Thursday, November 26

Shanghaied with FinChi

Finally back home over a week! City that never sleeps! FinChi celebrated their 10th anniversary, Santa Claus is in China 10 days to promote Santa Park & Finland. He got to pour Champagne for the guest of honors. Some countries have kings and queens to promote their country but we have...well, Santa Claus. Beat that :D

There is a new, sort of absurd restaurant next door called Soldiers. Guns hanging on the wall and a poster of Full Metal Jacket. Is this....suppose to give me a better appetite? "Every day 6 pm we have a food-fight" Or not...

 Congrats to FinChi's 10th anniversary 
 The welcoming was a bit different 
 Santa says hi from Rovaniemi 

 Team Finland 
 They even build a sauna here 
 Something you never find in Europe....Every single big or small supermarket has this. And it smells! 
 Some soul food with Fred & Chem. The new Shanghai Brewery on Donghu road is really good! 
MUST Grill, every tuesday 2-for-1 mega burgers 

Wednesday, November 25

Hong Kong half a day

Had a connective flight via Hong Kong....For 2 reasons. These flights are really cheap AND I rather be a whole Saturday in Hong Kong than in Shanghai :)

Went to the Apple shop to get a new phone for Fred....But once I got there it was crowded. SO crowded that waiting there for a phone would have taken 3 hours according to the shop keeper. NO WAY! Thanks for the help Kim finding another store just around the corner with zero que. I wonder why everyone goes to the Apple store and buys one when the price in the Mall is just the same? True, they dark metal color was sold out but do you really want to que for hours to get it? Buying an iPhone in Hong Kong compared to Mainland is about 100 euro cheaper. I got mine in Australia which was even cheaper than Hong Kong. Mainly because the Australian dollar is quite low and I can get it tax free there as a tourist.

Went to get some food and have a drink to celebrate Saturday. Then back to the airport again....Plane was late. Very late. After boarding late it stood another hour on the strip waiting for permission to fly. Reason? It was raining in Shanghai. When I arrived there was just small drizzle. They should send the air traffic control people in China to North Europe to learn something about harsh weather. Some drizzle can't halt half the airport!

Hoping for sunshine in Hong Kong...Bye Hanoi 
 Nope, no sunshine here. Instead loads of massive skyscrapers
 A building on a building 
 Went for a beer @ Red
 5 pm
 6 pm 
 The highest, IFC. A few months back I was up in the observatory, amazing view. 
 Xmas lights at IFC were nicely made 
 This Christmas no one care about presents, more waiting for the new Star Wars movie! 
 If you ever been here, you will also love it 

Monday, November 23

Hanoi Rocks!

An unusually warm winter in Hanoi this year, which suits me perfect! After a smoggy, chilli and grey Shanghai it was nice to see blue skies and sunshine again. Helped an american tourist from the airport to the hotel and felt like I did something good this day :) I remember being quite lost when first times traveling around in new Asian cities. Repaying Karma for all those people that have helped me on the way. Thank you if your one of them reading this.  

After all these years in Asia most of Asia cities feel more like a sort of a home than a touristic visit spot. The whole week in Hanoi was great and got a lot of things prepared. Since Fallout 4 came out last week I took my Xbox with me to kill some time after work & gym. Probably the most awesome game Xbox One has come out with so far! I don't wanna set the world on fire...

Woke up very early on Monday and got this nice sunrise view! 
Time for the expo at the Trade Union hotel 
BioGaisas first ever pediatric expo in Vietnam. Went well although there is still so much to do here, it's not locally a very known brand yet. 
 Waiting for the expo to start with our big yellow friend 
The small local shop I always buy my coffee in. Lotta, I got you fixed for this Xmas with coffee :) 
 Woah woah, easy now...Don't wanna drop that 16th century Ming Vase! 
Chem found a new friend to chill with 
 Nice reflection and a perfect day 
 Pho LALA! 
 SEN, Hanois biggest buffet restaurant. They have an awesome name, it's the same as my email :) 
 Lanterns, a LOT of lanterns. Creates a really nice atmosphere in this restaurant 
 Shrimp mountain 
 Tirant Hotel rooftop. I will spend my next birthday here. Open bar starts in the afternoon, it's been booked now :) 
 Walked to a meeting I had, loads of people fishing by the west lake and quite a few cafes there too. I really wonder how good it is to eat the fish here. The lake or "green pond" could probably be a lot healthier. 
 Loads of thse small coffee shops 
 Some people take it to the next level when it comes to the West Lake. Colera? Haha
 Care for some sandwiches? 
 When you walk along the road there are an endless amount of these small stores 
 Found the local flower market 
 Logistics done right lady 
 Booked a very cool restaurant for next years event called "Forest". It's a 3rd generation traditional Vietnamese cuisine and culture place. Food was amazing and it's really something different inside. Cozy and full of tribal artefacts from all over the country. The owner of the restaurant collects local art too and puts them on display. Highly recommendable if you are in Hanoi! Price is very decent too. 
 It really was like walking into a forest, in the heart of Hanoi! 

 Art & Graffiti collection 
 Cozy lightning 
Fresh spring rolls nomnomnom!! 
Crispy pork 
Awesome prawns! 
 The Old Quarter narrow streets. Full of bikes, scoother, cars, noise and smells. I love this place! 
 SHOES! Who likes shopping for 5 bucks each pair? 
 It's not a sterotype that people wear rice hats in Vietnam. Ther actually really do, have a look
 The hut on the "Turtle & Sword" lake
My evenings looked something like this...Brotherhood of Steel is here! 
Next time I come here it will be the Asia Hanoi Workshop, thanks for the great and chill week Sheraton. Was nice to get a suite upgrade :)