The Popularity of Podcast

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Podcast, defined as “a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically” has been around for at least 10 years.  But yours faithfully, ever so quick in adopting new technology, has only discovered the greatness of podcast a couple of weeks ago when I read about the Startup Podcast hosted by the previous American Life and Planet Money host, Alex Blumberg, who has started his own podcast startup, called Gimlet to host a series of podcasts.

I was hooked by Startup, which was a series of recordings of the behind-the-scenes how Alex started his startup.  Better still, his way of advertising is funny and informing, and the ad is very much part of the fun of the show.  No one will skip ad again if every ad sounds like that.  Then, I start to notice podcasts everywhere.  The next thing I know, I have been continuously listening to podcast on my iPhone – the ever popular mystery series “Serial”, 99% invisible, The Health Bridge, The Allutionist, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, etc. All great stuff.  In fact, people have binged down “Serial” just like they would have watched all “Breaking Bad” episodes in one night.  You would not have thought that with a radio show, right?

Podcast is intimate, the voices speak into your ears, and you can get hooked.  It feels warm and cozy.  With a smartphone, you don’t even need to download anything, just go to Podcast, click and you are on.  You can subscribe in a second.  There are many reasons for the revival of interests.

So next time you are on a bus or waiting for a taxi, or treadmilling, try podcast.

 

Happy New Year of the Sheep! Loving Shanghai

May you have abundance, happiness, health, and prosperity in the Year of the Sheep.

I was hoping to share these images from Shanghai when I visited before Christmas. Given the Chinese New Year, this is an opportune time to share these lovely images.

The charm and style of Shanghai are shining through its old and new developments, and you can see how people are enjoying the fruits of the rapid economic development in China – everyone is buying and consuming! In the financial district of the Pudong area, you will forget that you are in China but ponder if you are in Manhattan.

In the old street alley, local eateries, grocery stores, arts and crafts stores intertwine with big commercial buildings and hotels – a typical mix of old and new in Shanghai. My most enjoyable local activities were eating the delicious Shanghai wonton soup for breakfast, books-browsing in the gigantic bookstore, and bargaining (tenaciously in Mandarin) with the sellers at the antique stores!

In the French-inspired People’s Park, the community enjoy opera singing, dancing, tai chi, painting, debating, and strolling along the beautiful walkways.

At the famous and must-see Shanghai Museum, locals and tourists open their jaws and eyes when seeing and appreciating the ancient art of China. I am certainly proud to be a Chinese!

Walking along the River Bund and staring across the river towards the Pudong financial district, you wonder if the new Shanghai is going to regain all the glory of the old Shanghai and be China’s best financial hub again.

IMG_1831The Shanghai Bund and the Financial District

IMG_1832Shanghai Puxi area (west of Hangpu River) from my hotel room

IMG_1833The Alley of Shanghai

IMG_1852Cyclist at his best

IMG_1834My delicious wonton soup (US$1) for breakfast

IMG_1835Antique street

IMG_1836Are we in France? The beautiful People’s Park

IMG_1837French-inspired People’s Park

IMG_1838Shanghai Museum-a must-see!

IMG_1839The Bronze Era

IMG_1840The Buddha

IMG_1841Beautiful Pottery-one of China’s Best Art Symbols

IMG_1842Landscape and scenery painting

IMG_1843Jade carving

IMG_1844Imperial Furniture

IMG_1847Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum (a previous French governor residence now housing local art)

IMG_1848Ivory Carving

IMG_1849Shanghai Artist’s Needlework

IMG_1850Craftiness in Sewing

IMG_1851Ethnicities and dolls

IMG_1845A Shanghai jewellery store on the pedestrian-only shopping area of Nanjing Road – likely a previous nightclub

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Pretty to your heart and eyes

A fellow blogger Nia (photographofnia.com) shared a delightful painting of this Denmark artist, Iwona Lifsches, and I immediately fell in love with her work. Now I have her painting in my home screen in my big and nice iPhone 6 plus.

Her paintings are the melting pot of naive art, bright colours, idiosyncratic scale, child-like perspective, daily experience and emotions, wry humor, love, and affection for her countryside. You can find more of her work here.

Isn’t it a cheerful way to start your week?

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Merry Christmas – Images from Hong Kong

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!  Enjoy the spirit of Christmas from Hong Kong!

Paris in Hong Kong!  Lovely decorations in the Landmark Building, Hong Kong
Paris in Hong Kong! Lovely decorations in the Landmark Building, Hong Kong
Parisian Cafe - looks real?
Parisian Cafe – looks cute?
Church I was baptized - The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral
Church where I was baptized – The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral
Crib at the HK Catholic Cathedral
Crib at the HK Catholic Cathedral
Nice decorations at the Elements Mall
Nice decorations at the Elements Mall
Swarovski decoration at the HK International Airport!
Swarovski decoration at the HK International Airport!
People love to take photo with this welcoming tree at the HK Airport!
People love to take photo with this welcoming tree at the HK Airport!
My Dream Cottage - at the HK Regal Airport Hotel
My Dream Cottage – at the HK Regal Airport Hotel
Graffiti - local flavour
Graffiti – local flavour
A Hong Kong Government initiative to turn a previous policemen living quarters into a new art scene for local artists and cafes - called PMQ!
A Hong Kong Government initiative to turn a previous policemen living quarters into a new art scene for local artists and cafes – called PMQ!
Hong Kong's latest attraction - Ferris Wheel near the Central Financial District
Hong Kong’s latest attraction – Ferris Wheel near the Central Financial District (courtesy of timetable.com)