World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China: better-late-than-never post

In 2010, I was chosen to be part of a new project in our company. I was sent to Shanghai to train and study the project. That trip was my first ever out-of-country flight – i was frightened like a child left alone in a mall. Haha. . Good thing I had a company there which started a new friendship. 🙂

I was delighted when I knew that the timing of my training coincided with the World Expo. 🙂

World Expo is a tradition of international fairs where each country showcases anything that would represent their country. A huge crowd visited the almost-half-a-year long event; too huge that we have to queue for a very long time – more than an hour – for each of the fair’s sections. We weren’t able to see what’s inside of most of the pavilions so we just took pictures outside of each. The architectural designs of the establishments were too amazing though that even without seeing a thing inside, i must say the admission fee was still worth it.

That moment when I saw those unique architecture per country, the traveler inside of me was awakened and I guess this was the start of me being addicted to wandering. It changed my perception of what travelling is all about – it’s not about shopping, checking in on a 5-star hotel and all the fancy stuff in that country but appreciating the difference and uniqueness of culture and people of one country to another.

Here are some of the pictures i took. thanks to my company, Julie, for being crazy with me that time. . 🙂 And again, better post this late than never. . haha. .

Hi Julie. Hi World Expo 2010 emblem. . :)
Hi Julie. Hi World Expo 2010 emblem. . 🙂
Welcome to Philippine pavilion. They said that the hands on the facade of the pavilion glows at night. kinda to tired to wait for it though. and oh, we got VIP pass when we showed our Philippine passports, no need to queue. :)
Welcome to Philippine pavilion. They said that the hands on the facade of the pavilion glows at night. kinda too tired to wait for it though. and oh, we got VIP pass when we showed our Philippine passports, no need to queue. 🙂

if you wanna go inside the pavilion, you have to queue for 6 hours. that's crazy!!
if you wanna go inside the pavilion, you have to queue for 6 hours. that’s crazy!!

giddy up giddy up!
giddy up giddy up!

the largest pavilion of all, i think - China.
one of the most attractive pavilions – China.
i can't remember which country was this pavilion from, but it was really really nice!
i can’t remember which country was this pavilion from, but it looks really really nice!

the pavilion itself shows how rich a country is - right, UAE? that golden pavilion is just eye-catching! beautiful.
the pavilion itself shows how rich a country is – right, UAE? hihi. . that gold thing is just eye-catching! beautiful.

The World Expo visit was indeed an exhausting one (the pictures can tell) but what my eyes saw cannot be rated as so-so, everything were wonderful and stunning. Thanks Julie for coming with me and diving unto the ocean of people. . haha! I wonder when and where can I ever visit another World Expo.


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