After having taught in beautiful Indonesia (2014) and Vietnam (2015) I am now in Shanghai (since September 2015), teaching at a university here. It is my second year here then.
So far I cannot say that I'm too fond of the city, its appalling climate year-round or the many inconveniences that come with any megalopolis.
Thankfully, my job is interesting (I do like working with my Chinese students and have a lot of freedom in the curriculum) and allows me to take rather long holidays...:)
But i guess that I’m still missing the "quality of life" (the warmth, the blue sky and golden sun) and the “craziness” of south-east Asia. Missing the easy access to unspoiled nature too!
I like doing film photography (mostly b&w) which is very,...very time consuming. Access to a darkroom has not been easy since I am I Asia...i miss it .
Do some sports too: climbing, swimming, running, badminton, mountain biking (difficult to do without...God bless endorphin!), and more recently scuba diving (amazing!, I'm so happy I was lucky enough to get to try it). I want to do a lot more.
I’m rather a calm and discreet kind of person I guess. I like to think that I’m a rather good company to hang out with, quite funny and nice. It takes me some time to get comfortable with people but after I’m trustfully. I think I'd rather make some few very good friends than a lot of acquaintances I’d never get to really know.
I am reserved, sarcastic, and why not?
Trying to discover new countries, cultures, people, sceneries…trying to make the best of each day and to be happy with the “little things"...
Trying to stay close to my family and to my childhood friends…even if time passes so very fast…
Would like to get into some more "heavy" or "deep" stuff like Meville or Joyce...but man, it's still too hard for me...
French Litt, mostly “classical” XIXème century stuff: Rimbaud, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Balzac, Zola, Dumas and so on. When it comes to XX French litt, I totally bet on Michel Houellebecq.
Movies? Or Films? When it comes to Films I’m just gonna write here a few directors i used to work on: Theo Angelopoulos, Béla Tarr, Sharunas Bartas, Alexander Sokurov, Zhang Ke Jia, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tarkovsky, Antonioni.
I like movies too: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Fight Club, Into the Wild, Point Break, Alien’s series, The City of Lost Children etc, and TV Shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Freaks and Geeks, The Office, The Wire, Peep Show, Breaking Bad, True Detective, An Idiot Abroad, Broad City, Fargo, Louie.
Music: I listen to a lot of different things but not too much of reggae or techno. By now, a lot of Andrew Bird, The Decemberists, The Dutchess and the Duke, Herman Düne, Ana Tijoux, Richie Havens, Joplin, 16 Horsepower, Elliott Smith, F John Misty, H Nilsson, Kris Kristofferson, Notorious Big, Drake, Sixto Rodrigez, Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground...and I usually don't mind "corny" stuff
Classical music, but as a novice who does not really understand it.
Some french stuff too: Les Cowboys Fringants, NTM, Assassin, TTC, L'Atelier, Booba, Le Klub des Loosers
Radio shows: i am really crazy about the Ricky Gervais radio shows and podcasts..., the Bret Easton Ellis podcast, Serial...
When it comes to food I’m really not difficult and enjoy like, “everything” I would say...but simple grilled sea fish and rice may be on top of my list