I am trying to play catch up with my blog after such a long hiatus, so the content posted in the last nine months was not up to previous standards. That said – I was reminded by my friend Carissa at Everyday Adventures in Asia that it is not a competition and I should continue to blog for the pleasure of it.
The eleventh quarter (like the last 12 months) was one of lots of travel – I had just finished six months at my new job and was definitely in the swing of things. Unfortunately, that meant that the time I had to blog was reduced quite dramatically – meaning that I had to cut my post schedule, but I did manage to continue, which is more than I could say for June, July and August!
Even with the reduction in posts there were some fun elements and wanted to take the time to relive a couple of my favorites. Do you remember either of these?
- I posted on part of our trip to Greece and taking wedding photos in front of a certain church in “Do you speak English? (A Santorini photo shoot).” Every time I walk into my apartment I am reminded of that wonderful trip because our “money shot” has been blown up and framed on the wall above our couch. Believe it or not, I have even more photos from Greece that never made it onto the blog – but at least I was able to give you a sense of the wonder of that honeymoon. I would go back again in a minute!
- Replacing things in the new year (part 2) – My saga regarding the main air conditioner in our apartment where I narrowly missed an electrical fire thanks to the circuit breaker flipping.
We have continued to have to replace things in this apartment, but did decide to stay another year when our lease came up in September. The price is right, the location good and the landlord very responsive. That said – I will predict now that this is our last year in this place (but I’ve been known to be wrong before.) The most recent change was we got a new refrigerator at the end of August which we used as part of our negotiations. It is larger than our old one and does not frost over every other week, so both of us consider it a good trade-up.
The eleventh quarter also contained Chinese New Year – introducing the Year of the Horse and after the official holiday we did slip off for a lovely vacation, so I’ll see if I have the energy to post on that one. Any guesses where we went?
The twelfth quarter I also managed to get a handful of posts together – though this is when my work travel really started to pick up. I’ll be posting retroactively on some of my trips (like the Hong Kong post earlier this month) to give you a sense of where I was and what happened – so more to come, but I did want to call out this post on living in Shanghai that I posted in May:
- Door to door service - talked about the convenience of a big city – the good and the bad. I’ve had even more things delivered since this post – not having to carry them and getting lower prices is a strong incentive, but luckily I have not had any more visits from the police recently.
I also thought I would leave a teaser – not all my travel in the twelfth quarter was for work. Li and I managed to slip in a trip to Bali at the end of April that was absolutely phenomenal. Here are a couple of photos.
Finally – the thirteenth quarter when I started posting again.
My most popular post was on Taxi Roulette – trying to figure out the best way to get a taxi and get around this city. I have downloaded a new taxi app recently and am trying it out as well. We’ll see how the taxi situation continues to evolve here in Shanghai. Also – as per one of the comments – I have finally seen the new gold taxis on the streets. They look like London Black Cabs, but they are gold – and since I was in London in June, I have a pretty recent comparison. I haven’t ridden in one yet and don’t know if they are more expensive or have any special features, so more to come.
There are a couple of posts that continue to rack up the page views – even when I wasn’t posting which I find very interesting and thought I would call them up here as well.
1) Buying a jade bangle – which I did in Hong Kong two years ago AND
2) The pineapple cake wars – my descriptions of the two main competing pineapple cakes in Taipei in the summer of 2013.
I am guessing that somehow these two posts have gotten picked up by one or more search engines and they provide a steady stream of visitors to my blog. It was definitely strange when I came back to see that traffic had not dropped all that significantly – which could be a good thing or a bad thing! Folks don’t tend to leave comments on those posts now though – so I really appreciate those of you who stayed with me during the hiatus and your support as I share about my jumbled life.
Now I am (kind of) up to date, so hope to be back here soon with more stories in Shanghai and looking back over the last year.
Did I miss any posts you would have put at the top of your list?