Masbate, Philippines

Just got back from India.

Not really in the mood to upload them to this site, but you can find photos @ instagram.com/travelingknox

It was quite an interesting experience. Exactly what I expected. The food was good, the roads were hectic and monuments were ancient. People were friendly but the customer service sucked (funny how they’ve outsourced our customer service there). I saw wild cows and dogs on the road, and found out new dehli was predominately hindu and muslim, not as many buddhists nor Gautama statues as I anticipated.

The tipping culture reminded me that of the U.S which threw me off since I haven’t been in a tipping culture in over 5 years and haven’t been back to the U.S in 2, so having to dig in my pocket to fork over 15% was a little annoying but luckily it was just rupees and the conversion rate is crazy. Speaking of conversion, you’ll of course go shopping and get haggled, have people following you around asking for money (they put extra effort into tourists of course) and you’ll find out that you can bargain prices of items down to damn near 60%, which makes you skeptical of every negotiation you have.

All in all, nothing I haven’t dealt with, and I recommend everyone at least visit once in their life.

I’ve never seen a 1 on 1 fight here

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A friend of mine talked about how he witnessed a fight break out last week new year’s eve,  some guy got stomped out something vicious, we talked about why did the guy need to get jumped since the argument was between him and one other guy, and his friends really didn’t have to jump in, the guy was much smaller. This lead to a discussion, we’ve never witnessed a one on one fight here in China. Whether it be chinese vs chinese and/or ESPECIALLY  foreigner vs chinese. You (foreigner) could be getting into an argument with a stranger and if words start going south, the chinese will come out of the woodworks, across the street, manholes, balconies, everywhere, and they will more than likely side with the chinese person even if he is at fault (you might get lucky and have a good samaritan that will try to get you out of the jam and make an opening to flee), but chances are…you’re going to take a proper beating and you won’t stand a chance, it’ll be like a Bruce Lee movie except you’re not Bruce Lee and the pack of men whoop your ass.

I can sort of understand why they’d do it against foreigners especially with the history of humilation via various occupations, but I can’t quite comprehend why they do it to each other. They will get into an argument and both parties will literally jump on the phone and call their squad, next thing you know there’s 5 min of shouting and then a dozen guys show up from all sides, and if they don’t call friends, doesn’t matter, strangers will take sides and duke it out, they’ll literally fill the vacuum hahaha. It’s as though no one wants to be embarassed running a fair fight and losing so to assure it doesn’t happen, they call their family, clan, friends, classmates, and summon ancestors from 10,000 years ago. Amazing. Don’t get into fights out here unless you’re mobbing deep.

On a different note: HAPPY NEW YEAR. This is my first blog of 2017. So many new beginnings, I now have a podcast! make sure to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodbyeChinaPodcast

I also have a new track with Ms.Kirin whom I will now be co-producing with. She asked me to teach her how to produce a year or so ago, and then made a couple of beats and we’ve decided to join forces. Our first track.

Chinese drivers forced to stare at full beam headlights for 1 minute in an eye for an eye punishment, implemented by the govt.

You know it’s bad when the govt has to treat you like a child and punish you not  with fines, but with an eye for an eye punishment. I have seen these drivers I know them well, about 50% of drivers on the road put them on while driving at night, because these idiots are blind and are using what is intended for heavy fog, on a clear evening. I sometimes wonder if the lack of  night vision is because of the indoor homes having these terrible blue fluorescent lights that make your house look like you’re in a surgery room, or if its because chinese pedestrians are notorious for jumping in front of cars to get hit and sue for cash in a get rich quick scheme. All in all I not only find this funny, I sort of support it, even though I can only imagine the type of accidents that will occur AFTER the driver is allowed to peel away after having just stared at a high beam for 1 solid min. OOOPPPPSSS.  Welcome to China.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/chinese-drivers-forced-to-stare-at-full-beam-headlights-in-eye-for-an-eye-punishment-for-those-who-9659736.html

Three day weekend? Not in China.

There’s a lot of holidays in China, some traditional, some national. The traditional ones tend to be the most important, I would rank Chinese New Years the most important, it typically lasts about a week. Other holidays are much shorter such as Autumn Festival (think Thanksgiving) which is usually 3 days. The shorter holidays will start on Thursday, but unlike the U.S., you don’t come into work on Monday, but rather, you have to come into work on Sunday to make up the day you missed due to the holiday. OUCH. That sucks. Be thankful for your 3 day holiday this thanksgiving.

edit: National Holiday is 7 days, the same as Chinese New Years.

On a different note, this Autumn Festival Claire and I took a tour around Qingdao and some small villages on the outskirts of the city, Qingdao is really a beautiful city no wonder I’ve been living here so long. It was nice to see the villages with favela like mountain views of the ocean, it was very green and tranquil in those parts but I couldn’t help but notice that in between there was a lot of construction and big buildings being built in between. What once lied in that area? Will the villages clinging to the cliffs be next? Who knows. I got a chance to record and take some nice video of the tour, I’ll start editing them tomorrow and hopefully have a vlog up later this week it’s been a year since I’ve made a video, even made a couple of sound tracks for it. Let’s see how it goes.

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