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November 12, 2015

Hello everyone! I have so much to share on my recent vacation. The fact that I was having the most crappy work week before this, has made this vacation so much more valuable. It has just been an overly exhaustingly testing week dealing with various people that my escape to Shanghai seems to be the most sane thing to do at that moment. Sometimes the best way to deal with a situation is to walk away, refresh your state of mind, recharge on positive energy and to regroup your thoughts. Time away always clears our clogged mind and a new environment injects freshness into our otherwise mundane routines.

Writing is strangely therapeutic for me and so is making beautiful pictures during my travels. I love to archive my days, my fashion and the things I love. Sharing it with everyone is good fun and knowledge just as I enjoy reading about others. I like writing when I am alone in the quiet of the night. Emotions and creative juices starts to flow inside of me. Pictures have become a very large part of my life and have always been for the fact that I took photography as a subject during my school days. Every time I pick up the camera, feelings of nostalgia surge through me, taking me back in time to carefree days.

It has been a couple of years since I last visited Shanghai. It has been a place that has brought me some fond memories with the romantic scene of the Bund, fancy restaurants, fascinating historical buildings being the city’s strongest reminder of its colonial past. And to me, the place to rekindle the old movies of great Chinese romances from the many films I’ve watched during my adolescence. Strolling along the Bund, Shanghai’s waterfront promenade is lined with the city’s richest collection of Western historical architecture all done in styles such as neo-classical, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance Revival.

I can’t wait to share with you my love for the traditional Qi Pao aka Cheongsam, a traditional Chinese dress created in the 1920s in Shanghai and made fashionable by upper class women. And Shanghai is home to many of these master tailors which means that whenever I am here, I would most definitely take the chance to custom make some. To me, it is incredibly inspiring to don a perfect fitting Qi Pao, as it would mean that I am still able to show off the curves on my figure!!! Starting my diet soon LOL. I had an enjoyable time shopping the streets of Changle for the perfect Qi Pao that I will be rocking the coming Chinese New Year!

That would just be one of the must-dos for me in Shanghai. Of course, wining and dining in style has always been top of my list wherever I go. Being so bored of the same-old same-old in Singapore and everything starts feeling normal, I am all geared up for the Shanghai’s ever evolving restaurant scenes. Fancy new outfits are popping up in Shanghai all the time, food quality and service are truly unrivalled here. I am enjoying every bit of this!

My first dinner was at Mr & Mrs Bund, A modern eatery by French Chef Paul Pairet, located at one of Shanghai’s most expensive streets along the Bund. The views from the restaurant are stunning and you can watch them from the comfort and warmth of the restaurant or from one of the outside terraces. My most memorable dish would be the Lobster in Citrus Jar, a single enormous lobster on a lemon grass skewer steamed in the mason jar with vanilla, lemongrass, orange, lemon and citrus juice. Absolutely divine!!!

Being the dessert person that I am, I am completely obsessed with the Lemon and Lemon Tart, made up of a whole lemon that has been confuted for 72 hours in a mixture and water and sugar syrup. The result of this process gives us the thinnest skin encasing a filling of lemon curd, small segments of pink grapefruit, vanilla chantilly cream and lemon sherbet on a tart base of a buttery biscuit. The most beautiful creation ever to-die-for!

Another one of my memorable meals was at one of my favourite restaurants of all time, 81/2 Otto e Mezzo. I almost always make it a point to taste Michelin-starred Chef Umberto Bombana’s cooking whenever I am in Hong Kong. The restaurant in Shanghai is much prettier than the one in Hong Kong in my opinion.  Located in a historical building, the restaurant is overlooking the Huangpu River and the Oriental Pearl Tower. It was really an unforgettable view and unique dining experience. With his authentic Italian flavours revisited in a modern and refined manner, this atmosphere is elegant and food is exceptional.

When in Beijing, one of the must-eat would be the Roast Duck and the place to go would be Da Dong 大董. They now have branches in Shanghai and this is my first time trying it. I have never been much of a fan of this dish but I have hence changed my mind after I tried this restaurant.With skin so light and literally melting in my mouth, I fell in love. Dipping the slice of duck in sugar provided alongside other condiments, somehow works beautifully. It sure does not hurt that their other dishes are just as top rated! Had the most decadent matsutake mushroom broth that literally sent me straight to seventh heaven and that sugar coated apple dessert that I had was by far the best ever!

One of the reasons I visit Shanghai for would be for hairy crabs during the winter season. My favourite winter delicacy paired with yellow wine, would be to me, a happy and satisfying meal. Back to my favourite hairy crab restaurant, The Crab Palace has hairy crab in every dish possible. This place is all about crab! Ending my trip with this delicacy, I could only say that I cannot help but look forward eagerly to the next season of this coveted crustacean. xoxo


EN ROUTE- Shanghai

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 STAY

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 MR & MRS BUND

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OUFIT

Saint Laurent Leather Bolero

Jay Ahr Skirt

Christian Louboutin Boots

Hermes Medor Clutch

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DAY 2 in Shanghai

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OUTFIT

H & M x Balmain Faux Fur Jacket

Balmain Leather Biker Pants

Stella Mccartney Shoes

Hermes So Black Kelly Bag

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Brunch at Table No. 1

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8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo

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OUTFIT

Chanel Jacket

Natasha Zinko Shorts

Chanel Boots

Chanel Minaudière

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DAY 3 – It’s a cold, cold day in Shanghai

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OUTFIT

Jitrois Chinchilla Bolero

H & M x Balmain Top and Pants

Prada Shoes

Hermes So Black Kelly Bag

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大董 iapm

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成隆行蟹王府-Crab Palace

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Goodbye Shanghai

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OUTFIT

Saint Laurent Jacket

Rag & Bone Leather Pants

Stella Mccartney Shoes

Hermes Birkin

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Jamie Chua
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