Friday, April 30, 2010

Transportation at the World Expo

There are some new cabs on the road in Shanghai, added especially for the World Expo.

About 4000 additional vehicles, looking pretty much like this one, were brought in to help accommodate the increase in transportation needs brought on by the Expo.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gold Coins

For many investors, there's still no better place to put your wealth than in gold. With the US Gold Bureau, you can buy gold coins or ingots and get it on the action too.

Besides buying gold from the US Gold Bureau, you can pick up silver for investment as well. In fact, demand for silver has consistently gone up since 1990.

Putting your cash into precious metals is one way to keep it safe, and the US Gold Bureau is the ideal body to help you make your investment wisely, and keep it safe once made. Check out their website to buy gold or silver for your investment.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

but the most disconcerting...

The most disconcerting of public toilet signs were those I came across at the preview of the World Expo grounds in Shanghai a couple of weeks ago.  The toilets were very clean, and seemed like they are going to be good for handling the high traffic expected at the Expo.  But I have a feeling this sign will confuse some foreigners from Western countries.

There is actually pretty good attention to detail in the set up of the public restrooms at the Expo — and I think setting up these facilities is actually no easy task.  I thought this feature was a rather surprising touch...

It's located right about knee-high — within easy reach when sitting or squatting (and squatting toilets outnumber sitting ones by a fair bit).  I would hope I never need to press this button (and especially hope my knee never accidentally knocks against it), but I suppose it's rather thoughtful to put it there... just in case.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

and the most elaborate...

The most elaborate of the funny signs I've seen in public toilets was most definitely this facility in Wanaka, New Zealand....

The mural has seats next to it for you to sit and have your picture taken.

This, however, is what you found inside, and these weren't just for viewing, but for using....

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

sticking with the theme...

Sticking with the theme of funny signs found on the doors of public toilets, how about this one from the Ke Center in Shanghai?

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

An Interesting Appellation

Found on the door to the women's public toilets at Alexandra Hospital in Singapore.

"De-stress Corner"

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Rent a Bike

All over Shanghai, there are newly installed bicycle rental stations.  I am not sure how much the deposit, nor exactly how it is monitored, but I've been seeing these rental spots, with their very noticeable bright orange bikes, everywhere.

There are lots of things popping up all over the city to make it more World-Expo-friendly.  This one looks like a pretty nice arrangement to me.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Noodles Made by Hand

I always like watching the guy make noodles in the Henan noodle shop near my place in Shanghai.

I usually prefer the shui jiao when I am there, but the noodles are pretty good too.  And it's fun to watch their creation.

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Fish Oil

The health benefits of cod liver oil have long been appreciated in Singapore, and it was upon moving to Singapore that I first began to pay much attention to fish oil and the good it can do one's health.  It's kind of nice to read about it at and see that all the things I've heard over the years aren't just old wives' tales.

According to, the nutrients from oil-rich fish such as tuna, salmon, cod, sardines, herring, mackerel, and other types of fish come from polyunsaturated fat extracted from the fish's fat tissues.  The Omega 3 fatty acids in such fish can help regulate the body's cholesterol levels, combat heart disease, prevent certain strains of cancer, aid in brain development, reduce symptoms of depression, and even protect the brain from Alzheimer's.  Some suggest that it has the further benefit of helping to reduce symptoms of ADD or ADHD, and it has long been known to promote healing from injury and illness.

Adding a steady supply of good fish to the diet is one way to get your Omega 3, but there are also good fish oil supplements that can help you monitor your intake, making sure you are getting sufficient amounts of Omega 3 each day.  Pop by at to learn more.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Two Additional Days

There's been smiles on a lot of faces for the past week or so... ever since the China government announced that it will give 2 additional days of holiday for the Labour Day holiday over the first weekend of May.

The two additional days are in honour of the opening of the World Expo in Shanghai.  It should be a very crowded weekend in Shanghai, as it is a very big event.

It promises to be lots of fun!

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Looking for Something to Do in Cancun?

Different people like to do different things when they travel, and I always enjoy hearing from other travelers the things they look for in a good trip.  Often, I hear some itinerary, and it includes things that never really crossed my mind to do on a holiday.  I got just one sort of idea in the mail today, a suggestion to add  Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry onto one's itinerary for a holiday to Mexico.  I have to admit, the suggestion did surprise me just a little.

After reading through it, though, I can see how a visit to German Azarte DDS MS at Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry would seem an appealing thing to add into the itinerary for someone in need of cosmetic care for the teeth.  He has 19 years of cosmetic dentistry experience, and comes highly recommended.  His clinic is dedicated exclusively to customers from the US, Canada, and the UK, and patients save 50-70% on their dental care, compared to the cost of doing the same procedure at home.

I'm not sure I'd necessarily go looking for cosmetic dental procedures if I were traveling to Mexico — it's just not the sort of thing that would normally cross my mind.  But I can sure tell you I'd rather travel to Cancun to and visit the Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry clinic than go through the whole thing in the boring confines of home!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Azul Tapas Lounge

I made my first trip to Azul Tapas Lounge for a friend's birthday brunch earlier this week.  The place was pretty nice, and the service was excellent, even for our party of 14.  And the food is really good.

The brunch includes a choice of 2 courses (from a selection of about 20 or so) for RMB130, along with a drink and tea/coffee.  It was a lot of food, and really good.  I think the biggest hits at our table seemed to be the blueberry pancakes.  I liked them, and heard everyone else say the same.

Azul is located at 18 Dongping Lu (near Hengshan Lu), and is open for lunch 11-3, and dinner 5-midnight.  The weekend brunch (also available for holidays) runs from 11-4.

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Hakka Village, Fujian, China

I'll be writing more about the Hakka Villages in Fujian Province in China over the next week or so at this hub, but I thought it would be fun to post a few pictures of the place here too.  These images were taken by my friend Sok when we traveled there together in November, 2008.  I'm glad she's let me use them, because I lost all of my own pictures just a few months after this trip.

The Hakka village (Kejia Tulou) that we visited was in Yongding.  It is one of the more popular locations, only about 4-5 hours' drive from Xiamen.  The place was absolutely beautiful.  We loved the countryside, with the scenic green hilly landscape.  And the structures that form the village are really amazing.  Each is a huge round-shaped building, usually built in groups of five.  The inside of the building houses a courtyard surrounded by numerous rooms for residential use.  It makes for a nice, warm space — cozy, and also easily defended against invasion.  Seeing them built into the hilly landscape surrounding Yongding was really breathtaking.  I enjoyed the drive, seeing the ancient architecture, almost as much as I enjoyed walking amongst the buildings in Yongding.

Fujian generally enjoys a temperate, pleasant climate.  The fresh produce in the area is very good, and I liked seeing the persimmons grown in Yongding all spread out along the roadside, being prepared to market.  It made for a pretty sight, with all the bright orange fruits against the greenery of the surrounding area.

There was a lot about visiting Yongding that was interesting — architecture, culture, food — but one of the things that it is hard to get past is just how pretty a place it is.  If you get a chance to visit, it's very much worth the time and effort you will make to get there.

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