New Dog, New Tricks

It’s been a while since I’ve given an update on the puppy, and what better way then to show you all how cute and clever she is. Addie’s now 3.5 months old, and is growing faster than tension on the plateau. She’s still got another two weeks before her rabies shot and license, so is …

Upgrade for Dao By Design

If ever in the future this blog dies or simply fades into obscurity it’ll be for one simple reason – Dao By Design. The bastard. As long-time readers might be aware, my full-time gig isn’t witty Chinese commentary (some would argue it’s not even my part-time gig). To keep the lights on, I run a …

English movie cinema in Suzhou

There were a few major adjustments I had to undergo when I moved to Suzhou from Dalian back in August 2006, namely: a lack of abundant Korean food, no Walmart, no slick light-rail mass transit, and no English-language movie theatres. Well, it’s been a year and a half and I’m happy to report that this …

What would you do if I sang out of tune?

A Canadian friend of mine here in Suzhou is getting married this weekend and he’s asked me to be the English-language emcee (it’s bilingual, as the bride is a Suzhou local – so maybe trilingual?) at his wedding. Fortunately for me, my job is mostly translational and I’ll not have to give any long and/or …

The Geek Dinner – Network/Netplay

Hit “The City” last night for the inaugural Shanghai Geek Dinner, hosted by Christine of The China Business Network. It was the first “networking” event I’ve ever been to, and gave me a chance to whore myself a bit as well as finally put a dent in the massive pile of business cards I have. …

Bookworm Lit Fest Hits Suzhou

Suzhou’s newest hot spot is undeniably The Bookworm. Part café, part library, part restaurant, part bar and part bookshop; it’s not hard to see why the place has quickly become a refuge for many a Suzhou expat. On top of its boatload of English-language books, the cozy two-storey canal-side venue now has the distinction of …

My Favourite (Suzhou) Blogs

It used to be that I’d skim 10-20 blogs a day, with even more sitting in my feed reader should I have the extra time. I love blogs, love blogging and love the China blogsphere. In fact, it was just that love for it all that led me to setup the Hao Hao Report, a …