by Toffler



Posts Categorized / Knowledge and Experiences

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 […]

Do I do too much?

October 27, 2009 | Entrepreneurship, Knowledge and Experiences | by TofflerN

I hadn’t really thought about it…maybe I’m just that good at managing my time…or maybe I’m just not fully committed to anything…  I didn’t even realize it until my friend said something to me about it at lunch today: I do a huge variety of stuff here and I’m still trying to do more.  Here’s […]

Overruns and Seconds in Shanghai

Look inside any garment and there’s a good chance you’ll see a “Made in China” label.  Garments of all sorts, qualities, and brands are made in China.  Most of the garment manufacturing is centered around the Pearl River Delta (Guangzhou/Shenzhen) or Ningbo.  Despite this, and the tight watch designers keep on their production facilities, many […]

Pingyao Ancient Town

Pingyao 平遥, located in Shanxi 山西 Province (not Shaanxi 陕西, where Xi’an and the Terracotta Warriors are), has been on my list of ‘must-see’ places in China ever since the list began. (Haerbin Ice Festival & Huangshan-Yellow Mountain are still on it).  So with a ready traveling companion and I already making the trip to […]

Time Zones

While I think most people know China is all on one timezone.  But a recent post on Wired mentioning both my home state (AZ) and my current country (China), necessitated a reposting. So here goes comparing Arizona’s and China’s timezone craziness. Arizona is confused about daylight-saving The state of Arizona doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time. […]

Reflections on the Olympics

Despite my doubts whether Beijing would pull off a successful Olympics and the controversy over free press, human rights, the Opening Ceremony, and other issues, in my opinion, China hosted an amazing Olympics. The skies were blue, there were large tracks of greenery, the Olympic Green was very attractive, traffic was not a problem, the […]

Only 4 Days till the Opening Ceremony

The Beijing 2008 Olympics will start in 4 days!! As of this morning, my plane tickets to Beijing are bought and in hand!  I have a place to stay and the promise of Olympics Games’ tickets.  Beijing Olympics, here I come!!! I’ll be in Beijing from the evening of August 14th to the morning of […]

More (paranoid) Security

As of yesterday all the food & drink vendors and retail outlets in and around Shanghai’s subway stations have cleared out their inventory and closed.  No more grabbing breakfast in the subway station for me.  :(  They’ve even put tape over the doors to make sure no one sneaks anything inside.  Some larger, more established […]

Status of Olympics Tourism

This article published this last week on Yahoo, entitled Olympics could be a bust for Beijing hotels, confirms many of my predictions: China has spent a reported $40 billion on new infrastructure and stunning venues, hoping to impress visitors with a modern city when the games begin Aug. 8. But the lack of reservations could […]