What a day…
We went and checked out the MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art). They had a “floating heads” exhibit in which this artist painted hyper realistic portraits of the famous and the common. They were so realistic it wasn’t until about halfway through the exhibit that I realized that they were all paintings.
Following the exhibit we went to the cheap market to shop for a friends birthday present. I let Sydney work her magic early on and she got a killer deal with one of the stalls after that she had so much momentum on her side I couldn’t stop the deals even if I tried. I stopped and looked at a nice wind breaker because the one I currently have is not only old, but also way too big on me now. The woman wanted 680 RMB which is roughly 110 USD. I just kind of laughed and pointed to Syd. She’s the one you gotta get through if you want to make any money. I watch as they negotiate back and forth. The shopkeeper kept trying to reason with me, but everytime she did I simply pointed back at Syd. Paid about 20 USD for a North Face jacket. Thanks Syd!
For our one meal of the day yesterday we went to Ashley’s. It’s supposed to be a western style buffet, but it was mostly korean food and some western stuff. All in all it was great and we stuffed ourselves enough to satisfy our three meals of the day. We walked around to keep us out of a food coma and met up with Katie at the Beer Grdn. It was a nice enough place with moderately priced drinks, but they were on the weaker side and if I’m saying that then they were WEAK! Afterwards we went to a highly rated speakeasy called Light and Salt. It was definitely a swanky establishment and pricey even by western standards. The bartender was cool a guy from Toronto and we just chatted him up for a while. Fun anecdote he told us about his travels was about the time he and his buddy rode bikes to Angkor Wat and played chess with action figures on top of one of the temples as the sun set. It’s pretty cool meeting all these worldly people out here.
As if we hadn’t had a long enough day we went with Katie to a club called Fusion. It was a pretty nice club, but it just felt off. So clubbing in Shanghai is very different than back home.
- The promoters for the clubs here will get you in for free and get you free drinks as long as you’re a westerner. I believe this gives the clubs a certain amount of credibility if they’re able to fill it with white people. However, the drinks they give for free are extremely watered down and the quality is crap.
- Local Asians that go to the clubs just sit at their booths and drink. They’re not playing drinking games or having a rambunctious time. Instead they’re sitting there sipping on their cocktails, eating fruit off their platter and playing on their phones looking like they’re too good for this shit.
- The westerners they do get into the club are mostly college students on exchange programs. Now this is where I’m going to sound like an old man, but goddam have some amount of self respect when you go out.
- None of these teeny boppers are dressed up in proper club attire. Legitimately there are bars in DTF that wouldn’t allow some of these kids in.
- They’re pounding away the vodka water like there’s no tomorrow. Worst than Popva.
- Finally, the novelty of smoking pretty much everywhere was being abused worst than what Chris did to Rihanna.
Time to start our Saturday! Wally slept in and I got ready for the day. I surprised him when he woke up and called my name and I turned around and was dressed and had my make-up on. He got ready, we grabbed a coffee and headed to the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art in People’s Square Park). The museum was pretty pricey and when we left it was a little disappointing since it was so small but we had a good time. The exhibit was a bunch of oil paintings. The pictures are below. Wally and I only have about 4 more items in my book to see and we would have officially seen everything in the Shanghai section of my book. We decided that when we get home we would like to get a California one and try and do stuff at home that we have never done. I have explored more of Shanghai then I have of LA. When we left I went to get our friend Katie’s birthday gift. I got an amazing deal and ended up getting myself a YvesSaintLaurent clutch.
Cheap market exchange:
Wally needs a new jacket since he has lost so much weight and his big orange jacket is 15 years old and he is now swimming in it. He sees a North Face wind breaker, black not orange like he has, and he likes it.
Wally – Babe I like this one. It fits really well.
Me – ya it is nice I am fine with it.
Clerk – ok, good quality I give you good deal. (looks at wally with the calculator) 680RMB
Wally – No, talk to her.
Clerk – ok boss lady 680.
Me – No way, 100
Clerk – I will make no money 650
Me – 100
*This goes on for 5 minutes and she says 400 about 3 times. I am done so Wally and I walk away.
Clerk – Boss lady, how much .Best price? 380
Me – 110
Clerk – Come on best price 200
Me – 130
Clerk – 150
Me – 140
Clerk – Fine.
*here is the thing, don’t be a dick and I won’t low ball the shit out of you so much. Be a dick and I will win this war. You want my money but your store is a dime a dozen and I can walk away. End of story Wally got a nice jacket and I was able to haggle like a fucking champ, like I do.
The walk was nice and we headed home to drop our stuff off. Oh, we also have been collecting Starbucks cups of the cities we are going to and we found a store that sells them for cheaper so we picked up Hong Kong and Beijing. Now all we need is Shanghai (of the style we are getting), Xi’an, and Nanjing. I bought a change purse since they always give 1 dollar coins back and the little bag is a piece of a dragon fruit! So cute.
After we dropped everything off we took a taxi and went to Ashley’s for the afternoon tea. We ended up getting the lunch instead since there was still time and we will do the tea for my birthday. The food was amazing and the view was incredible. It was a perfect lunch date. The air quality was great, the weather was nice, and it was just fabulous. We decided to walk around and walk off our lunch. The mall was pretty empty so we headed out and walked the Luijiazui roundabout.
After we headed to the beergrdn to meet Katie for her birthday and all of us had a 50RMB coupon. This place was so cute and the drinks were delicious. Katie loved her gift and we all sat and chatted for awhile. Katie had to leave for a dinner with work people and Wally and I were heading to another lounge.
We stopped in Dunkin Donuts so I could run to the bathroom and he got a coffee. The place we were going was on a list Ralphie sent me of places to check out in Shanghai. It is called Light & Salt. It is a speakeasy in a library. The place was so posh and classy. Ridiculously over priced!!! We did have a couple of drinks and Katie met back up with us and we bought her a birthday drink. I had a couple dirty shirleys, naturally. Wally had a mah jong and he could not finish it but I thought it was tasty. Katie told us that some of her friends were going to Fusion (nightclub), so she invited us and we headed out. We were not dressed at all for this place but we got invited last minute and Katie was in converse and a sweater so I did not feel to bad. This place felt like Vegas for beginners. It was cool on the outside but the people around us were so irritating. We danced for awhile had some free drinks and hung out. Wally and I are pretty sad that we missed Nicky Romero, R3hab, and Galantis so I signed up for the email and will hopefully come back to see a dj we like.
Also, before we went into the club we walked around the French Concession for a little bit and had some Godiva chocolates. We ended up leaving the club and Katie left about 10 minutes after us. It was a great night and such a fun day. Next Tuesday is Tiesto!!!! EEEEE so excite. We came home and went straight to bed.