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SHANGHAI |上海

I made it to Shanghai in one piece! I was actually quite nervous catching the train by myself from Ningbo to Shanghai but it was all good – no major drama. The most difficult thing was trying to find out where to get my ticket from when I arrived at Ningbo Railway Station, I imagine it’d be the same when I get to Shanghai Hongqiao to return to Ningbo.

Shanghai so far is amazing! So good, albeit a lot more pricey than Ningbo, but still amazing. I’ve missed Mish so much and I’m so glad I’m spending the next few days with her. It has been way too long 😥

When I first arrived in Shanghai, the taxi that took me to Mish’s hotel was playing all these English songs and the one song that’s been stuck in my head because of that taxi ride is Shakira’s Waka Waka and I’ve been annoying Mish with it the past 3 days hehe. On the first night I made Mish take me to the tonkatsu restaurant I saw in her snaps because it looked really good, and it was very good. I’m spending a lot more money on food in Shanghai but when I change it to AUD, it’s still relatively cheap and at the same time I tell myself – this is my mini holiday, I should treat myself. I might go broke in Shanghai though…

BUT the highlight so far has definitely been Disneyland which we went to yesterday! It was so good feeling like a kid and we managed to go on all the rides we wanted to go and see the fireworks. If I could go on anything again I would definitely go on Soaring Through the Skies, the whole production and setup and CGI is amazing and oh my god, they even had Sydney as one of the places you ‘soared’ over. It was so beautiful and it just made me miss Sydney even more haha. A close second would be Tron, that was really fun but overall, Shanghai Disneyland isn’t bad at all! I was really craving a corndog at the end though and I went on a hunt to find it but I couldn’t – very sad. The fireworks and light show at the end was also very very good. 10/10 would recommend.

Alright, some photos to end the post off.

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First night – Tonkatsu

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2nd Day – Disneyland

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Disneyland

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Disneyland Entrance

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The Castle everyone needs a photo of

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More Disneyland!

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:’-)

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Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

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Fantasyland

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It’s nearly Christmas!

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Ignite the Dream – Shanghai Disneyland Lightshow

I’m currently waiting for Mish to get back from class – I’m quite hungry and I would like some food soon.

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November

(But it’s already December)

My goodness, it has been a while. I was going to blog in November but it got so hectic with assignments and work that I just never had the time 😥 But being the (lowkey) workaholic I am, it has been pretty good even though I’m nearly always tired! I started interning at the Global Engagement Office on campus as well as for the Business School. It’s a little funny to me that in a way, I feel like I’m achieving more things at UNNC than I did at UNSW? I also recently started doing a bit of private English tuition on weekends. All in all, these 3 jobs are a way to keep me occupied and a way to make some money on the side, because to be honest, the amount of contact hours were quite few in comparison to UNSW.

One other thing I really want to mention is online shopping addiction has returned. Jack Ma is a genius. I think I could go on and on about how much I love Taobao but it’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s so convenient to buy anything, and I mean anything. I might start buying normal grocery items on Taobao, after all, China delivers at a crazy speed. Sometimes, it can even come the next day – SO GOOD! Although, one of my orders during Double 11 did take nearly 2.5 weeks to come after getting somewhat lost in the middle but everything has arrived safely! I’ve spent way too much money in November and with me going to Shanghai tomorrow, I feel like I might spend even more. So many things are so cheap on Taobao and the quality isn’t even bad – SO GOOD, SO SO SO SO GOOD.

Anyway since the last blog post till now, I did manage to go out a bit, amongst all the work and extra-curricular stuff I signed up for. I went to Ningbo Museum during Golden Week (China’s National Holiday), visited Laowaitan for the first time, had the greatest teppanyaki buffet for less than $50aud, did a 4 hour karaoke session and watched Dr Strange and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I feel like I’m working a little too much for someone on exchange but after being so busy in Sydney, it did feel quite weird in the beginning when I had a lot of free time.

I’m really excited to go Shanghai tomorrow to see Mish, even though I’m a little nervous about getting there. I’m going to be spending about 5 days there and this is also the first time I’m catching the train by myself so I’m hoping everything will go smoothly. Also, we’re going to Disneyland on Thursday!!!! I haven’t been to Disneyland since year 6 and that was in Hong Kong. I’m pretty keen to not think about uni or work and just be a kid again. I’ll end the post with a few photos, I had a lot more but I can’t be bothered transferring a lot of photos from my phone to my laptop.

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Sunset from my balcony

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View from the rooftop of Ningbo Museum

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Ningbo Museum

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Ningbo Museum

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Otw to Laowaitan

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Laowaitan!

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Cute (but expensive) Japanese restaurant

I say this every post, but I’m definitely going to try be more consistent with my blogging. Especially with Shanghai! Although, if all I’m doing is studying and working then I don’t think that’ll make for a very interesting post.

Song recommendations:
Yuri on Ice (because this piece gives me a lot of feels when I watch the anime)
The Workday Release – Love in a Box
Jay Park – basically the entire ‘Everything You Wanted’ album but my favourites would have to be Drive, Me Like Yuh, Forever & All I Wanna Do 

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