The Shanghai trip was a great catch up time with the parents. And, not to forget, a great escape from Singapore’s humid weather. Winter is love, woohoo. Hahaha.
I even got to celebrate my birthday with my parents. A yummy Japanese dinner with the parents and the friend that we were staying with.
When I got to Shanghai, one of the first few things that my mother told me was that this friend, enjoyed shopping online too! And, and, and, she could help me get stuff from Taobao. Taobao is awesome, and it has loads of stuff at really cheap prices. They have practically, everything. No kidding, you can get things like vacuum cleaners, clothes racks, shoe boxes, tshirts, dresses, boots, hats, bag… anything! Just name it. And of course, everything gets couriered to your home. No need to leave the house. So naturally, I went berserk and spent hours on Taobao shopping while in Shanghai. Do you know how cheap is it to shop in China?! That’s why I wanted to go back there during the break, hehehehe.
Anyway, back to the birthday dinner. I remember going to this place while I was still in high school, but now they’ve opened up a few more outlets. We went to the outlet in Pudong, since that was where we were staying. And also to make travelling easier for my dad. (Click here for the restaurant!)
I laughed when I saw picture above, because you can tell how wrapped up my dad is. My dad had thermal wear on, then a shirt, then the jacket and scarf and hat plus another winter jacket (not shown here since we were indoors). All I had on was a long sleeve shirt, a jacket, and another winter jacket. The dad is not a fan of the cold.
The chef made me 长寿面 (Japanese longevity noodles) because it was my birthday. So nice of them, him, the restaurant, whatever. The noodles were really yummy, and apparently you’re not suppose to break the noodles while eating them because they’re suppose to symbolise long life (long noodle strands), but I did that several times, so I suppose I might be dying soon. The dad kept staring at me while I was enjoying my noodles. The stare was suppose to hint to me that he wanted some, but I finished it all anyway, only offering him a sip of soup which he refused. 😀 长寿面 is suppose to be eaten by the birthday person so that I can get a long life, or something like that. Tsk. Hahaha.
Basically, my 3 weeks in Shanghai was spent bumming around the house most of the time, watching cheap DVDs, occasionally going out with Flo or going out for a meal with the parents. Tried looking for the places we used to go as high school students, but a lot of places were gone! I was sad. Sigh, Shanghai has changed.
Lots of people took a while to recognise me. Think it’s the hair and the braces. And someone thought I was still in secondary school, never heard someone go ‘Huh‘ so loudly when I told them my age before. Their daughter was 15 or 16 or something, and they thought I was younger than her, my mum couldn’t stop laughing.
Bumped into an old teacher of mine, who surprisingly knew about the course I’m studying. Not sure if she even remembers who am I though, haha. And I need to find out what’s Speech Pathology in chinese. Had a hard time trying to explain to my parents’ local friends what university course I’m currently studying. Sigh.
Kelvin’s owner was the one that ‘Huh‘ed at my age.
Singapore’s humid weather is making me melt. Can’t wait for Chinese New Year though, for all the yummy goodies! I’ve already started munching on some pineapple tarts, eeks.
Missing the cheap shopping in Shanghai 😦 And the winter. But not missing the part where the weather dries up my skin. Did I mention that I barely got to see daylight over there? I sleep at 4 and wake up at 4 almost everyday. That’s the good thing about China and Singapore, shops don’t close at 5pm (ahemAdelaideahem), so even if I wake up at 4pm I still have time to wash up and head out shopping. Hehehehe.