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.

  • Couchsurfing

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

  • Pyongyang On My Mind

    It’s happening again. Ever since I’ve been in China, I’ve been meaning to visit Ko...

  • Hello from Hong Kong!

    I’m writing this entry from Hong Kong, where I’m spending the week. I will return to Sha...

  • The Mysterious Case of the Japanese Screwdriver

    As a producer, my role is to allow my team to do their job unhindered; to get the details out of the...

  • Surreal Concert Tickets

    When I try to explain why I like the weirdness of Shanghai, it’s difficult to give a specific ...

Overworked? Believe it

It’s Sunday night, 7h30 PM… I’m working tomorrow at 9 AM, and I’m just about over my 80th hour of work this week. The hallowed halls of E3 seem quite far right now… I must keep up hope.

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The Road to E3

Long time no write, no? As always, this happens to me when work buries me until my social life becomes a distant memory. In the present case, it’s the imminent arrival of E3 that’s making me scarce. In 4 weeks, ...

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On Chinese Character Tattoos

(Photo: “Dai Zi,” meaning ‘idiot’.) Thinking of getting a Chinese character as a tattoo? My sincere advice to you: Don’t do it! Chinese character tattoos appear exotic and mysterious to many people in the West, but after two years in ...

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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 spin. Overall, the X360 is a very good console. It’s impressive out of the box, before you even ...

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It’s Here

Shipping an X360 from Montreal to Shanghai: 4 days, $60 USD Getting an X360 through the bureaucracy of Chinese customs: 4 days, $30 USD Just goes to show that the main problem when going from point A to point B ...

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