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RARrrrrr! April 25, 2009

Filed under: Food and Drink,Travel — joykablogs @ 12:51 pm

With regard to my recent Shanghai roll, my avid readers (and I’m talking about Kuya Joey, Kuya Jumbo, Verl and Tush – seriously who else would ever read my blog?!?) would know that I have already written about it’s beauty as I showed pictures of it’s pulchritude and artistry.

Now let me talk about the other part of that trip’s delight. The one that is gastronomically enticing – FOOD!

I’m a big a fan of food. Some could attest that it’s the easiest way to win me over. Oh yeah I’m easy as a dog, just throw a portion of pork in my direction and I’m loyal to you forever! I’m not a snacker, I don’t eat little portions in subsequent intervals. I’m a firm believer of heavy breakfasts, scrumptious lunches and delectable dinners! (aaaghhh my mouth waters just writing about it).

And so we started Shanghai day 1 with a big buffet of breakfast. And while my brother was just so excited because the buffet was set in such a grandiose hall, I’m just plain happy I’m having a buffet for breakfast!

Breakfast buffet at the Astor House Hotel

Breakfast buffet at the Astor House Hotel

Next stop is Yuyuan Garden. My kuya teases me that it’s my favorite place in Shanghai coz I’d always mention it and point it out whenever I see a picture of it, what he doesn’t know is that the reason why I always say it is because it’s the only name I remember out of the many Chinese named places and streets we went to! Anyway, we stopped by a dated Chinese teahouse to, well, drink tea. We’re such pretentious tourists – oh no, kuya will hate me – fine, I’M such a pretentious tourist that’s why I indulged in the Chinese teahouse experience. Chinese are such BIG tea drinkers, and bless them for that coz they get to have nice skin, lean body and long life! No matter what I do, doesn’t matter how often I try it, I’m still a true blue coffee drinker, period! As I was saying (whew it just takes me too long to get to my point, right?) because my brother wanted to have the chinese teahouse experience and I’m just there to be the supportive sister that I am, I just ate all the munchies that came with it.

Now this is my favorite “LAMON” during that trip. Our lunch in one of the fine restaurants in Xintiandi. Hand-made noodles with peanut butter soup, xiao long bao – Shanghai’s famous steamed soup dumplings (it’s like siomai with a thicker wrapper and has steamy broth inside), crispy noodles topped with fresh seafoods and vegetables, and beef cubes with garlic flakes. EXQUISITE!

Our visit to the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum deviously lead us to this noodle house. I said devious because the museum was really big and full of awesome stuff then there’s just one exit which leads to a sorta foodcourt. So parang pinagod nila kami para pakainin sa foodcourt hehehhe. Now back to the noodle thingy. Most people in Shanghai cannot speak english. So the typical local dining experience would be to just point at what seems to be edible and hope it doesn’t ruin our tummy. Kuya definitely has a knack for it because the noodles was surprisingly good.

Kudos! Kudos!

Kudos! Kudos!

Beautiful Xitang. I’m lost for words for this province which is nearby Shanghai. It isn’t majestic as the Great Wall or cutting edge as Pudong. It’s simple yet resplendent. I could still picture Tom Cruise running through it’s teahouses and bridges while Katie Holmes sits beside director JJ Abrams as they film MI3. My funny experience here is that I ordered wanton soup for myself only to find them bringing me a really big bowl that is just enough to feed a small village.

Suzhou. After our visits to numerous gardens, we finally got hungry. Kuya is supposed to lead me to a restaurant he read to have had a good review in his travel guide book. But because we’re tired of all the walking and because the waiter in this restaurant was just sooooo nice, we ended up eating here. Food was good, we just realized in the middle that all the food we ordered are sweet and sour!

This one, wala lang. Just take a good look at it and tell me what it reminds you of. heheheh!

Question: Sa China ba ang tawag sa Chinese food, Chinese food pa din? Darn why didn’t I ask the Chinese locals while I was there? Now this thought will bug me forever! Why God, why does it have to be this difficult?!?!?

The entire trip I have been in constant communication with my tummy.

Joy: “C’mon tummy, isang xiao long bao na lang”

Tummy: “But I’m malaki na, I can’t even fit in your jeans anymore”

Joy: “Don’t be KJ, one innocent bite won’t hurt”

Tummy: “Fine, basta last na ha”

Joy: “Rarrrrr!”

So that my friends is Shanghai as told by my tummy.

 

I got to be a kid again! April 15, 2009

Filed under: Travel — joykablogs @ 5:13 pm

I got to be a kid again!

Day 1

Day 1

Kuya and I treated our pamangkings to a Hong Kong trip this April and boy was it straining physically and financially for us!

the whole gang in Manila Termila 3

the whole gang in Manila Termila 3

Lahat ng rides gustong sakyan sa Ocean Park!

Kids: Sige na Tito Jumbo samahan mo na kami sa Raging River

Kuya: Ayoko, I’ll get wet too soon, si Joy na lang

Joy: Sumama ka na kasi

Kuya: This doesn’t use to be a problem to me, but now I think I’m too old for this!

We did it!

We did it!

Lahat ng tao gustong bigyan ng pasalubong I felt like a customs officer checking all their loots!

Nicole: Ninang can u text Mama sabihin mo padalhan pa ko ng pera kulang pa kasi yung mga pasalubong ko eh

Joy: Ha? Ang dami-dami mo nang nabili ah. Sino pa ba bibigyan mo?

Nicole: Si Ate Rose

Joy: Ate Rose? Sino yun?

Nicole: Yung manicurista ni Mama!

the kids in one of their shopping sprees

the kids in one of their shopping sprees

Maya’tmaya nagugutom at gustong kumain!

Joy: Tama na, ang dami nyo na nabibili sa 7-11, wala na laman octopus card nyo

Dedek: Kelangan ko ng pagkain pag nagising ako mamayang gabi eh

in one of our many eating sessions

in one of our many eating sessions

We brought our mom along so that someone would take care of the kids. It’s funny how it ended up with the kids taking care of her instead.

Joy: Danna bilisan mo anjan na ang train

Danna: Ang bagal kasi maglakad ni lola eh!

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I love these kids more than any other kid in the world. With Danna in 4th year HS, Dedek in 2nd year and Nicole in 1st, they are technically not kids anymore but they will always be babies for me. In fact, my constat lines in Hong Kong were:

Joy: Babies, kain ng marami para di magutom agad. OR

Joy: Babies, tulog na maaga pa tayo tomorrow. OR

Joy: Babies, don’t go too far away, stay within sight.

and their constant answer would be:

Dedek, Danna, Nicole: Yes Ninang!

Haaay, I love them to death. I’d give anything for them to be kids forever!

 

Historic = Shanghai April 12, 2009

Filed under: Travel — joykablogs @ 3:22 am

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Before

Before

Present day Astor House Hotel

Present day Astor House Hotel

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Before

Before

Present day Customs House

Present day Customs House

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Before

Before

Present day HSBC Bulding

Present day HSBC Bulding

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Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party

Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party

Present day

Present day

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Before

Before

Present day Yuyuan Garden

Present day Yuyuan Garden

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Before

Before

Present day Nanjing Road

Present day Nanjing Road

My Time Machine Worked!

 

The Shanghai Contrast

Filed under: Travel — joykablogs @ 2:50 am

My 4 day Shanghai visit gave me a 2-faced memory of the city.

We started the day by walking through the promenade along the Huangpu river. This gives you the best vantage point to 2 majestic sites of Shanghai.

On one side is edifice after edifice of Neo Classic European architectures more famously known as The Bund. This gives one a hint of Shanghai’s past as a center of foreign trade given that it is strategically located at the mouth of the Yangtze river

kuya with The Bund as backdrop

kuya with The Bund as backdrop

And on the other side of the Hungpu River is the Pudong skyline which gives one a glimpse of China’s future with Shanghai as its driving force.

Pudong skyline presented by 2 bozos

Pudong skyline presented by 2 bozos

And so again, depending on which part of the promenade you are standing… it’s classic architecture reminiscent of China’s past on the right….

The skyscrapers and futuristic looking buildings on the left…

Jin Mao and the World Finance Building

Oriental Pearl Tower

Oriental Pearl Tower

That’s the Shanghai variation

View of the Hungpu River dividing Pudong and The Bund at night

View of the Hungpu River dividing Pudong and The Bund at night

 

I’m Back! April 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — joykablogs @ 7:27 pm
   I’m back and I’ve got stories to tell….
  
   of the oriental kind….
beautiful xitang on a chilly afternoon

beautiful xitang on a chilly afternoon

soon…..

….. coz I still got lots of work to do….

check me out again!

Me and my passport

Me and my passport