The Firefly’s Shanghai Diary

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. 🙂

Meridian Massage, anyone? they said that those latex sticks they used to poke me, i mean to massage me, will have spots of different colors depending on my health. I can't remember though what colors i got but it was crazy when she mentioned i got dysmenorrhea and insomnia. woah! that's so real!
Meridian Massage, anyone? they said that those latex sticks they used to poke me, i mean to massage me, will have spots of different colors depending on my health. I can’t remember though what colors i got but it was crazy when she mentioned i got dysmenorrhea and insomnia. woah! that’s so real!

at Yu Yuan garden
at Yu Yuan garden
Julie outside the Sci Tech Museum
Julie outside the Sci Tech Museum
this is like the equivalent of Funan in Singapore. . you can buy techie stuff here for cheaper price. :)
this is like the equivalent of Funan in Singapore. . you can buy techie stuff here for cheaper price. 🙂
glowing Oriental Pearl Tower at night.
glowing Oriental Pearl Tower at night.

the famous Oriental Pearl Tower
the famous Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai World Financial and Jin Mao Towers
Shanghai World Financial and Jin Mao Towers

admiring the beauty of under the ocean at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
admiring the beauty of under the ocean at Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
she's pretty!
she’s pretty!
a glimpse of the area near our official residence in Shanghai - Courtyard Marriott in Pudong
a glimpse of the area near our official residence in Shanghai – Courtyard Marriott in Pudong
shopped at Nanjing Road. i needed to shop for some winter clothing. . it's so bloody cold when i was there!
shopped at Nanjing Road. i needed to shop for some winter clothing. . it’s so bloody cold when i was there!
Sorry for a very bad shot here in the Bund. we're no photograpers! brr. .
Sorry for a very bad shot here in the Bund. we’re no photographers! brr. .

If I’d be given a chance to visit Shanghai again, i will certainly accept that and take better pictures. . hehe. . 🙂


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