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 Last Night

    This is it. My last post as a resident of Shanghai… at least for the time being. Tomorrow at 1...

  • Can’t. Talk. Must. Work.

    Posting just a quick update at the end of a 14h workday. My project’s about to end (we’r...

  • My Life as a Rock Star

    Whew! It’s been an insanely busy week, and I’m glad it’s all over. If you’ve...

  • Endings and Beginnings

    Two days more to go, and Helene and I are finally on vacation. For me, it’s also the end of th...

  • I Probably Ate Cat

    I tell ya, it seems like every month brings its new food-related scare to Shanghai. It seems like no...

Montreal: It’s Official

Just to keep you up to date: I have now signed my offer letter from Ubisoft’s Montreal studio, and will move back to Montreal this fall. The actual date is still under consideration… It should be around October.

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The Small World of Expatriates

Here’s a sample of a conversation I had with a guy called Phil yesterday, at a colleague’s party: Phil: “It’s so weird. Every expat seems to know each other here in Shanghai.” Me: “I know! I used to be jealous ...

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One Small Electronic Miracle

Remember my atrocious evening at Microfabrique last February? At that time, I had sworn off the electronic music scene in Shanghai, disgusted by people forcing me off a table because I wouldn’t pay 1000 RMB in alcohol, so that morons ...

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Comfort from the Eggplane

Yesterday, I went and investigated a new convenience store one street corner away from the studio. The small, welcoming place is called 飞蛋 (“Fei Dan“), which can only be translated as “Eggplane”. Very weird. When I asked the girl at ...

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西施 Misses Helene

Boy, I think I don’t spend enough time with our cat 西施 (Xi Shi)… She’s obviously missing Helene, who is currently in Thailand enjoying sunshine and quiet. Yesterday, when I got back home around midnight, the phone was off the ...

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