Notice how I’ve skipped quite a lot of dates? Well that’s because in between my last journal post and this one, I went on a holiday to Paris/London. There may or may not have been too many photos, and obviously as you already know, I’m an incredibly lazy person so I’ll sort through the photos at a later time and make a post then. In the mean time, let’s pretend I’m back from my holiday, and I’ve already packed up my whole entire house in boxes and I’m currently living in the Kerry Hotel.
I pretty much spent my last week in Shanghai with friends and wandering around Shanghai like a stereotypical tourist, sorta like a staycation. Anyways, I was supposed to get a haircut at Hyatt on the Bund but my hair stylist wasn’t there so I decided since I was in the area, might as well I go take some photos around the area. Yes, I do have hair stylist trust issues, but that’s a story for another time.
I started of on Nan Xun Road (南浔路) and kinda just walked around the area.
I love taking pictures of people’s laundry, it’s too much fun. Sometimes I feel like I’m invading their privacy, especially if it’s underwear/bras but you know, it is hung outside for the world to see so why not. And hung laundry is such an interesting topic to photograph; a plethora of photographic opportunities.
Yaaaay more laundry pictures!
These are one of my favourite photos of all time. Maybe it’s because the iconic pearl tower is entwined with the olden Shanghai and the new modern Shanghai; maybe because the very essence of Shanghai is embodied in this picture; maybe because I just love it. I don’t know, I think it may be because you generally don’t see the Pearl Tower from this perspective, or at least very rarely, thus looking at it from this perspective brings the whole thing to another level.
I’d do nearly anything and everything to be back in Shanghai right now, to be a tourist in my own city again. I want to walk the little alleys and streets, smiling at strangers while I’m creepily taking photographs of their lives. Shanghai streets gorgonize (hehehe I just learnt this word today. It means to have a paralysing or mesmerising effect) your camera so immensely that shutterbugs will willingly spend forever getting lost in this city.
Hehehe and here I present to you meatsticks man! Actually, this isn’t measticks man, this is.
His name is Boss, or at least that’s what he named himself. Boss makes the best meatsticks and veggie meatsicks in Shanghai. I’m biased though, because he’s only 5 minutes away from where I used to live. He’s become a mandatory late night snack, which may also be because there’s a Lawsons right opposite him so people have easy access to alcoholic drinks.
Since I was near the bund area, there were multiple couples taking wedding photos! Chinese brides very nearly ALWAYS wear red, and their dresses always have some elaborate design that occasionally makes it over the top and funny. Just personally, how much better would the dress be without that furry thing? They also always do these hilarious poses that are so cliched and stereotypical chinese.
Most symbolic and iconic view of Shanghai ❤ ❤ ❤ My city, my home. Thank you for the past 13 years.
Hehehe that night for dinner, my dad and I decided to go to Jean Georges, this Michelin Star french restaurant on Three on the Bund. Except I was dress extremely casual but you know, casual attire never stopped anyone from enjoying find food. In fact, it may make the whole dining experience better as you’re generally more comfortable in what you’re wearing.
“The discerning cuisine at Jean Georges Shanghai features a mix of the finest natural ingredients blended together in unique and surprising ways that light up the eyes and the taste buds. Under Jean George’s gifted direction, Executive Chef Lam Ming Kin transforms classic French dishes through the use of bold, Asian-inflected seasonings and unexpected flavor combinations. Fresh vegetable juices and aromatic herbal infusions act as natural flavor enhancers that create depth and complexity without the heaviness of traditional cream or meat-based sauces. Bringing bright modern flavors to traditional cooking techniques reflects the core of their culinary philosophy. It draws the basic essence and nuanced flavors of quality ingredients to the fore and allows them to truly shine.”
Sorry for the terrible photos – it’s exceptionally hard to take pictures of food when the restaurant is basically pitch black as you have to resort to using flash, and flash never looked pretty on food. I always wonder why classy restaurants are generally so dark. I mean it’s not like their food presentation is ugly so they want to use the darkness as a cloak. Silly people.
The bread was delightfully scrumptious. Warm and fluffy bread that’s semi hard on the outside? My favourite kind of bread. I’d take it anyday anytime. Sometimes I wish I can go to restaurants and just eat the bread and leave, it’s all I ask for in life.
If memory serves me correctly, this is the foei gras with pineapple ‘sauce’. Yea I know, when I first looked at the menu I was a little taken back – pineapple and foei gras? What? What’s going on in the world? Funnily enough, it tasted amazeballs. The sourness of the pineapple mixes harmoniously with the saltiness of the foei gras. Nomnomnomnomnom
For the main course I ordered the salmon with sautéed spinach, black olives and passionfruit sauce! Except I gave all my olives to my dad because ewwww olives, not a fan. Once again, passion fruit and salmon and spinach? Who would have thought. There’s a reason why this is a Michelin star restaurant. Probably why.
What meal would be complete without dessert? Wouldn’t even be a meal if there was no dessert to indulge in, or at least that’s my life motto. This is chocolate lava cake-ish with vanilla ice cream! Probably the fourth best chocolate lava cake I’ve had. First is at Capo second at whisk, third at ps. cafe which leaves this fourth. I take my chocolate desserts very seriously. Except WHY WAS THIS DESSERT SERVED ON A PLATE?!?!? Do you know how difficult it is to eat ice cream and lava cake from a plate? Practically impossible. Only thing stopping me from licking the plate was the classy ambience.
Aaaand that’s a wrap for the day!
I hope you’re having a good day today!
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