Thursday, 22 November 2007

Chuckler: Spambook

Thanks G! 8)


Sporadic posting

Just a quick note to say that I am unlikely to post regularly for the next couple of months or so, what with moving countries and all. All that packing, and wrapping my head around the return to the big smoke (outdoors and indoors - smoke-free dining is still a quaint concept to the majority of the population).

Anyhoo, I will pop in now and again. I'm confident there will plenty of posting once I hit the ground in Shanghai. You can't walk out the door over there without having around 5 nutty stories to tell at the end of the day.

Shanghai Bund (1980)

Just received this photo today (Thanks JC!).

If I understand things correctly (not 100% certain), scroll down to the photo in the post below for a shot of how the flat land across the water in this 1980 shot, looked in 2005.

Scooterboy tells me a few more buildings have popped up since I took the shot below in 05.


Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Shanghai (Round 2)

On December 31st, I will be on a plane bound for Hong Kong, en route to Shanghai. Yep, I am moving to Shanghai again. For those who don't know/recall, I lived/worked (read 'slaved') there from 2002 to 2005 and came home an extremely angry young woman, I mean waaaay angrier than usual: the frustrations of living in Shanghai having gotten the better of me (I was 3 inches away from landing a punch on some Chinese woman's jaw in my last week in Shanghai).

I am rather surprised to find myself excited about the return. I am of course, super chuffed that I will at last be together with Scooterboy, partner in crime, again after spending a little over a year living with 8025 km between us – as brilliant as Skype video is for those in long-distance relationships, it ain't nowhere close to the real deal.

But aside from being with The Scooterboy Who Rocks again, I am also looking forward to hanging out with good friends, frequenting favourite haunts, and cheap massages! And I'm rather curious about how the city has changed in the two years that I've been away: the pace of change in Shanghai has to be seen to be believed. The frenetic energy about the place is something I am eager to jump back into after sleepy Melbourne. I love my hometown but it does sometimes feel like a big town as opposed to a real city.

So, I hope I manage to focus my attention on the positive aspects of Shanghai, and try not to let all the frustrations get the better of me too quickly: I mean, who needs clean air, clean water, queues, courtesy, good service, reliable internet banking, a fully functional internet, reliable medical care, logical solutions, repairmen who have more than a stick-with-a-nail-on-the-end on their tool belt? Pppfffttt, trifling details.

Wild Wild East, here I go again.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Open Social: Screencasts and Screenshots

*music from Jaws*

Find more screencasts like this on Ning Network Creators


Courtesy of ZDNet: Is Facebook the next Netscape?

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