Discuss culture, living, traveling, relocating, dating or anything related to the Asian countries - China, The Philippines, Thailand, etc.
Well, I hope both of you have luck. I'm also a big guy and I'll be heading to China just as soon as my visa comes through. I'm going to teach since that is all I can do. I'll try to learn some Mandarin once I'm there and then just be my normal nice self and take opportunities to make new friends and go out. I really hope it works, but if it doesn't...well, after a year I could go somewhere else I guess.
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Where I you going to teach in China, Ghost? I will be teaching in Hangzhou sometime in July/Sept. Maybe we can get all of the HA members in China and do a big hangout sometime, lol?
Well I'll be around in Guangzhou for a while if anyone wants to come here.
But heed the advice about size - Chinese women aren't keen on big fat guys. It's not too difficult to lose weight here, especially if you hate rice and noodles!
Also learn some Mandarin as soon as you can, it will of course impress women but it's also useful for when you want to go shopping, buy a train ticket or catch a bus!
Native speaking English teachers who can also speak Mandarin are a very rare elite here!
The more Chinese I learn the more this country opens up to me.
About online dating, come here and I'll show you the REAL LIFE WOMEN who inhabit my local shopping district. Then you'll probably agree they're way hotter than dating site women.
Also women on dating sites get very picky and some are on there for years waiting for true love.
My mate's never used a dating site and he's had a lot more action than I have! All it really takes is good game. Forget learning the language - his Mandarin is terrible. But I just saw him with a girl on the back of his bike, and she's 24 years younger than he is.
I have to agree here.
Women in asia mostly like really thin guys. What is considered average in America is fat in Asia, what is just a little overweight in America is obese here, and what is considered just fat in America is disgustingly obese here.
At 200 pounds you'll be considered morbidly obese and your friend will be considered a walking freak show at 300 pounds. I weigh less than you do and I'm considered fat here in china. I've been losing weight recently though. I probably weigh 30 pounds less than you do, and I'm "fat" here.
Just look at how thin the average young guy in china is, that's average, and that's what you have to compete with. Keep in mind, in china they like thin guys.
It depends. I am about 190 but I used to bodybuild, so I have big muscles. At 5'8" at that and I get plenty of attention. Some of them like muscles too. If you guys played football, just get back into football shape and stop eating 10,000+ calories again and it should fall off in no time. Big quads and arms are okay, just do not look like you are lugging it, like some of the nasty dudes and women in the US do.
I actually think hating rice and noodles will make you more likely to gain weight here in china. If you're not into rice and noodles and other common foods in china, you'll probably just end up eating at McDonalds or KFC, both of which are ubiquitous in China, at least in any of the parts that a laowai would be living in.
A thread about dieting in China sounds like a pretty good idea.
I believe I'm gradually losing weight. Who knows, as I've not used any scales since I left England. All I have to go on is that my trousers now fall down without a belt, and I'm using the inner notches of the belt. So I'm pretty sure I have lost weight.
To be honest I eat a load of junk here. I cook mainly pasta, snack on bread and assorted other junk. I drink gallons of beer, but the stuff here is quite weak. I go to McDonalds more than I should.
What has changed though is that I don't eat so much, and if you want to lose weight, the AMOUNT you eat is way more important that WHAT you eat.
I don't have a TV here, so I'm no longer grazing on snacks all night. I use my computer more, but it's harder to snack and type!
Plus I walk a lot here, and there are subtle ways of exercising here. Like the fact that our University doesn't have any lifts. And how many steps are there out of the local metro station? 50? 500? 5000? Who knows.
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