He Lives: The Blog Returns (for a Week Anyway)
He Lives: The Blog Returns (for a Week Anyway) avatar

Buongiorno!

A long, long time ago, in a continent far, far away, there was a guy named Jonathan who had a blog about a five week adventure in Asia. Then, after 52 posts, it was gone…

Well, after much pondering, I have decided to bring back the blog for a short time. As some of you may know, I am currently visiting my lovely wife in Florence, Italy. As I tour the sites of the city and get a bit of a feel for what it is like to be a local Italian, I am getting some ideas for blog ramblings on my thoughts. If you care to read them, great. If not, more for me!

I shall be writing my first item of the day in a few hours, after I attempt to recover from some jet lag.

Until then, ciao!

- Jonathan

35,000 Feet, and Still Bloggin’
35,000 Feet, and Still Bloggin’ avatar

In our last adventure, I spoke of our departure from Beijing and our arrival at Shanghai. I also spoke of the skyline of Shanghai at night, which was quite a site to see. Now I write of our departure from Shanghai, and the amazing adventure that leads to my blogging this entry…..from 35,000 feet.

NOTE: This entry was originally written on September 8th, 2011.

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Shanghai Versus Beijing
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They are both in the country of China and are only separated by about 600 miles. However, Beijing and Shanghai each have their own identity. Their similarities and differences are worth investigating in more detail.

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The Top 10 WORST of China
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  1. The Great Firewall of China (The government blocks Facebook, Youtube, and many other sites)
  2. Pollution (Yeah, I’m talking to you Beijing)
  3. Scam Artists (There are lots of them)
  4. Negotiated Pricing (Just make the price the price, none of this “special deal for you” crap)
  5. Tienanmen Square (It’s historical, but not in a good way)
  6. Being a Pedestrian (Cars are out to kill you)
  7. Player’s Arena Arcade Being Closed (It was supposedly Dave and Buster’s worthy)
  8. Communism (so says the capitalist pig)
  9. The Beijing Hotel (in the future, please vacuum)
  10. Undrinkable Tap Water (you can’t even brush your teeth with it)

Video: Our Hotel Room in Shanghai
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Here is a video showcasing our hotel room in Shanghai.

The Top 10 Best of China
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  1. The Food (Chinese food is not at all what I thought; there actually is a lot of flavor there and actually SPICE there, who knew?)
  2. The Prices (Stuff is cheap here, especially food and park admissions)
  3. China Airlines (Free hot meals and free wine in economy? Yes please!)
  4. The Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World (Our room there was quite swank)
  5. The Sky Dome Bar (The best prom date, ever!)
  6. The Beijing National Theatre
  7. David, our Beijing tour guide (He has never left China, but his English was near perfect, seriously)
  8. The Forbidden City (a no-brainer)
  9. Beijing Capital Airport (we boarded our flight from the outside!)
  10. The Great Wall of China (another no-brainer)

Video: Our Hotel Room in Beijing
Video: Our Hotel Room in Beijing avatar

Here is a video showcasing our hotel room in Beijing.

Shanghai at Night – The Las Vegas of the Far East
Shanghai at Night – The Las Vegas of the Far East avatar

Last time I spoke of our initial arrival into Shanghai from smog-filled Beijing, as well as my visits to Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City. Fortunately Shanghai is a cleaner and more modern city. It has a particularly appealing look after dark, when the lights come on.

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Tienanmen Square: The Massacre That Never Happened
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The Tienanmen Square Massacre is known to most of the world as a bloody standoff between the Chinese military and a peaceful protest to mourn the death of a moderate Chinese leader. Most of the world, that is except for China.

NOTE: My original article on this was so heavy that I deleted it and started over. It was just as well, since I beat a dead horse on my opinion that communism is bad.

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We Interrupt Your Regularly-Scheduled Blog Post…
We Interrupt Your Regularly-Scheduled Blog Post… avatar

I would not normally write a post this short and sweet, but this simply could not wait.

Tonight after the final performance of Bluebeard’s Castle in Shanghai, Daveda and I went to the Sky Dome Bar on the 47th floor of the Radisson Hotel so we could have a few drinks and look out at the Shanghai skyline.

Well, there was an epic performance by a *bad* Filipino keyboard band headlined by Ron Perlman himself in Beauty and the Beast attire. We enjoyed their wonder Engrish versions of various tunes, but the highlight of the evening is what prompted this post. At one point they played “Brow Hole Grrr”, or what we would refer to in America as Brown Eyed Girl.

You simple have not lived until you have heard a terrible Filipino keyboard band play Brown Eyed Girl on the 47th floor of a skycraper in downtown Shanghai, China.

Thank you Shanghai. Thank you!

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