It was my first time to travel outside Philippines and the first city I’ve been to is Shanghai,
where not everyone speaks English. I was kinda like playing charades every time I talk to people asking for directions or just checking out on something. I had a map of the city, and still had no idea where the heck I was. Damn I’m so bad in directions. haha. . The only Mandarin (or Shanghainese) phrases I know are “Xie xie” which means “thank you” (a very necessary sentence wherever you are) and “tim bu dong” which means “I don’t understand”. So every time somebody talks to me, I only had one repetitive answer – “tim bu dong, xie xie.”
And oh, i came here without any know-how on eating with chopsticks! Poor me, felt like i was in involuntary hunger-strike when I’m in the office where no spoon and fork available at the cafeteria. haha. . I still tried my best though until i finally got used to it.
Julie, and I wandered in the city for 2 long months. Every weekend we go out and explored Shanghai and surprise ourselves of what the city has to offer. We went to the Science and Technology Museum, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Yu Yuan Garden, the Bund, Xintiandi, Nanjing road, and many more. 🙂
If I’d be given a chance to visit Shanghai again, i will certainly accept that and take better pictures. . hehe. . 🙂