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


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.


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!

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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! 🙂



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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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