Travel: relaxed time in shanghai


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

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they kept the inside, which shows how a rich family in shanghai live 50 years ago.

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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.

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yoga could be a great workout for mind and body

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Sofia was my companion most of the days. It’s just so funny to watch her exploring new places

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I met with my friends and we chat long hours while tasting exotic teas.

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visited art exposition

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had organic food

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all grown in the backyard!

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coffee in the evening when everything was quiet… perfect for heart to heart conversations

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pairing it with cake, obviously 😉

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July 31 was our three year anniversary… and we took a day trip to Hangzhou

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visited a temple

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had a delicious local meal

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walked along the west lake, the icon of the city.

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we enjoyed the time together as we talked about our 13 years journey.

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Star surprised me by booking the executive first class seat on the train. So comfortable!

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For the chinese valentines, we went to a restaurant by the Bund to appreciate shanghai’s night light

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while savoring typical shanghainese food, very tasty!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Of all the food I had in china, my favorites were Japanese

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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.

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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! 🙂

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3 responses to “Travel: relaxed time in shanghai

  1. that japanese food looks amazing.

    what a wonderful trip. you are glowing, happy to be with family and friends!

  2. Sounds like you had a great time reconnecting with friends. That’s always so enjoyable!

  3. Anonymous

    What’s wrong with your belly button?

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