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Shanghai China Snippets

Observations about living in Shanghai and China in general

Published: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 23:55:42 +0000


Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber and ICS - China Sunday Thoughts

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 10:36:49 +0000

Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber and ICS For more than a half year now, whenever there’s a gap between two programmes ICS (International Channel Shanghai) plays a music video of Bon Jovi, then followed by an attractive lady in a car whose name I don’t know and to finish it off there’s Justin Bieber. Bon [...]

The Best Tuangou Ever, a Ticket for Noah’s Ark

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 13:02:30 +0000

Tuangou, or Group buying, is hot at the moment. The whole internet seems to be destined to become one Tuangou. In the end though, whatever you buy now, you only need to join one Tuangou and you’ll sail away in 2012 on Noah’s Ark leaving behind all those Tuangou’ers that were happy with getting a [...]

Spot the Missing Letter

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:19:51 +0000

Spot the missing letter Crossposted on Shanghai Daily Photos Test Test Test Test © - visit China [...]

How to Backup Your Gmail in China

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 04:00:55 +0000

It’s time for a backup of your Gmail account(s) if you live in China. Google has announced it’s contemplating leaving China and the ramifications might well be that in doing so their Gmail service will become unavailable as well. There’s no certainty but don’t be naive and think it could not happen. Stranger things [...]

Blocked Hotmail a Hot Search in

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 15:03:49 +0000

The Chinese firewall had an active day. Twitter blocked, Flickr blocked, Microsoft’s new search engine blocked. In general the average Chinese user won’t give a a hoot. Twitter….. Flickr….. and that pancake search engine. It’s mostly the foreigners here that will have to find other ways to express themselves. Should be good for productivity, although [...]

Osteria Italian Restaurant - Less guests is better

Sat, 23 May 2009 05:34:30 +0000

Clicking an ad I ended up at the website of the Osteria restaurant I’m a bit puzzled by the fact that if I bring 7 or more friends I’ll be charged 10% more. Still, I may try out the place one day, just with a small group though. It seems from the pictures like an [...]

My Wife Wants to Divorce Me

Wed, 25 Mar 2009 14:32:02 +0000

I just asked her if she felt less happy after US bank Lehman Brother’s went bankrupt in september 2008. Yes, of course, was her answer. Since that moment my happiness index plummeted to very low levels. Before all was ok, also thanks to Lehman Brothers but now…. “What’s the exact score now”, I asked. Well, at [...]

Brand America, Chinese omelettes and running 1 km

Sat, 01 Nov 2008 07:58:16 +0000

Weekly Snippets Brand America The Brand America is getting close to Sanlu status. Unfortunately it’s easier to change to melamine free baby milk powder than to an USA alternative. Healthy Running Chinese school kids have run 3 km since the mandatory exercise program started. “Primary schoolchildren run 1 km per day, junior high school students 1.5 km, and senior [...]

My Favorite Beijing Olympic Quote

Sat, 23 Aug 2008 14:24:52 +0000

Yesterday, just before the football match Belgium - Brazil was about to start. The anthems had been played and the referee was about to start the match. Behind me, on row 3, a little girl asked her dad, “Which one is China?”. note: I had promised myself that I wouldn’t write anything during the [...]

Bill Gates Makes It To Baidu Logo

Tue, 08 Jul 2008 01:29:23 +0000

Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and co-founder, who officially retired has made it into the Baidu Logo. Click the logo and you will get to his profile (in Chinese) He is the second American who makes it to the top of the page of China’s most popular search engine. US Presidential candidate Barack Obama was the [...]

Vertical Blogging in English

Sat, 05 Jul 2008 02:18:09 +0000

┏━┯━┯━┯━┯━┓ ┃i│l│n│p│C┃ ┃c│o│ │p│h┃ ┃a│g│a│e│i┃ ┃l│ │l│t│n┃ ┃l│v│s│s│a┃ ┃y│e│o│ │s┃ ┃ │r│ │c│n┃ ┃ │t│b│a│i┃ ┗━┷━┷━┷━┷━┛ Hope you can read it, formatting didn’t go so well. Do it yourself. Read for the reasons of this vertical blogging here. Advertisement: Find out more about China MyChinaStart Directory [...]

Is that water or alcohol?

Fri, 23 May 2008 06:37:39 +0000

Entering the building the female guard looks at the big jug (5 litres) I’m carrying. When I open the door, she asks, Is that water or alcohol? I wonder what else they’re thinking and not saying [...]

Black and White Search

Tue, 20 May 2008 01:52:00 +0000

Search engines in black and white for the 3 days mourning period that started yesterday with 3 minutes of silence on 2:28 PM. 3 minutes/days to think of the devastation the earthquakes in Sichuan have caused. If you like to donate, I suggest you to check the Shanghaiist website which is very up to date with [...]

Google and Kingsoft Launch Free Chinese Dictionary

Thu, 08 May 2008 15:23:21 +0000

Google and Kingsoft launched today a free Chinese-English-Chinese dictionary. Now go and read the Chinese bbs yourself to really find out what’s going on in China. If you install it on a non-Chinese operating system you probably see a lot of weird symbols (not Chinese but more machine language like), on the first page of the [...]

China Olympic Torch Relay on Google Maps

Thu, 08 May 2008 06:24:37 +0000

Just noticed that Google maps is keeping track of the torch relay. Check here for yourself. [...]