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High (Education) Maintenance: My Experiences as a Tutor in Shanghai, China

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Visualize The Guy – that nameless marijuana dealer of the hit web series High Maintenance (trailer below).

I was that Guy in Shanghai, but instead of weed my product was a tutoring service.  And my clients were not colorful New Yorkers, but super rich expat kids who attended the most expensive international high schools in China. Below is a peek into the not-so-normal lives of my four students: Jessica, Cindy, Justin, and Caprice. Read More

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How Buddha Saved a Chinese Bookie turned Peruvian Drug Lord: Chino

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I once tutored a Chinese bookie named Oliver. We were introduced by a mutual lady friend, a law student who I met at Windows, a popular dive bar in Shanghai. She thought Oliver and I would get along. Once a week he would pay me 60 dollars for a two-hour session, which included a massive free meal. Definitely not my highest paying client, but it wasn’t a bad deal considering what went on. Read More

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Keys to the VIP: Pickup Tips I’ve Learned from Watching All 39 Episodes

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There are numerous books and videos available to help you improve your “game”.  There’s Neils Strauss’ The Game, books on evolutionary biology and psychology, Robin Baker’s Sperm Wars, Matt Ridely’s Red Queen, Richard Dawkin’s Selfish Gene, Robert Greene’s The Art of Seduction  and last but not least the TV series The Pickup Artist (Seasons 1 and 2).  I have had personal exposures “in the field”, and more than a few successes, but it was only when I watched Keys to the VIP (KTTVIP) that I realized how terrible my “game” really is. Read More