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.

  • Minimal Techno… In Shanghai?!

    Shanghai just got a hell of a lot cooler… And I’m not even talking about the weather! If...

  • Shanghai Bus Ride

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

  • The Perils of Coolness

    It’s currently 9 AM Shanghai time, and I’ve been in the office 1 hour. Good thing is, I&...

  • The Miracle Build

    One of the most important, yet unsung part of making a game is the versioning. With next-gen console...

  • Cocktails in the Courtyard

    As any long-term expat in China will tell you, the stares and impassive curiosity of our Chinese hos...

32-Hour Man

For some reason, I have always thought of myself as a lazy person. When I have a day off, it’s easy for me to do nothing instead of going out, and I seem to always be the first one to ...

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Can’t. Talk. Must. Work.

Posting just a quick update at the end of a 14h workday. My project’s about to end (we’re submitting the game code to Nintendo tomorrow) so I am now knee-deep in what is romantically known in the videogame industry as ...

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Kobe Beef Sunday

After feeling throughly overworked and tired Saturday, I decided to take Sunday really easy. And hey, Hélène is out there spending money and enjoying herself, so why shouldn’t I? So, I went to a fancy massage parlor called Dragonfly. Hélène ...

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Chinese New Year is Coming!

Spring Festival, known as ‘Chinese New Year’ in the West, will happen on February 9th, this year. Shanghai is dressing up for the event, all clad in golds and reds. It feels like being a child on Christmas again, because ...

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Drums on the Basketball Court

Drums on the Basketball Court

As you’re probably aware, basketball is a big thing in Shanghai because of NBA superstar Yao Ming. Because of this, the city has built basketball courts in many of the city’s parks, and they are packed during daytime with kids ...

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