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.

  • Drums on the Basketball Court

    Drums on the Basketball Court

    As you’re probably aware, basketball is a big thing in Shanghai because of NBA superstar Yao M...

  • The Martini Geek

    Over the years of identifying myself as a geek, I have pondered the definition of the word. The best...

  • White Guy Seen in Beijing, Two Dead

    A funny anecdote that happened to me in Beijing over the weekend: As you may or may not know, itR...

  • Of Uni and Onsen

    Hello from Tokyo! Two weeks into our Japan trip, I have to say, Helene and I are having an absolute ...

  • Videogame Piracy in China

    As you most certainly know, China is a haven for piracy. Whether it’s an XBOX game or a movie ...

Canadian Whispers

Like I said in my previous post, Helene is currently doing her best to enjoy the island of Samui in Thailand, while I toil away and do my best to finish Splinter Cell Double Agent. Being alone was fun for ...

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Shedding Shanghai

I tell you; it’s a weird psychological process to begin to think about going back to my home country after 3 years abroad. If Helene and I had decided we wanted to stay in Shanghai, I’m sure we’d be fine ...

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Homebound

As you probably inferred from a recent post of mine, Montreal has been on my mind a lot lately. It’s not so much that Helene and I are sick and tired of Shanghai; sure, some aspects are not as novel, ...

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Lost in Translating

Picture this: two Western men are standing in a street in Shanghai. They stand in exactly the same spot, looking around. One of them is looking at the street with new eyes, being newcomer in the city. The heat, the ...

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Gifts Great and Small

Wednesday night, the E3 Core Team gathered at Ubisoft’s favorite Shanghainese restaurant, 海上阿叔 (“Shanghai Uncle”), for one final cheer over our accomplishment. We had an awesome time, and much wine was drunk as we cheered on. In the middle of ...

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