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  • Salaam.......Haven't been on this forum for ages......aaaahhh memories......and nope not married yet bro.
    I haven't been to Guangdong myself, so can't tell you that much about the place itself.

    As for China in general, keep in mind that most people do not speak English. Taxi drivers also sometimes struggle to read Chinese adresses written in Latin script. Therefore when you wanna go somewhere it's best to have the staff at your hotel write the adress for you in Chinese characters. And the retun adress to the hotel!

    Chinese people are not big on physical intimacy, so try not to touch anyone without their permission. Do not suddenly hug or grab people -even friends- without warning.

    In the cutthroat capitalist world that is today's China, people are easily upset and arguments are common. Try to avoid getting into those. Physical fights are very uncommon, but verbal arguments can go on for hours if you get them started.

    Talking about politics is...not forbidden, but I wouldn't encourage it. Chinese people only tell their real opinions to people they trust. If you're a stranger asking about sensitive stuff they will just tell you the official line they learn from the media, and also start to view you as a bit of a threat. Wait until you get to know someone a little before going into this territory.

    Chinese people are very curious and will ask you questions about things that in the West are considered private, for instance if you are married or how much money you make. If you don't feel like telling you should dodge the question in some diplomatic way since giving no answer at all would be a little rude.

    Chinese food culture is very liberal and includes all kinds of things. If you're a Muslim and want to be on the safe side you will want to look for the Halal resturants that the Hui and Uigur ethnic groups run. They usually have green signs and the word "Halal" in Arabic text.

    Other than that I think you're probably intelligent enough to recognize obvious scams. If total strangers walk up to you and adress you in English it's usually the lead-up to them trying to get your money in one way or another. Just walk away.

    Shops that are permanently located in some kind of building usually have fixed prices now. Sales stands in the streets though still allow bargaining. If you wanna go for that or not is up to you - I usually stay clear of them since I suck at bargaining.

    Younger Chinese men can appear a little feminine when speaking in English, since they are shy and uncomfortable outside of their own first language. Some foreigners wrongly get a kind of homosexal vibe from this, but I assure you that in most cases it's not - don't panic!

    China is a lovely country and I'm sure you will have a great time if you observe the above precautions. :) "Positive" advice:

    -See the sights.
    -Make friends with the locals if you find younger ones who speak English.
    -Try the food as far as your beliefs permit.
    -Try to learn a few words of Chinese, or even characters.
    Yeah sort of, I'm doing first year med but I have to do really well to get into second year.
    rumor says that its rats. Stop going to marys and royals bro. Prefer kortoba or Aladdins
    i understood what you meant! my "lol wat" was more like an exclamation of surprise because you've changed *_*;

    ramadan Kareem/Mubarak

    I graduate from uni of leicester.

    i know this may sound stupid but what does an alim course involve ? What do you actually study ?

    Went to my first tarawih some guy was burping could smell the onion bhaji LOL

    when is my wedding ? not for a while LOL but i will defo invite you bro thats a promise lol.

    Yeah NF is crap i only come on to give messages to some decent people like you, Jihen, SP. I do not bother with the debates anymore.

    You just have the same people talking about the same stuff over again and again, waving their e-swords at all who defy the "laws of athiesm, evolution and natural selection".

    I am also a graduate now and now looking for a job. How is the alim course ?

    I've been frusterated with job search. Had interviews but no luck :(
    Haha, I probably should begin to frequent less myself. I'm glad you caught the build though, as it was a good deal. Good luck with the building! :)
    Don't worry, since I found another UK shop where you can pre-order it, and what's more they actually turned out cheaper, lol.

    Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II
    Processor: Intel Core i5 760
    Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 6850
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 4GB
    Storage: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB
    CD/DVD: Samsung SH-223S
    Motherboard: MSI P55A-G55
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro 600W
    Price: 600?

    I wouldn't worry that much about the after market cooler, unless you're overclocking. The noise level is relatively low anyway. :)

    Btw, once again be quick, that graphics card does sell out fast. :p
    Alright, the HD 6850 card I talked about has launched. Here we go. :)

    Case: Fracal Design Define R3
    Processor: Intel Core i5 750
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 4GB
    Storage: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB
    CD/DVD: Samsung SH-223S
    Motherboard: MSI P55A-G55
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro 500W
    Price: 630?

    I know it's just a tad above budget. You can save 8 pounds if you downgrade to the 500GB version of the Samsung SpinPoint F3, but then again 8? is practically nothing for double the capacity. The case is also a bit costy, but trust me it is a genius one. Excellent sound absorbation, really easy to build in & keep tidy, and looks smashingly great. I would say go for it, just do it fast, as the graphics card will be sold out in moments. :)
    Sorry, I totally missed your last post there. The X25-M G2 was the superior SSD for a long time, but it's been passed by the Crucial C300 series, which is much newer. Intel's next generation coming this winter however, the X25-M G3, might be better than that again. :p
    That's the idea. You install your operative system on the SSD along with important programs, and then you store HD movies and what not on the large capacity hard drive.

    Intel comes out with a 160GB SSD this winter, but hey, it'll not exactly be cheaper. :p
    A hard drive? Depends on how much capacity you need and how much you're willing to pay. A so-called SSD is probably the component which will give a computer it's greatest lift compared to an ordinary hard drive, albeit expensive. You get this 64GB SSD for 135$.

    Alternatively, the fastest mechanical hard drive is the very affordable Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB. :)
    No problem, although with that budget I would recommend you slipping me a week's time or so, as there is this new gaming graphics card coming out real soon which might be bullseye for what you need.

    Just tell me if that's okay, or you need it now, and I'll do the job accordingly. :p
    Oh that's nice. Alton Towers was awesome. My sis and I went on the Nemesis ride and I almost died -_- I got soaked wet in the flume -_-
    In the Gulf, having a fair complexion is a sign of beauty.

    Well, I did do some shopping, went to London for a couple of days, went to Alton Towers, saw my friends etc. How about you?
    I have very fair skin so I can pass off as a westerner who converted into Islam since that's what I always get, even from Kuwaitis and Iranians lol.

    Yea it's a bit far, but I'll be living between my uncle's house in wolves and my brother's in Cambridge. I can visit either of them. Same distance almost. That's IF I get the acceptance.
    I know warwick's a top uni and I don't want to go to Aston or Birmingham. Birmingham doesn't have what I want and I don't like Aston. I'm waiting for a reply from Essex so we'll see what happens.

    Thanks, but not all iranians are beautiful :p We do have our share of not so pretty women too :p
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