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Springtime in Shanghai

Here is an overdue recap of my adventures with Zeolite, one of my favorite people in the entire world.

My favorite things about Zeolite’s Shanghai visit: Chatting about wanderlust and sipping away our fears with tiny cups of tea and miniature tea snacks in the Yu Gardens, braving the rain for big bowls of tomato ramen at Nana’s Green Tea, pouring smoke into our molecular gastronomy cocktails at The Alchemist followed by a monstrous burger meal, getting our nails done (a la Katy Perry’s OPI crackle line), roaming around town nibbling on candied fruits comparing Shanghai to Totoro…














The hardest thing about dreamers is that we’re constantly balancing our attention to the present and the future. I am infinitely optimistic about people I love and their journeys. And it’s really the journey that matters, isn’t it?

P.S. What do you want to do this summer?

I want to live somewhere with big windows and a view of my neighborhood, walk everyday, take more film photos, get really good at Mandarin, be near nature/climb some epic mountains, eat lots of spicy food, drink more tea, and write more letters to friends and family.


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    April 23, 2011 at 4:50 am

    This recap made me so, so happy. I had almost forgotten how delish that tomato ramen was. Also, GHOST COCKTAIL. No matter where you end up this summer, you can bet I’ll visit you!

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    April 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Your posts always has this special calming effect that makes me super optimistic about life.

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    April 24, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I always love your photos! That fruit looks amazing!

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    April 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

    You really know how to capture the right moments and bring the readers along with you. That’s a gift. =o)

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    April 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Beautiful photographs, I love them! Fascinated with the term GHOST COCKTAIL, I now also wonder where I can find one in this part of the world.
    This summer I want to spent time with loved ones, travel and try to see old friends in far places. Oh and definitely the writing more to friends and family too!

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    April 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    that burger looks super nomy
    and emily looks super pretty with black hair 🙂

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    April 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Wow that burger is looking pretty dangerous! Your summer plans sound wonderful.

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    Nicole J Eymard
    April 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Oh my god made we want to visit soooo much! Talk about magical! I love that little drawing

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    April 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    lovely post, I love all your blog posts and your pictures
    how is your mandarin getting along?

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      April 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      My Mandarin is coming along slowly but surely. 🙂

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    April 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

    i love these pictures ; it looks like such fun.
    this summer has just departed for me and i am looking forward to cosy days of baking, tea, and reading under a cosy blanket.

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