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A brief summary of March to December 2010

March: After returning to Shanghai after the Olympics, I decided I wanted to work for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.  So I left italki and made Expo my mission. Success! March-May: I took my first Traditional Chinese Medicine Class and a photography class at the Expat Learning Center. March-November: I worked for Aden Services on […]

Vancouver Olympics, My Day 2 and 3

March 6, 2010 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Day 2:  February 18 After all the excitement of Day 1, Day 2 was a little bit slower.  In the afternoon there was a Canada Hockey game for which some Canada Hockey fans had organized a hockey Tweetup.  Yes, its just what it sounds like, lots of people on twitter sit around a big screen […]

USC now has an Office in Shanghai!

October 27, 2009 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Tonight my Alma Mater officially opened its first office in Mainland China!!  In a great event, starting with the office open house and continuing with a cocktail reception and ribbon cutting ceremony, the University of Southern California did (as usual) a spectacular job heralding the opening of its Shanghai office! Not only was the food […]

Alaska Itinerary July 09

August 14, 2009 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Last month in celebration of my grandparents’ 60th anniversary, we did a 12 night cruisetour through Alaska. The itinerary is below.  Picture set is on Flickr July 21st – Seattle/Mt. McKinley – Fly from Seattle to Anchorage. Scenic journey north to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge July 22 – Mt. McKinley July 23 – […]

Alaska: Revisited

August 14, 2009 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

For my grandparents’ golden anniversary (50th), we did a 2 week Alaska cruisetour, meaning 1 week overland to Fairbanks, Denali National Park, etc and 1 week southbound Celebrity cruise of the Inside Passage.  That was in July 1999. This past month was my grandparents’ diamond anniversary.  Can you believe that?  They’ve been married for 60 […]

Womens Shoes in Western Sizes in Shanghai

June 1, 2009 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

When I first moved to mainland China in the summer of 06, it was difficult, well, near impossible to buy cute shoes in my size: US10-10.5.  I went to no less than 30 stores, 3 markets, and asked countless friends in my search to find shoes in my size, at least China size 40.  At […]

A New Look

March 30, 2009 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I’ve increasingly spread my activities around the web; I spend a lot of time on twitter and facebook.  For better or worse, its much easier to pound out my thoughts in 140 characters or less than to think through and fully develop a post for this […]

What to shop for in China

March 14, 2009 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Another question was asked on that same site for travelers (, this one about what to buy in China.  Below is my response, assuming the person is shopping as a consumer and not as a wholesaler or exporter.  So below is a list of some things a traveler might buy on a trip to China. […]

Daily Digest for 2009-02-28

February 28, 2009 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

8:09pm Posted a tweet on Twitter. The official hashtag for tonight’s SWSX party at M1NT has been changed from #sxswshanghai to #sxswsh. So happy its shorter! 8:54pm Posted a tweet on Twitter. – cervantes institute photo exhibition anfu lu this morning in shanghia 8:57pm Posted a tweet on Twitter. – afternoon of wandering […]

Accommodation during our India trip

February 11, 2009 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Delhi-Dandoo Holiday House We got off to an awkward start with this place. I emailed them for confirmation they’d hold our booking for our late night (1am) arrival and pick us up at the airport. But they never replied to my emails. We had to call to get confirmation. They were there perfectly waiting for […]