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.

  • WWCC

    My goodness. It’s like an epiphany! I just learned an acronym that defines me: Westerner With ...

  • Shedding Shanghai

    I tell you; it’s a weird psychological process to begin to think about going back to my home c...

  • Saigon for Christmas

    Two weeks ago, I realized with a great amount of trepidation that I actually could afford to take a ...

  • VIP Cinema

    I went to see Batman Begins yesterday, and it was a damn good movie. It takes a lot to make me forge...

  • Sundaycadence

    When we talk about China to people back home in Canada, and when they can be bothered to ask questio...

Shanghai Bus Ride

I take the bus to work every morning. It’s been six months of daily bus rides, and they have become a part of my daily routine. Still, it’s amazing to think what an overwhelming experience a simple bus ride used ...

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Pillar-That-Holds-the-Sky

There are some anecdotes that make me feel both very close and incredibly distant from my Chinese colleagues. Here is one of them. One of my colleagues is an avid toy collector. He noticed the ugly Ultraman knockoff I got ...

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So Long, Maozilla!

You may not know this, but I’m a big Godzilla fan. I used to own a reproduction of the original Godzilla movie poster at home, and I imported a Godzilla toy from Japan (said toy is resting in a box ...

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New Year, New… Tits?!

Remember the strange plastic surgery ad I previously spoke about? Wait for this one, it gets better… The Chinese characters say: 新年,新高度 Check the image of the woman, and you should be able to guess what this ad says… Yep, ...

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Luck o’ the Irish to Ya!

This is a special message for my brother Philippe, who insisted I go out on St-Patrick’s Day to enjoy a pint of draft Guinness in an Irish pub of Shanghai: Cheers, bro!!!!! This pint of Guinness was enjoyed at O’Malley’s, ...

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