[29 Jul 2011 | Ес далан зургаа]

Only a few months ago, rare earth elements were an obscure commodity tracked by only a handful of analysts around the world. Today, it has become a hot global media topic, an international investment trend, and, most importantly, it is being hailed as a key ingredient to a greener and better future. What happened?
On September 7, 2010, a Chinese fishing boat collided with a Japanese Coast Guard patrol in a disputed territory in the East China Sea, and its crew was taken into custody pending possible charges. On the same …


[18 Jul 2011 | Ес далан зургаа]

After 20 some days and 150 some business cards from international professionals working in different sectors, we were back at the office trying to urge our clients to provide project-specific data. Unfortunately, almost every one of our compatriots was up to his/her neck in Tsagaan Sar festivities, telling us to relax; one of them even quoted a proverb that goes something like, “I’m proceeding along as Beijing stands still”. Oddly enough, we were still getting phone calls and numerous emails from our international counterparties.
Relating to our policy of “relaxation”, I want …


[4 Jul 2011 | Ес далан зургаа]

UB can rival NYC as “the city that never sleeps” (although we may come up short in the mornings because UB is virtually dead at 6 am). But there is plenty of action at night, even though the city tries (and magnificently fails) to enforce a strict 12 am curfew. As far as the nightlife goes, clubs may come and go, but a rite of passage for UB party people is the after-party dinner, or breakfast, at a 24-hour eating establishment. Here is our round-up of places to go after …


[1 Jul 2011 | Ес далан зургаа]

Take a class.
Whether you want to learn a new language, or simply enjoy an occasional lecture, UB offers many opportunities if you know where to look. For free or relatively inexpensive options check out the following international cultural centers: most of them offer language classes and host cultural events.
For all things German, hit up the Goethe Institute (San Business center next to the Cultural Palace, 6th floor, call 322751), whereas Francophiles should contact the Alliance Francaise (call 351914). If you’d like to take a computer class or soak up some …


[27 Jun 2011 | Ес далан зургаа]

 

Sambuu Street:
The city spent billions on street repairs last summer, which made life in UB a living hell as most roads were shut down for repairs. We struggled to take the Zen approach and meditated (read: medicated) ourselves through the summer, all the while envying friends who have managed to escape to the country. Did the final results justify our agony? Hard to say, although Sambuu Street, the road that runs from Geser Sum to the Little ring Road (past Tengis Movie Theater), seems to have benefited the most. The pedestrian …