december part ii
two posts in a row? you didn’t see this coming did you
yep neither did i
okay anyway arrived in shanghai on the morning of 19th, dropped off majority of our luggage at home, and took the bullet train straight away to wenling where we settled into the uncle’s house and had our usual steamboat dinner (the wine was SO GOOD). also realised we had wifi there so that was great. most of our days were just spent having meals with the very huge extended family and getting stuffed by them because we are apparently too skinny ._. got to spend two nights with the cousin at the arcade (plus very long history lessons LOL) & we won so much stuff the first night! (ice cream and jelly and drinks and more haha)
guess how many tries my bro took to get this for me :D
this thing is too damn cute.
we also went to pick pomelos and giant oranges and tried to fish but it was too cold to fish so no go
spent a night in shanghai before flying off to beijing where it was freezing omg we went from 12 degrees in wenling to 6 degrees in shanghai to -9 degrees in beijing (in celcius) aaaaand i basically froze over.
stayed at this hotel called redwall hotel right beside the palace museum and let me just warn you guys that if you ever stay there, do not sign up for tours/shows/performances introduced by the staff there because they will bloody rip you off for being foreigners. just rent a cab/car/minivan for the day so that you can go wherever you want and won’t have to stay in shops for 3 hours (it’s apparently stipulated as part of the tour) (the shops basically scam you of money with goods worth a tenth of their price). i quote the tour guide “oh you were charged so high? i’m so sorry, they must have mistaken you for foreigners” way to go buddy! so yea.
anyway beijing; the scenery at the great wall’s really gorgeous! so many singaporeans that day on there haha heard a mom going after her son “eh tie your shoelaces first!! loose already!!” but the son was like 10 steps ahead of her and long gone already heh.
also went on the ice on the lake at the something something garden woohoo
apparently all my other pics are too large to be upload hmph. but this is still mega cool!!
helped translate directions to tourists i feel like such a nice person (which i’m not) (ahahahaha)
had a dinner with dad’s uni classmates who are working in beijing right now and it was fun hahaha they were recounting funny moments in school and arguing which canteen foods were better etc. and of all the three girls i kenna the worst qn sigh (are you attached) (like whut) (no) and i accidentally used dialect in front of them cos i forgot we were at beijing not shanghai oops.
last dinner in beijing was in this place called quan ju de which is supposedly famous for its roast duck (i mean everyone’s heard of peking’s roast duck right) but it was mehhh haha i think our south-eastern china taste is quite different from northern china taste sigh.
and that dinner was also when it started going downhill like why can’t we just spend two weeks in peace. two weeks. in the restaurant. in the hotel lobby. in our rooms. on the flight back to shanghai. back at shanghai. it was like a continuous string of background noise that i tried very hard to dampen but failed spectacularly.
and you have the nerve to tell me on the phone that i was ‘adding oil to the fire’ like fuck you this was supposed to be your job. you were supposed to be the peacemaker and guess what, the peacemaker decided to turn into a third party so now i have to sort out this mess that you left behind, and you have the nerve to happily add to the mess while blaming me for it. are you fucking done.
why must the children bear the consequences of mistakes their parents/ grandparents made 22 years ago
had very spicy korean rice cake + kimchi in shanghai at food republic under carrefour! also found a secret recipe outlet there where chocolate banana cake goes for 5sgd a slice so we got two :) the pizza/spaghetti place was good too like the food was decent and extremely cheap but i felt like slapping the waitress haha welp. last meal in shanghai was at the eatery across the street as per tradition again!
look what else we got HAHA
okay story. cos nook’s old toy (the exact one we got at the arcade at wenling) is too old and has retired, this one is gonna be replacing it so i had to get another one for myself right?? and we happened to walk past this roadside store while otw to dinner one night and saw this so i just bought it :> anyway the bigger size suits me better cos it’s the same size as my bolster HAHA. and meanwhile before i said goodbye to husky i’ll just have to take more selfies with it :))
because it’s TOO GORGEOUS
and also because i was photogenic for like five minutes yesterday so just let me have my fun okay
(i don’t even know why like i hadn’t bathed since beijing. that was like CHRISTMAS)
okay okay i’m done HAHA
sunrise on the way to pudong intl airport
managed to squeeze husky into my luggage cos the bro didn’t want to carry either one in public hahahaha
really really relieved to be back
first meal back here was black carrot cake and chawanmushi hahaha it’s such a weird combination but it was good (i miss having airport food three days in a row)
counted and realised that i took a grand total of 14 flights last year (2013) haha #record
first night here was so uncomfortable urgh stop acting like a weakling you fucking troublemaker
guess i should grab some sleep now hmm kinda excited for dinner later with zyn and hc!! (guess who’s lightbulbing LOL moi) also excited for lunch tmr and all the outings the week after hAha i actually sound like i have a social life (iDonut)
it’s also time to start mugging for uni oh no (i will start next week!!) (promise!!)
3 Jan 2014