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.

  • Shanghai Bus Ride

    I take the bus to work every morning. It’s been six months of daily bus rides, and they have b...

  • Couchsurfing

    The idea is simple yet brilliant: a website where adventurous travelers can search for couches on wh...

  • X360: First Impressions

    The X360 has been plugged in now for 4 days, and I (and definitely Helene) had time to take it for a...

  • It’s a Godzilla Night

    Some facts: It’s Friday night at 10h30 PM, and Helene is sleeping because she’s exhauste...

  • Videogame Piracy in China

    As you most certainly know, China is a haven for piracy. Whether it’s an XBOX game or a movie ...

New Year, New Face!

I’ve seen a lot of dubious advertisements, but this one takes the cake. This advertisement is placed on the back of the passenger’s seat of many taxis in Shanghai. Can you guess what it is for? It’s an ad for Reyon, ...

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Behold… The UBIcycle!

Since last Friday, Hélène and I have moved one step closer to being true Shanghainese. Case in point, the above image. Yep, it’s a Ubisoft-branded bicycle! The red one is Hélène’s, and the blue one is mine. (Hence the red ...

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White Guy Seen in Beijing, Two Dead

A funny anecdote that happened to me in Beijing over the weekend: As you may or may not know, it’s an annoying habit of Chinese people all over the country to yell ‘Hello!’ at foreigners. It’s usually the only English ...

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Beijing Nights

I’m writing this post from Beijing, in a small Internet cafe near the sidestreet (hutong) where I stayed the last three days. I didn’t know I was coming to Beijing this weekend until two weeks ago. That’s when Helene showed ...

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The Secret Banana Cupboard

The studio, like all big companies in Shanghai, employs ayi (阿姨), cleaning ladies who also serve as after-hours receptionists and all-around helpers. The word ayi actually means ‘auntie’, and is used to address all cleaning ladies. The studio employs 4 ...

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