Shanghai for is a renowned international metropolis drawing attention from all over the world. Situated on the tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in China. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. From the hotel in Jing An, I used Uber to travel to the Bund. The journey time was 15 minutes and cost me 20 Chinese Yuan (Approximately 150 pesos). Uber also works in China! However, the Uber app in China is in Chinese NOT English (with no option to switch to English – either that or I was not technologically savvy enough to figure it out). Good thing the hotel staff helped me navigate the app and TADA! I arrived in the BUND.
I decided to explore the area. The architecture of the buildings and structures are remarkably European in style and very picturesque. I did not expect this sort of architecture in Asia – I had seen glimpses of this in Hong Kong (the judicial courts and government buildings), but this concentration of colonial buildings surprised me. I should have realized this was to be expected of Shanghai as the British and French occupied this part of the city for almost a hundred years up until the Second World War.
On my way back to the hotel, I was about to try my luck again with an Uber. Yet again, I was super confused with the Chinese characters so I decided to search for a taxi stand and line up to wait for traditional taxi. When it was my turn and I got into the taxi, I informed the driver to take me to the Jing An Shangri-La hotel where I was staying. Not knowing a single word of Chinese, communication between the taxi driver and I was not easy. I showed him my Shangri-La key card and even spoke in English very slowly. However, he just looked at it and had a very confused look to his face – he almost looked constipated. Then to my surprise, he asked me to leave his taxi. I felt rejected but at the same time, I completely understood. During my second attempt to get a taxi, I again tried to explain where I was going but the same thing happened. I almost expect the second taxi driver to ask me to leave but then a brainwave came to me – I decided to search for Jing An Shangri-La in Yahoo (since there's no Google in China, more about that later). I found the address in Chinese characters and showed it to him! Yay! We were on our way home. Sigh! Thank god, I was so relieved and whilst inside the taxi, I was constantly looking outside to see if there were any familiar places to make sure we were on the right track. The taxi driver charged me 50 Chinese Yuan, approximately P450 pesos.
In Shanghai, Uber is way cheaper compared to taxis.
I spent three days two night at the Jing An Shangri-La, located in the Jing An Business District, one of Shanghai’s most prestigious and fashionable business and commercial districts. It is a 45-minute drive from Pudong International Airport. The hotel has amazing rooms with great amenities. Very luxurious. Food and restaurants are of an excellent quality. I would highly recommend the TSURU Restaurant. It is on the second floor of the hotel and features classic Japanese Kaiseki cuisine. Sashimi there is very fresh (as fresh as Yakumi at Solaire Manila) although somewhat pricey.
The Room is simple and elegant. Its interior design suits the needs of the modern traveler and provides stunning views of the city – I was on the 57th floor!
The bathroom floor ostensibly appeared like an ordinary marble bathroom but I was about to be shocked… The marble floor was heated!!! I am so amazed. Hahaha (first time to experience this kind of hotel feature) hahaha also the bathroom mirror has a built-in LED clock and 15-inch LCD television, so perfect if you want to take a tub bath while watching your favorite shows.
Three days of no Facebook Instagram and Snapchat. (Banned in China). How can one live without these apps/sites nowadays!! I found myself in a major crisis. lol just kidding I kept myself busy by swimming and working out at the gym. It gave me time to discover and love myself more. Because these days, people are so addicted to social media and other technology gadgets that they forget to see what matters most in life and to just enjoy life and what's given to us.
Steps away from the hotel is the Jing An Temple and the famous Nanjing Road shopping. Roaming around the area with a little bit of knowledge about the Chinese language is helpful (simple phrases like Ni hao, pangyao and xiexie) plus of course my app translator or sign language perhaps. Hahaha
I also went to the department store and had so much fun inside.
Until my next adventure blog!! ❤
My journey of wellness. I'm happy to share my experience at The farm located at 119 Barangay Tipakan, 4217 Lipa City Batangas, Philippines - where nature, science combine to rejuvenate. When I arrived, they served me with some fresh buko juice as a welcome drink. With the summer's heat, it was such a refreshing treat while the receptionist gave me the schedules of the daily activities that I could do throughout the day - attend a yoga class, learn flower arrangements and a lot more.
The spa is a must visit for those who want to have a relaxing treatment. You can definitely feel the luxuries and wellness. Now, let's talk about their food. They serve all organic vegan cuisine. It was my first time to try this ever in my life. The food tasted good considering I'm a girl who doesn't love eating vegetables. Service was good as experienced with how they serve it and how they present the menu.
If you are watching your diet, calories are indicated in the menu. So this is very helpful. Having this nice meal make me consider practicing eating more vegetables. Welcome to a healthier me. Since I'm not a vegan, it will surely be a challenge to live a healthier lifestyle. I will surely miss meat and junk food - especially my love of chocolates and Doritos. Haha
Waterfall Pool,Peace out, Enjoy life and Live the Adventure 💗
Have you heard about Hidden Valley Springs? It is just an hour and a half drive from Manila. Hidden Valley Springs is a tropical rainforest paradise, a private resort in Laguna. Secreted between Mt. Makiling and Mt. Banahaw, it is a few kilometers off the highway of Batangas.
I went there for a day but you can very well stay there overnight. A day tour package includes buffet lunch, merienda and use of all thefacilities at P2000. They serve filipino food that is fitting the scenery.
If you love nature, I’m sure you will like it here as much as I do. It provides a quiet, relaxing place that is well maintained.
But first let me take a selfie :P
Hidden Valley Springs offer a warm pool, soda pool, lovers’ pool and hidden falls. Ahhh, it gave me a hard time to choose which one I wanted first. The first one? Of course the easy choice is the hidden falls. If you want to see it, it would take you 15-20 minutes of trekking going to the falls and along the way you will see the beautiful flowers and century old trees - very inspiring scenery, so beautiful. After visiting the hidden falls on the way down, you’ll come across the lovers’ pool. Be careful and look for the sign going there because you will easily pass by it. It's a secluded area, a dream come true for honeymooners.
The soda pool is comparable to the viki and fuji water in Japan. It’s from twin springs that give you a choice between cool and warm water. But
since it’s together, you can easily hop into another pool. The most amazing part was you can see small bubbles and for some reason your skin
will feel lighter. It is a place definitely worth visiting.
The water is composed of pure mineral water that is said to be rejuvenating. Experiencing nature and waterfalls is one for the books.💗
It took me a while to find the place (thank God there’s Waze! 45 minutes from Manila) but I finally made it to the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City! Visiting this place has always been at the back of my mind, and I finally found the time to go.
I’m fascinated by Modern, Contemporary, and Abstract pieces, so I really soaked it in at every gallery. There weren’t a lot of people when I dropped by so I took my time and appreciated every painting inside the 1.2 hectare museum.
It’s pretty awesome to have places like the Pinto Art Museum just so we have alternative places to chill and relax. There’s a different kind of fulfilment when you actually go and appreciate art inside a museum.
But the biggest takeaway during my trip? It’s the reminder to stop, appreciate, and experience. There is art, there is beauty everywhere. In a world where almost everything is fast-paced and instant, it pays to have a place like the Pinto Art Museum to remind you to slow down and enjoy the ride, instead of being too focused on your destination.
Hugs and Kisses.Until next time 💗