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September, 2009

  1. Sweet Tooth Roach Coach

    September 18, 2009 by admin


    I shouldn’t use the word Roach, ever.  Wherever my sister Jenny is, whatever she is doing, she has a nauseous feeling right now.   Let me just say, I’ve not seen one roach here and I’m not saying that just because I want her to visit.  Anyvanillaswirlhoo, how can you not love a place that has soft ice cream on wheels!

  2. Bernie’s new BFF

    September 16, 2009 by admin


    Bitchy Friend Forever that is.  Meet Barbara and Buster, respectively.  Barbara runs “Bark’s”, a dog boarding place in Shanghai.  She’s wonderful, kind and a New Zealander so we love her.  I liked Buster too until Bernie walked past his rawhide bone and got snapped at.  Bernie is going to come here for play days every now and then, as well as stay here when we travel.  She has anywhere from 2 – 12 dogs at a time and they get to walk around the place and cause trouble.  The big dogs stay downstairs in another room (whispering, Bernie has to stay upstairs with the small dogs).

  3. Aloha and Howdy, Haibao!

    September 16, 2009 by admin


    Here’s my little buddy again, all dressed up!  I really wish I had a better picture of this but it was impossible, just trust me on this.  So there’s hawaiian Haibao and a cowboy Haibao and a chinese dancer Haibao and a cream puff Haibao.  I think it may have been like a Saudi or Eqyptian Haibao but I just can’t be certain.  Andy Lif thinks Haibao bears too striking a resemblence to Gumby…hmmm.  (Gumby can’t fly!)

  4. Tell it like it is

    September 15, 2009 by admin


    First off, I would like to apologize that I do not have the Photography gene.  I’m starting to see that I am lacking in all sorts of genes.  I took this photo to show a) that so many streets are under construction and b) there are all these tiny chinese markets, fruit stands, dumpling makers, cigarette stores located right next to really high-end office and apartment buildings.  The following picture is of an expensive apartment complex with high-end retail (Aston Martin no less) located right next door and it’s called “Rich Gate”.  They don’t pull any punches in this town.  On a side note, if I ever get bored I can always get a job in construction, all you need is a tank top and a pair of flip flops. P9141154

  5. Shanghai Po Po

    September 13, 2009 by admin


    First let me start with the Shanghai Expo “garden sculpture” in the background.  The cute little chinese symbol donning eyeballs is called Haibao and he’s the Expo mascot.  He’s typically a light blue color and he’s plasted EVERYWHERE.  I’ve come to really love him, he’s so sweet and cute and can fly too apparently.  I  will miss him when the expo is over but no need to worry about that now.

    What I AM worried about was the mini-melee that was just taking place about 20 feet from the shot.  The policeman is writing a driver a ticket which I believe is an almost nonexistent event in this town of truly bad driving practices.   The driver of the car and two women were absolutely screaming at each other in the middle of the street.   One of the women kept rubbing her leg, so I think the guy’s bumper might have hit it.  I wanted to take their picture but I was just plain scared with all the screaming.

    The taxi’s here really do play a game of dare with anyone crossing the street.  There’s no “right of way” for pedestrians so it’s he with the steeliest nerves that prevails.  I can’t really blame them, if I had to drive around this city all day I would want to mow down some people too.

  6. At the corner of Huangpi and Shunchang Rd.

    September 13, 2009 by admin

    My friend Susan asked me for some shots of our home.  We live in an area called Xintiandi (shin tan dee) and it’s a popular spot for tourists, chinese or otherwise.  They built the first real open air mall here which is filled with cute restaurants and shops and everyone sits outside and people watches.  Ken and I had dinner at one place called TMSK and they have a live show of musician’s and singers doing a fusion of western and chinese style music.  It was amazing.

    There was a lovely but over-priced wine store called Vin which I had been to a few times but it just recently closed.  I fell to my knees and cried, “NOOOOOOO!!!!!”

    Bernie and I at the entrance of building


    Living room and Dining Room


    Bernie’s Yard

    (Ken took this photo of Bernie because we have to file one with the local police department.  I just love it because it looks like he’s the size of a horse)


    View from our bedroom window


  7. Make mine a Cosmo

    September 13, 2009 by admin


    I’m so glad I found a place to buy my neon yellow tube dress, feather boa and stacked heels for a night out with the girls!

    So apparently there is no age limit for drinking alcohol here.  If there is, no one seems to know what it is.  You can belly up to the bar at 14 and order a scotch.  It’s impossible to tell how old anyone is anyway, so they probably just gave up.  Everyone is wrinklefree and looks so young (unless they work in construction). Honestly, if it weren’t for clothing and hairstyles I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a 16 yr. old and a 40 yr. old.   I’ve asked Ken to bring me back more “facelift” cream while he’s home.  Lord.

  8. Statues, schmatues

    September 12, 2009 by admin


    I actually really love this fountain/sculpture.  It’s located in the Xintiandi mall by our house and I always take a moment to stop and have a look at it.  Today, however, it’s the young woman sitting in front of it with the raccoon coming out of the back of her head that is fascinating me.  It was like a sculpture all on it’s own.

  9. You, and your little dog too!

    September 12, 2009 by admin


    What a wonderful surprise it was to turn on the tv this morning and see the Wizard of Oz playing!!!  Of course all I can think about is that I’m watching Adele’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great Uncle playing Toto. Oh I miss that little black fur ball, oh and Jenny too.

    It’s quite funny this is playing right now.  I’M DOROTHY!  I went to sleep and when I woke up I was in this totally foreign place with my dog next to me!  Now if only I can find that yellow brick road…

  10. Some things are universal

    September 12, 2009 by admin

    Before Tequila


    AFTER Tequila


    These two lovely girls, Wen Fan and May, work with Ken.  They were kind enough to take me out last night while Ken is away and show me a good time on a Saturday night in Shanghai.  We went to several different places, everything was very crowded with a mixture of chinese and expats.  We had a great time and I actually stayed out past midnight!  Yipppeee

    At this one particular bar, these guys were singing love songs (I think) to pre-recorded music.