I don’t think this is quite as cool as the other videos I have posted about Shanghai but this city, put to music, time lapsed in video has got to be one of the most magnificently vibrant cities on the planet, I call it home! This is Shiny Shanghai . . . httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOvNGts1Qag
On Instagram I’ve sort of adopted the hashtag #mycityShanghai. I’m proud to be a Laowai living in Shanghai and I love this city. I love the energy, the vibe, the ever changing landscape, the cars, the chaos, the madness, the lights and the people (I also hate it all equally but that’s a whole new … Continue reading This is 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 . . .
As I have mentioned before I have a serious crush on tasting menus for a million reasons. Recently in Shanghai I found a great little culinary institute that takes 20 chefs from France (and Europe) and brings them to China, it then enrols 20 Chinese chefs and gets both nationalities to train together to create … Continue reading France in Shanghai or the other way around?
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 . . .
Recently I went to a few places that have blown my mind away in terms of the vision needed to create them. It started in Shanghai, well a little outside, with Naked and how this simple South African guy managed to build a resort in rural Shanghai. He raised $300m, he built and eco-friendly game … Continue reading Vision uncompromised by negativity!
Mostly every day in China feels like an episode of Punk’d but after two years of being here most of it doesn’t really raise my eyebrows anymore. Having said that every now and again there are some experiences that just seem to blow my mind. Right now on a flight from Shanghai to Macau one … Continue reading Some experiences in China I just have to share
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?
If you don’t know I live in Shanghai. I was a million miles away from South Africa on the tragic day of Madiba’s passing and in fact I was on conference with our Chinese partners, almost none of whom even acknowledged the existence of the man. It was hard to be alone during this … Continue reading Why I mourn Madiba so deeply . . .
One hour to the airport, two at the airport, 3 to Hong Kong, 3 in Hong Kong, 13hrs to Johannesburg Slept 45 min, hit turbulence couldn’t sleep again, 2 hours in Joburg, 2 hours to CT, interview on landing with no sleep and hangover from Champagne on plane Presentations until 6pm (body clock midnight), go … Continue reading How were your last few days?
A few weeks ago I had a moment where I missed home like never before. Its funny how things get triggered I guess. We had some colleagues / friends over for dinner and as an ordinary South African male I put on some music, got a variation of well marinated and prepared animals and fired … Continue reading I missed my life for a minute until home came for a little visit and a beer festival!
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!
. . . I guess I just always thought they had to be like a bad old run down Club Meds from the 80s where there was a program for every minute of every day and some over friendly person smile-f@#$ing you all day long into doing events or crafts when all you want to … Continue reading I never was a resort kind of person . . .
Like pretty much every Laowai that comes to shanghai I’m going to post about Moganshan. I’m posting for every new Laowai that arrives and wants to know whether they should go to the Naked Retreats or not. Its very simple, you must and here’s the picture proof why! Being in Shanghai I miss the wide … Continue reading The place they call Naked . . .
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 . . .