Some outfits, including workdays and weekends.
Some outfits, including workdays and weekends.
It has been three weeks since we came back from Shanghai and it feels ages. We’ve been busy trying to catch up with work, life, friends, and family time. Before my phone accumulates too many pics, let me recap what we’ve been doing the last three weeks
Weekly farmer’s market’s trip. I’m taking advantage of the last batch of tomatoes… eating them plain!
Sofia has been a eat-whatever machine since we came back. YAY~~~
look these jumbo eggs. Left is extra large egg from Whole Food, right is the jumbo egg from farmer’s market
I’ve been doing a lot of home organization. For some reason, organizing calms me down so I try to do a bit every weekend. This time I re-organized my makeup station
I changed the multi-trays that I used for this all-in-one box that Star bought for me.
I’ve been taking advantage of Star’s presence to go out with friends without Sofia.
one afternoon I met with Ruwei and chat while having coffee and cake. Girls time is so precious.
Another weekend I met with Sarah for a movie night at Mosaic. We visited there almost every weekend but it was my first time coming in the evening and I loved the ambiance
the movie was just okay but it was nice catching up with this lady
Sunday morning is church time. Sofia still hates being at the kids place alone, so Star has been staying there with her.
she’s catching up with her friend Tara too.
Last week for three days Sofia’s daycare was closed so she stayed at home with Star. Star is such a good daddy to her, taking her to playgrounds, buying toys and just spoiling her
he even manages to finish all the meals I prepare for Sofia.
crazy face shows how happy she is playing with Star
this weekend we met with Sarah’s family for brunch at matchbox
the girls were busy coloring and making mess while the adults trying to finish the gigantic serving of food
eating having toddlers is getting harder these days. They’re so active. We were barely able to chat, not until the daddies took the girls out for play that Sarah and I could chat.
That evening I met with Ruwei for her birthday dinner at the Hamilton
very DC-like place and people… hahaha… I don’t know how to describe it though
I had their 17 vegetable medley which was so pretty and delicious.
and we shared their best selling desserts
happy birthday girl~
on Sunday we took Sofia to visit the Aquarium
Sofia had a lot of fun there while the parents were exhausted. Glad we got the membership so we can return for the other exhibitions. :)
since our return, we didn’t do much over the weekend because Star’s presence is precious and we wanted to bound as a family as much as possible. But what happened most often was Star bounding with Sofia alone and left me to catch up with my friends or just be alone to tide up the house or to rest. No complain :)
Four weeks in Shanghai was a great break for me. I missed the long breaks. I haven’t had one since 2011. It is a luxury to have this kind of vacation when one has a job. I am lucky to have many leave days. I didn’t take long leaves since I was pregnant and didn’t want to travel long with a small baby. So this time around, when deciding how long it would be, I said as long as I can. :)
Unfortunately I didn’t start enjoying right away because I was jet lag for at least 10 days. Would wake up around 2-3 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. This made me not feeling myself during the day. But when the jet lag was over, I was all about going out and do things.
First, I found a cool yoga place EasyBox Studio. It is located in a renovated old building
they kept the inside, which shows how a rich family in shanghai live 50 years ago.
I used to sign up for a gym when visiting shanghai but this time I craved yoga and I am glad I did that. The instructors are nice and they offered a good variety of styles.
yoga could be a great workout for mind and body
Sofia was my companion most of the days. It’s just so funny to watch her exploring new places
I met with my friends and we chat long hours while tasting exotic teas.
visited art exposition
had organic food
all grown in the backyard!
coffee in the evening when everything was quiet… perfect for heart to heart conversations
pairing it with cake, obviously ;)
July 31 was our three year anniversary… and we took a day trip to Hangzhou
visited a temple
had a delicious local meal
walked along the west lake, the icon of the city.
we enjoyed the time together as we talked about our 13 years journey.
Star surprised me by booking the executive first class seat on the train. So comfortable!
For the chinese valentines, we went to a restaurant by the Bund to appreciate shanghai’s night light
while savoring typical shanghainese food, very tasty!
It amazed me that we shared life with each other for 13 years already, and a beautiful girl. Hope the next 13 or 30 years are even better.
An old classmate of mine opened a cafe in a campus. It’s refreshing to escape the city and immerse oneself within the students crowd.
I met with Kaffee, who visited me few months ago, several times. We’ve came a long way to be where we are, the best we’ve ever been and I am so grateful.
Of all the food I had in china, my favorites were Japanese
what’s even better than the food was the company. It’s so nice to re-meet old friends… although our lives have changed so much since the last time we met, old and good friendships are still there, which is heart warming.
The four weeks stay was so amazing that I am already looking forward to the next trip to Shanghai! Although I want to visit new places, Shanghai is a safe place that I always want to go back! :)