Archive for December, 2010

It’s New Years Eve, what are you doing?

December 31st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

It's New Years Eve, what are you doing?

With fireworks canceled and clubs looking like an expensive option. [polldaddy poll=4319349]

Shanghai Fireworks Banned on NYE

December 30th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Shanghai Fireworks Banned on NYE

China may have invented fireworks, but it won’t be firing any in Shanghai this new years eve. According to ShanghaiDaily.com “Popular New Year countdown celebrations at the Bund and Xujiahui areas have been canceled due to safety concerns in the wake of last month’s devastating high-rise blaze in the city.”

As we all know, fireworks are dangerous and should be only used by professionals. However, it seems that while organised firework events may be banned, individuals and amateur pyromaniacs have been given the green light to launch as many as they like. So long as they’re not near “commercial areas, airports, hospitals, schools, and social utilities.”

Have your NYE plans just changed upon reading this? Let us know how you’re going to celebrate instead.

Freshly Squeezed

December 27th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Freshly Squeezed

It’s the Monday morning after a weekend of festivities and heavy drinking. Santa has come and gone leaving behind various badly chosen gifts (in my case a Kindle) and the odd strike of genius (which in my case was additional pairs of socks0.)

With Christmas over and the NYE on the horizon we decided to provide you with some inspiration on potential new years resolutions. Make a pledge to help reduce you Shanghai’s air pollution and find out why in this weeks Feature: A Breath of Fresh Air.

Back when the website was in the early stages of development, I did an interview with Ivan Yoong, the co-founder of OzNz (now The Oz). While it wasn’t the first interviews I did for T@lk, it was the first I conduced in the nude. Since Ivan’s favourite place in the city was a steamy and mysterious (he still won’t reveal its exact location) bath hour, I couldn’t record the interview. Hence why it’s not verbatim. Read what Ivan said here.

A Breath of Fresh Air: Keeping Shanghai’s Air Clean

December 27th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Features

A Breath of Fresh Air: Keeping Shanghai's Air Clean

With post-expo pollution levels at a five year high, Shanghai Squared looks at four novel ways to reduce your carbon footprint and help improve Shanghai’s air quality.

Ivan Yoong Stripped Down @ a Mysterious Spa

December 27th, 2010  |  by  |  published in T@lk

Ivan Yoong Stripped Down @ a Mysterious Spa

“How naked?” I asked. “Completely” was the reply. Shanghai Squared strips down to talk to Ivan Yoong, co-founder of OzNz (now the Oz), at the Centre of Relaxation through Entertainment and Holistic Wellbeing.

Merry Christmas

December 26th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from everyone at Shanghai Squared.

Poll: What are you doing for Christmas?

December 24th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Poll: What are you doing for Christmas?

Twas the week before Christmas, when all through Shanghai

Not an expat was stirring, where is the Laowai?

Let us know where your headed for Christmas in our poll.

Good Snow vs. Bad Snow

December 23rd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Good Snow vs. Bad Snow

The good news is that the runways of Europe have been liberated of snow. Flights headed to London have reopened and airlines are scrambling to get backlogged customers home in time for Christmas.

Shanghai is forecast to be hit by snow this Friday and Saturday. For those staying in town there is a high possibility of a white Christmas.

Caption Competition

December 21st, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog

Caption Competition

This giant playing card was found discarded on the streets of Shanghai.

Who is this mystery king of spades and what was he doing on the street?

Best caption or back story gets to take home the king himself.

Montage à Trois

December 20th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Scene

Montage à Trois

Last Saturday, three amateur photographers converged on Maison Pourcel to display their work in a Montage à Trois. Check out the Wes Anderson inspired video taken at the event and some of the featured photographs.

     

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