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So we went to Shanghai… XD

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Well, it has been a while since I posted anything on this blog! Haha. XD And because it’s rainy, I felt like going down on a trip to memory lane, and posting our Shanghai trip last 2014. Rae booked these tickets on whim. Well, that, and because it was only $160-ish(!!!) for the two of us, round trip. Awesome right ? 😀 But wait, there’s more! Our hotel in Shanghai was only less than $120 for 4 nights! So cheap! 😀 And the food? Well, we got big bowls of food (you will see pictures later XD) for only about a dollar each! Transportation? It’s very easy to get around! Well, in terms of trains. Buses, unless you read Chinese, won’t really help you. Language barrier? We managed. XD

Our trips abroad usually don’t involve a fixed itinerary. Rae just researches on places she wants to visit while we’re in a particular country, and then we go to them. XD We hate guided tours, because it means that we have to rush from one destination to another. XD Speaking of, our particular favorite in Shanghai was The Bund. The view is nice, and it helped that it was cold! 😀 We kept going back to it while in Shanghai. Yes, on this particular trip, we appreciated the cold weather very much, as it gave us the opportunity to wear clothes we usually can’t wear in the warm weather of the Philippines.

As a photographer, I also learned on this trip that it was better to just have one camera on hand, or decide to have one camera on hand. I had two options: my Nikon D90, and my Samsung Note II. It kept confusing me which one to use, since my Note II was more accessible, but my Nikon had better image quality. The photos you will see here are a mix of both. If you can tell which photo came from which, you get a really awesome no-prize! Haha. XD

Anyway, you will see here random photos of our five day trip there. I didn’t manage to catch everything on camera, like these stories:

-Our taxi driver drove with a speed of 200kmh on the way to our hotel. Yes, you read that right.
-In one day, we saw three different people in three different locations barf.
-Money changing there involves taxes or commissions (I forgot which one), so better exchange your money wherever country you came from.
-Old people in parks were ballroom dancing at night.

Each photo (well most of them anyway XD) have captions. So… enjoy browsing through this entry! 😀

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Shanghai airport ceiling. So pretty. XD

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This was a very big bowl. And it only cost us Php70.00. So cheap and so good! @_@

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This one too!

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My wife against the orange wall of our hotel. She came really prepared. XD

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Outdoors this time!

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Example of the vehicles at Shanghai. Yay. XD Best way to get around there is via train. You won’t be able to understand bus schedules because they’re all in Chinese. ^^

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Samsung building. Took a picture just because. XD

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Kobe. Even in China he’s popular. XD

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Shanghai map. Because you can’t navigate this place without maps. XD And the wife likes maps. XD

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Anywhere we go, we’re STILL going to look for Starbucks.

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See? Starbucks! :D

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We saw this while wandering around. It’s like… Japaaan. XD

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Taken with my Samsung Note 2, processed with VSCO Cam App. It’s wider. Quality still sucks compared to my D90 though. ^^

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I’m blurred. Just the way I like my face in photos. XD

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Love ’em trees.

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Yay, ’cause it’s cold weather, we got to wear boots for the whole duration of our stay. :D

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On the way to Yu Yuan Gardens.

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Love how they put KFC in this old structure too. Haha. XD

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The place of the famous Xia Long Bao! The line was very long… so we’ll try next time when we get back. XD

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Ducks!

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Takoyaki! So yummy. And hey we were really hungry. XD

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My new coat. For less than 900 pesos. Yeah! Obligatory photo. Hahaha. XD

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shanghai china quirky man project noel salazar rae venturanza salazar the bund xintiandi starbucks yu yuan gardens takoyaki subway travel

The wife with her obligatory picture because she got a nice orange coat. XD

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Because the pillars are cool. XD

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The Oriental Pearl tower taken by my Note 2. XD

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Same, taken with my D90. Damn it, I wish I had a wider lens. @_@

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Yay night shots. XD At the Bund!

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City view. Black and white via the Note 2. XD Contrast sucks.

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Taken with the D90. Tighter view.

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Floral wall!

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The Chairman.

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Night shot. Who says we can’t shoot with no light? XD

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People at The Bund

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The view at The Bund!

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Wider. XD

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Selfie at night XD

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Don’t know where this is. Haha. XD

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I have no idea what this is. It’s just cool. We saw this near the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. XD I think this was near the Century Park? Not the hotel.

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Different perspective. XD Taken with the Note.

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The Museum. Cool. XD

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Closer version.

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EVEN CLOSER version. XD

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Random kite.

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One of the exhibits at the museum. Haha. Dinosaurs!

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Fake bear. Almost real. XD

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This robot solves Rubik’s Cubes. Yay. XD In any combination.

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We were happy at first when we saw Awfully Chocolate was in Shanghai… but then we got sad because it didn’t taste all that good. :(

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Breakfast for another day… I was looking for noodles and I got spaghetti with soup. Haha. XD

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Can’t leave Shanghai without visiting Ikea. XD

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Random street. Yay. XD

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Rare selfie. Haha. XD

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Even dogs were wearing sweaters ’cause it’s cold.. . and he be like, what you looking at???

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Because the background is cool. XD

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Take 2 XD

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The wife at Xintiandi, different outfit. XD

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Shanghai sunset

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nice contraption for the cycle

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Buzz Lightyear in the house!

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Another way of viewing the sunset XD

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Ooooh, in your face Starbucks XD

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Dream car!

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Random bystander XD

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Not-so-random hehe XD

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Cute hehe XD

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Yep, back at Starbucks. XD

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shanghai china quirky man project noel salazar rae venturanza salazar the bund xintiandi starbucks yu yuan gardens takoyaki subway travel

Sad because we’re headed back to the airport and leaving Shanghai :(

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Traveller yay XD

To more travels! And more posts! 🙂

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