trip to nanxiang

On Wednesday I took a little trip to Nanxiang, a town near the top of Shanghai. It’s still within reach of the subway, so it was a pretty easy trip (about 40 minutes to get there). It was a small town, so they didn’t have much to offer other than Guyi Gardens and Nanxiang Old Street, where Yunxiang Temple and the Twin Pagodas are. Below is a picture from within the temple.

Nanxiang is known for its xiaolongbao, which are little dumplings. Well … Shanghai is known for xiaolongbao, but they actually originated from Nanxiang. It’s just that when compared with Shanghai, Nanxiang is an afterthought. The dumplings were good, but nothing worth raving about. All in all we spent about four hours there, which was plenty.

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snow snow snow

There’s been snow the past few days and some pretty big flakes too. On Tuesday, I basically turned into a snowman. My jacket is fleece, so the snow stuck to it pretty well. I finished my finals on Tuesday, so now I’m done! Yay, vacation! I was planning to do a bit of shopping this afternoon, but I think I’m going to stay at home instead. The below picture is from this morning, when it wasn’t snowing. The current view out my window is white haze.

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emotions

Eating peanut butter out of the jar: Happy.
Eating Nutella out of the jar: Yum. Very happy.
Finishing off my chocolate stash: Sadness.
Sitting under the heater wrapped in a blanket: Comfy.
Trying to figure out SSAT work stuff: Confused. Unmotivated.
Preparing for final exam on Thursday: Stressed. Overwhelmed.
Wearing my retainer for the first time in a long time: Ow. Pain. Pain. @#%&.

buying chinese

Today was kind of sucky. I planned to check out the Xujiahui Cathedral this afternoon, which, after a whole lot of wandering, did not happen. I have no idea how I could have missed it, but after half an hour of walking up and down the same roads (after half an hour of walking to the area), I gave up. Before the cathedral, I was on Panyu Lu, looking to see if I could find the mirrors of the mirror war (described here) but no luck on that either. Very frustrating. Oh, and did I mention that it started SNOWING while I was walking? Yeah. Thankfully not too cold. Stopped by a little park, which was nice.

By that point in time, my feet were killing me. So I did what I normally do when I’m kind of stressed out. I bought stuff. Went to Ikea. Didn’t buy much, just some candles and containers. Had some meatballs and tiramisu too … their tiramisu ain’t good. Whatever. Meatballs (Swedish) and tiramisu (Italian) at Ikea (Swedish) in China. Heh.

Now to explain the title of this post (and the picture below). Went to the grocery store. They were out of Nutella (Italian), but there was this jar labeled “Hazelnut Chocolate Spread.” Well, that’s essentially the same, right? Except it’s a Chinese brand. Hm …. Then looked for some peanut butter. Skippy (American). Hey, that works. Except the packaging was Chinese. Hm …. Oh well, bought ’em both. Then went to the local fruit stand. Picked up some oranges, picked up some grapes. Then they got rung up. Oranges: 4.3 RMB. Grapes: 34.6 RMB. Wait, what? I really wanted grapes so I just bought ’em. Looked closer at the sign. Oranges were local, grapes imported from the US. Yep, I need to pay more attention to signs.

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welcome 2011

Happy new year, everyone! It is 2011 … already. Wow. Quick post. About the last post, Google and Yahoo are back up and I have no idea why the sites were down, so whatever. Only one application left to go. Finals are coming up. That’s about it. My to-do list is pretty long, but most of it isn’t time-sensitive, so I keep pushing things back. Erm, I think that’s it.

Below is a picture from inside the Liuhe Pagoda in Hangzhou (from way back in November). I like this picture. I even included it in my portfolio (although really, really small).

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