All posts tagged: Shanghai

Dear China

Originally posted on Reverse Retrograde:
Dear China, I miss you. I miss you more than I would have thought. Thank you for flipping my narrative on its head. Thank you for the craziness and the chaos that you seamlessly fold into the beauty of your country. Thank you for the challenge. I never would have known that the One Child Policy was not particularly enforced. I would never have known how open and honest and straight-talking your people are. I would never have known that you are such a rich and green and bustling place. I find myself missing you, but I don’t exactly know why. Our time together was not good. We struggled, you and I. I miss your contradictions in the face of those in Korea. I miss your open and entrepreneurial spirit. I believe, honestly, that you alone embody the American Dream these days. Maybe the fact that nobody ever knows what the fuck is going on makes you flexible. You are an ancient civilisation with a modern life. This amateur historian…

Zhujiajiao: A Day Trip Out of Shanghai

Originally posted on Reverse Retrograde:
We rode a bus out of the heart of Shanghai and into the countryside, over loads of small canals. The bus was just like a normal city bus, but barreling down the highway. The town itself was lovely. It’s a little down-and-dirty in the pits of the touristy shops on tiny lanes, so small that one could probably touch both sides of them if pressed. It’s great. The pace is palpably different from Shanghai. Zhujiajiao is a village of 60,000 to the West of Shanghai. It dates back to at the very least the 1100s, and largely preserved itself during the relative turmoil of the 20th century in China. It’s picturesque, with canals the same reflective verdigree of those in Venezia. The day we visited was hot and muggy, and the cafes along the lanes were simply too tempting. One barmaid shouted, ‘Hello! We have couches!’ as we walked past. One of the weirdest tout-calls I’ve heard in my travels. We took an overpriced but nonetheless fun gondola ride across…

Beer In Situ: Double Feature

Originally posted on Reverse Retrograde:
This is a special Beer in Situ article: Two beerspots! On one hot, muggy Shanghai afternoon, we made our way first to Daga Brewpub and later to Liquid Laundry downtown. For you, my dear readers, sake…I’ve cut things down slightly for brevity’s sake.  Daga Brewpub Daga Brewpub 37 Taian Lu, near Xingguo Lu, Xuhui District Random, floor-bound marble busts The Space First of all, there is not a brewkit on the premises. It’s not so much a brewpub as a cafe that happens to sell craft beer. Milan-esque, in a way that only people who’ve spent time in Milan will understand. Noveau-Baroque marble busts greet you at the entrance, and the whole place is one well-honed aesthetic. The bar itself is a thing of beauty, a seemingly-antique wooden number that is both understated and striking at once. Unfortunately, smoking is allowed indoors. Meh…just part of life in Shanghai. There is repetitive and mildly stereotypical zither music playing over and over for our first fifteen to twenty minutes in the cafe.…

I Live in Cotton in Shanghai

Originally posted on Reverse Retrograde:
It’s Hot. With a capital H. When I got up at 7:30AM today, the sun was already a blistering height in the sky. I’m struggling to get the weather to come up on the Internet, but it seems that the heat simply never goes away. You know how sometimes in summer, it’ll cool off at night? No. Not in Shanghai. Our very apartment building seems to inhale the heat of the day, and exhale it through the tiled floors at night. I live in cotton. It wicks, somewhat. It’s light. It absorbs my dripping sweat. I have black cotton, which is strategic. It doesn’t show the sweat. I haven’t made a style post in a long time, but today felt as good a time as any. If you’re wondering why I’m wearing bright blue tights….a word…chafe. I’m wearing: Black Cotton Maxi Dress: Target Cotton Scarf: From a store dedicated to cotton in Xujiahui Blue tights: Target DIY pompadour hair: By yours truly Payal: Etsy.com Stay cool, everyone!