Shenzhen is one of the most important centres in the world for electronics manufacturing. There are many factories in the city producing your favourite electronic devices, along with copies of those devices.
The Huaqiangbei district of Shenzhen is home to many electronics markets which span several floors and several buildings. These markets are places for locals to buy their electronics as well as wholesalers and resellers to buy components in bulk. To a North American, these markets are somewhat comparable a flea market, except for electronics.
Competition in these markets is high, and was actually quite intimidating for me. Upon entering or approaching most booths, the staff will seemingly swarm around you, and watch your every move quietly, ready to answer questions, or make a sale. I prefer a bit more distance between me and the sales staff as I try to shop, particularly if I am just browsing for nothing in particular. Continue reading
I recently travelled to Shenzhen on the south coast of China for a 3 week business trip. This is my third visit to Asia, and my first to China.
Shenzhen is now one of the most built up cities in the world, and currently has a population of 8 million. Before 1979, Shenzhen was merely a small village of 30,000 people, so nearly everything that exists in Shenzhen has been constructed in less than 4 decades. The city’s rapid growth was made possible by foreign investments following the establishment of the Shenzhen Economic Zone in 1979. Continue reading
I recently visited Saskatoon Farm, which is family-owned and operated farm, cafe and gift shop in Okotoks just south of Calgary. I was inspired by some the face sculptures and other items on display. Continue reading
Fans flooded the Red Mile again after the Flames pulled through with a win in overtime of game 3 against the Anaheim Ducks, at home at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Are you in any of these photos? If so leave a comment below or contact me!
You may also be interested my previous set of photos from the night when Calgary eliminated Vancouver. Continue reading
See also my photos from Tuesday, May 5th: Red Mile after Flames win against Ducks
On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames won game 6 at home in the Scotiabank Saddledome against the Vancouver Canucks, eliminating them. Following the game, thousands of fans flooded 17th Avenue recreating the infamous Red Mile, a term first coined for the strip back in 2004 when the Flames nearly won the Stanley Cup. The city and police have smartly chosen to manage the street party without restricting it. They closed down the street to cars entirely, allowing fans to flood the bars and party in the street. This lasted for hours.
In Vancouver, a surprise display of fireworks lit the sky moments the final buzzer of the game went off. Even the Olympic Cauldron was lit! Apparently, the fireworks were for a private event, not to actually celebrate the elimination of the Canucks from the cup. Many Flames fans found the very unfortunate timing quite hilarious.
I live only a few blocks from 17th, so I joined the street party with my camera. I’m no hockey expert, but during playoffs, nearly all Calgarians become Flames fans.
Target is now officially closed across Canada, bringing an end to perhaps the biggest blunder in Canadian retail history. After the January announcement of plans to shut down in Canada, Target stores entered liquidation in February using signage that was identical to what Zellers used in most of the same spaces, just over 2 years ago. In a weird twist of fate, Zellers has officially outlasted its “successor”, as two Zellers stores remain open in Ontario as outlets for the Hudson’s Bay Company.
Earlier this month on March 7th, I watched from my own balcony as flames consumed the top floor of a balcony under construction.
2 weeks later, all the wooden floors of the condo were demolished. The ground floor constructed with concrete remains intact. Continue reading
As you can easily tell in many photos, 3D printed parts have a certain look. They have a very matte finish with lines visible. Continue reading