Street Stories

Scrap story 01

A little scrap story

While I am not one for following major scrap stories like some folks, it is nevertheless amusing to hear the backstories of what, why and how involving “DIY…

Shanghai Flowers 03

Le Printemps Arrive!

The current ugly smog Shanghai is experiencing right now might have fooled us into thinking the past two days of brilliant weather was a dream. It wasn’t. I hope you…

Aloud on the wall

Say it loud, but say what?

When someone writes anything ugly or inflammatory on public walls, it doesn’t take long for the authorities or the local committee to come along with a paintbrush to…

Rural Pudong boy on phone

Why aren’t you coming home?

If you’re still in the big cities, you may have noticed a slow exodus of people as the holidays near. Your ayis (domestic helpers) have taken leave, as…

Slice of Winter Wonderland Shanghai

A slice of winter wonderland

[imagebrowser id=19] In the three years living in Shanghai, I’ve never really encountered a good snow day. You know, the kind that can silence a city, or in…