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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pork pies! (ME only)
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BadBeagleBad



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Obviously, if you forgot coffee or can't find it where you are, this won't help, but I was surprised that no one mentioned boiling and straining coffee instead of using a coffee pot. That is the only way I have ever made coffee, since I like a stronger cup of coffee, more like Cuban coffee. You can get a cloth strainer at Cuban grocery stores, or just use a small metal or plastic kitchen strainer, should be available anywhere in the world. There has actually been some research that shows that using an alternative method such as boiling, or making coffee in a French press is better than using paper filters, as the paper filters out a substance in coffee that appears to lower colesterol.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Portable Hegel and my Turkmen translation of Capital.
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

25 packs of cigarettes from wherever I'm at to tide me over until I can find what I want wherever I land. Most declaration forms say there is a limit of 20 packs (or the equivalent), but they've always waved me through.
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litterascriptor



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm about to return to China, last time I was underprepared. This time I think my knees are going to cave in just getting my duffle bag onto the plane.

Clothes.. goes without saying, but in my case, thermals for winter, heavy winter boots as well.

extra socks and underwear.

also, every teaching book I could ever want. Went on a real buying spree and stocked up on resource books and so forth. Got to read them all still, no sense in buying resources if you don't read them. Good thing I still have 2 weeks before I depart.

Role playing game books, Savage Worlds and Burning Wheel. I also picked up the settlers of catan board game and another one I can't remember the name to.

Got a coffee grinder and a 1 cup coffee maker. It is this thing you put on the top of your coffee cup with the coffee in a holder above it, run the hot water through it and whammo, coffee.

Probably will buy a couple bags of coffee beans as well.
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coledavis



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, let's get this right: underpants are expensive in China? and they don't have any decent coffee?
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litterascriptor



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coledavis wrote:
So, let's get this right: underpants are expensive in China? and they don't have any decent coffee?


Underwear that fits my ample bum is hard to find in China. Coffee I can order on Taobao, but I'd like to bring a couple bags with me to get started.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do people still buy TEFL resource paper books? When planning to travel? Why not just transport a hard drive chock full of electronic versions and print off what you need when you are in your teaching location?
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litterascriptor



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't much like ebooks.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neither do I. But they are preferable to lugging around 40kg of TEFL materials that should already be in a staff room.
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litterascriptor



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man up cup cake.
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Real men hand carve their TEFL books into stone tablets with sharpened mammoth tusks and haul them around the world with them. This simultaneously demonstrates their inability to cope with advances in technology, thereby proving their manly cavemanlike status, and makes lesser teachers quake with fear at their testosterone fueled strength when they drag their resources into the staff room.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does one prove cupcake status? Or cup cake status, even?
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
How does one prove cupcake status? Or cup cake status, even?


What does it mean? Is it an Americanism?
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not too sure, to be honest. Sounds a little weak. Possibly an Australianism?
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