Xiamen,April 23rd, 2009

Xiamen

I just returned from a visit to Xiamen. This coastal seaside city has got to be the cleanest city in China. Located on the Southeast coast of China in Fujian Province consisting of Xiamen Island, Gulangyu Island, the north bank area of the Jiulong River and Tong’an County. Rich in history and the first […]

Kunming,December 22nd, 2008

dining table

I JUST WANTED A DINING TABLE BUT…

It all started with me needing a dining table. I spent a long time going to furniture stores, but I couldn’t find the right table anywhere. I thought that the only way to get the perfect table would be to have it made. After a few […]

Shanghai,November 23rd, 2008

Another Shanghai

I just returned from another trip to Shanghai. This time I went up to the top of the new World Trade Center. This building is 495m and 125 stories. It is the tallest building in Asia now. The Jin Mao tower held the record for 1 year before they built the WTC beside it. […]

China General,October 24th, 2008

De-Evolution

THE DE-EVOLUTION OF CHINA

I have been living in China three years now. During this time I have had the opportunity to observe the Chinese people going about their daily lives. I am struggling with the fact that I don’t yet speak Chinese. For some people, learning a language is like learning any […]

Shanghai,October 17th, 2007

LET EM EAT…CHICKEN

Slowly but surely China succumbs to western decadence. Hooters has just recently opened a branch in Shanghai. Actually they have 3 locations in Shanghai now! My friend Chris sent me this camera phone pic while he was there just last night. While Hooters is certainly no “strip joint”, it does symbolize the epitome […]

Kunming,July 1st, 2007

marriages

KUNMING MARRIAGE

Ever since I came to Kunming I have observed what I thought to be an amazing amount of weddings in this city.

On a daily basis I see these caravans of cars all decorated with fresh cut flowers moving through the city. Usually on average there are about 10 cars following a […]

Shanghai,September 30th, 2006

Shanghai

SHANGHAI

I have been living in China just short a year now. Most of my travels have been in the Yunnan Province. I just returned from a few weeks on the other side of China. So I think it best to break up my blog into two parts. First Shanghai and then Beijing. When […]

Yan Yang,April 22nd, 2006

Yuan Yang

YAN YANG

I traveled about 350 km SW of Kunming to Yuan Yang. Located next to the border of Viet Nam, this mountain city is over 1000 years old. The surrounding mountains have been terra formed into “terrace farming” fields where you can see the “8th wonder of the world” before your eyes. These […]

Thailand,April 11th, 2006

Land of Smiles

LAND OF SMILES

I just arrived in Bangkok after about a 2 hour flight from China. I stepped off the plane and… BAM! 95 degrees of hot air in yer face. I left 70 degrees back in China.

Going through Thai immigration was quick and no hassle.

I arrived to my hotel in Bangkok […]

Road Trips,March 10th, 2006

Road Trip to Baoshan, Tenchong, Dali, Lijiang

BAOSHAN, TENCHONG,DALI, LIJIANG

I set out this month to travel a bit around China. This trip took me to Baoshan, Tenchong, Dali, and Lijiang. My first “road trip” in my little car which did nicely. The whole trip was 1200 km and I was traveling 1 week.

First stop was Tenchong by way of […]