Day 3 – Shopping
I successfully navigated through the railway system and got myself to the nearest shopping mall which has 6 floors and where Carrefour (almost like Walmart) is. I also managed to order my first meal without any help, which is mediocre because I was stuck with some spicy fried rice and eggplant dish. However, there’s a Vietnamese restaurant that just opened on the 6th floor, which might be my solution for tomorrow’s lunch. And the locals here insist that I should try KFC, which can be deliver to my place 24 hrs a day, that is if I can speak Chinese and tell them where to go🙂
While at the mall, I did some grocery shopping since I practically brought nothing with me. Did I mention how much I love grocery shopping, especially in an Asian country? You see so many interesting items. And yes, there were plenty of plastic water containers, in all different sizes and colors; I want to take them all home with me! Best items bought today were Watson water, which was featured in a TVB drama I saw earlier with Raymond Lam, and some mangosteen, which is super expensive. I guess there’s a reason why people here don’t buy fruits and vegetable at these big supermarkets and rely on their local street market. Off topic, but necessary: congee here is 0.50 cent a bowl, which is another food option when desperate.
One good thing about Shanghai is that there are no plastic bags. If you want to put your stuff in plastic bags, you much purchase them, 0.50 cent a piece. Canvas bags and totes are popular items to have. Also, it seems that all everyone wears Crocs here. I am going to take a guess that either Crocs has a factory in Shanghai or that it’s all fake.
Three big commitments for this trip: No cell phone, use public transportation/avoid taxi, and eat on a budget during the next 7 weeks. Must learn to live more with less.