Of House Guests and Empty Rooms



David Lancashire of AdsoTrans fame is in town this weekend. He wrote a little about Shanghai in his new blog.

My roommate Lenny is leaving Shanghai for Taipei tomorrow (with his new t-shirt!). I’m moving out of this apartment in early January. It’s been a great place, and I really like having the extra room for guests. These past few months we’ve had lots of visitors, like Mark of toshuo, Poagao, Alf, Greg (house guest extraordinaire), Lenny’s sister, and now David.

Lenny devouring watermelon


This “free hotel” business isn’t going to last much longer, but until I move into my new place, I don’t mind it at all. With Lenny gone, this three bedroom apartment is going to seem quite empty.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. I live 40 minutes away, but love hotels, especially free ones… if you wash my towels and bring me little bars of soap, I’ll be there in a flash! 🙂

  2. Yeah, your “free appartment” rocked. I’m glad to have been able to stay there, and I’m glad I lived with good friends and did a similar thing in the past, too. Enjoy each phase of life while it lasts.

  3. so you’re saying that if I do make it to Shanghai I’m on my own?

  4. Roy,

    That depends… are you coming in the next three weeks? 🙂

  5. @Prince Roy – There is always couchsurfing.com if you need a pace to crash!
    @ John – Congrats to your alma mater! Beat the buck out of Ohio State!

  6. Greg Pasden Says: December 11, 2006 at 7:07 am

    So why am i staying at the Grand Hilton when I can have your hospitality & wonderful sense of humor? S.S. can stay at the hilton and I’ll stay there. haha.

    See you on Christmas… I’ll be in PVG for the 24 hours.

    Prince Roy, What’s happening for New Year’s eve in TPE? I’ll be there for that event.

    Take care
    Greg Pasden

  7. Well, Greg, I’ll let you know when the time comes, but it probably pales to a date with a L’Oréal Girl.

  8. Though we didn’t get to spend much time together, I appreciated your hospitality. Good luck with the new place.

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