They killed my scooter

So this morning it happened. After soon three consecutive years driving my scooter in this city the bad people killed my scooter. They stole the batteries.

I parked it in what I always considered a safe place. Locked with more locks than all of the other scooters and bicycles in the city put together. The battery compartment also very well locked up with extra padlocks and chains. Still they were able to get the batteries out. They obviously just ripped off the plastic cover on top of the battery compartment, not caring one second about destroying either the part they will leave behind or the part they will steal and take away. Cut of the padlocks. Cut the chains.

Like this I don’t understand. Why not just steal the entire scooter? Save my time and theirs.

Today I asked a friend of mine to send some high-quality padlocks from Sweden which I will use to secure my scooter even more after I have repaired it. The locks you buy in China are obviously not good enough, I guess with these generic locks the pathetic thieves just try a bunch of keys and eventually the lock will open.

Nearby from where they stole the batteries from my scooter is a police station. For the lack of anything better to do, I reported the theft to the police. Who knows? Maybe I encountered one of those very ambitious officers who will ask the city for the CCTV tapes and voila, the thief is identified.

However, if I want to ride my scooter again I think it is better to get it repaired tomorrow instead of waiting for the police to call me back with the good news that they found my batteries.

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Crowne Plaza Lake Malaren

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Crowne Plaza Lake Malaren. It is a super nice hotel in the fast developing northern suburb Baoshan. It is about a 30 minutes drive from the city center and actually almost the same when going by metro line 7. The station, Meilan Lake, is just 10 minutes walk from the hotel.

The environment around the hotel is beautiful as it is adjacent to the Lake Malaren Golf Club. This golf course consists of 2 Jack Nicklaus PGA accredited 18-hole courses.

Both the hotel and the golf course are part of the greater Lake Meilan Luodian New North Town development.

In a coming post I will write more in detail about Luodian Town, or the Scandinavian town, a small town with architecture inspired by Sigtuna in Sweden.

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Grocery shopping in Shanghai

I prefer the French chain Carrefour ahead of most other available choices in Shanghai. After many years in China I have learned to avoid going to these stores at peak times. If you visit the stores after work on a weekday you will quickly realize your mistake when you hear the saleswomen on microphones screaming about the yogurts and milk they are selling, when you are pushing your way thru the crowded, hellish and stressful aisles.

Screaming saleswomen, hellish aisles together with the not logical layout of the stores are three good reasons to avoid them during rush hours. Go there in the early morning and take your time to find the stuff you are looking for, don’t rely on the salespeople for any constructive help on finding products.

If I only need to buy a few things I prefer to pop into Lianhua, 联华. Lianhua is a typical basic local grocery store, they are usually within walking distance from most apartment buildings. They are really convenient for spontaneous and unplanned purchasing as well as quick shopping of small daily necessities.

The most unpleasant place to do grocery shopping is without a doubt the local wet markets. These are markets where everything is fresh and on display, meat, fish and vegetables of all kinds. Looks like a zoo and smells like a zoo. The shopping is done according to weight and everything is unpacked. Like another blogger wrote, some people love wet markets and some don’t. I really don’t.

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