China Moments

Shanghai, 2003-2006: In early 2003, I quit an IT job to follow my dreams of living abroad. Fortune smiled on me, and I landed my first job in the videogame industry at Ubisoft’s Shanghai studio. China Moments, my first blog, documented my first expatriation experience and my obsession with the craft of videogames.

  • The Crunch

    Here we are. Crunch Time. If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, “crunch time”...

  • The Secret Banana Cupboard

    The studio, like all big companies in Shanghai, employs ayi (阿姨), cleaning ladies who also serve as ...

  • Dinner That Stings

    Here’s an awesome pic taken by my colleague, Jori, of the (in)famous scorpion dish available a...

  • Montreal: It’s Official

    Just to keep you up to date: I have now signed my offer letter from Ubisoft’s Montreal studio,...

  • So Long, Maozilla!

    You may not know this, but I’m a big Godzilla fan. I used to own a reproduction of the origina...

Happy New Year!

Helene and I are spending our last day in Ho Chi Minh City, as our plane back to Shanghai leaves tonight at 1 AM. Helene is doing some last-minute shopping, and I take the time to make one last post ...

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Post-Backpackerism: Follow-Up

Julie, a young Quebecoise currently backpacking around Southeast Asia, reacted yesterday to my post titled Post-Backpackerism. Allow me to trans-quote: I’m divided. I wouldn’t go so far as to call you a snob, because there’s a few things you said on ...

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The Celine Curse

(With apologies to my dear mother, who is also named Celine… This has nothing to do with her!) I have a travel-related curse. I hear Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On in every country I visit. Every single one. ...

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Post-Backpackerism

After spending three days outside of Ho Chi Minh City, Helene and I are now stationed in Pham Ngu Lao, the “backpacker central” of Vietnam. It’s a stark, and rather unwelcome, contrast to being pleasantly lost in the Mekong Delta. ...

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Getting Lost in Vietnam

Merry Christmas from Saigon! Helene and I just returned to Ho Chi Minh-City where we intend to spend the last leg of our trip. Vietnam thus far has been an exhilarating, fantastic adventure, and I’m glad we decided to come. ...

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