Our Shanghai trip last year was a bit of an impromptu plan.
It was on a Saturday morning when my husband suddenly woke me up excitedly asking, “Jom pergi Shanghai nak?!”.
I thought I was dreaming. Shanghai?
He then told me that he got selected to attend Apple conference in Shanghai that he applied a few months before. Apparently, only selected Apple developers could attend the conference and he had been trying to get a spot since a couple of years ago. And then I also found out that they (the developers) could actually apply to attend the conference in either New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo or Shanghai! When I heard that, I was like… why didn’t you choose London or Berlin or Tokya or New York gahhhhh! (He said his chances to be selected would be very slim especially for Europe and U.S because their developers lagi hebak-hebak). Oookay.
The next thing we knew, we were in front of our computer, booking our flight and hotel for our Shanghai trip. We found a great deal on Air Asia Go which includes flight for 4 pax + 5 nights at a 5 star hotel suite. We were excited! And then two days later, the price went down to almost 40%! Pffft.
Anyway, flight to Shanghai took 5 hours and alhamdulillah, everything went smoothly. My girls were very well-behaved – no whining, no crying, no tantrums. Just happy and excited. Ok maybe just a tad too excited because they started to sing loudly during take-off. Then they spent about an hour drawing and coloring before falling asleep the rest of the journey (we both ended up eating their meals).
Our hotel was located not far from Shanghai Zoo so we decided to go there first. I think it was just about 5-10 minutes taxi ride? Speaking of which, most of Shanghai taxi drivers don’t speak English at all (in fact, most of Shanghai people) so we had to ask the hotel staff to tell them where we wanted to go and they even had to write our hotel name in Mandarin for us to show to the taxi drivers. Jenuh aih.
This was actually my girls’ second time going to the zoo (first was in Melaka). My girls love animals and they really enjoyed this zoo, and so did I. There were no mosquitoes mengacau! Heh. There was farm animal feeding as well but it was closed as it was drizzling that day. Such a bummer! My girls would have loved that.
Shopping in Shanghai was a bit of a disappointment tho in terms of price and selections, even at their outlets. I think Hong Kong is cheaper and more choices. We were told that even the locals go to Hong Kong to shop, especially for designer goods so we didn’t shop much there. But their outlets, particularly Bailian Outlets Plaza is much bigger than the one in Hong Kong (Citygate Outlets). They have designer brands like Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Boss, Ferragamo, Tod’s, Gucci, Armani, Escada, Michael Kors, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Marc by Marc Jacobs as well as high-street brands like Gap, Miss Sixty, Tommy Hilfiger, Nine West, Sisley, Steve Madden, Ted Baker, etc.
At Steve Madden. As you can see at the back, the footwear that were on sale were all autumn/winter collection. So were most of the clothes at other outlets. Sigh.
(I’m wearing Fleur Malaysia shawl, Mango snake-print blouse and Zara studded coat which I borrowed from my sister)
We spent the rest of our trip sight-seeing in the city (and spent the last day at the hotel because hubby was out the whole day for his Apple conference).
On Ayra: Gap Kids leopard dress, babyGap peplum jacket, Zara Kids scarf and tights, H&M booties
On Raina: babyGap peplum top and peplum jacket, Gap Kids leopard denim mini skirt, Mango Kids scarf, H&M tights and booties
Tried Mediterranean food at Kervan Restaurant. In case you’re wondering, we used this cool app called Zabihah which could locate halal restaurants, markets and mosques all around the world. So useful!
On Ayra: Pumpkin Patch beanie, babyGap graphic tee and cardigan, Tape-à-l’œil fur gilet, Mango Kids floral jeggings and H&M boots
On Raina: babyGap graphic tee and cardigan, Tape-à-l’œil fur gilet, H&M beanie, chequered jeggings and boots
Even tho Shanghai people hardly speak English, they are really friendly and OMG they just love kids. Whenever we walked past people (even young men), they literally stopped to look at my girls and they would either smile, give the thumbs up or say something in Mandarin, which of course we didn’t understand.
A lot of them even asked for our permission to snap photos of my girls. I think about 15 people? Seriously, I’m not kidding. Tak pernah tengok anak Melayu agaknya. Hehe.
You see what I mean? Macam retis pulak anak-anak aku hahaa.