I am back!!! You wouldn't know how glad I am to be home. I'd missed the weather here badly. It was freezing cold in Shanghai, only 6 degree celsius (it was worse on the 2nd day)! Even the locals were complaining that it shouldn't be so cold by this time of the year. The weather must have gone crazy.
This was my first visit to a cold country. I have no winter coat or any thick sweater. I wasn't well prepared at all. Can you imagine how clumsy I looked having put on ALL the clothes I had in my luggage? Yes, I meant ALL of them and it was still not enough. To make matter worse, my friend and I went around asking the locals where could we possibly find gloves and they mocked us saying they do not sell gloves in Spring! :(
Enough of my whining. Apart from the cold, I'd pretty much enjoyed the trip. Here are the pics I'd promised (There could have been more if it wasn't so cold that I refused to remove my hands from my sweater pockets).
They dry their clothes everywhere. On tree branches...
street wires... (I like this pic in particular. Interesting shadows on the wall.)
Savior on a cold day.
Perfect location for shooting horror films.
And these look even scarier.
At last, somewhere near the shopping malls.
Nanjing Road (Nan Jing Xi Lu) is known as the longest and busiest shopping street in Shanghai. I would say, there wasn't much to buy if you plan to come here to shop. Stuffs are not cheap either.
My favorite breakfast. Soya bean with fried you tiao and egg porridge.
The chair says 'bean' (soya).
The Qi Pu Road (Qi Pu Lu). This place is a heaven for shopaholics. If you like Bangkok, you will love it here. When buying things, remember to bargain, bargain and bargain! Try to come here as early as 9am. They close at 6pm and the entire street will turn very dark with no street lights. A piece of advice, do not accept any ride from private vehicles even if you have a hard time getting a taxi. You wouldn't want to end up somewhere else. Just try to leave that place before evening and you will be safe.
I couldn't stop myself from taking this pic.
The Bund (Wai Tan) is a pedestrian promenade on the west bank of the Huang Pu river. Breathtaking views.
If you are looking for a nice place to chill out at night. Xin Tian Di is the perfect place lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. The actual place looks alot more beautiful than these pics. I should have use the flash.
Get yourself prepared if you need to take a ride in their taxi. You will be amazed at the driving skill of the cabbies. Hahaha. However I was quite surprised that most of the cabbies we came acrossed (we took over 20 taxi rides for the entire trip) were very nice and friendly unlike the negative feedbacks we usually heard about them. Even their hotel/retail staffs and waiters/waitresses were very polite and helpful. It could be because it was Shanghai and not other parts of China. All in all, I had a very pleasant trip. :)
Hope you've enjoyed my journey so far. Did you remember to take part in my giveaway (2 posts down)??? Hurry hurry, 5 more days left!
Hello! As promised, I'm back with more information on the store I've consigned my crafts with. If you are here in Singapore or planning to visit this little island on your next vacation, please drop by Raffles City Shopping Centre (Cityhall train station or 252 North Bridge Road). Store location would be at #B1-77/78, Anthropology. You can visit their website here for more information.
If you haven't already heard of this store, there is every reason for you to come by. At Anthropology, you will be sure to find something you like. From furniture to fashion accessories and lifestyle products, Anthropology is a house full of surprises. Oh and did I mention that they've won the Singapore Tourism Award 2008 for Best Shopping Experience, Specialty Store? :)
I will be happier if I can set up the display myself :( Just trying out a few items for a start. So please come by to show me your support and there will be more, more and MORE great stuffs. :D
A reminder, I will be away to Shanghai tomorrow night and back on Friday. Meanwhile take care and don't forget to take part in my giveaway! (1 post down). Hugs*
It's friday!!! Shall we play a little game today? :D Just a simple one, no poll this time. Visit my etsy shop here, tell me which item is your favourite and why. Yap, it's that easy and you'll stand a chance to win one of the bookmarks below (your choice). Click on the image to view a larger pic.
These lovely bookmarks are hand silk-screened and fabric wrapped. I will pick a lucky winner two weeks from now (3 Apr). Good luck and have a fabulous weekend! ;)
Phew! Glad the stress is over, at least for a while. For the past one week or more, I had been so tied up with my consignment preparation. Dollgift has finally made it to a local store at Raffles City. Yay! :D Stay tuned, as I will update you with more information when the pics are ready.
On a different note, I will be away on a short vacation to Shanghai, China next Tue (24 Mar) and back on Friday (27 Mar). Don't miss me too much. I promise to come back with plenty of nice pics to share with you. :)
For now, here are a few I've taken over the week. Enjoy.
Tiny little moon...
Can you spot the little rainbow?
Fixture technician at work (man in red).
One of the tourist attractions in Singapore, Little India.
I will die if they stop selling Bubble tea one day.
Some years ago, I received this forwarded email and had kept it in my folder. I've read it many times and it never fail to touch me each time. The story reminds us to treasure everyone/ everything around us, for we never know what is going to happen tomorrow. Enjoy the story and have a great Sunday :)
''Some time ago a man punished his 5-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became even more upset when the child pasted the gold paper so as to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.
Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." The father was embarrassed by his earlier over reaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty.
He spoke to her in a harsh manner, "Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a present there's supposed to be something inside the package?" The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was full." The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his little girl, and he begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.
An accident took the life of the child only a short time later and it is told that the father kept that gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. And whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems he would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remembered the love of the child who had put it there.
In a very real sense, each of us as human beings have been given a golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our loved ones. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.''
My very advance birthday gift... TAH-DAHHHHHHHH!!! The full series of Twilight saga hardcover collection! Woohoo~~~~ What more can I ask for this birthday??? Haha. All Twilight fans must be so darn jealous of me right now. Go ahead, scream at me. XD
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. -Lady Blessington
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. -Anonymous
Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness. -Ray Lyman Wilbur
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. -Anonymous
A man's as miserable as he thinks he is. -Seneca
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. -Janet Lane
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. -Allan K. Chalmers
Joy is the feeling of grinning inside. - Melba Colgrove
The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller
Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy. -Robert Anthony
Happiness is the feeling you're feeling when you want to keep feeling it. -Anonymous
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. -Salvador Dali
The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. -Anonymous
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mahatma Gandhi
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. -Abraham Lincoln
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. -Jean de La Bruyere
And 3 of my favorites...
Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. -Cynthia Nelms
Jumping for joy is a good exercise. -Anonymous
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. -A.A. Milne
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” -- Morrie Schwartz
PAINT MY LOVE
Our First christmas together
“People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel” --Irwin Federman
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW! What a Ride!'" -Unknown
“We have not come into the world to be numbered; we have been created for a purpose; for great things: to love and be loved.” -Mother Teresa
MY DARLING BOY - nono
''There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.'' --Albert Eistein
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain