A Curmudgeon Back Home

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A Curmudgeon Back Home
Enthusiastically jaded observations and occasional rants by an expatriate.
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  • Just another Shanghai Saturday... 1 day ago With Christmas just five days away, this morning saw my daughter engage in intense negotiations with a representative from the North Pole. Amber assured Father Christmas that she had been, and will continue to be, "good", while Santa Claus pledged to seriously consider her request for a certain...
  • 常来常熟! 4 days ago Periodically, I'm asked to go on what are known as "outreach" visits to cities located in the provinces closest to Shànghăi 上海 - Ānhuī 安徽省, Jiāngsū 江苏省 and Zhèjiāng 浙江省. The idea is to establish a presence in localities that would normally be overlooked in the usual...
  • Hong Kong Park 1 week ago Our  brush with the Occupy Central movement came on our last night in Hong Kong, and it was all my fault. We could've easily caught the 12A bus in Central after returning on the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui in order to get back to Steven and Shih-Ling's place on MacDonnell Road. But, no, I had to...
  • Man Mo Temple and Kowloon 2 weeks ago Enough of amusement parks and laid-back outlying islands - the Saturday of our four-day Thanksgiving break was the time to plunge into Hong Kong's busy streets and see the former British Crown Colony/current Chinese Special Administrative Region up close and personal. And what better way to start...
  • Lamma and the Peak 2 weeks ago Ellie, Amber, Vivienne and Mia on the busy streets of CentralLammaHong Kong 香港 is a densely-populated place, no surprise as there are 7.2 million people crammed into about 6500 square kilometers of space, which if you do the math works out to a figure of roughly 17,000 people for each km². And...

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