2009 May / June

ML helped Alan celebrate his 40th birthday in style.  She coordinated with Alan's father to make sure he came for the weekend from Taiwan.  0906_011.jpgWe enjoyed a delicious dinner at the new Vargas Grill, and ML totally surprised Alan with a full-sized coach bus waiting outside the restaurant to take us barhopping.  We first went to Red Beat on Tongren Lu - the street doesn't have the best reputation in Shanghai, but the club was actually free of professional company that night, and we enjoyed a live 80's set where Alan riffed on guitar hero.0906_024.jpg  The bus then moved on to Boxing Cat Brewery where we played silly drinking games.  We got more sophisticated and pulled into Pavillon Costes - "Opulent, exclusive, secretive Parisian Hotel Costes sneaks into Shanghai with this luxury lounge and restaurant in Xintiandi."  4 expensive floors of nobody - sure to shut down in 6 months, but we enjoyed a few rounds on the penthouse - and Alan felt like the playboy.  Of course, we ended up at M1NT where Alan had to pull some strings to dance on stage (new rule - only women allowed up there - I generally support the rule, but hey, it's my 40th!).

Speaking of M1NT, we were there for the Geeks on a Plane Shanghai stop, hanging out with our dear friend Dave McClure.  0906_006.jpgWe were also there for Shanghai's Film Festival awards ceremony, where we saw Halle Berry, and ML was pals with with Quincy Jones (in case you're clueless like me, Quincy "is best known as the producer of the album Thriller, by the late (OMG!) Michael Jackson, which has sold 104 million copies 0906_091.jpgworldwide, and as the producer and conductor of the charity song We Are the World.).  ML also chatted with Andie MacDowell on the rooftop.  ML also enjoyed the weekend BBQ on the rooftop with friends - Alan had to miss the wonderful meal, rushing to Singapore.

ML also helped coordinate a 0906_085.jpgGrameen event, organized a "Summer Book Swap & Tea Social," and Father's Day luncheon, all at the Hilton.  When not planning her own events, ML joined in the fun created by our creative friends, like Jack's laser tag birthday party and Karen's "blush" birthday party.  We said farewell to Rob and Arlene - we will miss Arlene's incredible energy planning as many events as ML in Shanghai!

Alan has been traveling a ton for work - in the last 2.5 months, he's been in the US twice, Singapore twice, HK, and Wenzhou.  Alan presented Effective E-Commerce For China SMEs at Amcham and was the last stop for UC Berkeley MBA's China tour.

Kyle is finishing up first grade at YK Pao.  He did the Weather Report at the public assembly.

 







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