Category Archives: Home & Fashion

China and Hong Kong Pets

I must say, the dressing-up of pets I do find interesting here. When I lived in Hong Kong there was even a cafe where you could have a latte  whilst your dog was served a doggy pizza. On Saturdays the cafe pumped like a fashion show, girls  oooed and ahhhed at the best-dressed pooches and birthdays were also celebrated with doggy birthday cakes and candles. I would take tourists there as part of my alternative Hong Kong, tour-guide service. In China and Hong Kong they also  put shoes on their dogs: they don’t like their feet to get their dirty. You will also see dogs in prams.

But the best fashion-prize must go to a neighbor of mine in Shanghai, who makes panties for her dog out of g-strings.


Filed under Funny Bits, Home & Fashion, Uncategorized

Want to come and live in Shanghai?

My suggestion is,  to contact at least 5 real estate agents before you get here and get them to send you pictures of the kind of accommodation you would like to rent or buy. When you get here give yourself a week of back to back appointments to look at everything. Do it fast and furious – or it will make you go mental.

Interesting fact: in Shanghai, different real estate agents will have the same accommodation on their books, but at drastically different prices!

Send them an email with the below information: 

How many adults or kids you have.

How many bedrooms you want.

How many bathrooms.

If you want a garden or outdoor space.

Let them know  how many pets you have, goldfish you don’t need to include.

length of lease.

District  you are interested in.

When you go to view the properties make sure you:

Turn on taps and showers and check water pressure.

Look at windows. Trust me, you don’t want old drafty ones, because in winter it gets friggin cold.

Make sure there is oil wall-heaters, or floor heating ( not just silly radiators) and air-conditioning units in each room, it gets friggin hot here too.

Look for wood rot, damp, bugs. Look at the top of the ceilings, a place to spot for leaking roofs (I have seen quite a few dripping brown slime.)
If  the property comes furnished with beds – sit or jump on them. Some can be rocks and some instantly fall apart; you can ask for them to be changed.
Ask the agent
“What problems have your other tenants had with this house?” Amazingly, they will tell you.
Before you rent, it is normal to make requests like:
I want  the house to be re-painted, I want new curtains, take out that rubbish furniture and, “Can I have a budget for some new stuff ?” (There is no harm in asking…)
Also Ask: does the property come with any gym memberships, or parking or “Can I have a  dishwasher or washing machine?”
When I came to live here in Shanghai in August 2011, I contacted all the agents below and they were all good. I finally used Rachel ( she is  really sweet) and please don’t blame me if some of the emails don’t work anymore…
Here, are also some other real estate agent websites. I found Joanna Real Estate, really good to get a clear idea of what is available all over Shanghai.
Houses and apartments can vary so much and the prices they charge, often make no sense at all! That’s why it is worth seeing LOTS!
Happy house hunting…


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Vietnamese Apple Style. RIP Steve Jobs: You did change the world.


At the airport in Vietnam and there was some serious styling going on. Check out the color co-ordination of this girls iPhone, iPod watch, and nails. Steve Jobs died yesterday October 5th: RIP.


October 3, 2011 · 10:38 am

A Shanghai kitty’s haircut. I luv the bum patch.



October 3, 2011 · 8:13 am

I love this Shanghai doll I found; it must be Australian inspired.


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October 3, 2011 · 8:12 am

More Shanghai dolls. I think it would freak out my kid if she found it in her Easter basket though.



October 3, 2011 · 8:10 am