Last April 28 – May 2, 2011, my family and I visited Shanghai for the first time. Like most tourists, we went to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road, Huangpu River, Qui Bao Water Town, Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai Museum and the Bund.
The weather was great when we were there–cool and breezy.
Maia looks so adorable in her bear coat.
Towering high above Pudong New Area, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is one of the outstanding landmarks in Shanghai. The tower is 468 meters high, the highest in Asia and the third highest in the world.
There is a revolving teahouse and a sightseeing platform, where we got to see a panoramic view of the Bund and Pudong New area. We were also able to go skywalking on the glass floor. What an exhilarating experience. I felt like I was going to fall!
Huangpu River Cruise – Beautiful view of the city at night!
Qi Bao is a small water town within the Shanghai city limits. It is full of small shops that have many interesting things with great low prices, and with many many food shops selling so many kinds of Shanghai snacks.
One of the stores was selling this! Keychain pet. I feel bad for the fish!
The Bund is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. The word ‘bund’ derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront and that is what it was in the beginning, when the first British company opened an office there in 1846. It became the epitome of elegance during Shanghai’s history as a city of trade. Now many attractive new constructions have been erected in addition to the historical buildings.
Madelle and her two lovely daughters, Maia and Bella. I love this photo [taken at the Shanghai Museum]. Madelle used it as her entry for the “I Love Being An Aprica Mom” online promo.
Here’s her entry:
Prince and the Princesses
by Madelle Enriquez – Paltu-ob
I am 24 years old. What have I become? Do I like her? Am I the person I am destined to be?
Pregnancy came to me unexpectedly. All of a sudden, I had to stop doing what I loved doing the most – dancing. I always had a dream in my heart to be a person of great influence. I always thought I was going to do it through dancing. Now, I had to put that aside and make way for my baby. I took time to prepare for her… But nothing prepared me for what was to come. Motherhood really changed me. It was a lot of hard work, but all worth it. I thought I would be able to go back to dancing already, only to find out that I’m having another baby! Bella was born and I can’t believe we have 2 kids. As parents, we have our good days and we have our bad days. The bad days are outweighed by the joy they bring. Every time Bella cries, I am given a chance to be more patient. Every time Maia becomes difficult, I am given a chance to show more love. As for that dancing dream, it may not come to pass now. But I can see my eldest dancing her heart out every time she hears music. I can hear her singing her lungs out every time she gets the chance.
Today, I am 27 years old. I am a person of great influence to my 2 princesses and I am married to a Prince.
I am back to dancing.
I am blessed.
I am loved.
I am appreciated.
I am thought of.
God has a plan for my family. And it is beyond my understanding. It is beyond my vision. I can only take one day at a time and choose to be hopeful. This is only the beginning.
Beautiful flower garden outside the Shanghai Museum.
My mom, Van and I were the only ones who went to Yu Yuan Garden because we didn’t want the kids to get stressed – the road going there was packed!
Yu yuan is a 400 year old classical Chinese garden in the Old Town of Shanghai. Pan Yunduan spent twenty years and all his savings building it to please his parents in their old age.
We grabbed some dimsum and stinky tofu on our way back!
Chinese hats. Bella you’re so cute! Can I pinch your tummy?
Shopping at Nanjing Road!
I wanna go to Beijing next!