Yes strangely it is true, come the end of March STM (well only half of us for now) will be settling in, hopefully, HERE! The details remain to be negotiated but the move is done and dusted and ‘the relocation’ is on. A lot of people have asked me what the hell I was thinking … Continue reading STM is moving to Shanghai . . .
So being the first Xmas since moving to China I was quite interested to see what the hell actually goes on here. In SA everyone slowly slips into a warm holiday coma and no one dares to email each other until well into the New Year. There are however, few decorations, a large number of … Continue reading Christmas in Shanghai: The irony of it all . . .
So I have had a rather lengthy year, besides moving to Shanghai in March, there has been a bit of China travel and experience and then some fun and some work globetrotting so it’s important to have a few days to relax and go visit the one man phenomenon Jack Spanish (my brother the writer in Phuket) … Continue reading STM needs a break . . .
If you were sitting in someone’s garage, which was also their office, and they told you they were going to build the world’s biggest online retailer 20 years ago you probably would have laughed a little, told them they were dreaming and left. If that garage were in China you probably would have tried to … Continue reading Where does greatness come from?
I’ve been the prophet of doom when it comes to Apple for some time now. It didn’t start, like most people, with the death of Steve Jobs, because I believe one man doesn’t make an entire organization – even though in this case it’s almost certainly the truth. The reason I’ve been so pessimistic is … Continue reading How Apple got it so wrong, especially in China!
So I’m taking a leaf out of another bloggers book, not of the same courage, not of similar personal perseverance to triumph, but of impulsive unedited spontaneous feeling driven writing! Let me give you the 20 second summary and background. I sucked at university, so much so that it almost took me double the allotted time to … Continue reading Sometimes inspiration just smacks you in the (drunk) face . . .
As 2012 slipped away I was fairly ambivalent about what I had achieved last year and so I promised myself I would do more, travel more (for pleasure) and experience more, I mean lets be fair living in shanghai is an opportunity that needs to be grabbed by the proverbial balls. This seems to be … Continue reading A fun few weeks in the big city!
I don’t like resolutions, I think the fact that you need to stand on the precipice of a new year and promise to do stupid shit that you inevitably do not do is fucking stupid! If you have wanted to do something you would have done it already, the fact that you were waiting for … Continue reading 2012s lessons learned & experience gained . . .
To be fair I cannot claim to be any sort of expert on China at all, I’ve been here 9 months only, most of which time has been spent in Shanghai or out of the country really, so when I pretend to pass judgment on Tianjin, take it with a pinch of proverbial salt. So … Continue reading Tianjin, just one of 100s of Chinese cities?
So I haven’t written in a while for very good reason. I’ve been travelling, drinking excessively and eating like a French King before the revolutions stopped all that goodness. First I had the pleasure of heading out to Nanjing . . . Now when you ask the Chinese about Nanjing they tell you it’s quite … Continue reading What I learnt in Nanjing . . .
Following on from my previous article I stumbled across this brilliant piece of writing. I’m not sure the source of its origin and I’m not sure of its author unfortunately – what I am sure of is how perfectly it describes our continent and how brilliant it illustrates why we are drawn to it so … Continue reading The Real Africa, My Africa . . .
I wrote a piece a while ago about how when you buy something it should be evaluated based on how it makes you feel rather than any other superficial reason. I had the privilege of heading to Bali as the summer slowly slips away in my part of the world! Firstly it is simply one of … Continue reading The soul of a country is what gives me hope for South Africa . . .
I’ve been using the word BIZARRE a lot lately, I suppose when you live in a place like Shanghai you get to use it a lot (there is some seriously amusing shit that happens here). But, In light of recent events I fear I’m not justified in using it here – in fact the stuff … Continue reading bi•zarre / bi?zär/ (Adj) Very strange or unusual.
It’s funny where you learn things, very often it’s in the places you least expect. I’ll give you an example of what I mean . . . When you move to a place like China you have to partake in certain things like getting suits, jackets and pretty much everything else tailor made. The quality … Continue reading It’s how it feels . . .
I’m not sure why I have such a fetish for tasting menus, it may be because as GEN Y I need to be stimulated constantly and so am not satisfied merely with a few dishes but I need a million flavors floating around to be happy. It may also be that I enjoy having to … Continue reading The tasting menu to end all tasting menus!