At past seven, I was awakened by a phonecall and immediately, I know it's my mother at the other line. I guess she didn't sleep well last night since her two children are two rooms away from her, paranoid again haha. Anyway, I jumped from my bed and checked the weather. Outside it was all gloomy and the locals are wearing their thick jackets. Suddenly the thought of getting exposed on a six degree temperature send shivers since I'm not accustomed to such kind of weather Add to that, my "winter clothes" is not that durable enough to withstand such coldness. Bahala na nga, I said and prepared myself.
After almost an hour, we went down to take our breakfast at the hotel. Half of the people who were taking their breakfast are in their formal suits so I assume they are there on a convention. We chose the table near the window and waited for my brother and father to get their food first.After a few minutes, they went back to our table and we took it as a cue (me and mommy) to get our food. To my surprise, there's a "scarcity of resources" in their buffet lol Anyhow, we just contented ourselves with whatever food that was left. Bawi na lang sa lunch, mommy said as a consolation.
Our tour guide Joyce arrived before 9:30 and so we're good to go for our tour that day. The moment we stepped out of the hotel, it was really really really cold that we all hurriedly boarded the van.
|Gloomy Sunday morning|
|Quite unhappy with the breakfast hihi|
And so Shanghai Day 1 officially begins. First destination: Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
|The TV Tower during daytime|
|Going up,up,up: waiting for the "ride"|
Here are some top view shots:
|Shanghai's Wall Street aka The Bund|
|View from the revolving tea house|
|People or ants?|
|Shanghai's TOWERing prides|
|Going round in circle|
|Enjoying the view|
|Giant bottle opener and Empire State Building in Shanghai?|
|Travel back in time: Shanghai History Museum marker|
|Morning at the Museum: Cricket playing|
|Morning at the Museum: Opium House|
|Morning at the Museum: Turning Chinese|
|Morning at the Museum:|
|Morning at the Museum: Parlor scene hehe|
|Wedding sedan chair|
|Scale model of The Bund at night|
|Authentic Shanghai silk|
|Giving their respects to the dead|
|Buddha bless us :one of the buddhas in the temple|
|Replica of the reclining buddha|
Next in our list was the Nanjing Road or Shanghai's shopping haven. Measuring 3.4 mile long, you can find designer clothing shops such as Zara, Mont Blanc and Tiffany, fastfoods chains like Yoshinoya, KFC, and Mc Donald's, and shopping malls where local products are sold. Before leaving us, Joyce reminded us that local products are la lot cheaper than designer clothes---of course, that's a give-away tip hehe.We ended up buying thick jackets since it's the most practical thing to buy that time. Nanjing Road is far from the "shopping mecca" in Hongkong and Bangkok. While I can compare HK and BKK bazaars to our very own 168 mall and divi, Nanjing Road is similar to that of Greenhills and Market! Market! Anyway,we didn't explore the whole road since it's cold (how many times did I mention cold in this entry alone?haha) and besides Joyce's not with us so we decided to just sit on one of the benches to rest. As agreed upon, Joyce met us at 5:30 for the grand finale.
|Lovers in Nanjing Road|
|In the middle of Nanjing Road|
|The girl with a bangs at The Bund ;p|
It was such a tiring yet memorable day for us.
|Night shot of The Bund|
|Shanghai at night|
|Beauty isn't it?|
|Family picture is a must!haha|