Wednesday 31 December 2008
Thursday 25 December 2008
Wednesday 24 December 2008
Tuesday 23 December 2008
An afternoon wandering a maze of old houses converted into little shops. Lots of small cafes, art galleries, jewelry shops, and other knick knacks.
Here I bought this snake necklace which you could wind and create your own design. Ruz and I had a great time trying out the many ways of wearing this snake necklace.
Sunday 21 December 2008
Bargaining/Haggling at the bazaar to about 20-40% of the original price is a must. For example a small table clock for 350 yuan can be bought for 160 yuan. At another shop, the same clock was 160 yuan but can be bought for 90 yuan (~US12). Even then, I wasn’t sure whether I was paying too much.
Saturday 20 December 2008
I also had a foot massage which was good but what was amazing was the traditional pedicure. No pumice stone or the usual nail clipper used. Instead it was a set of surgical-like tools which in expert hands did not hurt or tickle. In fact I did not feel a thing and my feet felt so much lighter after that. I took photos (before and after) but I do not think it would be good to display my feet here.
Friday 19 December 2008
Thursday 18 December 2008
This is a woven beaded rose (1 inch across) which I made and sometimes include in my jewellery pieces. You could use it in one of your projects. Just leave a comment and tell me your favourite colour by 30 December 2008, I will do a draw on 31 December 2008 and list the winner then. Do check back to find out who the winner is.
Wednesday 17 December 2008
MC insisted that we visit a shopping centre with all the designer stores where most locals would shop. I don’t remember the name but it had all the usual stores a shopping mall would have. This was where they had a Swarovski crystal Christmas tree. Most imported goods in Shanghai are more expensive when compared to Singapore.
Monday 15 December 2008
I took this photograph because it reminded me of the DHL advert. They do a lot of transporting this way. Not only do they carry bamboos for scaffolding, they carry boxes of goods and furniture along the streets of Shanghai.
While walking towards Xintiandi one night, we heard this lady singing in French and wondered which live stage the performance was at. It turned out to be a CD vendor on a motorbike, blasting the music on this old custom-assembled speaker. The sound system was just amazing. I had to stop and buy one cd, okay I bought 2.
Check out the Christmas tree outside Simply Life where I got some cute magnets of local Chinese paintings. They also had these beautiful bone china ceramics by a Beijing-based artist. Lots of beautiful stuff there.
Saturday 13 December 2008
Pasta at the Italian restaurant by a Japanese chef. This restaurant was set in an old stone and wood building and all the furniture and table lamps inside look like they were collected from flea markets. Very good ambience.
Beautiful setting for teppanyaki and an even more beautiful ladies powder room.