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Steve Jobs and Manifestation of Creative Genius read more
Jul-2nd-2012 | Post by expatree

(Originally posted on October 21, 2011)

Steve Jobs - Eyes of a genius


Apple logo - Steve Jobs tribute

This month witnessed the passing of legend in the world of technology. Steve Jobs possessed rare combination of charisma, technological  prowess and aesthetic consciousness that made Apple products irresistible and revolutionized the way we used technology. However, more significant than any of these other traits, it was Jobs’ creative genius that allowed him to stand above his peers. While Jobs and Apple were not the first to develop the personal computer or portable MP3 player, the ability to visualize a world in which such products could be sleek, intuitive and user-friendly enabled the firm to successfully bring such technologies to the adoring masses.

Reflecting upon the life of Steve Jobs allows us to pose a number of interesting questions. Where does creative genius come from? Is it genetic or a product of environment? There is a large body of scientific research on what makes a genius, with no definitive consensus. Despite

Finding the Perfect Weekend Getaway from Shanghai read more
Jul-2nd-2012 | Post by expatree

(Originally posted on September 28, 2011)

Chinese landscape - Shanghai Connections

After weeks or perhaps months on the grind in Shanghai, the city can begin to feel a bit confining. Being ensconced for too long in one’s bubble can never be healthy. The traffic, crowds, and possibly the nightlife can be exhausting; and spending extensive periods of time relegated to a concrete jungle can make one feel divorced from nature. Therefore getting away from the bustling metropolis on occasion is de rigeur. But where to go and how to do it? Gilles Rouverand, a Shanghai-based Sinophile of French extraction, has the perfect solution.

Rouverand has lived in Shanghai for the past eight years and traveled extensively throughout the Middle Kingdom. Although he has great affinity for the Oriental Pearl city, he a proponent of the frequent getaway. In his excellent user-friendly new book 40 Weekend Breaks from Shanghai, Rouverand offers a how-to on planning excellent escapes for a few days. Whether it is a picturesque strol

Real Estate Market: Commercial Bubble Next? read more
Jul-2nd-2012 | Post by expatree

(Originally posted on August 27, 2011)
Shanghai Landscape

With much being made of skyrocketing residential real estate prices in Shanghai, commercial property has received relatively scant attention. Conversation surrounding real estate has largely centered on the prospects of a burst in the housing bubble and preventative efforts taken by the government. 

Measures undertaken by the People’s Bank of China, such as increased reserve requirements and restrictions placed on second mortgages, have had relatively propitious effects and housing speculation has been attenuated. However, these measures have largely been limited to the residential market, with commercial prices continuing to increase and engendering fear of a commercial real estate bubble.


Shanghai’s office rental prices skyrocketed in 2010, increasing to an average of RMB 7.5 per m2per day. Buoyed by strong fundamentals (the city’s economy grew by 9.9% in 2010) and a continued inf

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