Monthly Archives: May 2014

Eliza picks new dress


We stopped by Marks and Spencer and Eliza decide she wanted to buy a new dress for school.  She liked the pink dress, but before I knew it, we also ended up getting, as she called it, the rainbow dress.  … Continue reading

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Pizzeria Alla Torre


We had a nice, light dinner at Pizzeria Alla Torre.  Although Eliza gave a thumbs down on the pasta, I think she was just kidding.  I wanted to get the Diavolo, but I got their standard mix in case Eliza … Continue reading

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Skywalk at Global Harbour


One of the interesting bits about Global Harbour is a skywalk on the 4th floor.  I noticed a couple of people got dizzy and fell down as they peer through the glass floor.  Some people comment on people peering up … Continue reading

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Global Harbour


We dropped by the Global Harbour Mall.  This place is supposed to be the biggest mall in Shanghai.  I am not sure if it is the biggest mall, but I think it is pretty damn big.  They have a Hello … Continue reading

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New Dynasty for lunch


We had a nice lunch at New Dynasty.  I tried to stick with lighter fare.  Everything was very nice, but I would skip the scallops and bacon if I came back again.  

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Dinner at Watami


We had a nice, casual dinner at Watami after my office event.  Since we had a few people, we got a number of dishes to share.  I like the beef bowl.  Eliza probably like the fries the most, but I … Continue reading

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Children’s day at the office


    I took Eliza to the office today to have some fun at the Children’s day event.  She had lots of fun and took home some balloons and gifts.      

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Time to make the dumplings


With the upcoming holiday, rice dumplings are all over the place. The people in the office are giving it a go to crank out a bunch of rice dumplings. I am fine to be on the receiving end of their … Continue reading

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Candy boat


I have a feeling that many of the vendors put up women account reps as eye candy. In today’s meeting, I meet a rep that has a name ‘Candy Boat’. With a name like Candy Boat, I guess I don’t … Continue reading

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Bar 58


We had lunch at Bar 58.  The menu changed up a bit since our last visit in the Fall.  I think the new selection is great.  Although the salad went a bit overboard on the dressing, the Iberian Pork was … Continue reading

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Andrew practicing piano


I got video of Andrew practicing his new pieces.  I am quite impressed with his pick up on the new pieces.  I look forward to hearing them live when I get back to the US next month.    

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Hua Mei Garden


We had dinner at Hua Mei Garden by my Tae Kwon Do school.  The price was pretty decent and food was passable but I can’t say it was a great meal.

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Shook for lunch


We went to Shook for lunch.  Its over on the Bund at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel.  The day was really nice and clear.  I took some pics outside of the building.  We made reservations and got seats with window … Continue reading

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Very difficult


Another day of interviews.  Today, I met someone who has a name that translates to ‘Very difficult’   I wonder what his parents were thinking.

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Din Tai Fung


We had a nice lunch at Din Tai Fung.  The city is basically shut down so people don’t get in the way of the big conference going on.  We manage to get around the traffic blockages to the world financial … Continue reading

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8 out of 8?


I look at this advertising and wonder if this just means they came in 8th place.  I also wonder how many people competed in this ranking and who did the ranking.  I never heard of Chinese Media before and why … Continue reading

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Hitting Rock Bottom


According to this article, I should be hitting rock bottom on my happiness. __www.bbc.com_news_magazine-20591893_print=true This one talks about where I am relative to my counter parts around the world. __m.union-bulletin.com_news_2014_apr_04_most-their-40s-hap  

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Big Shrimp


   Another trip to the Pudong City Cafe today.  We got there early and got first shot at the big shrimp.  They were full of eggs and quite yummy.

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Smoothie redone


before after Looks like Burger King in Shanghai realize their mistake in naming their new smoothie drink.  I notice new posters are up now.

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Uncle Tetsu


As a snack for the interviewers, I got a couple of cheese cakes from Uncle Tetsu.  This place usually has a long queue of people waiting to get the cakes fresh.  I am not a big fan of cheese cake, … Continue reading

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Adventures in Interviewing


We had a day of interviews today with some interesting interactions. I had one candidate seem suprised and question why one of the female interviewers was there to interview him.  I am not sure if he assumes that there are no … Continue reading

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Andrew’s latest foray into coding


Andrew is making good progress on his coding.  For a young kid, I think he is coming along quite well.  One day soon he is going to take over my job.  🙂 http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/21324626/  

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Zen Xintiandi lunch


Great lunch at Zen Xintiandi.  Every single dish was great.  The wasabi shrimp gave me a suprise but the taste was memorable.  End to end goodness today.

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Wasabi Burn


We had a nice lunch today.  One dish gave us a little shock.  Looking at this dish, I saw nothing out of the ordinary.  I took a bite and realize the item had an overload of wasabi.  Fortunately, I have … Continue reading

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The name doesn’t sound appetizing


I look at the web page and I don’t see how the name is appropriate.

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Don’t be rude to me


__blogs.wsj.com_economics_2014_05_13_youre-not-worthy-snub I never thought too much about rude sales people encouraging me to buy more.  Perhaps I don’t go into the right stores.  Rude sales people turn me off from spending money.

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Do you know the way to San Jose


We had a long queue for the taxis because of a people flowing out from the convention at the hotel.  I had some guys in front of me hop into one of Shanghai’s dreaded purple taxis.  These purple taxis are … Continue reading

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Two birthday cakes


Eliza got two birthday cakes in school today.  She told me all about her birthday celebration when I got home from work.

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Gentle Breeze Japanese BBQ restaurant for lunch


We had a good lunch at the Japanese restaurant today.  The translation for the restaurant name is quite calming.  We had a chill lunch seated in a private room.  The team talked about guns ranges, snipers, ocean fishing, Shanghai island … Continue reading

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Eliza’s birthday is coming


  With Eliza’s birthday coming up, we got her a small cake.  Not her usual chocolate cake, but she ate some of it anyway.  We got a few other cakes from friends as gifts for her birthday.  Happy 4th birthday … Continue reading

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Peter’s Tex Mex Grill


Eliza and I hang out at Peter’s Tex Mex.  I have seen better places, but I think its ok for a quick bite.  The waffle fries are decent.  The nachos are pretty bad.  Pasta is acceptable.

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Lie Fallow


Interesting choice of words.  I think they want to say something about having a place to relax and have tea.  The translation that comes out seems a bit off.

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Pudong City Bistro


We had an early Mother’s Day dinner at Pudong City Bistro.  The selection was decent and the price was ok.  I stuck mostly with the shrimp but the green curry chicken was good too.  I had a humorous interaction with … Continue reading

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Hello Kitty


After dropping off my dry cleaning, I caught Eliza gazing at the Hello Kitty pastry.  She proceeded to give me the look til I caved in and got her the Kitty.  Eliza seems to always get her way.

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Tesla gazing


They just set up a Tesla charging station around the corner from my place.  They also appear to be setting up a dealership.  A number of people are pulling over to check out their setup and promotion car.  I saw … Continue reading

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It’s not fair


I went down to the US citizen services to pick up a new passport for Eliza.  I took my number and sat down to wait for pickup of Eliza’s passport. While I am waiting, a couple walk in with their … Continue reading

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Pizza Express at Shanghai Centre


I picked up some paperwork over by Shanghai Centre today.  I decided to swing by Pizza Express.  Although quite crowded, I managed to get my pizza, Alba, delivered quickly.  I got myself in and out of the place in 20 … Continue reading

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Cookies from Jenny Bakery


I got a gift of cookies from Jenny Bakery in Hong Kong.  The cookies are great and they come in a nice tin.  Eliza certainly loves the cookies.  Many thanks to Jin for the wonderful gift.

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mini cooper


This is the first time I saw this version of the mini cooper.  Pretty interesting looking.  I drove a mini when I was in Europe.  I thought it was fun to drive around, but I felt my MR2 was a bit … Continue reading

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Lunch at Vale


I had lunch with a colleague at Vale today.   Although I am disappointed that they took away a good chunk of the dim sum selection, I think this place is still a good lunch place.  I like the seafood tofu.  … Continue reading

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