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.

  • Pillar-That-Holds-the-Sky

    There are some anecdotes that make me feel both very close and incredibly distant from my Chinese co...

  • On Chinese Character Tattoos

    (Photo: “Dai Zi,” meaning ‘idiot’.) Thinking of getting a Chinese character ...

  • Star Wars in Shanghai

    It’s done. After 25 years, the two Star Wars trilogies are now wrapped up. I remember hoping b...

  • Montreal: It’s Official

    Just to keep you up to date: I have now signed my offer letter from Ubisoft’s Montreal studio,...

  • New Year, New Face!

    I’ve seen a lot of dubious advertisements, but this one takes the cake. This advertisement is ...

Drunk Driving

“I think I know what drunk driving feels like, now.” That’s what my friend Ty said as he finished the race, his cheeks still reddened by the cool air of the track and by the rush of adrenaline. It was ...

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Breaking the Animal Crossing Addiction

I’ve been playing Animal Crossing: Wild World for well over four months. It’s helpless: I’m not even touching my regular consoles anymore, so obsessed am I with completing the Museum’s fossil collection or catching the elusive coelacanth. Well, after four ...

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西施 Loses Her Innocence

Although it’s freezing cold outside right now, the days were getting noticeably warmer last week… Something that surely didn’t go unnoticed, including by 西施’s hormonal system. You see, 西施 (Xi Shi), despite being more than two year-old already, has never ...

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I Wish I Was Exaggerating

After nearly 3 years in Shanghai, there’s a number of things that seemed strange and fantastic at first, to which I have since adapted, to the point that I don’t notice them anymore. There are, however, some things about Shanghai ...

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Microfabrique Post-Mortem

So I went to Microfabrique. And I’m saddened to report that it sucked. Allow me to rant a little. The bar is just terrible as a live music venue. For starters, the second floor of the bar is too thin, ...

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