Must be fate then. Read on.


| February 25, 2014

After posting my Shanghai recommendations, I’ve been requested to write a Beijing one too. Unlike my Shanghai post, this list will be short and sweet. My Beijing stint was brief (two months), and I stayed mostly in a training camp that was in the outskirts of the city, so I did not really feel like [...]


| February 18, 2014

A friend will be visiting Shanghai for a few days in March and asked for recommendations. I thought it would be great for my list to serve a double purpose so I’m also posting it here. I will preface this list with a disclaimer: There are many interesting places in Shanghai and I’m bound to [...]

China trip (Days 12 and 13 – Shanghai)

| October 26, 2013

I’m afraid that our last couple of days in China were spent running errands therefore nothing spectacular to report. We managed to squeeze in some simple yet pleasant moments though such as walks in the park, checking out malls and shops, trying out random street snacks. The weather was glorious–sunny but not hot–so even just [...]

China trip (Day 11 – Shanghai)

| October 24, 2013

Aside from revisiting our old haunts, we have some errands to run in Shanghai. A quick visit to the notary public and my old office took care of most of that. Visiting government offices in Shanghai is generally painless. One needs to wait for half an hour to an hour in a nice and clean [...]

China trip (Day 10 – Kunming to Shanghai)

| October 23, 2013

Ahh to be out of the perpetual rain in Kunming and be in sunny Shanghai! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Shanghai! The minute we touched down, I felt a sense of relief wash over me. I realized this feeling was reserved only for places I consider home. Familiar territory! [...]

China trip (Day 9 – Kunming)

| October 21, 2013

We decided to take it easy today. We started by hanging out at a cafe near Yunnan University. We had coffee and pizza while we watched people go about their business. The all-cheese pizza was yummy.   V flew back to Xiamen today so we went to see her off at the bus station. We [...]

China trip (Day 8 – Kunming)

| October 21, 2013

We started the day looking for food streets. We found some and ate whatever interesting snacks we encountered. I didn’t take any pictures of the food because it was hard to eat and walk and take pictures at the same time. I might not be good at multitasking after all. These are some of the [...]

China trip (Day 7 – Kunming)

| October 19, 2013

Yesterday was not as cold as I feared, which was good. We started to day by wandering around our area and found a nice little market. We bought some baozis for breakfast and made a mental note to go back and try the noodles from another stand. Here’s the market.   We then proceeded to [...]

China trip (Day 6 – Ningbo to Kunming)

| October 18, 2013

Our flight to Kunming was not until 8PM so we decided to go around the city one last time. Good thing we did because there were so much more to see! Here are some pictures at Tianyige, a family compound that houses one of the oldest libraries in China.   Then we checked out Gulou [...]

China trip (Day 5 – Ningbo)

| October 17, 2013

Today was museum day but first, yummy lunch.   We finally got to the Ningbo Museum at around 2PM. I liked it a lot! Prepare for an avalanche of pictures: The Ningbo Museum from the outside.   Vase/Pottery exhibition   Old Ningbo life     Some more random displays.   I couldn’t get enough but [...]