Thursday, October 23, 2014

♡Throwback Thursday♡ CHINA Part 4: Walking Around & Shopping!

Hi everyone! One of my favorite things about visiting Shanghai is going to the large shopping malls and visiting streets with rows of small shops and cafes lining the sides. There's just so much cute stuff to see, even if I don't end up buying anything. 
We went to a poop & bathroom themed cafe. Yes, that's right. Like the teddy bear cafe in my second Throwback Thursday post, this entire cafe was covered in bathroom decorations. There was a huge toilet (obviously fake) dangling from the ceiling. Their drinks were served in little toilet mugs.  Their desserts and ice cream was served in little toilet serving dishes. We sat on plush toilet seats. Even though the desserts weren't all that special, it was such a cute experience to be in that cafe.
And that is all for all my Throwback Thursday posts on my China trip during the holiday break 2013-2014. I will look back into past travel photos I've taken and if there are any worth sharing, I will be sure to do more Throwback Thursday posts. As for now, talk to you all in my next post.
~Catherine

Thursday, October 16, 2014

♡Throwback Thursday♡ CHINA Part 3: Shanghai World Financial Center!

Hi,
It's Thursday, woo hoo(: Throwback Thursday time! This post will be about my visit to the Shanghai World Financial Center. As an introduction, this EXTREMELY tall building (101 floors) has three observation decks. This first one is the 94th floor of the tower, the second is the 97th floor, and the third (where we spent most time) is the 100th floor. The 100th floor observation deck had a completely see through glass floor, so one can see all the cars and people below on the street. This was my second time going into this tower. Here are just some pictures that I took while I was there:
While I would not like to go again (because the height is way to high for me and I was basically holding onto hand railings the whole time), the Shanghai World Financial Center is worth visiting if you like scenery and photography.
~Catherine

Thursday, October 9, 2014

♡Throwback Thursday♡ CHINA Part 2: Food!

Hello everyone and welcome to the second post in my "Throwback Thursday" China series! If you want a short introduction to "Throwback Thursday", click here to read my first post.
This was the ninth time I've been to China and one of my ULTIMATE favorite things about visiting is the DELICIOUS food. I'm such a foodie, so constantly being surrounded by restaurants and cafes is so tempting. And of course, I gave in...many times(:
The first two pictures on the top are from a cream puff store called Beard Papa's, which are located all over the world including the United States. I, however, have never tried a professionally fresh made cream puff before, so I decided to buy one in Shanghai. I bought a classic vanilla puff, which was light and airy. I probably wouldn't ever buy this flavor again because it wasn't satisfying enough for my sweet tooth.

The center picture in the left column is a picture of takoyaki, a ball-shaped Japanese savory snack made of a flour batter with diced octopus,onion, and other seafood. The takoyaki is covered in a brown sauce (I don't know what it is), mayonnaise (which adds a tang), and seaweed powder. Because it's hard to find freshly made takoyaki in the U.S., I took advantage of this stand on the side of the street and had this delicious food two times during my trip. I love the texture, the strong flavor, and the "filling" feeling I get after I eat it. 

The third picture in the left column is chow mein (fried noodles), one of my absolute favorite Chinese food. It's especially authentically delicious in China where it originated.
And lastly, the bottle of red bean milk tea was really refreshing and really yummy.

I went to a dessert cafe w/ really specialized delicacies. Basically all the desserts included ice cream, fruit, fruit syrup/sauce, and some sort of a sweet jelly (top pictures), red bean (bottom left), and aloe seeds (bottom right).They tasted really unique and were very enjoyable to devour.

This teddy bear cafe was decked out in all things bear. The food had paw prints, the chairs were bear shaped, and there were bear decorations all over the building. It was so cute to just sit in there and look around.
That is all for this post and I will see you in the next post!
~Catherine

Thursday, October 2, 2014

♡Throwback Thursday♡ CHINA Part 1: Shanghai Skyline & Huangpu River!

Hello everyone and welcome to a new series of posts that I'm going to be doing called "Throwback Thursday"! Every week, I will be post pictures and stories from my travels. I think this series is going to be really fun because I get the chance to look through old photos and relive some of my memories.
This first post is going to be about  a recent trip that I took to Shanghai, China during my holiday break 2013-2014. I will be splitting this trip into three parts because I don't want to post too many pictures at once and overcrowd your computer screens:P Enjoy!

This is a picture of the famous Oriental Pearl TV Tower. I've never actually been inside the building, but I have walked by it many times on the street.  These scenic photos in particular were taken across the Huangpu River, which is the largest river in Shanghai. You can take a ferry boat to go across from the main (older) city of Shanghai (one side of the river) to Pudong (the side w/ higher & newer towers) or vice versa.
We have actually taken a night cruise along the Huangpu River to see and take beautiful photos, but we did not take one on the past trip to Shanghai.
Whether the day is gloomy or clear, Shanghai's skyline is something that should be experienced by everyone that decides to travel to the city. I love the feeling of being in a city, surrounded by crowds of people, and I cannot wait to go back.
~Catherine