My Weekender is a weekly SmartShanghai column written by changing authors selected from the Shanghai community. According to the various tastes, interests and backgrounds of its authors, My Weekender serves as a window into what residents in the city are doing with their time off.

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This concludes the weekly transmission of the My Weekender column. Yes. You're welcome. It's over. Done. It was a wild ride while it lasted.

Jun 27th, 2014

Tom Bus

A weekend in the life a footballer, family man and music enthusiast. Basically a lot of World Cup and representin' for The Netherlands.

Jun 20th, 2014

John Nguidjol

Lots of music, positive vibes and good karma with Jam Session John this weekend. He's performing around town for Fête de la Musique.

Jun 13th, 2014

Erin Thornton

Anniversary soirees, salsa lessons, and heavy doses of house music. A typical weekend in the life of Erin Thornton. Sleep is for wimps....


This concludes the weekly transmission of the My Weekender column. Yes. You're welcome. It's over. Done. It was a wild ride while it lasted.

Jan 10th, 2014

: Yvonne Chen

Shanghai supergirl Yvonne takes us through a club-hopping weekend. She knows everyone. You know Yvonne, right? She's great.

Apr 11th, 2014

: Donnie

He's the Wonton Don. He does China on the Youtube. Tonight he's doing the Weekender on the SmartShanghai. Wicked Pissah!

Jan 3rd, 2014

: The Fake Market Guy

Seven days a week, 13 hours a day, scraping a margin on remote control helicopters... Life's a grind for vendors at Nanjing Lu's fake market.

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Phoebe Wu

Mar 23rd, 2012

A fobby HK and relaxed Californian hybrid, Phoebe is a cross-cultural social media guru who used to weibo for W+K and is now doing consumer research at Jigsaw. She’s a big fan of pandas and is an occasional nightlife photographer. Check out her Tumblr.

OH man it’s finally Friday! It’s been a busy busy week and I’ve been up since 4am finishing a report. This weekend I am braced with an exciting all-day work training on this supposedly sunny Saturday. A long-awaited dental appointment is also in place, just realized that I’ve scheduled it the same time as my Pilates class… life is a mess.

I blame it all on this never-ending Winter. It’s been a tough one. The four+ month long winter has exhausted my heater. I can sense it dying a slow and painful death. Luckily we finally see some signs of the sun popping out here and there, teasing us with momentary happiness then dumping a load of grey and emptiness the week after.

My small escape to the ocean at Qingdao after a work trip last week has satisfied my Cali beach craving for the moment. Thankfully I get to go back to the real deal in May for the beloved SH veterans Jenn Wong and John’s wedding (VPNs on) in San Francisco and to visit home. Although Shanghai is awesome, sometimes you just gotta get away.

Last night was a Nike Cortez 40 year anniversary event at KIN and of course I showed up late again and missed everything. But still managed to run into a few familiar faces and grab the last of free drinks, and proceed to end the night feasting it up at Bankura with the Grumpy Pig kiddies.

Besides being really busy with checking in to every corner of shanghai and instagraming all my amazing meals, I’ve recently been addicted to Draw Something and playing with everyone I know. Don’t play with Josh though, he’d just try to use every chance to sneak in a phallic object in his drawings.

So what’s going on in SH this weekend? I’ve got a couple friends in town from all over the place, like Bobby bob bob from Warrior shoes and Erica from Nuandao, not that I’ve really had time to figure out what to do. But there’s always Arcade. They just had their “grand opening” two weekends ago but I don’t really know what that means coz I’ve been going there for months already. I was actually a cashier there for one night. They got nice drinks, good vibe, good music, and a little minitron, and a mini Reggie (who, btw, is amazing at Draw Something). From there I can always find the usual suspects who’d probably lead me to the next destination. It’s my Cali trait, I just go with the flow, but none of that M2 Richbaby bullshit. I hate paying for cabs so I usually just stick around the Yongfu strip, but that usually just means going between Arcade and Shelter, passing through the hashish-marijuana guys and frowning upon sleezy douche and slutty slutss.

Sunday, after this stressful week of Draw Something and report-writing, it’s time to relax and get my massage on. Jing Jing used to be my fav because you can bring your own DVD and watch it while your foot gets rubbed, but that got old. I’ve moved on upstairs to Tang for finger pressure massage where #23 told me he’d predict my future the next time I go back.

If I have time I might hit up the Dongtai Lu Antique Market to look for some hidden gems. But haggling on a lazy Sunday might be too much work.

Of course there’s always Spicy Sundays to look forward to. This gang of spicy lovers picks a yummy spicy joint each week, we like to sweat it all out before battling through the week again. Everyone’s welcome to join!

Aiiiight guys, that sums up my boring weekend. I’m out to get some Xianyuxian and take a disco nap before the night begins. Tonite is spicy member Lenny’s bday and we abt to hit up Nanling for some nonspicy dericiousnesss. Don’t forget to check out Lo-fai night at Arcade and Pause event at Shelter on Sat!

Ps 4sq day is coming up on 4/16 at the Portman so I’m told. I remember falling off my bike onto my chin last time after the open bar at the Hilton. Yes, I’m still the mayor of my chin. Don’t drink and drive applies to bicycles, lesson learned.

Pps The lovely people at Factory 5 and People’s Bike are putting on the awesome Alley Cat race once again! Register here for a sweaty good time!