Articles by sam

Hotel Review: Riverview Hotel Shanghai

We booked the “Deluxe River View King” room at The Riverview Hotel in Shanghai. It took a bit of searching to find, as it was a little further from The Bund than we were expecting. The building is also behind another building on South Zhongshan Road, so when we arrived…


Old Jazz Band at The Peace Hotel

Have woken with quite a nasty hangover. Big night last night at The Peace Hotel. When I told my Dad we were going to Shanghai, he told us that we must see this jazz band, so I did some googling, and found them here. A fabulous evening watching some incredible…


Shanghai Shopping

Today we shopped. After perusing Fangbang Rd yesterday, we decided today we’d go back and buy stuff. All in all a successful mission with some gifts bought, as well as some clothes and useless electronic gear. I packed pretty light on this trip, and to use the laundry service at…


Shanghai explore

Today we woke up early and hit Shanghai. We went through some markets and side streets to eventually get to the Metro, and took the 10 to the French Concession. While on our way there, we stumbled across Fangbang Rd, which we thought True Blood fans would like. There are…


Zijin (Purple) Mountain, Nanjing

SO. For those of you who know us, you’ll know that neither of us are huge fans of heights. Stick me in a highrise and I’m fine. Stick me in a creaky chairlift high above the ground in a place where I know I won’t be understood when I yell…


Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Nanjing

The first couple of days in Nanjing were spent at the UX conference we were going to, so we won’t talk about that, as that would be boring…. After we’d done the web nerd stuff, we set about seeing some of this fabulous city. We didn’t manage to see as…


Shanghai to Nanjing on the fast train

After an arduous trip from Melbourne to Shanghai (via Sydney and Hong Kong unexpectedly), we now needed to get from Shanghai to Nanjing. And in a hurry. What first struck us when we arrived at Pudong airport, was that there was no one there. Seriously- this airport is HUGE, and…


Cathay Pacific economy seats are are a bit crap

So- we’ve had a slight hiccup. Our flight from Melbourne to Sydney (QF415) was delayed by an hour due to an apparent air conditioner fault on the plane. Due to our late arrival in Sydney, we missed our connection to Shanghai (QF129). After A LOT of stuffing around, we finally…


Tiger Airways, for those who haven’t yet

This last weekend was our first experience with Tiger Airways. I won’t say it’ll be our last time using them, but it might be. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was fraught with difficulty. Carry on luggage is weighed as your board, and if your a gram over 7kg, you are…


Tasmazia & Lower Crackpot

What an absolutely odd place. Situated in the area called “The Promised Land” is Tasmazia and the town of Lower Crackpot. It’s hard to tell how much is serious and how much is taking the piss. Tasmazia itself was a fair bit of fun, but there’s a definite oddness to…


Kentisbury Country House, Tasmania

We had a lovely three nights at Kentisbury Country House. The weekend was organised by our friend Nicole, with 8 of us taking advantage of some cheap airfares from Melbourne to Launceston. We spent an hour or so in Launceston looking around as well as gathering supplies before driving out…


Sculpture By The Sea, Sydney

Sculpture By The Sea has been running in Sydney for about a decade, and runs through October and November on the cliffs between Bronte Beach and Bondi Beach, via Tamarama Beach. The 2km long seaside art gallery can take anywhere from around 45 minutes to as many hours as you…