There are several services that I very seldom use in China, but I use it frequently in the bay area.
1. Google Map and Driving Direction
I don’t use map as frequently as here. I need to check Google Map once or twice every single day to get driving directions. In Shanghai or even in other cities in China, to check an online map is just for fun – to checkout something I am so familiar and see what the map says.
2. Local sites
It is the same meals. I need to check out a restaurant first before I go out. In Shanghai, I only need to set an area, and there are so many restaurants there. Here, you have to get a restaurant first so you know your driving direction.
3. Voice Message
I start to leave voice messages when the person I call didn’t answer the phone immeidately. I am still not used to this kind of “non-instant” communication, but it seems to be the common way to do it. In Shanghai, people seldom uses voice message – we just try to dial again.
P.S. Route CA-17
Route CA-17 from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz is still scary for me. I can drive at daytime, but at night, it is so scary for me – nothing just two lines of dots winding around before you, and you have to be fast – 55 – 60 miles/hour seems much more faster than it actually is.