Thursday, April 29, 2010


My new obsession with collecting wind-up robots.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Electronics being loaded onto a bicycle for delivery.


Making it even easier for lovers of fast food to get their fix: home

Sunday, April 25, 2010


The interior of one of a huge fleet of new taxis puchased especially
to show case to the world during the Shanghai Expo... They are
apparently so special that it would be a shame to take the plastic
covers off them before use.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


At times Shanghai seems very foreign, but sometimes it's a little too

Friday, April 23, 2010


The lift to our apartment has been boarded up with old wood for over a
year now to protect it from the comings and goings from other
apartments under renovation. In Shanghai, buildings are completed only
on the outside, and the apartments sold as unfinished concrete shells
(without even drainage or electricity) to be completed by the new
owner. This has meant, that as one of the first tennants in this
building we have had to endure over a year of construction noise.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


The view from our bedroom- the gardens belong to the 12 apartment
blocks in our complex.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Rain, rain, go away... Come again another day.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Buddha statues.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Giant Chinese goldfish in a restaurant aquarium.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Getting new brakes installed on my bicycle.

Friday, April 16, 2010


The window decals I made today out of black adhesive contact paper to
spice up out bedroom window seats.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Shooting from the hip.


A menu with a sense of humour.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The most ridiculous architectural feature ever- faux rock build on to
the side of this building, turning regular apartments into dingy caves.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Snails on the go in our fish tank- seriously, these guys can ZOOM!

Sunday, April 11, 2010


A photo from the plane yesterday evening at dusk.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Hand-painted toilet doors in the Beijing terminal 3 airport. An
unexpected surprise.


The Beijing wholesale fabric market- aisles and aisles of open-air
fabric stalls as far as the eye can see. This here is the fake fur
section, and is just a fraction of the mamoth market place.

Thursday, April 08, 2010


A Beijing street outside Yong He Gong (the Lama Temple).
Interestingly, the Chinese refer to these vans in the foreground as
'mian bao che' ('bread cars') due to their appearance being similar to
that of a loaf of bread.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


A random 'hutong' (traditional courtyard building) doorway in Beijing.


Phil on the couch at our friend's place in Beijing- I'm here until

Monday, April 05, 2010


Shanghai deconstruction.


A drive-by shooting of a different kind: a photo of buildings shot
from my taxi on the freeway.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


In this country, bike parking is just as important as car parking.


Phil's "Lomo Wall". The hanger is from Ikea and is pretty cool as you
can choose the length of the cords and also just unclip the photos and
switch them out when you want something new. You are supposed to drill
it in to the wall but I've held ours up with large 3M removable hooks.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


Our friends Anna and Markus commemorating their pregnancy with some
fun photos in Phil's photo studio (though this photo is from my
phone!)- I painted the football/soccor ball and Phil took the photos.