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About mormeguil

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    Born in a stable family.Discovered my homosexuality at 14. Have been working while studying since 16
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    Canada, Province of Quebec
  • Occupation
    Undergrad Psychology student
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    Cooking and boardgaming
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  1. After seeing quite a bit of China. I don't think they will be able to shift the economy from a manufacturing to a service and high paying job economy. They lack core value that are required. No desire or incentive to make a proper product or work correctly. No concept of universal law on which you can make predictions. Also, there is nothing for people to invest into and the gap between rich and poor; Cities, suburb and countryside, are gigantic. Are they going to be a country everybody will have to keep in mind ? Definetly. Will Chineese culture takes a bigger place internationaly? Of course. But will they dominate the world and become the de facto superpower ? Of course not.
  2. If you want a credit card with no conversion fee there is the Amazon credit card in Canada. No fee either. Tangerine is also a good bank for international ATM. They usually have a no fee partner in most countries.
  3. Well I had a strange one. Little steamed bun filled with pork meat, some warm soy milk and a black sesame seeds porridge. Sometimes tofu with brown sauce. I love chineese breakfast... Could'n stand sweet stuff in the morning.
  4. I was a total coffee addict. 3 or 4 times a day, a strong cup of french roast with a little bit of milk. Hated half and half and could not stand watery stuff. Then I moved to China...a land completely abandonned by good coffee. Nowaday, I will drink 1 cup a day and sometime even instant coffee....don't look at me. As for tea, well it's not as common as one might think in China. I mostly liked aged tea but I will drink them relaxed while doing nothing else. Maybe once a week.
  5. I speak French and English perfectly. I speak enough Spanish and Mandarin to ask my way around, buy stuff in a market and other basic conversations. I'm trying to become fluent in Mandarin but it's proving incredibly difficult. On the bright side I can finally hear the tones.
  6. The first thing to keep in mind is that Chinese people only speak Chinese for the vast majority. As such even if they had access to other source they would not understand it. Also, they are really more concerned about the personnal welfare of the family and close friends. Everything else is a bit secondary and a concept of social justice as we view it is not important. Most of them have either: received very little education and are mostly busy working 2 jobs or just trying to get enought money so they don't dissapear in the wealth gap. Or they are educated and wealthy enought that they are not overly affected. They know it's happening but it's a far away concept that they don't care much about. Now this does result in many Chineese being extremely defensive about China. You can't critic China in any ways whitout getting some stiff rebuttal. Even for some moderate stuff. Finally, education as to been taken into account. The whole education system is made so students learn to never ask questions. They will always be asked to reply exactly the material provided to them. The concept of intropsection or questionning does not exist. As such it will be hard to have a large mass of thinker to make any major change to china even with those information.
  7. Beijing reminds me of New York. They are very proud, you are onky ever a a True Beijinger if you had at least 2 childhood and 3 grand children there. Overall, they are a bit brusk and not too polite. But, if you ask them a question directly and politely they will go out of there way to help you. One of the issue with Beijing is that a lot of foreigner live there so it can be a bit more work to immerse yourself. I may try to go to Harbin next year since I like cold quite a bit. We will see. Generally I would recommend a Tier 2 city in North East of China and you should find what you want.
  8. If you are really serious about being a Canadian citizen you could always try in Quebec. You will need to pass some french langage exams and actually learn it, but it's usually is much easier if you apply there then in a different province.
  9. The courthouse is a nice enought venue and if everyone is from around the area then it's definetly possible to have everyone bring a small amount of food and just have it as a backward BBQ. Maybe get a dress and a suit if you really feel like it, but not obligations. Any bouquet of flower will do too.
  10. It seems to me like lack of sleep is not helping to cope with everything either. Maybe use earplugg and a mask to sleep ? This would provide you enought energy to last the day and you would only have to be home to sleep and eat. Rest of the time you can study at the library or a park.
  11. I was curious to try it considering English is not my first language but i'm still from North America. It seems i'm very similar to New York area and pretty much the east coast in general. But very different from Des moines, Dayton and Akron.
  12. Honestly it's almost impossible to know what customers want whitout clear words. Everyone assume that what they say is clear. Some people grunt to say "Please stay I may need help" and someone else might use the exact same grunt to mean "Leave me alone !" Much easier to clearly state your expectation in a polite and succint way. That way if you ever need help salesperson will be more resceptive to do a bit extra for you. "No, thank you i'm looking around" with a brief smile does not require much eye contact and should still be nice enought. Something else to keep in mind. When salesperson are paid commision they may have to follow you around or risk loosing a sale because if they don't ring you up themself. In store where this might be the case I usually say something similar too "I'm just looking for not. If I have any questions or anything to buy I will come see you personally don't worry." This usually re-assure them and i'm more likely to have a quiet and efficient shopping experience. Finally, the number of time I have walked in a store and could simply ask for the one or two specific items I want and be out in a flash was great. Makes me hate place like Wallmart that don't have any salesperson.
  13. For all those people that seem to forget. Quebec does have a distinct culture. Language barrier is the best way to protect that distinct culture. It may seem laughtable from afar but if we look back at how much french canadian where ocstracised historicaly it's understandable to be scared of such resurgence. On the other hand, anglophone in Quebec are a minority and get incredible treatment. While francophone community in the rest of the Canada get horrible treatment and horrible funding compare to anglophone institutions.
  14. I think an actual class with a teacher should be used as a start. Depending of how far your target language is from your current language you may need more or less time. The idea is not to learn the whole language that way but to get a solid basic of both pronounciation and the overarching concept of the language. Also, practice everyday. If it's a busy day do 10 minutes if not try go get at least half an hour. Any of the latin based language can be interesting to learn since they are relatively similar. You can learn french and transition relatively easily to spanish or italian for instance.
  15. I feel the main issue here is how people view the concept of a "King". On my hand I rather like the French Revolution of a King...ideally an headless one. Considering that I would rather not be wed to a king or a queen.