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The Irony of clubbing at Mao, a club only in Shanghai

March 23, 2008 | Knowledge and Experiences, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

My Review of Mao Some people raved about Mao, others said it was too pretentious and snobby.  Those conflicting statements had me intrigued and when my friend offered guestlist=free entrance, I jumped at the chance to go check out the club everyone in Shanghai is talking about.  Arriving at Mao on Saturday night, even with […]

I made a video!!

March 19, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

This is my first video. Can you tell its me?? [HTML1] This is a tutorial video on How to use the website. Please leave your feedback in the comments below so I know how to improve the next one.

Olympics Advertisements, Oh My!

The number, type, variety, and frequency of Beijing 2008 Olympics’ advertisements is simply astounding. In the lead up to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, I don’t remember nearly so many advertisements relating to the Olympics. Granted, I wasn’t in Georgia or even Atlanta, but then again, here I’m not in Beijing either. I was, however, […]

B&Q Locations in Shanghai

March 8, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

In an effort to make it easier for other people to find things easier on the internet, here is a listing of Shanghai’s branches of the British-owned hardware store B&Q. B&Q * B&Q – Hutai Address: No. 1800, Hutai Road (near Wenshui Road) Tel: 6634-6262 Opening Hour: 8:30-20:30 Transport: 58, 705, 761, 767, 844, 845, […]

March ’08 Changes in Visa rules for Foreigners Residing in China

March 7, 2008 | Uncategorized | by TofflerN

As of Wednesday night, March 5, 2008, the entry/exit bureau significantly tightened visa rules for foreigners, notably Americans, already residing in China. This applies to anyone hold F Business visas and L Tourist visas. Those with employer-sponsored work permits or student visas aren’t really affected. However, any foreigner holding an F or L visa which […]

Doing Business in China is even Harder than you can Imagine

I recently heard a story about a German-owned travel company in Shanghai from a friend who works there.  The company has been operational in Shanghai for 5-10years.  When the company started, China forbid foreign-owned travel businesses so the company operated as a ‘consultant’ who just also occasionally booked trips.  (Note: This has changed somewhat since […]

Is Beijing Ready for the Olympics?

February 26, 2008 | Knowledge and Experiences, Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Global news media has widely discussed how well (or not) Beijing is preparing for the Olympics with regards to pollution control and infrastructure/superstructure development, but what about less widely publicized aspects of the preparation? Beijing doesn’t have the same problem Athens had, where its infrastructure and superstructure construction for the 2004 Olympics was so far […]


February 13, 2008 | Learning through Foreign Cultures, Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Nairobi, Kenya Getting off the plane in Nairobi (yes, I know, I’ll get to Tanzania in a bit) we were greeted with just perfect weather–Egypt and Jordan were too cold, Zanzibar was just a little too hot and humid, but the temperature in Nairobi was perfect. We had a very pleasant flight experience with Kenya […]


January 30, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Visas-on-Arrival at Dar Es Salaam Airport When Andrew and I arrived at Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) airport, the first thing we had to do was get visas (on arrival). A visa agent helped us through filling out the forms, etc. All-in-all it was a very quick and painless process, except for handing over the US$100. […]

Pyramids to Petra: The Dead Sea and Madaba (Amman)

January 26, 2008 | Tourism, Traveling, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

Leaving Petra, we drove along the King’s Highway north through Jordan to Karak Castle, an old fort used by the Crusaders to recapture the Holy Land during the Middle Ages. It was a strategic location as the castle was probably only about 80km from Jerusalem. After Karak Castle, we saw Lot’s wife. This biblical story […]

Pyramids to Petra: Petra

January 24, 2008 | Tourism, Uncategorized | by TofflerN

During the 2-plus hour drive from Wadi Rum to Petra, the weather got extreme: fog so dense the driver couldn’t even see the edge of the road way and then finally: snow. We drove past snow for a long time before descending down into the valley of Wadi Musa, the location of Petra. Despite the […]