Saturday, February 28, 2009


Traditional Chinese Dinner:
Chicken Feet
Stinky Tofu
Regular Tofu
Small Fish
Chicken (with bones)
Glutenous Rice Dumplings
Fish (Omelet/Pizza/Pancake) Thing
Spicy Green Beans
Cauliflower in salty soup
Various other things I dare not speak of.

Rock Climbing.

We went rock climbing at Shanghai Stadium.
There was this sweet statue of a heroic table
tennis player. Also, there were copy/fax machines
strewn about the stadium/rock climbing area.
I made it up to the top first time. I'll post pictures
once I get them from my co-workers.


Snagged some images from in/on/around
the building I work in. 

Hope you dig them.

You are doing it wrong.

Betman: Night Justice.

Colonel Sanders: Devil?

And the no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,
or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is
wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number
of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number
is Six hundred threescore and six.

I wonder if KFC global knows of this.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


I went to a sushi restaurant yesterday. 
Certainly doesn't look like the Kroger
sushi I am used to. Luckily, once you
put Chinese wasabi on it, you cannot
taste the shrimp head (or anything 
for the next 2 days).



Instead of using pre-made rotational molded
lids, they have a machine with a spool of 
clear plastic that is heated up and then pressed
onto the cup. After the plastic is applied, a serrated
rind comes down and cuts away the excess material.
Then a sticker is applied and the beverage is served.
A thick straw with a pointed end is given to the 
patron to puncture the lid. The process takes about
45 seconds which seems like an eternity when you
are used to the roto-molded lid.
Just something I noticed.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hey, China.

Stop leaving your children unattended.
On Sunday we went shopping at 1pm.
We passed by this shop and this kid was
sleeping on the floor. At 5pm we passed 
the same store and this kid was just
standing up looking out at the street.

The shop was not open for business.
The doors were locked and the lights
were turned off. 

*le sigh*

Monday, February 23, 2009

Walks on Rainy days.

Took a walk to the supermarket today.
Saw a few interesting things on the way.
Picked up food to cook Chinese food with.
(or have the girls from work cook food
for me). First image is of clothes lines
that project from nearly every window.
Second Image is a duck for sale at the 
supermarket. Third image is an abandoned
coin operated play thing.


It has been 22 long days in Communist China.

But today I found a Burrito and all is well.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Photo Session: 1

It was a nice Saturday, so I decided it
was time for some Urban Exploration.
I took a 3-4 mile walk and documented
my journey. Here is a taste of what I 
experienced. I walked through some
housing developments and a few dirt
alley ways. Got stared at a lot. Felt
uncomfortable a little. Smelled things
that you would not believe. 

Looking forward to photo sesh: 2.

China is weird.

The was an entire section of this stuff at a media outlet.
Pornography is outlawed in Mainland China so they have
this stuff and "Sex Having Education" which is people 
fully clothed performing fake sex acts.

China is weird.

First Non-Food Purchase.

I needed a keyboard for my ModBook so I could
use the Space Key and ctrl+Z in Photoshop and
Alias Sketchbook Pro. Initially, I wanted to get 
a Apple keyboard but then I realized I will only
be using this occasionally for the next 5 months.
Decided on Hello Kitty. The lady started at 50 yuan
but I presbyterianed her down to 40 yuan. 

It is glorious.


Lamian Noodles. 5 Yuan. Delicious.

Ryan Visits McDonalds

Escalator to Heaven

The Fries are Exactly the same.
The coke does not have refills. (Free or otherwise)
The McChicken was small and spicy.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Urban Clutter

Visual noise is killing me.
My eye sockets hurt from 
constantly looking around.
There are so many things that
draw my eye in that I cannot
help but look. 

One thing I keep thinking to
myself over and over is that 
Shanghai is a huge can of
industrial design problems.
I am really curious to see the 
progress they will make in the
upcoming months leading
toward the world Expo.

It's like the city grew faster
than it should have and 
things were forgotten. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Lunch today:
Bowl of White Rice
Broccoli Dish
Mushrooms in "brown sauce"
Squid with Garlic
Small container of Soy Sauce
16 Yuan. $2.34

After Lunch Snack:
"Light Purple" Flavored Gatorade
6.5 Yuan  $0.95

To whom it may concern:
Today I killed my first box of Pop
Tart leaving me with only one box
in reserves. The new room mate is
bringing one box, but if we could
perhaps get some pop tarts en 
route to China. It would make
me happy.

José González

The show was dope. He was talking to the audience after 
he played "heartbeats" about his crash course in mandarin.
He said his favorite phrase is, "Yo Nigga Mayo" and not 
because it translates to, "do you or do you not have that". 
He probably said that because it sounds like something 
you might hear in a Soulja Boy chorus. 


Children's Art Theater: Shanghai
Row 10 Seat 17 Surroundings

Monday, February 16, 2009

Business Cards

Business cards are the keys to Shanghai. With the right 
collection of business cards, you can go anywhere in the
city. Mine came in today. I am going to be at TEAMS for
165 more days and they got me 500 business cards.



I feel one of the things that interests
me most so far are signs. How information
is communicated. Shanghai is supposed
to be an international city and while
in some places there are shimmering
rays of hope, most places yourself 
stuck. I sometimes wish that I could
learn written mandarin and not be 
such an american with my "speak
english or else" mentality. After speaking
with several Chinese natives at work, 
I learned that there are Characters
that even as adults, the Chinese people
cannot read. Universal signage is the
only thing keeping me from getting
lost and it is sparse to say the least.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

St. Regis Shanghai Hotel

This building is outlined with LEDs on all 
surface changes. It is an awesome sight at 
night as you drive by. It reminds me of TRON.

Shanghai Expo

This charming fellow, who bares a 
striking resemblance to a healthy 
squeeze of Colgate is the mascot for
the Shanghai Expo 2010. His name is
Hai Bao which roughly translates to
"treasure from the ocean" and judging
from his sticker, he is an Obama 

*sigh* Commies. 


View from my Balcony.

View of Shanghai in all its splendor.
23 Story. Apartment #7

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thou Shalt Not Covet

1.) FJ Bruzer (Fiona's FREE Nishiki)
2.)SuperBike (Ryan's 2007 Leader 735TR)
3.)Bike 1.1 (Ryan's 1968 Raleigh Competition GS)

The weather in Shanghai is perfect for shredding.
However, I find myself displaced from these weapons
of mass shred-duction. I think I am going to Speed Cats
on Saturday. Here's to hoping they have something in 
my size.