If you are staying somewhere for a while it is getting normal. I remember the first day I arrived in Shanghai. Whoa…so many people, different people, different manners, different behaviors. Most of the foreigners go through a little culture shock once they arrive. I had that feel also for a short while. But now I getting more familiar with the Shanghai area and Shanghai life. Of course it is impossible to say something clear about it, because I am still fresh blood in the city.
Everyday I take the subway to school. First time during rush hour was an experience, my eyes almost popped out of my head. Although I just have to travel two stops, people try to push themselves IN the train, in the meantime people were trying to get OUT of the train. Queuing? Waiting patiently? Never heard of it. Safe yourself! Red lights before a crossing doesn’t mean a thing. Cars, motorcycles and pedestrians are tend not to cross, but here no one cares. Rules seems to be made to be broken. However it is quite organized, people will not get stressed or upset easily. Nowadays, I manage myself to squeeze in the subway, walking through the busy streets, or sitting in a taxi with crazy driving skills, I do not look up anymore. Seems to be I am getting one of them..one soul out of the 25 million.
From Shanghai with love
Well, it has been a while since you have heard from me. I have been in Shanghai for more then two weeks now. First things was to settle down and to adapt to this amazing SHG life! Let start from the beginning. I am glad I know some people in this city to support me the first few days. A friend picked me from the airport, I could stay at another friend the first days and luckily a friend of the friend helped me to get an apartment. And now I live in the middle of the heart of Shanghai on the top floor among all the fancy office buildings and luxurious high end shops near NanJing Road in Jing’An area. My main concern regarding housing was solved within a day, it couldn’t be better. And now I started my biggest challenge, learning Mandarin. Hell yeah, not the easiest language to learn. I thought with my Cantonese background and knowledge of traditional characters it would be okay to improve, at least it helped me to skip the beginner/intermediate classes. Also in daily life it is not easy to communicate with the locals. Still have to practice a lot with my pronunciation of words (with only one slight switch of a tone you can already call your mother a horse :S ) However I have just decided to add on extra private classes to my schedule, besides my full time course. Hopefully this will improve my Mandarin in a short time period.
You must also be wondering what else I have been up to besides going to school. What a brilliant student is supposed to do..study hard, work hard and play hard. So far Shanghai is treating me well. Have done quite many things, but it also feels I did not see much of the city. Because there are so many things to discover here! I promiss next time I will post photos. <3 from SHG
Happy new year everyone! Yes we are still celebrating Chinese new year. Many people are still congratulating relatives a prosperous year of the snake. During the new year celebrations the traditions comes across, lots of offering for the ancestors and congratulating everyone a healthy wealthy and good new year. Life here is about food food and food. The first days of the new year all family comes together to have dinner. And there is time to receive red pockets with money for luck, only for the kids and the ones who aren’t married yet, and I belong to both groups Especially if you can imagine how big our family is! This is so much fun in our Tang village. I love being here. Check out the Tang crowd in the family pic, can you find me?
Little brother Josh and I patiently waiting for red pockets
Another day I went to Ocean Park with my favorite cousins, the biggest theme park in HK. Worth the visit, better than the HK Disney Land I went two years ago. I am so happy and excited because I saw real panda’s!!!! Meeting panda’s was one of my main objectives to do during my China trip. Unfortunately I haven’t touched them, but hey I can already tick this action from my to-do list now.
Some other silly highlights to mention. Surprising to realize what the odds are for these events. I have seen a big HK celebrity Eason Chan having midnight supper at 2am, he was sitting next to me. He asked me to take picture with him, but I kindly refused and said no. So sorry groupies, no photo as evidence. The Mark 6 (the lottery) was also with me, yes I received some pocket money, the prize money was not too bad, but maybe it is a sign of something big is coming up. Maybe I am too superstitious or maybe it was just luck, but my new year is starting well so far.
Well I really enjoy my time in HK. My foot prints are familiar here and this has always felt like a second home. I can do whatever I want and receive the warm feel from the family. Every day I wake up in luxury and have to think what to have for breakfast/lunch/high tea/dinner/midnight snack And I haven’t talked about the variety of shopping yet..
Stay tuned, next post will come from SH.
After some stressful days with packing, organizing my stuff, say goodbye to family and friends it is about time to let go. Pinch me in my arm, I am not dreaming, it really starts now! It is time to sit back and relax high up in the clouds. Open my eyes once I arrive at my first destination, Hong Kong!
Click on the link for my current mood: “We like Hong Kong, That’s the place for you”
Bye bye for now, take care, hope to see you on the digital cloud world or some of you somewhere on this globe. Stay in touch my dear friends, really gonna miss you. The good part of this journey is that I will come back, hopefully with some good stories to share. Working on that
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Almost closing down a past chapter which resides only in my memories. There is a new start peeking around the corner. It’s about time to point myself to something new. Do you have your resolutions ready? Mine is to take the challenge to follow my road to happiness. Usually my new year resolutions won’t last long, but this year is different. I have the strong feeling that it can only be bigger, better, greater! I keep that in mind for every decision I will face. You should too Always look on the bright side of a brand new year! Wishing everyone a prosperous, healthy and fabulous new year!
Hello 2013, hello world!
Take the challenge.
Avoid the risks.
Play the game.
Enjoy the moment.
Do not look back.
Start all over.