, maybe flying on a Chinese airline will be your best bet.Note: Don’t forget to bring some snacks, water, hand sanitizewipes and several masks. After a few hours, the masks get really damp, which is not pleasant, but more importantly, time impedes the effectiveness of the masks. Medical experts recommend changing them every three hours.
Airport Arrivals
After 10 agonisingly long months, I finally touched down in China. I was so close, yet so far. I still had to endure two weeks of isolation. What would my hotel room be like? How much was it going to cost? Would the food be edible? How long would the process in the airport take? These are all questions, that cannot be answered. They will differ from person to person. It really is a roll of the dice. I can draw upon my own experiences and those of friends to give you a rough idea of what to expect. The highs and lows. Best to worst-case scenarios.
Let's start off with the airport experience. After disembarking the plane, I was fed through a one-way system. I wanted to bypass long queues so I power walked past anyone I had my sights on. This method proved extremely helpful in the long run. I highly recommend you adopt this advice. You really don’t want to be queuing behind hundreds of people.
The first pit stop, is your Covid-swab test. Staff are fast and efficient. They didn’t waste any time sticking two swabs up my nose. Each nostril for around 10 seconds. It was brain tinglingly brutal. The next pit stop brings me back to the questionnaire I had to fill out at Heathrow via Wechat. Airport staff scanned the QR code I received upon completion of the questionnaire. This downloaded my answers/information into their system. I also had to hand over my Health Declaration Form and Covid-swab test report. Next stop, immigration. The end was nigh. Or was it? After immigration, I collected my bags and joined a queue for the buses that would hurry me off to an unknown location. This queue, moved at snail pace. I was comparatively at the front, yet it still took over an hour. This is why I recommend power walking past anyone or anything. Skipping 50 people will save you an hour. Have your documents on hand, walk fast and you may save yourself significant time. After a significant wait, I finally boarded my bus. To where? No idea. I just hoped and prayed.
Hotel Experience
The anticipation was killing me. Would I score lucky in the hotel lottery? Would I be able to have a nice hot shower after such a long journey? The bus started pulling into a side road and…Cha-ching! It was the Holiday Inn. That's a win in my books. From arriving at the hotel, I was swiftly sent up to my room with my luggage, a toiletry bag, a few A4 papers with Chinese writing and a single pot of pot noodles. The most important of those being the A4 papers.
This contains all of the answers to your questions. If you can read Chinese. If not, I highly recommend you have a friend or colleague on hand to walk you through the form. It will differ from hotel to hotel as they each have their own policies. My hotel, for example, forbid ordering any food that didn’t come pre-wrapped. So McDonalds was off the menu. It also banned the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. If you don’t think you can last the two weeks, I recommend pre-packing some in your suitcase, otherwise use the opportunity to detox.
It also goes into detail about how to pay for your hotel stay, the food they provide for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also your covid test which you will take a few days before your departure. All payments have to be done via Wechat, Alipay and Chinese bank transfer. Alipay accepts foreign cards, although I haven’t personally tested it myself. If you don’t want to risk it, you could ask a friend to cover the payments and pay them back. They are all done via QR codes except for the covid test, which I had to pay via bank transfer. Either way, you have time in isolation to sort out a payment method which suits you. Time is not scarce in isolation!
As for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food I ate daily was actually pretty good. I was surprised. I had heard horror stories about the food being served in some hotels. This once again, comes back to the luck of the draw. You can opt-out having the food, but once you opt-out, it's done for good. You cannot pick and choose which days.
As for the cost of the hotel and food, it will say on your A4 sheet. The costs can vary dramatically from location to hotel. I had a friend stay at a horrible hotel, and he paid the same as me. Whereas I had some friends stay at a lovely hotel and paid 25% of what I paid. Generally, you won't pay more than 500RMB per night (excluding food). If you are lucky, or unlucky in the sense your hotel is a dump, you can be paying as low as 150RMB a night. Based off multiple accounts, the food seems to be a constant 100RMB a night. The food also comes ridiculously early. Breakfast at 730am (which isn’t so bad), but lunch and dinner come at 1130am and 430pm respectively. Some hotels do allow ordering from outside restaurants, so you can opt-out of the 100RMB a day and eat at your own expense and time.
As for my hotel room, it was clean, spacious and even had a bathtub. Once again, this may not be your experience. But this gave me the space to exercise daily, which I did to keep my mind busy. Time will be your enemy. So I recommend having a plan of action by the time you arrive. Set up a daily routine and stick to it. I read a lot, worked on some programming and exercised religiously. Without the routine, I think time would have stood still. You are alone, by yourself, with only your thoughts, for two weeks. It’s solitary confinement with a bathtub. Figure out what works for you, and you will be fine. Your only connection to the outside world will be your hazmat wearing food delivery man, knocking on your door to leave your food outside, or the nurse coming to collect your twice-daily temperature checks (self-administered).
Conclusion
I wrote this article to highlight some of the pains I went through in getting to China and ultimately back to my wife. But specifically to highlight how you can avoid those pains and make your trip less stressful.
To condense it all done to a tee, I highly recommend being vigilant in regards to your timing, your flight status, making sure you have the appropriate documentation, and dealing with isolation by being productive and letting go of the small details in life. Your bed may be uncomfortable, or the food sucks, but the time will pass, and you will move on with your life. It’s just a small blip in an otherwise fruitful life. Enjoy your travels and enjoy China. Most importantly, stay safe!
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2020.10.27 13:09 niall_mcnulty Travelling to China and the 14-Day Mandatory Hotel Quarantine: My Story and Advice

I take it you have exhausted all of your efforts on Google trying to find any information that will be helpful for your upcoming trip to China? You are now praying this article will shine some light on your situation? How do I know this? I was in the same boat as you only a month ago. Hopefully, I can answer a tonne of your questions and relieve some of that pre-travel anxiety by sharing my nightmare of a story.
This will be a semi-informative, semi-experienced based article on the entire process of travelling to China and what to expect from your mandatory 14-day quarantine. I will detail every step, starting from the eureka moment to eagerly walking out of your quarantine hotel in China. I personally found the pre-flight steps the most overwhelming of the entire experience. Once you touch down in China, everything is very organised and efficient. Although other travellers have had differing experiences, which I will touch upon later. I wonder how your own experiences will unfold? For now, sit back, take notes and/or revel in my disaster story.

Travel restrictions

Before you can even think about flying to China, you need to check if nationals from your country are allowed entry. For the better part of the year, China has had its borders closed to almost everyone, except a select few who were crucial to big industry. This widespread lockdown went as far as including Chinese nationals stuck abroad. China wasn’t messing about in a bid to keep a lid on the spread of Covid.
In mid-August, to my surprise and delight, an announcement went out over Wechat (Chinese messaging app) that China was re-opening its borders to a select group of European countries, adding them to an already small list of Asian countries that could travel to China under certain conditions. My country was on that list. I was ecstatic. My wife was still in China when restrictions were put in place. We hadn’t seen each other in months. I was finally going to see her and I couldn’t wait.
My advice for any would-be travellers is to check the Chinese embassy website for your respective countries. It wouldn’t hurt to check any .gov websites for your country too which might have some useful information on travel restrictions. There will be sufficient information on those sites to inform you of your ability to fly to China. NOTE: Regularly check these websites as updates and/or new restrictions can be put in place in the blink of an eye. For those only going to China for a short stint (which is unlikely but possible), it might also be useful to be aware of any quarantine rules that are in place for your return trip.

Chinese Visas

I mentioned above that there were conditions for those wishing to travel to China. Well, those conditions are focused solely on your visa or ability to get one. If you’re planning to visit the Great Wall or the Avatar inspired mountains in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, don’t bother. China is not open for tourism. You can only travel to China if you fit the following criteria.
  1. You held a valid “Foreigner’s Residence Permit” before lockdown (expired after 28 March 2020) for work, private matters or family reunion purposes and are returning for the same intention.
  2. You are invited by the provisional government for economic, trade, scientific, technological, culture or sport purposes and have the relevant documentation.
  3. You are invited for work, private matter or family reunion purposes in China and have obtained a “Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit”, “Invitation Letter (PU/TE)” or “Verification Confirmation of Invitation”.
  4. Humanitarian reasons, including visiting family and looking after sick or elderly family members.
  5. Crew members
Luckily my spouse visa was still valid. Barely. So I booked an appointment with the China Visa Application Service Center (global website) in London. China tends to out-source visa applications for large cities to this specific company. This offloads some of the workload. Makes sense, but adds extra cost to us. Frown. This may not be the case for your country, you might just need to visit the local Chinese embassy. Once again, check those websites. Whilst booking my appointment online, they required me to fill out an extensive online application. It was exhausting. Comparable to applying for citizenship. After reluctantly typing out my family history blah, blah, blah, I was finally allowed to choose a timeslot to visit the centre. Depending on how busy your embassy or local China Visa Application Service Center is, this could be anywhere from a couple of days wait, up to a couple of weeks. So plan accordingly. Luckily for me, two days later I hopped onto the District Line Tube, and off I went into London. I’m not familiar with other countries, but because of lockdown and restrictions, the visa centre in London was only open Tuesdays and Thursdays and was limited to morning hours. The whole process went by quite smoothly. I picked up my passport with a new visa the following week. NOTE: I had to put a 99GBP deposit down while they verified my existing visa. Once verified they reimbursed the money. Which was a massive relief, as the costs for going to China just kept piling on. For those applying for a new visa, you will be charged as per usual. I strongly recommend double-checking, triple-checking that you fall within their guidelines, otherwise you will lose that cash. Once again, this was my experience in London and it may vary globally. Always revert to the Chinese embassy website and/or .gov websites in your country for up to date information. Heck, even call them up if you find the guidelines vague or contradictory (which I did on numerous occasions).

Booking flights

This is where my nightmare truly set in. For starters, flights to China are exorbitantly expensive. Tickets were going for USD2000–5000. Yeah, exactly… WTH! To my surprise though, I found an incredibly affordable flight. This was in the realms of what I could afford. Only USD600 (one-way). A glimmer of hope at last. This was with an airline I had never heard of, and I travel regularly. I noticed it was partnered with a global and recognised alliance group, so my inklings of doubt quickly subsided, despite worry from family and friends. There was a 23-hour layover, which explained the price. In the grand scheme of things, 23-hours sitting in a dingy airport lounge, or a terminal hotel (which had shocking reviews), was nothing compared to seeing my wife again. Bring it on! I do, however, recommend flying direct if it is within your means. My 23-hour layover caused a lot of anxiety and trouble in terms of timing, specifically with the Covid-swab test. There is another key reason I recommend booking direct which I will touch upon later.

Covid-Swab Test

This is where things started becoming problematic. Travelling to China requires a mandatory Covid-swab test (not to be mistaken for the antibody test). To make things more delicate, you need to have your test administered 72 hours before your flight to China. Emphasis on your flight to China. If you have a multiple leg ticket, it only counts from the flight which is departing to China.
With my 23-hour layover, this left me with less than 48 hours to receive my results before embarking on my journey. Not ideal. To make matters worse, the only options for Covid-swab tests (with specific documentation for flying) in the UK are through private health clinics. And boy do they know their supply and demand. Prices are extortionary. Most clinics will offer a 48-72 hour window for returning your results, albeit denying liability if you miss your flight as a result of late test results. This made things troublesome. Few offered 24-hour results, those that did happily doubled their prices. Those costs just kept piling on.
I’m sure costs and timing may vary from country to country, but it still leaves a tight window. Plan accordingly. Make sure you leave yourself with enough time to hand in your health declaration form to the embassy and receive your signed form before your flight.
As for the test itself, boy oh boy. For someone who has a sensitive gag reflex to put it lightly, this test was not my cup of tea. For starters, the clinic I used insisted I administer the test myself. Secondly, it was via nose, and wait for it… throat too. I’m sure for most of you this won't be the case. Testing will be done via nasal passage or by throat and administered by a medical expert. I gagged for the entirety of the test and sneezed about 20 times. I probably scared the bejesus out of the patients waiting in line. Fun times.
One last important piece of advice regarding the swab test: Ask your medical practitioners to date it and put your passport number on your test results. This is crucial in obtaining a signed health declaration form.

Health Declaration Form

This is a must for getting on the plane. A printed out version to be specific. The only problem… it requires you emailing your Covid-swab test results to an embassy issued email address and then waiting for the reply. How long will it take? Will they reply in time? Will I make my flight? Those were the exact questions whizzing around my brain. I emailed the embassy enquiring about said questions and all I got were vague responses, or departments offloading the burden onto another department. Not helpful at all. I decided to take matters into my own hands, partially. I was still racing against the clock. The embassy website gives a list of email addresses you can email your Health Declaration Form and Covid-swab test to. The website suggests writing a specific subject header in your email to speed up the process. I decided to go gung ho. Email each address twice. Once following protocol. The second adding URGENT in the forefront of the subject title. And voila, success. Funnily enough, I received 4 different Health Declaration Forms in a matter of 20 minutes. This tactic may or may not work for you, but I suggest trying it. Fingers crossed my young padawans. Next stop, Heathrow Terminal 5. It’s the final countdown!

Airport Departure

Advice from a weary traveller: Constantly check for changes in your flight status, and updates on flight paths being cancelled. Read on for why this is critical.
Oh it was meant to be a joyous occasion. I was finally on my way back to my significant other. Documents in hand. How I was wrong. Again. My cab was pulling into Heathrow Terminal 5 and immediately I sensed something was off. There wasn’t a car or person in sight. It quickly became apparent the terminal was closed. I asked the cab driver to politely stay put as I investigated. All flights from terminal 5 had been re-allocated to different terminals. Great! I wish my airline had informed me of this. I know some of the blame falls on me too, I should have been more vigilant keeping up with my flight status etc, but I still feel this is something they should have made their customers aware of. As I hopped back into the cab, I see a couple arriving in their taxi. I quickly told them to keep their cab, “The terminal is closed! Don’t let your cab leave, you will be stranded!”. I’m not going to lie, I felt like a superhero saving that couple from disaster. For those who don’t frequent Heathrow often, the terminals are miles apart. It would definitely put a damper on your day. Although, I'm sure it wasn't that dramatic.
Eventually, I arrived at Terminal 2. The diversion had subsequently left me short on time. Naturally, there was a monstrosity of a queue to get into the terminal. Single file lane for every passenger entering the building, with one officer checking everyone's boarding pass. Typical England. Eventually, I made it to the check-in desk. Hallelujah. Pleasantries aside, the check-in assistant got to it. Seconds went by, seconds turned to minutes. “What's happening now”, I sighed under my breath. The airline couldn’t seem to find me in their system. I also noticed the flight number and departure time were slightly different from my booking info. Alas, they found me in their system. There’s just one teeny-weeny problem. The second leg of my ticket had been cancelled. It had been for 7 days already. All flights from that specific destination to China had been cancelled for the foreseeable future. I started to get agitated. Why had the airline not informed me of this? Why was I only finding out about this now? Why was there nothing on the airline website mentioning this? For my troubles, I received a standard-issue apology, no explanation and a voucher. No refund. Back home I went dejected and heartbroken.
If you happen to run into a similar situation, depending on local regulations, you may be legally entitled to a refund. Subsequently, I have taken the airline to small claims court via an online agency that handles such matters.
I mentioned earlier in the article to fly direct. This is why. It saves you having to worry about cancellations across multiple leg journeys. I’m just thankful I wasn’t sitting in that poorly rated terminal hotel in the middle of nowhere when the flight path to China was cancelled. Count your blessings.
Thanks to my lovely family, we can fast forward 24 hours, and I was off to China again, direct to Shanghai this time around and minus a small fortune. Before I carry on, I think it is important to note a few things regarding check-in: First, they ask you to scan and fill out a medical questionnaire using Wechat. You will need to show this on arrival. If you don’t have Wechat (Which the Australian next to me didn’t), they do have workarounds, albeit slow. So don’t fret. Secondly and of even greater importance, is if you have a second leg within China, you need to make sure it is for two weeks time. My ticket was for London — Shanghai — Beijing. The Beijing leg was on the same day as the Shanghai arrival. You will not be able to make same-day connections, let alone 2 or 3-day connections. The port of arrival is where you will quarantine. The airline unbeknownst to this factor, still graciously changed my Beijing flight to the appropriate date. Last but not least, prepare for the unexpected, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I fear a lot of people missed those local connecting flights for fear of asking.

In-flight

The flight itself wasn’t as uncomfortable as I was expecting. Despite a lack of hot food and wearing a mask for the entirety of the flight, it was just like any other flight. Staff weren’t wearing hazmat suits, there were no temperature checks, no strict enforcement of protocols. This will vary by country and airline. I had friends flying on Air China and it was exactly what you would expect. Limited food, hazmat wearing flight attendants, temperature checks, the whole shebang. If you are risk-averse and don’t want to roll the dice on your health, maybe flying on a Chinese airline will be your best bet.Note: Don’t forget to bring some snacks, water, hand sanitizewipes and several masks. After a few hours, the masks get really damp, which is not pleasant, but more importantly, time impedes the effectiveness of the masks. Medical experts recommend changing them every three hours.

Airport Arrivals

After 10 agonisingly long months, I finally touched down in China. I was so close, yet so far. I still had to endure two weeks of isolation. What would my hotel room be like? How much was it going to cost? Would the food be edible? How long would the process in the airport take? These are all questions, that cannot be answered. They will differ from person to person. It really is a roll of the dice. I can draw upon my own experiences and those of friends to give you a rough idea of what to expect. The highs and lows. Best to worst-case scenarios.
Let's start off with the airport experience. After disembarking the plane, I was fed through a one-way system. I wanted to bypass long queues so I power walked past anyone I had my sights on. This method proved extremely helpful in the long run. I highly recommend you adopt this advice. You really don’t want to be queuing behind hundreds of people.
The first pit stop, is your Covid-swab test. Staff are fast and efficient. They didn’t waste any time sticking two swabs up my nose. Each nostril for around 10 seconds. It was brain tinglingly brutal. The next pit stop brings me back to the questionnaire I had to fill out at Heathrow via Wechat. Airport staff scanned the QR code I received upon completion of the questionnaire. This downloaded my answers/information into their system. I also had to hand over my Health Declaration Form and Covid-swab test report. Next stop, immigration. The end was nigh. Or was it? After immigration, I collected my bags and joined a queue for the buses that would hurry me off to an unknown location. This queue, moved at snail pace. I was comparatively at the front, yet it still took over an hour. This is why I recommend power walking past anyone or anything. Skipping 50 people will save you an hour. Have your documents on hand, walk fast and you may save yourself significant time. After a significant wait, I finally boarded my bus. To where? No idea. I just hoped and prayed.

Hotel Experience

The anticipation was killing me. Would I score lucky in the hotel lottery? Would I be able to have a nice hot shower after such a long journey? The bus started pulling into a side road and…Cha-ching! It was the Holiday Inn. That's a win in my books. From arriving at the hotel, I was swiftly sent up to my room with my luggage, a toiletry bag, a few A4 papers with Chinese writing and a single pot of pot noodles. The most important of those being the A4 papers.
This contains all of the answers to your questions. If you can read Chinese. If not, I highly recommend you have a friend or colleague on hand to walk you through the form. It will differ from hotel to hotel as they each have their own policies. My hotel, for example, forbid ordering any food that didn’t come pre-wrapped. So McDonalds was off the menu. It also banned the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes. If you don’t think you can last the two weeks, I recommend pre-packing some in your suitcase, otherwise use the opportunity to detox.
It also goes into detail about how to pay for your hotel stay, the food they provide for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also your covid test which you will take a few days before your departure. All payments have to be done via Wechat, Alipay and Chinese bank transfer. Alipay accepts foreign cards, although I haven’t personally tested it myself. If you don’t want to risk it, you could ask a friend to cover the payments and pay them back. They are all done via QR codes except for the covid test, which I had to pay via bank transfer. Either way, you have time in isolation to sort out a payment method which suits you. Time is not scarce in isolation!
As for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food I ate daily was actually pretty good. I was surprised. I had heard horror stories about the food being served in some hotels. This once again, comes back to the luck of the draw. You can opt-out having the food, but once you opt-out, it's done for good. You cannot pick and choose which days.
As for the cost of the hotel and food, it will say on your A4 sheet. The costs can vary dramatically from location to hotel. I had a friend stay at a horrible hotel, and he paid the same as me. Whereas I had some friends stay at a lovely hotel and paid 25% of what I paid. Generally, you won't pay more than 500RMB per night (excluding food). If you are lucky, or unlucky in the sense your hotel is a dump, you can be paying as low as 150RMB a night. Based off multiple accounts, the food seems to be a constant 100RMB a night. The food also comes ridiculously early. Breakfast at 730am (which isn’t so bad), but lunch and dinner come at 1130am and 430pm respectively. Some hotels do allow ordering from outside restaurants, so you can opt-out of the 100RMB a day and eat at your own expense and time.
As for my hotel room, it was clean, spacious and even had a bathtub. Once again, this may not be your experience. But this gave me the space to exercise daily, which I did to keep my mind busy. Time will be your enemy. So I recommend having a plan of action by the time you arrive. Set up a daily routine and stick to it. I read a lot, worked on some programming and exercised religiously. Without the routine, I think time would have stood still. You are alone, by yourself, with only your thoughts, for two weeks. It’s solitary confinement with a bathtub. Figure out what works for you, and you will be fine. Your only connection to the outside world will be your hazmat wearing food delivery man, knocking on your door to leave your food outside, or the nurse coming to collect your twice-daily temperature checks (self-administered).

Conclusion

I wrote this article to highlight some of the pains I went through in getting to China and ultimately back to my wife. But specifically to highlight how you can avoid those pains and make your trip less stressful.
To condense it all done to a tee, I highly recommend being vigilant in regards to your timing, your flight status, making sure you have the appropriate documentation, and dealing with isolation by being productive and letting go of the small details in life. Your bed may be uncomfortable, or the food sucks, but the time will pass, and you will move on with your life. It’s just a small blip in an otherwise fruitful life. Enjoy your travels and enjoy China. Most importantly, stay safe!
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2020.10.27 09:40 Cultural-Ad-868 Targeting HEC Paris, 25F with 2.5 years experience - MiM or MBA?

Hi all,
So, this might be one of the more unusual profiles on here.
Nationality - Indian; 25F (would still be 25 at matriculation)
Bachelor’s degree in a design subject from a t5 Indian design school (grad 2017) - 3.0/4
Fluent in English and French; A2 in Spanish and Italian
GMAT - haven’t taken it yet, targeting 750+ to offset undergrad grades (current from practice at 710)
Experience - 1 year as a Comms Officer at a non profit in Europe + 1 year divided into marketing at a tech startup (current) and at a top fashion event in the country. The rest - Took time off to travel (10+ countries) and sporadically worked as a freelancer; also attended a short non-academic course in France
Other - directed and managed several creative campaigns, was the youngest intern at multiple arts related companies of international repute, worked as a DJ in a South East Asian country for a very short period of time, currently in the McKinsey candidate retention programme, completed an Art diploma while in high school (distinction)
I met an HEC rep and she said that I might be too experienced to apply for the MiM. Also said that they basically start the clock on experience at the undergrad graduation date.
Looking at MiM instead of MBA because the cost is significantly lower by about €40K plus there’s an option to take a gap year between the programme and do internships. I’ve also heard from an alumnus that in France, MBA is seen as just another Master’s degree.
However, if MiM is too risky or wouldn’t help with getting a job/visa sponsorship, I’d rather wait a year and apply for an MBA to manage the risk.
By the way, I currently live in India.
I’m looking at EU B schools, especially France because a. I speak the language b. Cultural fit and easy integration (for me) c. 2 year job search visa post Master’s for my country
Would like to move into a top Consulting/ Tech/ Luxury Goods company in Europe.
Need your advice on:
  1. Is there a difference between MiM Grande École and MBA for French employers? Would they hire from both for the same role or roles just a tier away from each other?
  2. Which programme do you think would be a better fit for this profile?
Other universities of interest are - Insead, ESSEC, LBS
Please excuse me if this is the wrong thread/channel. This is my first Reddit post.
Edit: Introduction paragraphs, current GMAT score
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2020.10.27 06:28 NETFLIXFLIXNET Serious question about dating on the BI

I am a male in my early 30's and moved here about 9 months ago. Before moving here, I realized that the dating culture here is very, very different than the mainland and I respect that. I am also aware that many of the local folks are wary of those who are not from Hawaii. I am not haole, but Asian so I kind of blend in but once you start talking to me, it is obvious I am from the mainland. I don't know if it's because of the pandemic, but I have been struggling with ways to meet women (or make new friends outside of work in general), as there aren't many bars or public places to mingle (which I also knew about before coming here). At work, there are a handful of women that are attractive, but they are all married (I also know many women here get married in their early 20's). There are a couple of them who are divorced, but they have kids and I have no interest in being a stepfather.
I really do like it here and can envision myself living here for the long term, but lately, it really worries me that I have not been able to even meet even one attractive woman who is single. I haven't tried online dating yet, which is a last resort. Am I going to grow old and gray by myself??
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2020.10.26 20:17 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 26, 2020

Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update October 26, 2020
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2020.10.26 18:53 ariesv123 (18F) Is the dating scene just this bad or are my standards somehow too high? TW: Rape mention

I’m 18F and recently entered the ONL dating scene in like September. Of course, I just started college and people my age aren’t really looking for relationships and along with that there’s a myriad of reasons why finding someone to share my romantic affection with (at the least) is a bit difficult.
For background, I’m a black female going to a predominantly white institution. When it comes to dating apps, the guys that tend to match with me are mostly white and asian with all kinds of different aesthetics though I don’t have a type and I just swipe if i think he’s attractive and we have something we could possibly talk about.
My rule of thumb is no one looking for hookups, no one that screams of bitterness on their profile, no blank bios, no smokers, which rules out a LOT of people. Nicotine addiction amongst people in my age group is a real and very common problem, and of course no one older than like 23. I have no “height requirement” or even a preference. I talk to a guy for at least a week or two before meeting up and it has to be an actual date, no “hanging out”. I always ask what they’re looking for before meeting up as well and make sure that we can actually hold conversation so this usually leaves only 20 year olds. So far almost every guy from ONL dating that has been interested in going on a date with me has had some sort of red flag later down the line.
The first guy I went on a date(s) with was 22, asian, and lowkey a catfish but who am I to judge. First time in a while I talked to a guy significantly bigger than me. He’s like 5’10 and pushing 200lbs. I’m 5’4 and 110lbs. We had the same ‘edgy’ sense of humor and clicked automatically over the phone. We met up and lied to me about him regularly using puff bars and having somewhat of a dependency on weed. Also somewhat of a tsundere type thing towards me but I didn’t mind it. Alright well, I was already there so let’s continue the date plus I thought I could get over the smoking thing, but I really just can’t. Anyways, he was automatically very affectionate with me which personally I didn’t mind because that’s my love language, but in hindsight that was a red flag too. We’re in a boba tea shop and he smacks my butt, finds ways to try to touch my breast and everytime I tell him he’s making me uncomfortable he “jokingly” complains that I’m being hot and cold and that women don’t know what they want. Alright. We went on like three dates and no change. Never took ANY of my no’s seriously (don’t worry, we didn’t do anything sexual) and the only time he did was when he cornered me in his room and admittedly I had to work up a heavy sob before he backed off. I’m talking mascara running and ‘not being able to catch my breath’. Lowkey hysterics. Pretty humiliating but it probably saved me from getting raped that night. I just end things there by blocking him on everything because he didn’t take me seriously otherwise.
Second guy is white latino(only other 18 year old), very nice and thoughtful but has really bad depression and anxiety. I understand those things can be hard but I recognize that I’m not equipped for that. I didn’t realize how bad it was until later. On the first date, he asks to sleep over (I don’t have a roommate and there’s a second bed because the room is a double). I let him sleep over because the date ended up running to like 11:30 at night but I didn’t sleep at all for safety reasons. In the morning he cries to me about his struggle with porn addiction and erectile dysfunction. No tears ever came out of his eyes, but to give benefit of the doubt that could just be his SSRI’s. Didn’t want to leave my side for a second, even if we both had classes. This was all after ONE DATE and he’s already being emotionally dependent on me. Eventually he does go back to his own dorm and then calls me two days later that he’s outside of my dorm building at 3am and that he missed me so he wanted to sleep over again. I ended things right then and there. Ever since he’s been posting about how he’s in pain and lonely on his tiktok along with pro-communist and anti-theist content (which is ironic because I’m pretty Christian so maybe he posts the anti-theist stuff knowing that I’ll see it? Idk, I don’t have a problem with atheism).
Third guy just recently graduated and he’s filipino, 23 years old. Planning on moving out to LA for his business startup, which is cool. I appreciate the work ethic. Healthy family connection too which is a plus for me. We actually click super well and it seemed too good to be true but then I notice that he still has lots of pictures up with him and his ex and she still has those pictures up too. I didn’t know that she was an ex at the time and I really didn’t want to find out I was getting involved with a guy that was already in a relationship. We talked about it and he explained. Okay, I believe him but i’m somewhat weary. We talk more and red flags start to slowly pop up. He talks about how him and his friends have “gone through women like clothes” but it’s different because he’s a guy and he’s older. I keep my calm composure but in my head i’m like “UM??”. He talks about his past relationship and how he wanted an open relationship and they had one but she was ‘loyal to a fault’ so she never took up the opportunity and would get texts and phone calls all the time from people about how they think her bf was cheating on her. Practically admitting to openly embarrassing your girlfriend at the time while doing something she wasn’t comfortable with and acting like it was her fault. Haha yea no, that was enough for me. I let him down gently over text and he immediately calls me to talk about it. He’s calm the whole time but he’s making faces and every few seconds he changes up what he says he’s hoping for between us and tries seeing loopholes so we can get atleast sexual, lowkey gaslighting. So a womanizer AND manipulative. Cool. Of course I ended things there.
Fourth guy, actually relatively great, 21 years old again. He’s from Japan and wrestles for our D-1 school which is interesting. We go to a restaurant and have pretty casual conversation. Nothing too deep. We talk about common interests and whatnot and it’s nice that he doesn’t think mine are weird or anything. We actually have a similar sense of style and we accidentally ended up matching, which I thought was cute. He compliments my style and he doesn’t pull out his phone at all. He offers me a sip of his drink (which is alcoholic) but I decline because i don’t know him well enough. Eventually the topic of past relationships comes up (I know, that’s like the #1 thing that’s not supposed to happen) and they literally broke up a week before. Great /s. He talks about her anxiety and how he just wants to be there for her all the time and by the sounds of it he’s still trying to get back with her by buying her gifts and texting her constantly. Awesome, so he’s wasting my time. We split the bill (which in hindsight, he might’ve taken as an insult due to cultural differences). After we eat we go on a walk because I truly want to get to know him more. Still more casual conversation about family and the languages we speak. Of course he talks more about his ex and it lowkey sounds like he’s been through a lot of emotional abuse with her, so I sort of understand. The whole time I’m wondering why this guy was even interested in going on a date with me. The date ends and I tell him to text me so I know he gets home safe. Doesn’t text me until like three hours later even though he only lives a 15 minute walk away. Every text I send, he just leaves on open and then replies like an hour later, so I take it as a sign he’s not interested at all. I asked but he left that on delivered lolol.
I won’t lie, I’m quite proud that I’m able to avoid succumbing to subtle manipulation as a young girl but emotionally I’m pretty beat. Now I fully understand why so many people hate dating. OBVIOUSLY there’s something I’m doing wrong here. Is it just a numbers thing? What advice can you give me in spotting not so obvious red flags earlier on? Maybe the age thing is also a red flag? I don’t match with guys my age because of no hookups and no smokers, maybe I should just get over my smoking dealbreaker?
TLDR; The only guys that match with me are older and show some sort of major red flag whether it be that they’re looking to sexually assault me, a womanizer, or emotionally unstable/unavailable. What am I doing wrong? I of course do the usual vetting process before meeting in person and have regular standards and deal breakers. How do I spot not so obvious red flags earlier on so I can avoid wasting time and emotional energy?
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2020.10.26 17:41 poltergeistnearby Problems of the Black community entering Indian culture

Black people and Indians/South Asians share a lot of the same struggles being minorities in Western countries. One of the struggles they share is the attitudes of their women.
For a long time, black women have been angry and loud for disdain of their own men. And not just any black man, but particularly the hard working, well educated decent black guys. They are constantly overlooked and ridiculed by black women who perceive them as too nice and perhaps too "white" and they end up dating the thugs and gangsters among black men instead. Terrible consequences have arisen due to this. Single motherhood is the staple of black households, criminal offenses are rampant amongst young black males because they have no guidance from the lack of a father figure in their lives because their mother was too irresponsible and went for the "bad boy" types instead of a decent black man, thot culture a norm amongst young black women, the drug problem is there, finances are an issue as well and so on. As a consequence, black households are innately broken because black women refuse to date the good black men out there who go to college, get educated and have a decent job. No, that just isn't it for them. Rather, they prefer the bad boys and the gangbangers to have babies with.
What's funny is, this problem the black community faces has now become an Indian/South Asian issue too. More and more Indian women refuse to date/marry/prefer their own men because they are "mommas boys and they are too nice" when actually, Indian men are just upholding the values their culture and religion expects them to, something that Indian women know very well because they are expected to be modest too. However, in the West where Indian women are far from traditional, the idea of a man studying, having a decent career and being a provider for his loving wife and children just doesn't turn them on. But these same women won't hesitate to date an Indian man when he becomes a "bad boy" or a drug dealer.
The problems of black males and Indian males are linked. If you are a black or indian man, the only way you will find a woman who is genuinely attracted to you is if you become a thug or a gangster.
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