About me

On October 31st 2011, after spending the past ten years in Paris and London and before that in Beirut, my hometown, I arrived in Shanghai for the very first time to settle as a resident. So all in all, to the exception of a ten-day stay in Beijing in 2004, I was very new to China and all of the Far East for that matter.

This blog is about my discovery of Shanghai and China, my encounter and interactions with Chinese people. It’s about all the cultural, linguistics and social differences and similarities as well as the funny situations they can lead to. As an urban designer, I am also fascinated by the city itself, how it works and how people negotiate it at a time when China is increasingly opening itself to global culture. Obviously, it is also about how I adapt or maybe where are the limits of my adaptation capacities to a different culture and habits every single day.

This blog is named after one my many theoretical Chinese names, joli canard or beautiful duck. I ended up being called something else (for more info, please read the “Aì Lì Yà” post) but it kind of stuck with me. It’s in French because it just sounded better. I’m allowing myself to write in French or English but as it turns out, most of my posts are written in English so far.

So, whomever you are, I hope you enjoy reading this and please feel free to share your thoughts and comments.

9 Responses to “About me”

  1. source 2 June 2012 at 16:44 #

    A cool post right there mate . Thank you for that !

  2. Adam Vagley 25 June 2012 at 07:46 #

    Hi there,

    I found your blog on Expat Blog where my wife and I also list our expat blog, http://theviewdownunder.blogspot.com.

    About a year and a half ago we moved from New York to Sydney and had a difficult time finding a reputable international mover. Because of our experience, we started GoodMigrations (http://GoodMigrationsHelps.com) as a free resource for people to rate their international moving company so others can make informed decisions.

    We’re just starting out, so I’m reaching out to fellow expats to ask them to review their moving experiences on the site. If you used a mover and could take 60 seconds to rate your experience (or even mention the site on your blog to spread the word to others), I would be grateful for your help!

    Many thanks,

  3. Marc 29 October 2013 at 08:16 #

    Nice meeting a fellow Lebanese in Shanghai

    • L. 29 October 2013 at 12:10 #

      Hey great to know another one of us is here!

  4. Nidal 5 April 2016 at 17:02 #

    hi, lebanese here, going to shanghai for a week on business, staying in huangpu, any recommendations? where do leb people hang out at night if they do? where can i have the best duck?

    • L. 6 April 2016 at 03:46 #

      Hi Nidal, the Lebanese community is very small in Shanghai and tends to be scattered. A good duck would be Dadong or Lao Beijing. Other good restaurants for Chinese cuisines are Guyi (Hunan), Lost Heaven (Yunnan), Din Tai Fung (Taiwanese chain of yummy dumplings). On the higher end: Chi Q (Korean), Unico (good for drinks), Mr. & Mrs. Bund (int’l cuisine). Enjoy your stay!

  5. Serena Rahme 12 October 2016 at 07:13 #

    Hi L, I might be relocating soon to Shanghai . ( Lebanese currently living in Dubai) I am trying to find online people who can help me with some info, so I started looking for Lebanese in Shanghai and your blog came up in the search. Would you be able to share your email so I can get in touch and ask a few questions? Hope it is not a big hassle for you.

    thanks Serena

    • L. 13 October 2016 at 02:16 #

      Hi Serena, happy you found my blog and hope it helps out a bit. Got your email address from WordPress. Let me get back to you by email by the end of the day!

      • Serena Rahme 15 October 2016 at 04:26 #

        Merci L :)

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