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This picture confirms my agnosticism about India’s economic future

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This picture of chaotic traffic in an Indian city says much of it for me.


The picture says it all. Not one city bus in sight! And the road looks hopelessly blocked. Indian cities = urban chaos!

Everyday I travel several kilometres thru streets in Dalian that seem busy but on the whole not chaotic. Bus fare is cheap and buses are very available offering a dependable service. They are not the most comfortable conveyance but 10 km trips are completed in less than 15 minutes. Cross city taxi rides don’t cost much (about $3CDN) and travel times are manageable. Dalian is a second tier city in China and has a viable infrastructure with good in-city transportation, plentiful drinking water, reliable and affordable electricity and rental housing.

From what I read not even the best organized city in India can offer a viable city infrastructure and the country doesn’t seem to have the kind of government that can deliver it in any foreseeable future. This is not the picture of an emerging world class economy!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2011/06/16 at 21:30

Life evolves in Dalian

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A few days ago I complained here about email harassment.  That is now being turned around. We are talking civilly about the ways each of us is living and working in Dalian. It is not yet a full blown reconciliation but we are working on it, each in our own way. We have set aside all divorce plans and are actively working on extending the lease for the Wanda Erqi apt we have been occupying since beginning of March 2010.

To those who have expressed support thx! For others, we wish you well!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/09/30 at 19:30

Cleaning up the big oil spill in Dalian!

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I am very surprised that the Govt of China and Liaoning allowed international photographers to get these images. But it is kind of contrary programming when you consider how BP acted in the Gulf of Mexico. Dalian comes off with a better cleanup image than BP does!

Here’s some of the human cost of this cleanup in Dalian Harbor:

Scooping it out of the seawater was one way to get it cleaned up!

Even women were pitched into this battle with oil gunk on the beaches and in the water of the Bay of Dalian.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/01 at 00:20

If Tina B says it’s so, then it must be true for me too!

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Here’s the lede:

Now that everyone has a project-to-project freelance career, everyone is a hustler.

And here is the link!

I’m heading off tomorrow to sort of create my own GIG in Dalian, China. So I guess I might call myself a Gig seeker! I picked China as the place to do it since the Cost of Living is much lower there than in Vancouver’s Lotus Land.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/01/12 at 07:03

I’ve officially re-started SWG

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I’m not convinced that I’ve turned the page on a bad biz record. But I am still trying to make a go of this opportunity to do business in and with our China contacts.

I have accepted the idea that E will live here in Vancouver if I think there is something to be done in Dalian with Hodge, Stone et al after Jan 30, ’09. I sense that this is the time to do something with Hodge, Tertia, English Support Services, Student Ex et al and if it is to be then it is up to me.

I am having second thoughts about continuing this posting. But I realize that I should mark this point in the rest of my time here.

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Nobody else is going to do it. This may sound cryptic to my blog viewers, but I think it is the time to tell them, the world and myself, that I should put my energy into what seems to me to be an opportunity in China, Dalian et al.

There are three biz elements that I should get serious about: English Support Services including being an agent in Dalian for Tertia+ software, looking more positively into Hodge Zhou’s platform and need for VC, Student Exchange. Now is the time. In the short term I probably can generate some revenue from private teaching or teaching in Stone’s private school. E will stay in Vancouver while I work on these opportunities with the help of Mark/Eva et al. E accepts that and even suggests it.

I don’t know whether this posting makes any sense to others! But that doesn’t matter to me now. This is simply a way of using this blog as a sounding board, which may respond, or not, and that doesn’t matter.

This is a new prospective which E talked about this morning. Her goal is to use my time the best way possible to increase our income. We could do it with the Resident Manager thingee, but she realizes that I am not enthusiastic about that possibility.

If I can do even a modest biz thing in Dalian then that is more encouraging to her than anything that we can do in Vancouver. She misses her friends and feels the weight of helping her mother and father, but she can’t do anything about the latter here in Vancouver beyond telephone calls. If we can make the income switch to Dalian that will satisfy more than one of her psychic needs or that’s what she says.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/06 at 21:25

Jet lag in Dalian

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A few idle thoughts about living in China

One of the odd aspects of jet lag or changing hemispheres is that certain body cycles take a while to adjust to the new circadian cycle, which in my case, flying from Vancouver to Dalian, China, is about 15 hours lag. I am finding that my bowel cycles tend to wake me on Vancouver time or at about 3:00AM Dalian time. Not convenient! But that’s life in this jet age.

Another interesting thing is that they sell excellent grape tomatoes here and Jonagold apples. Also, bananas from the Philipines are plentyful and cheap. Seafood is also freely available but the better stuff is pricier.

Another small quirk about restaurants in Dalian is that tea is not always hot enough for me. In fact, I have to ask Yuan to make tea at meal times or just for refreshment. She does not automatically make lots of tea. But lots of local beer is consumed by men in China. Women do not enough sip the suds!!

One thing almost all Chinese men do everywhere, or almost is smoke. The Web cafes are especially smoky dens of nicotine excess. The funny thing is that expensive prostitutes sitting in 5 star hotel bars also smoke. In fact, it is rare to see a woman smoking in China.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2004/10/22 at 16:43