Hello everyone, in response to my Brasilian counterpart's recent post it is now my turn to entertain...tkanks a bunch Chris!!

It has been a while but unfotunately not a lot has happened in the last month or so, with work taking much of my time with events to organise and behind the scenes paperwork to write out in preparation for these events I haven't had much time to do anything.

Rest assured I still make time for fun, on the weekends with tennis on the top of a building (a weekly fixture since I got here actually) plus I still manage to get out and take part in all the new bar, club and restaurant opening ceremonies that pop up like daisies and more importantly wherein a few bottles of bubbly are popped open for good measure, all on the house of course with free food to go with it !!! I love free-loading....

A few other things have changed, we finally got round to employing a maid to clean our flat, we're not that dirty, just it's nice to pay someone less than 2 Euros an hour for coming to our place once a week and giving it a quick sprussing-up (NB: 2 euros/hour is about rwice as much as we should be paying her). That's one of the few upsides of living here....if I ever work here on a fulltime contract I'm getting myself a personal cook, righteous!! Also I will be attending David Vendetta's venue at the Bar Rouge, illustrious night club on the Bund (a sort of Promenade des Anglais if you will, where tourists might at times outnumber the locals if there weren't so damn many of them!!!!!!). In case you English speakers don't know DV (that's normal), he is a moderately successful DJ suffering from David Guetta complex (his French, and much more successful compatriot).

I almost forgot!!! We went to the beach on the 28th May, (we= Steph, Morgane and I. Emma wasn't too keen on the idea of sunbathing and eating ice-cream and gossiping with the 2 others for some strange inexplicable reason). Those who know Shanghai will probably be wondering how the heck I managed to go to the beach when it is a well-established fact that Shanghai and China as a whole (except Hainan, the southern most region/island that is a tropical island with palm trees and white sand beaches) has never been too sun-tan oriented, quite the contrary, thus finding nice clean beaches with no kaki coloured polluted water is hard to come by. So where was this beach and how did it come to be? Well it is situated in the most meridional suburb of Shanghai, called JinShan ("golden mountain", I hope) and was inaugurated just a few years ago to welcome a major international beach-volley competition, so white sand and a pleasant environment that the Chinese have taken to, albeit in tents and dressed up to avoid brown skin that us Westerners look for. I can't say much more a part from go there and you'll be pleasantly surprised, we have planned to go back sometime and have ourselves a barbecue. However don;t expect to be able to swim in the water.....I know this is strange and you might not see from the pictures but swimming was prohibited. Why you ask? Not the water, as they had designed a dike to filter out polluted kaki water and turn it into lovely dark blue water. I forward this hypothesis: it is very uncommon for Chinese to swim at all, swimming pools are far and few apart and as I mentioned above they don't traditionally like the beach so I am guessing that the government with the people's safety in mind have prevented them from venturing into deep water where they risk drowning.....What do you think? Here are some pics: DSCF0056.jpg I didn't mean to take it like that, promise...                                See if you can spot what is disturbing about this photo.....                                See here is a typical example of an Englishman, note the tan makrs on the shirt-sleeve line....sexy! And then look at Morgane a ridiculously well-tanned Frenchy, it makes me sick....                                Morgane___Steph.jpg Sorry you might not have been in your best light, but it's the only one I had......

I was due back in France on the 13th August but just a few days ago I received news from HongKong City University that informed me that my application was accepted into a Masters programme (this after having had an interview with a recruitment officer), so instead of going home mid-August I'll be home by end-July, which it is going to feel so good as my internship is nearing its end (FEWWW!!) and I am feeling the need to recharge my batteries before I start back at HongKong on the 1st of September !!! Needless to say it's gonna be a hectic last month of summer.....

However before I return I will be visiting some regions in China I have yet to discover, so I hope I'll have plenty of pics to share.

See ya'll soon

PS: Thierry, me going to HK in September means I will probably continue to write on this blog, not to share as I have done so far, as it does take up a substantial part of my time especially when I have to upload pics. Anyway just thought I' warn you and inform others that this show is still on the road at least until July 2010!!!!!!