a transplanted life in China 


Bar de la Marine, Marseille

Published on January 31, 2016, by in Marseille.

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Bar de la Marine, on the Old Port of Marseille. It’s a glimpse into the long-ago Marseille that has somehow escaped the touristy and upscale transformation of the rest of the area.


bridge over Cours Lieutaud, Marseille

Published on January 28, 2016, by in Marseille.

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This was one of my favorite spots in Marseille, where the Rue d’Aubagne bridge crosses the Cours Lieutaud in the Notre Dame du Mont area. Just to the left is a pedestrian footbridge leading to a set of stairs up to the “quartier des artistes” in the Cours Julien area.




Two more views of the same location (click on images to view on Flickr):




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Shanghai street scene

Published on January 22, 2016, by in Shanghai.

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Sidewalk near Baoshan Road, Shanghai, September 2015


night street in Bangkok

Published on January 11, 2016, by in China.

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View of a sidewalk and heavy traffic along Charoen Krung Road, taken from a taxi on our way to the Asiatique market, Bangkok.


three days in Bangkok

Published on January 8, 2016, by in Travel.

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, Bangkok


My friend and I took a well-deserved short trip to Bangkok over the New Year holiday. Unlike in China, the weather was warm, and the air was clean. This was my first time in Thailand, and everything, from the sky train to the street food, the open-air markets, riding express boats on the river, and the architecture of the temples, was fascinating.

We ate our fill of street food, enjoyed the hot sunshine, and explored both the ultra-modern shopping centers and the narrow lanes of the older quarters. In addition, thanks to The Hairy Bikers Asian Adventure, we visited locally famous restaurant Krua Apsorn (also known as Auntie Daeng’s) twice. The food was superb. I drank lots of Thai iced coffee during the trip to keep up my energy.

The trip was much too short, but a welcome year-end break and an escape from the damp cold of the eastern China winter. It left me wanting to return soon.



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Riding in a Tuk Tuk on the way to the Grand Palace



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Food seller at Train Night Market



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Street Food at the Weekend Market



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Grilling fish, Train Night Market



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Fried sea bass, Krua Apsorn Restaurant



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Temple of Dawn



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Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, Bangkok


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