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Podcasts: a lifestyle

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It’s been a few months I’ve been addicted to podcasts since a peculiar mutation of my current lifestyle occurred: being often on the road commuting between Montreal and Ottawa, unable to find any time slot to sit down and watch TV, but always craving to learn more about the crazy world we live in, I went on the hunt for interesting shows to listen to, in hopes it would keep my brain active and not let it fall in ruins.

It is indeed an excellent way to distract your mind while doing repetitive tasks that do not require much effort, when you wait for someone and no book is available to keep your mind busy, or during a midnight walk when you’re unable to find rest and sleep.

Everything started with Radiolab, a radioshow from the WNYC, a radiostation affiliated to the National Public Radio (NPR). Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, this show discusses about various topics from a scientific and philosophical perspective, to which you add an interesting narrative structure and a fascinating sountrack.

However tonight, I will leave you with this adorable podcast called The Sounds in my Head that gives a quite fantastic selection of songs I would never have paid attention to before. Here are my favourite songs from their latest show:

I did not know the fast-food restaurant Chipotle had a videogame, a very peculiar medium to do advertisement and promote your values…

Ah man, now I want their vegetarian bowl… Toronto, why you so far?

Engagement party in the countryside, Chelsea, QC

Last weekend, my boyfriend’s cousin celebrated her engagement party. Even though I love Montreal’s vibe and rhythm, I still miss Chelsea’s and Aylmer’s fresh air and tranquility. And I also love the food orgy I always get whenever I pass by this area near Ottawa.

To all my buddies around the world

Recently, when I tried to invite my friends for a BBQ, I realized that many of them were spread around the world and that I would not see them as often.

To my ex-roommates from China, Brazil and Finland;
To my friends back in France and Ivory Coast;
To those who are searching themselves in British Columbia and Japan;
To those with whom I had so much fun hidden in Asia, Italy and Morocco.

More photos from Tongli

While going through my pictures, I fell in love again with Tongli’s charm. So here are more photos to admire this beautiful city.

Shanghai and Shopping – Fake markets

During our trip in Shanghai, we had to do what every stupid tourist does: risk our lives and wallets in the so-called fake markets. I’m still not quite sure why we went there, because every time I try to bargain and negotiate a price, I always feel… scammed…

For example, I’m so used to pay 20$ in Canada for a cardigan that my scale for negotiations is too high, when I should expect no more than 5$ for a fake or stolen cardigan from “Zara” at the fake market… I should do what every normal local would do: not even step a foot inside the building. Not even worth the headache you endure converting the price and bargain.

Let’s also mention fake DVDs: it’s harder to find real DVDs than fake ones. I actually didn’t find any real DVDs, since all the video clubs I went to have fake ones. Quality is not very consistent and even if the box mentions Blu-Ray, there’s no actual Blu-Ray available in these shops. We managed to find the whole Miyazaki collection for 200 RMB with a very well made box and more than 20 DVD and OST. For 12RMB (not even 2$), you can buy any other individual DVD.

Also, about discounts in “normal” stores: in Canada (and generally in Western countries), we usually show the percentage that is removed from the original price. In China, it’s the other way around: they show the final price, what’s left after the discount. Let’s say I have 30% off for a shirt, they’ll write down 7.0. Or if you see 4.8, it actually means 52% off.

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At the restaurant next to the market we went, I decided to take the classical Shanghainese fish and noodle soup.

Alexandre, in his case, decided to take the stupidest thing he could find: Western-style udon noodles…

Stupid and very… weird… I love udon noodles as much I love bacon and cheese. But I was not convinced by the odd mix the chef decided to create. There was celery, shrimp, ham, a lot of cheese, fake crab (pollock) and it was accompanied by miso soup and marinated vegetables. Good… but very strange.

However, it seems the Canadian tourists we met at the restaurant loved it…