As of today, I have relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s a new home (for me, at least), and a new adventure. But I’d be lying to say that I won’t miss Shanghai, my home of 12 years. In fact, let me just come out and write it: I’ll miss Shanghai, my home of 12 years. It’s been a privilege to live here, and I’ve tried to enjoy everything that this fantastic city has to offer. That noted, you can’t truly be in Shanghai unless you know how much of Shanghai you’re missing. With utmost humility, I must admit that I missed a whole lot … and thus, I’ll need to visit.
Why the relocation? The reasons are many. As a writer, I’m ready to see and write about the world from a different geographic perch. Malaysia has much to recommend it, including – and critically – deep personal ties.
For readers of my work, I can still be found at Bloomberg View, and I’ll continue writing about Asia on a regular basis. At the same time, I’ll be branching out into some different topics that interest me, including science, space, and sports (readers of my View columns have already seen hints of the shift). For my longtime scrap/junk/waste readers, no fears: I’ll continue on the beat. In fact, I’ve booked some features with Scrap and Recycling International for later this year.
As for Shanghai Scrap – I’m just not sure. But this, I know: it won’t suddenly become Kuala Lumpur Scrap.
Finally, I’m in the early stages of a new book project. Not ready to say much about it yet except that it’ll be very, very trashy.
Oh, unsolicited advice for expats new and old: skip the Bali and Thai vacations, and spend some time on holiday in China, especially out west.
So that’s that. Thanks again, Shanghai. It’s been a pleasure, and I hope to see you soon.