A New Orient

Quiet After The Storm. Sunrise at the Shanghai Pudong District.

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”– Anonymous

This fascination with the east has been going on for quite some time now.  Well obviously, I grew up in this neighborhood.  And if you are here, you are spot on.  Now is the perfect time to be living, thriving, and breathing in this part of the world.

So why Shanghai?  Because Shanghai is positively electric.  It is a testament to China’s aspirations and a centerpiece of its status as an emerging global economy.  A place rich in tradition and dreams for the future.  It is a fascinating mix of traditional buildings, colonial architecture, and futuristic skyscrapers most of which have no precedent.  Shopping, dining, sightseeing, museum, or bar-hopping; Shanghai has all that and more.  Not so surprised why so many people want to come here.  I read somewhere that people in Shanghai are smart.  To this a local cleverly replied: “Not really.  But only smart people come to Shanghai”.  So I guess that’s why I’m here. 🙂 Read More

The Best Things in Life are Free

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Mercure Hotel Legian. This hotel is just a year old and is one of so many nice hotels where you could stay in Bali.

Our company went overseas a few weeks ago to do our annual team building.  This time around, we did it in Bali.

A few days before the trip, a colleague came to me and said he did some internet searching on “things to do in Bali for free”.  One item included in the “free” list was “sunset”.  So I thought, okay that’s nice.  Honestly, I can’t remember a time I paid money to see a beautiful sunset (Can you imagine yourself walking around wearing a metered face mask that will charge you for every bit of air that you breathe, much like the electricity and water that you use?).  I did however spend a bit on camera gear so I could capture beautiful sunsets.  On one occasion, I was forced to use the MasterCard feature of my ATM card (which I don’t usually do) so I could climb the top of KL Tower and see Kuala Lumpur at twilight.  But since the company is paying for this Bali event, I thought the list must be correct 🙂 Read More