May 6th: Shanghai Spring

May 6th: Shanghai Spring

After two weeks away, we arrive back in Shanghai to discover spring has most definitely arrived.  The trees once more appear fully dressed, the temperature is consistently above 20 degrees and the outdoor “free flow, all you can eat” Sunday brunches/lunches have re-appeared.  This has an inevitable, detrimental effect on weight. After Friday night’s necessary … Continue reading

May 3rd: Biting Fish and Propellors (Philippines part 1)

May 3rd: Biting Fish and Propellors (Philippines part 1)

The explanation for why Bronwen now has three fish bite marks on her legs is a good one: “The tourists here feed bread to the fish,” explains our tour guide, “and because your wife is so white, the fish mistook her for white bread”. Little consolation for Bron, peacefully snorkeling her way through the many … Continue reading

April 28th: The Tao Tour (Philippines part 2)

April 28th: The Tao Tour (Philippines part 2)

On the Tao Philippines website, the booking procedure includes an extra step which  asks: ‘Are you sure you want to do this? It’s not for everyone’. Looking back, the last four nights of our holiday at the all-inclusive luxury resort on Lagen island, with its air-conditioned rooms, cocktail bars and large pool, couldn’t have been … Continue reading

April 14th: Taking in Nanjing

April 14th: Taking in Nanjing

Two things never to attempt in Nanjing on a Saturday night: Hailing a taxi after 10pm. Never mind the fact that the taxi’s colour indicator is the opposite to that in Shanghai (where green means available for hire); there just aren’t any available taxis.  Even if there were, you’d be fighting with far more savvy … Continue reading

April 5th: Sharing Hangzhou With Many, Many People

April 5th: Sharing Hangzhou With Many, Many People

Along with what felt like half the population of China – or certainly of Shanghai, Chong, Isaac and Rachel joined me and Bron on a visit to Hangzhou on Thursday, April 4th,  to celebrate our one year anniversary of living in China.  Although the majority of our fellow visitors were probably there to celebrate Qingming … Continue reading