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Enjoying Ads in Shanghai Metro Lines

Last Sunday afternoon, I took my tour over each stops of Shanghai Metro Line #2 and stops of Shanghai Metro Line #1 between People Square and Shanghai South Railway Station. In each stop, I record its each different ads. It took my about 5 hours to camera down those 200+ unique ads. Here is two shots:

Ad Tibet Water 5100

Ad Roewe Car Sketch

For more ads, please visit my newly-setup website: , and thanks in advance for your comments.

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“Red Dragonfly” Wallet, Made by Zhou Renjian

Red Dragonfly Wallet Back

Red Dragonfly Wallet Front

Red Dragonfly Wallet Inside

Red Dragonfly Wallet in Hand

O, not bad? Here is what it originally looks like (A “Red Dragonfly” bag):

Red Dragonfly Bag

And you can enjoy How to make wallet out of cash.

BTW, here is my five-year-old wallet:

My Five-Year-Old Wallet

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World of Stupid

There is a Joost channel named “World of Stupid” in BDTV. It is an interesting program, which introduces people around the world making stupid things or performing stupid actions. These people come from different nations or areas. And some of them are popular movie actors or singers. They do these kinds of things with different purposes.

Even though I were  saying “Fucking stupid!” when I were watching the video, I admitted that they were professional to give us a stupid entertainment.

I can remember the Wales E-Jet’s answer about why they want to do stupid things: “We just want to record down all these things. And when we were old, we could watch these videos to see how stupid we were when we were young.”

Just go and get a Joost account to enjoy those stupid things.

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About Chinese Name

I would like to talk about Chinese name, as today I got called as “Mr. Renjian”. Even though I am somewhat got used to “Dear Zhou”, I am somewhat not got used to this “Mr. Renjian” yet.

I know there are different naming rules across countries. So mis-using names should not considered as a big problem. But I do believe that everyone should know the Chinese naming rules, as Chinese is the country with most population and the nations with second most online users. So knowing Chinese rules will help you a lot if you come across with a Chinese.

Chinese name is also simple to remember. Its format would be:

<Family Name><Surname>

The pattern of English name is:

<Surname> <Family Name>

And these days, we do not distinguish surname or family name sometimes. We may call “First Name” and “Second Name”. The order of the name is important. In China, we always call someone in <Family Name> <Surname>, <Surname>, Mr./Mrs./Ms. <Family Name> or “little/old <Family Name>” for nickname. We Chinese never call someone’s name in pattern of “<Surename> <Family Name>”.

And here is my name: Zhou Renjian. And you can call me “Zhou Renjian”, “Renjian”, “Mr. Zhou”, “Little/Old Zhou” or “Dear Renjian”. Don’t call me “Mr. Renjian”, “Little Renjian” or “Dear Zhou”. Even though I got lots of “Dear Zhou” in my emails and got used to such calling, I still find out somewhat gabby for such calling.

There are about 100 common known family names in China. It is very easy to remember a few (At least the first few). Here is the list:

Zhao, Qian, Sun, Li, Zhou, Wu, Zheng, Wang, Feng, Chen, Zhu, Wei, Jiang, Shen, Han, Yang, Zhu, Qin, You, Xu, He, Lv, Si, Zhang, Kong, Cao, Yan, Hua, Jin, Wei, Tao, Jiang, Qi, Xie, Zou, Yu, Po, Shui, Dou, Zhang, Yun, Su, Pan, Ge, ….

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Chinese Food

Here is some photos about Chinese food. Enjoy them. 😀

Shanghai Laifushi Top Floor

Shanghai Laifushi Top Floor

Cantonese Food

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Inside Keyboard

Yesterday, I dropped a glass of water to my keyboard by accident, and I had to dry and fix my keyboard. And I had a photo of keyboard inside:

Three layers inside keyboard

The design is tricky, two layer with metal line won’t meet with each other until a key strike forcing them to meet at those many holes on the middle thin layer.

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Back From Badminton

Playing badminton is a good sport. I began playing badminton when I was about 13 years old. My elder brother taught me playing. And I loved this game from then. And I would like to play this game when it is possible.

There are always groups for badminton game in each corporations. So it is easy to find some ones to play with. And these days, we always play badminton on Tuesday. We book about
3 play fields at 20:00 – 22:00 inside Zhangjiang Middle School.  And there may be about 8 to 12 boys or girls attending this game. We always enjoy this game.

BTW: Booking a badminton field for an hour may cost about 25-30 RMB ($3-$4).

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On Roller Shoes

On last post, I mentioned about to do a different thing everyday to make my life more colorful. And today afternoon I went to Dicathlon, shopping a pair of roller shoes. I have never wore any roller shoes. And this is an exciting thing for me! Coming days must be very interesting.

Roller Shoes

By the way, the Dicathlon, which I was shopping, is located at Longyang Road Station of Metro Line #2, Pudong, Shanghai. The price of the shoes is about 600 RMB, or about $90.

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Make a Different Thing Everyday

I watched Joost TV’s channel Lime this morning. And there was a program called “Living with Deepak”, talking about some life tricks. And there was a trick called “Make a Differences”.

If it is working day, you day life may be getting up on time, having breakfast, having routine to office, working all day time, having routine back home, having supper, having bath, and going to bed. What a boring day with all these same things. You have no new experiences on fresh things. If you spend most of your time doing such same things, you are just like those robots. What is the differences? The world is full of different things waiting for you to experiment. Why not take a try everyday and have the joy of new things for your whole life? Just one different thing everyday, it is only 365 different things for a total year! Well, you should 365 things in a year.

Well, what will be a different thing? Making some unique gift for friends, using skating shoes to offices, flying a kite, … Just use the imaginary, the world is outside there waiting.

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Just Say Hello


I am here, wana say “Hi and Hello” to you. I am not quite sure about what I will talk in this blog. Maybe I will say anything about my life or share you with my thoughts, and I may also talk things about China and especially about the city of Shanghai.

And everything will be in English. If you are an English native speaker, it may not be a challenge. But it is a challenge for me. I am a Chinese native speaker, speaking Cantonese in my early ages and speaking Mandarin (Also known as Putonghua) later.

Hope you will find things interesting here.

Zhou Renjian from Shangha, China

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