Wanhangdu Lu #246 / Sony PSP

An English magazine here in Shanghai - That'sShanghai (www.thatssh.com) - had a two page spread about game consols and portable game devices. They presented a number of devices, including the hard-to-find Sony PSP, and next to each presentation they mentioned that it could be bought at stall number 246 on Wanhangdu Lu.

Street names are presented in both English and Chinese in Shanghai, in an attempt to make the city feel more international. A nice touch, but when streets seem to change name at random every now and then, it doesn't help that much. I started out a couple of blocks from the shop, but there "Wanhangdu" was called something else, so it took a while before I found it.

Faster, Longer, Higher...

... or whatever that olympic thingie was before it became "money, money, money". Both slogans fit Shanghai as well.

Resting my feet and enjoying a $6 watermelon smoothie at the Marriot hotel lounge bar on the 38th floor.

This city grows at an incredable rate. The dark building in the lower left of the picture, is Park Hotel - the tallest building in Shanghai until quite recently and now a dwarf in comparison with all the skyscrapers that have sprung up in the last 10-15 years.

Show me the gadgets!

Clothes, food, clothes, temples, clothes, museums, clothes, silk, clothes, parks, clothes...

Where are the gadgets? Ok, department stores here in Shanghai sell cellphones and cameras at about the same price as in scandinavia, but I still have not seen anyone selling any "gadgets". In particular, I have not seen anyone selling the Sony PSP.

"Size", and so on.

I like photography. I like to think I am good at it. And I like gadgets.

I used to have a compact (for its time) Canon S20 digital pocket camera with 3 megapixels. It was ok but gave me very little control over what I did - it was truly a point and click camera. Three years ago I decided to upgrade, but digital SLR-cameras where still expensive so I got myself a Minolta DiMage 7i that looked kind of like an SLR, i.e. bulky. It gave me much greater control over the picture taking process, but I still could not take pictures with a shallow depth-of-field. I wanted something like my old Nikon F90 - but digital.