Shanghai in 3 Days

China Shanghai

This time I went to Shanghai at short notice and wasn’t able to do a lot of planning; but we did achieve a reasonable amount and tried quite a number of interesting things.

Accommodation

Shanghai Airbnb Accommodation

There are many aspects to shanghai; you could experience both an old and new city at the same time. We stayed at an Airbnb accommodation in the middle of a shopping district. To give you a very quick reference, it’s right next to West Nanjing Rd Station (each red dot is a subway station). The we stayed around the blue line area, but that’s not the ENTIRE shopping street; the shopping district continues, pretty much almost all the way down past the last subway station before The Bund.

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I’m pretty happy I stayed in that district, because it was just so convenient. Apart from the high end department store, it was also close to Sephora, Uniqlo, H&M and most importantly, what I’ll show you later, the amazing small local eateries.

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Image Above: West Nanjing Road (shopping street) during the day

West Nanjing Road Shanghai shopping district
Image Above: West Nanjing Road (shopping street) at night

Food

Food in Shanghai

I have to say, one of the thing I look forward to the most when I go to China is the food. Chinese people are all ABOUT THE FOOD! And it’s fantastic! While there isn’t a really big coffee culture, I have to say it’s getting better. Let me introduce you to a few things that you HAVE to try in Shanghai.

Chinese Crepe Jian Bing

Chinese Crepes. NOM NOM NOM! It’s a savoury crepe and people tend to have this with their soy milk as their breakfast. It cost $4 RMB and it’s oh so delicious. While there aren’t as many Chinese crepe makers as there are convenience stores, but there are still an abundance of them around.

Mini wonton Food in Shanghai

I can eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days straight.

It’s hard to say what’s a “good” mini wonton place because it’s different taste for everyone, but I had the one above here and it was pretty packed when we went.

Mini Wonton location in shanghai

Marble Egg in Shanghai

Thankfully, you don’t have to go far to get this Marble Egg, you can get it from most convenience stores. I think it’s everywhere because it’s something EVERY Shanghainese would eat, and it’s cheap and delicious. So naturally, it’s a favourite.

Sure, there are lots of other very traditional Shanghainese dishes, but you’d have to go to proper restaurants to try those and the list would be ENDLESS. But let me tell you one thing about typical Shanghainese food, specifically Shanghainese: There are a lot of bones and shells. You’ll see lots of mini snails, mini prawns, little crabs, boney chicken & duck. Like this dish:

River Snails delicacy in shanghai

This is not a delicacy, it’s a street food and can be ordered at restaurants. If you’ve never tried, I’d suggest to not attempt this without the help of a local. Mostly so that a local can show you which part can be eaten, and which can’t.

Attractions

Considering we had limited time, I didn’t get to go to that many places, but I still got a chance to hit a few attractions. I won’t show you the typical stuff you’d find on TimeOut or Trip Advisor; these three places I’m going to show you are place you won’t think of going when you’re in Shanghai.

Feng Jing Old Town

About an hour and half outside of Shanghai city is a city called Feng Jing.
You can get there by bus and it’s a place most residents of Shanghai would know about, so you should get good directions when you’re lost.
It’s not one of those places you’d think of going if you’re not a local (I had to go with family), but I have to say I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It wasn’t full of tourists and people were more relaxed. I didn’t get a chance to walk the entire town, but it’s not small.Feng Jing Old Town near Shanghai Chinese Old Towns

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Considering I spent the first decade of my life in Shanghai, I couldn’t go pass these delicious Stinky Tofu.
Yes, I do think they are delicious. 

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Don’t worry, if stinky tofu is not your thing, you can find lots of other delicious and acceptable things to try.

People always say Chinese are bad drivers, because we do crazy things on the road. Well, I beg to differ; we’re just quick thinkers and very adaptable. I mean, look at this guy here, how else do you want him to move these enormous and awkward sized card boards?

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Jing An Temple

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If you REALLY want to feel what it’s like being a typical Chinese, then you should visit a popular temple like the Jing An Temple of Shanghai.
Going to the temple and say your prayers to the various Gods are no longer JUST a religious event, it’s now a Chinese culture.

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When you do get a moment to breath through the smoke of incense, or the heat of all the people, look anywhere and you’d be able to admire the work of art around you.

I’ve been told that everything is handmade, and some of those things have been there for hundreds of years.

Jing An Temple

If you don’t have a tour guide with you, I’d say read up on some rules before going in.
Beside the usual rules at religious buildings, here are a 3 things I was told since very young:

1. You should never buy, or light up someone else’s incense for them.
Incense is an extension of someone’s respect for the Gods, so you should let that person show it themselves.

2. Don’t blow out the fire on the incense with your mouth. Do it with your hand.
I believe it’s dis respectable to blow it out with your mouth. 

3. Don’t ever stand on the door ledges. NEVER. EVER.
I was never told the reason behind this one, but I’m going to guess that it’s probably to do bad luck.

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Shanghai Antique Market

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I have an unhealthy passion for antiques. I don’t know much, but I just really like looking at antique stuff.
So no doubt, with a few hours to spare, I HAD to check out the antique market in Shanghai.

shanghai antique market

antique market in shanghai

Long story short, it’s not great as an antique market, but it’s a great place to get souvenirs if your friends are into this kind of stuff.
Everything is fake. Even that painting cost $5,000 RMB it’s a fake; but check it out anyway, you might find lots of things to take home for friends.

Unfortunately, I didn’t walk away with anything, but that was because luggage space was limited and I just did not have the energy to bargain.
If I did feel like bring things home, I’d probably go for one of these cars. While I wouldn’t say they are very “Chinese”, you are more likely to get a cheaper price here than anywhere else.

shanghai antique market

Or you could try one of these, but then not everyone is into the figurines.

figurings chinese antique market

So, that’s my 5 days loosely documented.

It’s hard for me to describe or recommend Shanghai; I spent my first decade there so there are a lot of things I still remember and love, yet I rarely go back and I hardly recognise some of areas I frequented but have been completely redeveloped.

Although I might not go back for a while, I definitely look forward to the next time I get to have some more mini wontons…

For other inspirations to travelling in China, check out these sites:

Oh Happy Day

This Is Glamorous

Reiss

The Glamourai

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Summer Wedding Outfit

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Spring & summer are usually are popular seasons for weddings in almost anywhere in the world; plus in the southern hemisphere we are about to experience an overwhelming amount of merriness and festivity with the coming of CHRISTMAS, so everyone is in party mode by the middle of October.

So being in late spring and knowing the wedding would be a garden wedding with no cover, I opted for a head to toe cover.

You may or may not know, the sun is really quite harsh and it does loads of damage to your skin. While putting on sun screen is a start, you also need to be really smart about how you cover up. Long sleeve and pants may not be your first choice on a hot sunny day, but it certainly is the most logical. So I decided I need to keep my pants long and the fabric thin, my brims wide and the my body proportion long. So I arrived at this outfit.

Told you you’d see more pretentious posing.

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Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

The Work Pants

Years ago, I’ve established a work look for myself, which derives from pure laziness. Conceptually it’s quite simple, navy suiting with a white shirt. Sounds easy to find? It isn’t.
It’s kinda of like looking for the perfect ‘Little Black Dress’. It takes YEARS.

I have a million ideas about what a perfect work outfit would have to be like; and I have seen thousands of great work outfit, but I always get stuck on the pants. I know what I want out of a jacket, not saying that’s an easy task but I’ve hunted that down already. Pants, however, is more difficult. Thing is, it took me a looooonnnnggg time to find out what my preferred shape for pant is. I always thought wide leg that cover your feet makes you look so much longer and taller. Like this one here:

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But let’s be honest, not all of us are fashion icons and sit front rows at fashion shows; so that means I probably can’t pull this look off as well as Miroslava. On top of that, I wear heels at work, but change to flats for my journey home. You only need to be walking home in the rain with wide leg pants ONCE to know it’s not always convenient and flattering.

How do you decide on something if it’s flattering or not?

Do you ever catch yourself in the reflection from a shop window, and think: ‘Holy sh*t! I look good!’ Then you turn around and look for someone to high5 and validate your new found confidence and realised no one gives?

Well, point of the story is to show that’s usually how I decide how I look in something. Let me make it clear that I don’t usually wear outrageous stuff and prance in front of shop windows just to make a decision on an outfit. I know I really don’t have any scientific references to this, but I think our brain doesn’t immediately register our reflection in the shop window as a true reflection of ourselves, so our immediate reaction to the reflection can be considered as the most genuine reaction.

So what do I want out of my the go-to of work pants? The if I really wanted to I can put a tee on with the pants and go for smart casual pants. To ensure I get absolutely what I want every time, I know I have a few requirements:

1. Must go well with construction boots, flats and heels
2. Can easily match with other shapes or types of clothing
3. Must not be too fitting to allow room for a big lunch
4. Must make legs look longer!!!!!

So this is how my perfect Work Look would look like:

The Work LookStella McCartney Velez Trouser £340.00 {Selfridges & Co}

A tailored jacket that sits JUST above the hip, and tapered pants ending at ankle length. Believe it or not, tapered pants at ankle length suits quite a number of body shapes. I find that it really can go with a variety of tops or shoes. It’s season and weather friendly.

While not everyone (me) has pockets deep enough to purchase those Velez Trousers above, there are so many options out there with similar style. I purchased mine from Zara few summers ago, and to this day I still think it’s my fail safe outfit. No regrets.

If you have never tried these shapes before, I must urge you to try these as soon as possible. It’s something that I’ve recommended to my own mother who is 3 size larger than me, who also would like to elongate her short and round frame.

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1. Slacks $29.95 {H&M}; 2. Stitch Cigarette Trousers £22.00 {Topshop}; 3. Slim Pencil Pant $99.95 {Seed Heritage}
4. Sateen Full Length $99.95 {Witchery}; 5. Dannie Pant $127.90 {J.Crew}; 6. Double Cloth Pant $129.00 {Country Road}

Incredibly Stylish Toddlers

You know, I’ve never really been into kids. I mean, I find them cute if they have chubby cheeks and will possibly entertain them for about 30 seconds and that is about it….However, about 10 minutes ago I found myself ALMOST repinning this RIDICULOUSLY stylish kid onto my Pinterest Board. But I wasn’t repinning it onto my special ‘Kids Fashion’ because I don’t have one of those, but I was so so close to repinning them to MY STYLE board.

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That may not mean much to those who don’t use Pinterest. Essentially what it meant was that I was taking fashion advice from a 5 YEAR OLD!!!

Nay, I wasn’t just taking advice from her, I was LEARNING from her. Of course I knew that there is no wayyyyyyyyyy that kid dressed herself, it’s obviously her stylish mum or dad, but toddlers are not suppose dress that well!!???!!!! I’m thinking their clothes should be stained with chocolate ice cream and saliva, possibly just getting used to wearing shoes….NOT SILVER STUD LOAFERS!!! Of which I would lurrrvvvvv hate to have!

And look at her, she’s got a string as a skinny belt. Ladies, this is what I’m talking about: This 5 year old has proportion down pat.

So I searched ‘Stylish kids’ and to my surprise, apparently I’ve been living under a rock or something. These stylish toddlers have been roaming the earth for quite some time.

I’ve attached some images so you can feel sorry for yourself like I have……

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Ryan Gosling Style: Casual

You might be wondering where on earth are those Gosling style posts that I promised. Well, this is my newly pinned image on my Pinterest board, that is getting ‘some’ attention.

Well, one thing is for sure, not everyone can pull off green checkered suits, but most (almost everyone) can pull off the white tee + grey jeans.

So I say, make this your go-to outfit for, oh I don’t know, every occasion? The hard work has been done for you. It’s been trialed and tested with A+ result. Okay, it might just be Gosling (I mean the guy can wear a garbage bag and women think it’s stylish), but from a totally unbiased point of view, these items should be your ‘must-haves’.

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1. Jeans {Top Man}; 2. Work Boot {Need Supply}; 3. White Tee {Urban Outfitter}; 4. Thin Square Buckle Belt {Zappos}; 5. Ray Ban Eyeglasses {Amazon}; 6. Backpack {ASOS}.

Road Trip Outfit

As part of our road trip we went to this place called Beachport. It’s quite seriously the most beautiful and photographable place I have been to.

It’s a pity it was super windy that day. Luckily I brought just enough to get me through the ridiculous windy weather for mid summer road trip.

Now, I really do think when you pack, you need to pack for all kind of weather. So while am all about comfort and warmth, I don’t want to look like a snowman on a beach. Here is a quick outfit I put together for THE most photographable place in Australia.

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Outfit (Top to bottom, left to right):
1. Stripe Knit {Country Road}; 2. Print Scarf {Cotton On}; 3. Grey Plimsole {Rubi}; 4. Skinny Jeans {Witchery}.

Ryan is THE MAN (Oh and More Ryan Gosling Style)

So for the past few weeks, life has been really hectic. So hectic, I didn’t blog, didn’t read blog, didn’t think about blogs. However, I did keep  myself connected to the world wide web through regular visits to Pinterest.

I haven’t been pinning that much though, but I’ve been getting LOTS and LOTS of updates that tell me this Ryan Gosling Style pic has been repinned then repinned then repinned.

Over 200 times.

I was astonished. While I’ve posted him here, here and here, this was more overwhelming than the last few.

So, thanks Ryan, for the 200 repins! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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1. Shirt {Need Supply}; 2. Jeans {ASOS}; 3. Sunnies {Barneys NY}; 4. Singlet {TopMan}; 5. Watch {Mr. Porter}; 6. Belt {Zappos}; 7. Boot {Endless}.