Monday, May 31, 2010


A poster for l'oreal Matrix professional hair products in a salon-
phil took the top and bottom photos.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


In a very secluded private Shanghai park today for a picnic. It really
felt like we were out of the city. Ah the serenity.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


Phil doing a night shoot of Liu Xu, a young and upcoming model, before
she flies off to work in Europe next Tuesday.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Phil (2nd from the right in the main photo) and his partners on the
cover of a popular Shanghai magazine this week.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Replica fake food in the front window of a restaurant. This supposedly
appetising selection is designed to make you want to enter and try
it's real counterpart on the menu. However plastic food generally
turns me off eating altogether.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Wooden boards lining the lobby of our apartment building to protect
the floor from the construction and renovations that have been going
on for 18 months. The building is brand new but it is the job of the
apartment owners to complete the interiors of the unfinished apartments.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


The feet of myself and one of the children in my class in our school
sand pit today

Monday, May 24, 2010


With the incredibly high rate of bicycle theft in Shanghai (Phil's had
four stolen), fold-up bicycles are very common. They are small and
compact so you can easily bring them into your apartment or office
building. However, I always feel like grown adults sitting on these
under-sized bikes look like circus clowns.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Telling it how it is: the Shanghai Anus & Intestine Hospital.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


At a concert for Italian violinist Uto Ughi tonight, sponsored by the
Italian Expo pavillion.

Friday, May 21, 2010


A taste of home...

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Parachute craft at school.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Pirate Day in my class.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Tradesmen advertise their phone numbers and services on nearly every
available surface- this one is from the lift in our apartment building.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Phil and Max, the 5 week old son of our friends Anna and Markus.


It's not everyday that you see a whole stuffed crocodile advertising
the virtues of a leather shoe shop.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Our friend, Sean, and his crazy pyrotechnic birthday cake.


Guess what we're learning about in school this week?

Monday, May 10, 2010


These creepy prehistoric looking black fish (there's one camoflaged in
the sand) suck all at algae in the fish tank. The do such a good job
that combined with our mediocre filter I literally NEVER clean our tank.


My (early) birthday present to Phil: his Secret James Bond Bar (as he
calls it). Disguised as an antique Chinese cabinet the entire front
swivels open to reveal a bar and wine rack. One of the benefits of
living in Shanghai is being able to have pieces like these custom-made
at reasonable prices.

Sunday, May 09, 2010


A sign in a stairwell for the 1 1/2 (???) floor of the building. Is
that like Platform 9 3/4 of Harry Potter fame? There was no door on
this landing, although it did occur to me to wonder what would happen
if I ran into the wall?

Friday, May 07, 2010


Spring has sprung.


Blocks in my nursery classroom

Wednesday, May 05, 2010


Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Cooking pots in a hospitality supply warehouse- yes that pot is bigger
than a shopping trolley!

Monday, May 03, 2010


I didn't dare look inside the box...

Sunday, May 02, 2010


A traditional Chinese tea flask from Beijing.

Saturday, May 01, 2010


Chinglish on a child's t-shirt- I'm not quite sure what it's supposed
to mean but I'm pretty certain that the words "happy hour" don't
belong on childrens clothes.


One good reason why it's best to stick to your own language when
marketing your product.