Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Little More Settled

I recently spent a period of about 3 weeks where I only spent 3 consecutive nights in the same city one time. I've only been settled in here in Shanghai for about a week or so now, and am getting ready to leave yet again. But this time, I'll head home to Singapore for the next couple of months, and will (I think) only do very minimal traveling (a short trip to Malaysia is all that is planned).

I'll be back in Shanghai at the end of July, to the US for most of August, then back to Shanghai to spend the fall here. The end of the year should see me back in Singapore if all goes as planned.

A peregrine lifestyle is fun and all, but I think it will be nice to spend the summer being a little more settled for a while. And, I'll have lots of company in, so there's no chance of it getting boring!
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Friday, May 21, 2010

World Expo 2010, Shanghai

I made my second visit to the World Expo in Shanghai this past week. The first time I'd been was for a preview, when many of the pavilions were not yet open, and it was really crowded. I chose then not to go into any of the pavilions, since the lines were so long.

For this visit, I went into several pavilions, again choosing those for which the line seemed reasonable. Most were pavilions for countries in Western Asia, with a few exceptions. And most were very impressive. I liked Morocco the best of those I went into, though Iran, Pakistan, Oman, and Qatar were all very good as well.

I have tickets for 2 more days at the Expo, and will probably be given tickets for several more. I plan to attend as often as I have tickets, and hopefully will get to see many more pavilions. I am impressed with the scale of the Expo, and the fine work the various countries have done to put up a good show.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

It's always fun

It's always fun to have friends who are good travelers come from overseas to visit the place where you make your home. I am currently in the somewhat odd situation of making my home in two different locales, Singapore and Shanghai — neither of which is anywhere near the place where I grew up.

This year, I've had the pleasure to host my mom, sister, nephews, and niece at my Singapore home, then host some Shanghai friends in Singapore and Malaysia, and just this past week to host some friends currently living in Singapore (but originally from my home town) in Shanghai. It's been a real unique experience getting to show everyone around like this!

If all goes as planned, the circle could be made complete by the end of the year. One of my Shanghai friends is trying to arrange to travel back to my home town with me later this year, and my Singaporean family is planning to visit me in Shanghai and/or other parts of China. What fun! (Oh, and I almost left out... a former colleague of mine from Singapore now living in the US will stay at my home in Shanghai, though I will not be there when the family visits.)

The best of it all is that these friends and family members are all good travelers, willing to try new things, and always interested in what they are seeing, tasting, hearing, etc. It really makes it lots of fun to travel that way.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

As Good as I Remembered...

Last week, I traveled with some Shanghainese friends to Malaysia, visiting Melaka and KL. While in the capitol, we stayed at Cyberjaya, revisiting the Cyberview Lodge Resort and Spa.

The place is just as good as I remembered it from my last stay. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the three-tiered pool is beautiful, and the breakfast buffet is absolutely scrumptious.

Driving around from the resort to Putrajaya is also quite a treat. The architecture of the buildings there is really quite amazing. I love the way that part of the city looks, and always look forward to driving there when I have the chance.

If you are looking for a relaxing trip, the Cyberview Lodge makes a great place to stop and soak it all in.

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Heading Out Soon...

It's finally arrived!

Tomorrow, I'll be heading out with 4 friends to travel to Beijing and Xi'an. We've been planning the trip for a while now, and I am excited that it will be under way soon.

While in Beijing, we'll visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, eat some Peking Duck, and probably visit several other sites (as yet to be determined) too.

I'm most excited about the Xi'an stop, though, as it is my first time in Xi'an. We'll see the Terra Cotta Warriors, and visit the tomb of Jingdi. I also plan to have a look around at several sites connected with the classic story Journey to the West — we even have a meal planned for a place called "Lao Sun Jia." It should be loads of fun!

When we get back to Shanghai, I'll show my friends around here before they make their way back to Singapore. We plan to visit the Expo, as well as all the highlights of the city here.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010