Archive for June, 2008
Travel Plans – Summer 2008

I reserved (although not yet purchased) a flight to Osaka from Shanghai Pudong for the 7th of July. So, barring a reservation issue I have ten days left in China with today my final day of work in the education field (for the foreseeable future, at least). I have developed a vague idea of what […]

How to get a Russian visa in Shanghai

If you have been wasting time on the is site you are probably aware that I’ve been whining about the perils of obtaining visas from the Russian consulate in Shanghai. I’ve decided to fuse my story with some information so anyone who happens to stumble to this post via some clever search words will have […]

Russian Visa II

Leaving tonight bound for Shanghai fo a 9:15am appointment with the friendly neighbourhood Russkie consulate.   Fingers are crossed.

Don’t pull my tail! Cats and coffee in Tokyo

Wi-fi and magazines not enough for you? Tokyo – Just around the corner from the pulsing blare and brightness of the Akihabara electronics and anime district, cafe Neko JaLaLa is an oasis of calm. Past the brass, paw-handled door to the inner sanctum, denizens loll on the thick carpet, drape over couches, and almost purr […]

New airports in China

It would appear that the Chinese government remains confident regarding the price and uninterrupted supply of oil…as well as very bullish about future airline passenger numbers. China drafted a long-term plan for development of air cargo, which will require the building of 97 new airports, consolidation of smaller airports and upgrading of certain key airports […]

Coffee in Nanjing

Coffee ‘culture’ seems to be really taking off in Nanjing. This isn’t to say that it is a relatively new phenomenon as international coffee house brands have been in China (and Nanjing) for awhile.When I first arrived, Starbucks had a three store presence in Nanjing.  The two outlets in Xinjiekou (Da Yang and the now […]

Rising petrol prices and the consumer response

I pulled this off the Planetizen blog (Click to enlarge). So where are you? One gallon is approximately 2.78 liters. My bike is really cool. …actually, I don’t have a bike…but I would say that if I did.

Running climate models from home

My latest geeky addition to my already over-worked and desperately-waiting-retirement computer. Pretty sleek, huh? Back when I was doing my undergrad the hip thing circulating geek-dom was participating in distributed computer networks with the most popular one being SETI@home. Basically the network required one to download a small program which would then analyze small packets […]

Property in China

Some late night readings helped to fill in a few holes in the my question of the year…what is going on in these cities? Despite being surrounded in an uber-left wing environment during my time at UVic, I don’t hold very strong socialist tendencies. However, there are a number of items I feel should involve […]

Plastic Bags

On June 1st, thin plastic bags (with a thickness of less that .025mm) were banned in China and bag-charging has been implemented for all PVC bags. Prices appear to range from .3 to 1RMB per bag, depending on the size. I was aware of this ban last week but I was curious about how it […]

Nepal Photography IV

I’ve just completed uploading and tagging the second to last installment (and easily the best) of photos from Nepal.  I’ve also corrected some errors in the gallery viewer and re-uploaded the previous photo installment from Everest Base Camp which went missing from some unknown reason. Like I said in a previous post, some of these […]

Obama in Nanjing

Obama’s smiling face graced the pages of a number of local dailies on display in my local Suguo CVS this morning. I’ll admit that I only maintain a passive, layman following of US presidential politics. As a non-eligible voter my opinion amounts to squat and this probably influences the amount of time I dedicate to […]

“On this spot in 1989 nothing happened here”

Well, not quite as the writers of Family Guy so sarcastically wrote into one episode. The date almost slipped my mind. I suggest a meal at the Peking Duck for a fuller, bolder experience. Nearly 20 years later it seems so far away, so distant. But not at all forgotten. At least not for me. […]

Google Search Keywords and Me

I was debating whether or not to share this tidbit of inside information but have since decided that it is now post worthy. This change is probably not only because I find this particular item slightly amusing and maybe even a little pitiful also because I think it highlights how much information can be gathered […]

Public Transit in Nanjing

After several weeks of lecturing regarding the financial and time benefits of utilizing the Nanjing transit system, I managed to convince a friend to step on one of the buses….and the verdict is…”Ah, it wasn’t that bad!”Exactly. It never will cease to amaze me how few foreigners take advantage of this system and rely completely […]

Nepal Photography III

I’ve placed several more base camp photo groups in the gallery. These ones will take you right up and into the Nepalese Base Camp. I was extremely lucky to have this opportunity as it is not common to have expeditions in camp during this time, nor is it common for trekkers to be allowed into […]

Top Ten Buildings in Nanjing

This will be the first entry posted suing scribefire, a nifty Firefox plugin which allows direct postings from within Firefox – thus avoiding the somewhat annoying process of logging into my CMS to make an entry (one is aware of living in a “now” generation when the simple process of logging into a website is […]

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