Insert thought bubble here

Sometimes, there is nothing worse than having someone notice you with a camera. Or when you hit a low point in your photography for the day.

There are times when I take my kit out for a spin and position it by my hip to randomly capture anything that passes me. The diversity of the random, bizarre and mundane amuses me. Every once in a while, you chance upon a gem like this.

When I see this, I have a strong urge to draw in a thought bubble and guess what he is thinking.

What to eat for lunch or dinner? Strategizing the next mahjong session? Perhaps a haircut is overdue.

The endless possibilities of a wandering mind.

February 2010

On a separate note, I’ve noticed a huge jump in readership in the past week and wanted to extend a hearty welcome to new readers and thank existing readers for being patient with my slower pace of posting of late. Work and travel has kept me busy, regular programming will resume soon.

Finally, I was interviewed by BBC Vietnam last week about Shanghai’s development and the blog, the video is here. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a radio interview, I clearly did not dress/make up for the occasion.


11 Responses to “Insert thought bubble here”

  1. May 28, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Here’s my take on what he’s thinking:

    “With sights like these, who needs a car?”

  2. May 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I think he wonders about how to get through the traffic. But biking in Shanghai is definitely interesting, I’ve done many trips recently. You just have to get used to the traffic, and always tie your bike to something when parking.

    Don’t worry, you look great, just as we know you.


    • May 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm


      Where have you been biking?

      They’ve banned bicycles in Lujiazui itself, so that kills my plan to bike to work. But I have road rage in Shanghai, even on foot. Best to stick to cabs.

      • June 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

        Everywhere, I don’t care Lujiazui or any other place. Yes a few roads including Hengshan Lu is closed to bikes, but really I just break the law. A favorite of mine is the route along Suzhou Creek (north side), another is Jianguo Lu. Also the Yangpu/Hongkou area is interesting. Often it clocks 40-50 kilometers on a trip, once I went all the way the Hongqiao.

        The Longtan’s you photograph, are they the ones around Baoshan Lu Metro station?


      • June 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

        Svend, I assume the Longtang you are asking about is in reference to this picture? It is located along 黄家路 (Huangjia Lu) in Old Town. See here.

        I don’t have a bike, but have read about bike routes along the canals in Pudong that hug the entire Huangpu, I believe you can go from Superbrand Mall all the way to Jinqiao. You can ride the ferries back and forth. I believe you can even go all the way to Fuxing Island, but I seriously don’t recommend it. A lot of industrial dust due to the shipyard.

      • June 3, 2010 at 9:50 am

        Problem in Pudong is that it’s a bit boring for me, because I have been nearly everywhere. Going around I find the dust from construction and exhaust from trucks and busses most annoying.

        The ferries are as interesting as the rest.


  3. 8 tony
    May 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm


    I have watched you on BBC interview for Shanghai – you look so gorgeous and smart too. good luck and have a good time in shanghai. Tony from Auckland, New Zealand

  4. June 22, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I love your technique in capturing the above photograph!
    I often do the same but there are seldom gems… but I am trying and waiting for the time when one does arise from the rubble.

    • June 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

      Thanks Tina! I actually have a small trove of street photos taken entirely by hip, over the shoulder without looking into the view finder. Point blindly and shoot. Lots of fun and one of the best things about a digital camera. I’ll post the up soon. Thanks for commenting!

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