Don’t know how to feel about any of this. It’s a giant mess. How is it that this keeps happening? Some good, a lot of it depressing and demotivating. So, so much to pray for.
Seriously depressing day. Oddly enough I’ve been through two of these - with MTV and HCI. Is this just a part of work life?
Another tomorrow when everything changes. I did ask for 2014 to be about continuing to expand my comfort zone. But team change, again?? Huh.
I was in Manila for two weeks over Christmas and New Year. I went back to Shanghai, stayed for two weeks and then flew back home to Manila, this time for three weeks. That’s five weeks out of two months spent in Manila. Glorious. I had only been in Shanghai ten days when I flew back to Manila again.
That was just this week, for a quick 48-hour visit. Somehow, just three days later, it feels like an eternity ago that I was home. Maybe because it’s easier to keep busy in Shanghai. I go out more here and see more stuff. I spent so much of this weekend out of the house, even if I had a lot of work to do. On Friday I had dinner with Mike at [some] mall, Hong Kong Chinese food. He has way more friends than I do in this city but I think we’ve ended up having a lot of dinners together because we’re the only single ones on the team. That was simple but yummy - BBQ pork and duck over rice, with some perfectly cooked veg and a Chinese sausage. On Saturday I got up early to do my reading assignment. I went to the nearby Wagas and had a rhubarb and almond tart. After an hour I moved to Cotton for brunch with Jaqua and Paolo. No fuss, essential breakfast fare - hash browns, French toast, bacon, scrambled eggs. I was falling asleep and needed to read a lot of material so I headed to Uva, a cafe in Jingan with panini and other Italian dishes. I ordered a coffee - my first in months since the onset of this stupid acid reflux - and drank a lot of water to drown out the caffeine. I got through a lot of material and when I was all done I stopped by Sumerian, which was just around the corner, to get some cookies. I had made plans with Dione and Andrew for dinner and I met them at Morton’s in iapm. Andrew brought a friend, Jeron, and there was great conversation at dinner. Steak for dinner always makes me happy and this was cooked very well. I went to mass this morning - the first time in Shanghai since before the New Year. Lunch was at Ferguson Lane, where I had intended to try Grill Bull but couldn’t find it… is it closed? I went to Franck instead where the served the most gorgeous, crusty but chewy bread, with thick balsamic vinegar and delicious extra virgin olive oil. I ordered a really just ok fish dish but fell in love with a lentil and vinaigrette salad which I finished the bread off with. An apple tart for dessert was too sweet, but the lentil salad was really fantastic. I walked around a bit, had my eyebrows done, then moved to Tianzifang to stop by the newly opened Hay store. Gorgeous stuff. I got polygon decorative plates but as I was leaving realized I didn’t have my phone! I headed back to Ferguson to retrieve it at Strip, where I had asked them to charge it. Thank god it was there! I realized I hadn’t had much water all day, so I stopped for a bit at Coffee Tree, still in Ferguson. Neither the baby pear tart nor the apple, banana, orange juice I ordered were very good so I headed out. I stopped by Farine where I think they were selling the same bread from Franck’s so I bought a chunk to tapaw. I got in a final cab and finally made it home. So much glorious stuff to do in Shanghai. I’m going to miss this!
Got back to Shanghai on Sunday. 0 points
Shanghai isn’t deadly cold and is a million times colder than Manila! +15 points
No smog!!!! +50 points
Hello, Somerset! +10 points
Somerset’s sweet ‘Welcome Home’ note +10 points
Went back to work on Monday. -10 points
Lunch with the team again! +10 points
Delicious Cantonese noodle soup. +10 points
Nice dinner with Paolo. +10 points
Lumineers! +50 points
Gorgeous acoustic songs in the crowd. +20 points
Pleasant walk in the gym on Tuesday. 0 points
Pleasant walk in the gym on Wednesday. 0 points
Ez, Jen and Gen arrive on Thursday!!!!! +100 points
Dimdimsum +10 points
Senator Saloon +5 points
Bisaya server/bartender +5 points
Di Shi Dong for lunch +10 points
Xibo for dinner +10 points
Yongkang night +15 points
Yu Gardens +10 points
Getting lost in the crowd! 0 points
Getting gypped by the cab driver -10 points
Table No. 1 in three awesome courses +20 points
Super long line at MOCA -15 points
Legally cut the line at MOCA +20 points
More lines inside -20 points
Chinese people who cut the line x3 -10 points
Obliteration room!!! +20 points
Gleaming lights and souls +20 points
Songfang teahouse +10 points
New Oreo flavors at Tesco - banana, raspbery, pear, grape! +10 points
La Maison Gourmande for last dinner +15 points
La Maison Gourmande’s super cute servers +10 points
Element Fresh breakfast with Hans and family +10 points
Bye to Jen, Ez and Gen -30 points :(
Great catch-up with Rebecca +20 points
Beef & Liberty burger for dinner 0 points
Quick day in the office today 0 points
Flying out tomorrow! +10 points
Going back to Lumby!!! +50 points
380 points. This week was a star.
Chats with Mom, Dad, Mike.
Catch up with good ex-workmate friends.
Ez, Jen, Gen arriving tomorrow!
Sense of accomplishment from successfully filling out four copies of health insurance reimbursement forms!
Jimmy Fallon! Late night host for my generation. He’s so humble, honest, genuine and awesome!!
Best assignment I’ve had at Parsons so far. And I thought this class was going to be the most boring.
Peanut butter and raspberry jam on toast and Belgian waffles for breakfast was so yummy.
Cantonese lunch with teammates - depressing, angsty asim conversation but one we’re so glad to have each other to relate to.
Sorted my files at my work desk.
Cleaned up my apartment in preparation for guests!
Good stuff. Many thanks!! Amen.