My first pair of tailor-made shoes in Shanghai

I had been wanting to try getting a pair of tailor-made shoes made for some time and finally received my new pair a couple of weeks ago. Why did I choose tailor-made shoes? I would have probably never attempted to have a pair made in the UK as it is so much more expensive than…

Long weekend in Taipei

I have to admit I knew almost nothing about Taiwan until a few months ago when we watched an episode of BBC’s life swap where an elderly lady from the British countryside went to stay with a Taiwanese clothes shop owner in her home town of Taipei. Even from this budget TV programme I was…

The top 5 things to do in Kuala Lumpur

This year we sucked it up and paid a bit more for our flights to be able to escape Shanghai for Golden Week. Last year, we’ve spent the national holiday in Shanghai as we didn’t know we had to book long in advance to be able to afford anything and also as we were new…

Former French Concession

Yesterday, I visited the Former French Concession area for the first time and met one of my former Chinese class mates from university, who lives in Shanghai. I took the metro line 10 to Shanghai Library, which is a great starting point for the quieter area of the Former French Concession. Inside the metro station…

First weekend in Shanghai – Longbai & The Bund

On our first weekend in Shanghai, we started off with a guided tour in the morning through the district we now live in: Longbai. You can see its’ Korean influence especially in the Korean characters displayed above the various Korean restaurants. We’ve discovered yet another small market where you can buy all sorts of fish,…