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.

  • Beijing Nights

    I’m writing this post from Beijing, in a small Internet cafe near the sidestreet (hutong) wher...

  • Sick-Jean-Baptiste

    You know you’re blogging too much when, sick and doubled over the toilet, you think, “Uu...

  • Post-Backpackerism: Follow-Up

    Julie, a young Quebecoise currently backpacking around Southeast Asia, reacted yesterday to my post ...

  • 鸡年快乐!*

    The Year of the Rooster is here! Once again, Spring Festival this year reminded me how much of a bla...

  • One Small Electronic Miracle

    Remember my atrocious evening at Microfabrique last February? At that time, I had sworn off the elec...

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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