Scenes from Shanghai

We were there less than 48 hours so I did not see much of Shanghai, except for the Expo venue and the very nice Mercure Shanghai (with the best hotel shower I've seen).

I should probably start writing about business travels, too since this blog is where I share our life stories. Dear Jared, when you get older, you'll understand why mommy goes away for 3, 5 or 10 days. I don't particularly like to travel because I get stressed (yes, from the packing, the checking in and all), mommy is usually asleep on the plane and there is nothing mommy looks forward to more than the trip back home.

Anyways, I took up Tourism as my major in college. After a brief stint at a hotel, I started working for this company already. The industry where this company belongs totally different from what I majored in.

Since a few years ago, by some twist of fate, and while still with the same company, I finally got the chance to be on familiar ground: our team is now supporting our affiliate hotels in the Western Pacific.

Just thought that little trivia will make this blog post more interesting. =)

So anyway, back to Shanghai, I don't have much pictures to show a lot of scenes from Shanghai. It just sounded poetic and wonderful.

In that 48 hours, we found time to squeeze in a fun night at Xian Tian Di, Shanghai's hot new district. Fun night!


Over packing

I'm not one to travel light. I like the comfort of knowing I have extra clothes in case plans change, or I decide to not wear the outfit I had planned for the day.

Take for example now, I have 6 pairs of footwear for a 5d/4n trip.

I better start taking this packing business seriously.


Experience Farm Life at Balik Bukid

For Manila-born and raised people, going to a farm is BIG deal. Especially when the farm is only less than an hour or so drive from our place, and there is shopping involved.

I've been hearing about Balik Bukid for years and actually planned to visit late last year. We were finally able to go this summer and we got a taste of the wonderful and relaxing farm life at the Balik Bukid country fair.

This experience is best retold in pictures.

Left: Love the fresh, colorful flowers and the MJ quote; Right top, i love the billowing white tent over the booths selling home made, all natural products; Right bottom: daddy and son by the entrance

Entrance is free, but being first timers and wanting to experience everything the place had to offer, we each paid P350, giving us full access to the facilities.

Nearest the entrance is this man made lake, where we got to fish. First timers, we caught two teeny weeny fish , which the kuya promptly put back to the lake. Nevertheless, it was a thrilling experience for us.

Still high from that experience, off we went to the boat area. A bit of maneuvering here and there and handling the paddles, and we were again off.

Of course to a kid, this big sand house was heaven-sent.

Climbing the spider web

He was initially hesitant to cross the hanging bridge but with some gentle prodding, he made it!

The bridge led to the zip line!!!

Father and son did a tandem zip

He also had close encounters with rabbits and guinea pigs.

You can also hold and pet the hamsters (but I was too scared they might bite so this is just really for picture taking)

And my big boy also did the rope course challenge!

There were lots of wide, open spaces to roam around and lounge around. We even got to bring his scooter!

And look at this charming wash area.

At the heat of the midday sun, so unforgiving at the peak of summer, we thought it would be good for the boy to cool off. There were quaint outdoor showers like this.

Instead of the planned quick shower, he got to dip in this pool.. and eventually stayed there for over an hour. Too bad I forgot to capture the kids (because the pool quickly filled up with kids) playfully splashing around.

Mom and dad took the opportunity to just sit at a wooden bench and take photos!

I wish we can do this every weekend!


It was great to be outdoors!

Of course the highlight would be riding this white horse. First with daddy, and then just by himself!

And what can speak more of farm life than this carabao-pulled cart!

I would've liked to get to see the booths better and longer, but there is a boy impatiently pulling me away so I just had pictures of my new drink discovery. Sold at P35 per bottle (approx), they were so refreshing and good I bought several more bottles to take home.

Banigs are available for free. We got two and enjoyed or fan hour or so the green surroundings. I was eating chips and thought I could really get used to this: no worries, lying under the shade of giant trees, my son running and playing around. It seems so simple, yet so difficult to achieve these days in the city.

Balik Bukid, we'll be back!


The games we play

From balls and angry birds, the boy is now into...

Scrabble! And yes, he can form words!

Our very first Scrabble board!

And snakes and ladders so tiny we need to squint.


So father and son drew their own version on paper.

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