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20 years from now..

“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

― Mark Twain

//.. one of my favourites

Posted by ajshanghai 03:17 Archived in China Comments (0)

Updates, updates..

Updates on my life august-september-october-november in China (and a quick trip to Thailand♥)

overcast 14 °C

Tervitused/Nihao/Hellõu..

So my promise to keep writing about my life in this part of the world hasn't been that successful.. Anyhow.. Been back in Shanghai since mid-August. School started early september and have that from monday to friday. Rest of the time I am figuring out options and looking for possibilities, sending out CV-s and all that newbie stuff you have to do to land a good job here. And here means overall in Asia, not only China in particular. So yes, I have broadened my plans not just to stay in Shanghai but am interested in relocating to some other place..(preferably with +25 weather). So internship offers in hotels are more than welcome..

So weather-wise september-october was perfect. Nice sunny breeze, +25, nothing compared to Estonian autumn. Even though Mom said it has been untraditionally warm there as well. September-october was basically about going to school, trying to manage with my all-lost Chinese (the freaking year back at home did such damage to my chinese level, that it was ridiculous!) So getting more confident at it now.. Doing the Business Chinese course here.. At the moment we're studying about 'types of payments' and 'currency exchanges', 'packaging'..

It is definitely different being back here compared to the first time here. The city's sparkle has faded a bit. I guess all due to me knowing the places and basically considering being a local here. First time here, obviously it was all new-sparkly-loads of new places/people/parties/news/shows/ etc. etc.
Now being back there's still loads of new people around, but everything else more-or-less same. Some new cool clubs and places, but...
Most of my friends from last schoolyear have left back to their countries, few besties still here, so very happy about that!!
You cant help it with these big cities, everything changes all the time..

I just returned from the nicest holiday with my dear Mom. We met up in Bangkok, chilled there for few days and then drove to Pattaya to enjoy beach holidays with a bit of sizzling nightlife there. The hotel we stayed at is business parters with my workplace back in Tallinn, so had chance to visit different room-types in all 4 hotels on the property. The hotel (anyone interested in a quiet area a bit away from the crowds of Pattaya city, then Royal Cliff Hotels Group is a perfect solution) has a large area, including 4 different hotels on it. Private pools, beach and fitness clubs surrounded by breahttaking scenery was excatly what we needed, perfect little getaway, not to mention the +30 sunny weather, which me and my mom are most excited about. Got a tan, hehee. So there's that..

So now it's a bit more than a month away from Christmas, which will be yet again spent in China. If it is not picture-perfect snowy weather back home, I can handle Christmas here.

The one thing I wanted to write about (more a note to myself maybe, still find it interesting..) are the ridiculously low prices of foodstuffs here. Few hundred meters from my compound is a lovely vegetable and fruit market where all locals go to-first floor is for buying meat and I usually hold on to my breath to make it to the second floor, because the smells coming there are not that lovely. Chickens and ducks are sold in front of the market and so on.. Pretty usual for locals here. So on the second floor there is the veggie market. I have a certain lady I buy my foodstuff from. And the prices are pretty much all the time the same. So usually when i cook at home I do omlette and egg-dishes with different veggies, which inquires me to buy loads of different green stuff. For example: 2-3 tomatoes, 2-3 cucumbers, 1 mid-size broccoli, 1 big onion, green onion, some green stuff, leaves or whatever they are called and some carrots, I typically pay 13-15kuai, which is 1,6-1,8 euros. How ridiculous is that! And as for fruits, prices are quite low as well (I am comparing to Europe prices, not Thailand ones, which are even cheaper). But yes, I know, these prices are at my local market, not some Xujiahui (one of the centres in Shanghai) or even worse Lujiazui (business district here) fancy department store, where I can get 1 apple for the same price... So buying some stuff here is very favourable to your wallet. And then you go to a fancy resto and pay 25 euros for a appetizer..

Anyhow, Shanghai seems to be the same, but something has changed or maybe it's just me O_o
Gonna keep you (or mostly myself) updated about new weird or/and typical things here.. So in 30-years-time I can take a look back and remember the good-times and stories I had here..:)

Oh and I'll do a picture-update next..

Tsauki/Zaijian/Toodles!

xx

Posted by ajshanghai 06:46 Archived in China Comments (0)

Shanghai is waiting..

/// So this was written in june, but somehow didn't manage with publishing it..//

Nihao pengyoumen, Hao jiu bu jian, Long time no see (writing in this case..)

So thought about writing in english/estonian mix. Will see how this turns out.
Basically have been located in Estonia/Tallinn for the past year, worked on my last subjects and thesis at school and working at office side-by-side.(If anyone's interested, did my bachelor thesis on 'Inbound tourism problems in China since 1978, in case of Shanghai and Beijing'.) Not that easy to balance between school and work. BUT hard work and countless hours of studying and insomnia paid off. School.is.over.as.from.today!!!!!Gimme a yay!!!!! Had my last (not so nice and easy) exam today. Hopefully will pass, which means will leave again for China. Shanghai, my love, is waiting. Seriously, it has been too long! I've turned into a zombie here, so it's about time I go back there.
Will be going back to the same uni I was last year- SHNU- and will be there for autumn semester. Will do a quick flight back to Tallinn in January, have to defend?protect? (which is the right word for it), well protect my thesis (which is done and binded!!!!!) and if all things come together, will receive my university diploma:) Aaaah, but that time is half a year away, so at the moment I'm just very very very anxious and excited about going back to my 'homecity' Shanghai.
Nightynight now, someone has to run to office in few hours, bybye))

Posted by ajshanghai 06:39 Archived in Estonia Comments (0)

Juuni

sunny 29 °C

Juuni... JUBA on juuni. Ebareaalne. Ma ei tahaks uskuda seda, et nii kiirelt on aeg läinud.
Nagu ikka Murphy seaduse järgi, siis juuni on maailma kõige rohkem tegemisi kõik samal ajal ja üksteise otsas kuni juuni viimase päevani.
Mingeid lõbusaid tööotsi teen siin ja kool ja igalpool vaja veel käia linnas, sõpradega, kes ära hakkavad lendama, kokku saada ja õppida ja hsk on 17ndal (biggest test ever, again.) Ja siis koolis järgimine nädal on viimane nädal ja lõpueksamid.Vahepeal on veel jaanipäev, kus me eestlastega kokku saame ja üle 'lõkke' hüppame. Või siis niisama väike või vähe suurem pidu. Ja siis samal ajal peab eksamiteks kordama ja ongi lõpueksamid ja kohe pärast viimast eksamit või tegelikult ma teen ühe viimase eksami enne teisi, sest mul läheb lennuk juba pärastlõunal, kui teistel eksam on. Lähen lendan korra Chongqingi, saan eestlastega kokku, kes sinna uue Finnairi avatud liiniga Tallinn-Helsinki-Chongqing tulevad ja käin vaatan Chongqingis ringi ja siis Shanghaisse tagasi. Aga see on alles pika kiire kahe nädala pärast.

Ja Keiu-nunnukas on praegu oma pikas 24h rongis ja minu poole Lõuna-Hiinast teel. Otsustas viimasel hetkel mulle ja Shanghaile külla tulla)) Niiet hommikul jõuab siia ja terve nädal on sisustatud mööda linna rändamisega. Love it, näen ise oma lemmik- ja uusi kohti ka.

Pilte ühest järjekordsest linnatiirust.
Check my instagram: http://web.stagram.com/n/ajvedder/
xx
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Posted by ajshanghai 04:55 Archived in China Comments (0)

Long timez no talky

sunny 26 °C

Nimen hao pengyoumen,
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ei, mind pole hiinlaste poolt ära röövitud, pole vahepeal abiellunud, aga põnev on küll olnud.
(sorry about 2 kuud pole juhtunud blogisse kirjutama. Seda võin öelda, et ma tean, et minust kirjanikku küll ei saa. Väga raske on järjepidev olla selle blogiasjaga kui vahepeal oli kool-trenn-õpin-nv-väljas-mööda-linna-puhkan-õpin-õpin-rutiin, polnud millestki erilisest kirjutada. Või kindlasti on, aga ma pooli asju ei pane enam tähele, mis teistele, kes siin ei ela, imelikud tunduvad. Ära kohanenud, kohalik noh))

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Mid-term eksamid olid aprilli lõpus, raskemad kui eelmine semester, sest ma nüüd õpin business chinese'i, niiet raskem, aga kasulikum.
Siis ma käisin trennis hoolega (arvata oli, et paus tuli sisse ja nüüd ma üritan jälle seal käia ja no natuke surmatunne on, aga saab hakkama). Eriti ei kisu trenni kui väljas on+25 ja 30 kraadi ja päike lõõmab ja tahaks paar liitrit jäätist süüa ja pargis frisbit (ma ei tea selle õiget kirjapilti) lennutada. Ma avastasin, et ma olen väga õudne selles frisbi mängus, sest ma olen harjunud seda taldrikut ainult Reksile lennnutama ja siis peab täiesti jõust viskama, et võimalikult kaugele lendaks, et Reks palju joosta saaks ja ära väsiks. No Elenaga ei saa sama teha:D Niiet alguses oli vähe imelik seda mängida, nüüd on ok.

Lendasin vahepeal Pekingi, käisin uurisin niiiiii ägedat ja ilusat Pekingit.
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Nüüd on suvi, viimased neli nädalat kooli ja eksamid.

Aga ma olen täitsa kutu-piilu hetkel, et tuduma ära. Niiet ma tõesti-tõesti üritan paar postitust (pigem pildi kui jutu) siia ennem kahe uue kuu möödumist lisada))

Zaijian ne))
xx

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Posted by ajshanghai 07:33 Archived in China Comments (0)

Kevaaaaad

KEVADKEVADKEVADKEVAD

sunny 15 °C

Pärast kerget kuuajalist vihma/talveperioodi oli* kuni tänaseni NELI päeva järjest päike väljas ja nii mõnna soe.

  • **oli-sest nüüd sajab tapjavihma jälle

Siiski-siiski kevad tuleb kohe nüüd!
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Doodles!
xx

Posted by ajshanghai 09:49 Archived in China Comments (0)

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