Archive for October, 2012

China! – Part 3: Shanghai

I actually visited the Handan town, hometown of Kev, after Beijing. The visit was more for Kev to spend time with his family and Handan is not a touristy place and hence nothing much to blog about.


My obsessive-compulsive-ness about engineering: I was paying extra attention to the guideway of Maglev! Haha.


生煎!Kev’s observation: People from Northern China like to eat rice, bread, more meat and less vegetables. Therefore generally, they are more built in size. On the other hand, the main diet for people from Southern China consists of noodles, more vegetables and soups.  Therefore majority of them are smaller in size relatively. He also stated that Southern China is cleaner in general and the food here is very delicate in size and needing more effort in preparing it.

Good community interaction: dancing class on every evening.

The source of live music in the City God Temple.

I can’t describe this sightseeing tunnel aptly… some of the lighting effects were so ugly that they were also pretty at certain glances :p

I like this pedestrian bridge with circular layout!


I don’t know why this scene is very nostalgic to me… maybe because I always saw this in movies/series.

A sight of home in the midst of hustle and bustle of Shanghai!

The instruction said “please do not open your umbrella in this area”, but still… Being on the upper deck of the hop-on-hop-off during a scorching day was the culprit of my deep tan!

We just chilled at a nice café overlooking the Bund to rest our weary legs after walking around for the whole day.

And we just sat at the café until the night fell. Adorned by the lightings, the Bund is quite a view at night.

The museum and former residence of Sun Yat-sen is the only place in Shanghai which stirred a torrent of emotion in me. I was actually having tears in my eyes reading and listening to the stories of Sun.

Part 1: Tianjin | Part 2: Beijing | Part 4: Hangzhou | Part 5: The food! (a) (b)|


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Inside the glass bottle…

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Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

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The time keeper by Mitch Albom

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The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

Inferno by Dan Brown

For one more day by Mitch Albom

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Fresh Start by John Chapman

Inspiring quotes!

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? (God in "Evan Almighthy")
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Aggie: "But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?" Norman Babcock: "Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere." - Paranorman
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” by Walter Hagen
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, body totally worn out and screaming "WOOOHOOOO what a ride!" - by anonymous
When you travel, it’s not like you take a part of each place away with you; rather, it’s as if you leave a part of yourself there, like a part of you forever belongs to that place – the time, the people, and the things you saw; and over time, it gets burned deeper into your soul - by anonymous