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Unification one airplane at a time April 29, 2014

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Unthinkable when I left Taiwan 40 years ago. now airplanes from China are common at both 松山 and 桃园 airports。

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Let’s face it, 统一 still has a long way to go but as we see more airplanes from China, I am hopeful it will come true one day.

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Too many to count April 23, 2014

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Have you ever seen so many ship before? 1st time for me.

The view of 马六甲海峡 Singapore Strait from the 44th floor of Marina Bay Sands.

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爱知书店:A good start April 21, 2014

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Read the sign at this ‘help yourself’ magzine stand by 爱知书店 at 静安寺 Metro Station on 上海轨道交通二号线?

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It says: ‘Read what you like at ¥1 per day.’

Based on the sign, I believe you have to return the magzine after you’ve finished reading it; kind of like a small ‘for profit’ library.

I hope it works here but I also realize that people’s behavior takes a long time to change. Here at 静安寺,a more affluent community in 上海浦西 Puxi, Shanghai, an hornor system like this may take hold because of a higher level of self-respect or 自爱 in Chinese.

In many parts of China, this system probably won’t last a day or two.

At least this is a good start. I hope this traditional Chinese virture can spread like wild flowers to the rest of China.

There is reason for hope.

I first came to Shanghai on a regular basis in 2008. Back them, there were always a few metro riders who chose not to line up like the others everytime when we took the subway several times in a day. Their numbers have come down to at most one or two during my entire stay in Shanghai which averaged 10 days or so.

A slow progress but nonetheless, a change in the right direction.

What was that long line for? April 21, 2014

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Date:   4-19-2014
Time:   8:24 pm
Place:   南京西路,上海,浦西
What:   Not sure. Free AF T-shirt?

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Water works April 21, 2014

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Do you like the art work of water?

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Place: 南京西路,上海,浦西

Wagas, 南京西路,上海浦西 April 21, 2014

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Wagas is located in the badement of the 中信富泰大楼 (Citic Square) on 南京西路 in 浦西,上海。It is a high end shopping center with boutigue houses I have never heard of: Corneliani, Catineau, Gaudi, Psalter and La Mia.

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We decided to have a mid-afternoon light lunch before our evening all-you-can-eat buffet at 金钱豹, Golden Jaguar on the fourth floor of the same building.

Wagas was not cheap because of its location. It charged almost the same as you’d at Panera in the US: a bowl of soup of the day was ¥23 or about $4.00. Salad with roasted chicken breast was ¥52 or $8.75.

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The first words came out of my wife’s mouth after a spoonful of this leek potato soup was: ‘这汤不怎么样吗!’ I agreed: not creamy enough, soup base was too light and it needed more leek and potato. Bread was good.

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Salad dressing needed more work. It wasn’t flavored enough. I can do a lot better job than Wagas could. Chicken breast was very dry (I could even see the dryneds in the picture) and lack of taste. It was left on the grill for toi long. Vegetables were fresh though.

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The afternoon tea special wasn’t available which was disappointing.

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The casual cafe had about 50 seats and it had a steady stream of customers at 2:20 on a Saturday afternoon: mostly teenagers, young couples and young families with school-age kids. Very few older folks like us.

The smalk cafe seemed to be operated by people from Taiwan because the mid-30ish guy talked to us in Taiwanese when he bought the salad to us. All other staff members were young
women in their late 20’s or early 30’s.

Wagas seemed to be operated by people from Taiwan

Blue sky. In Shanghai? April 19, 2014

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难得一见 at 上海浦东大拇指广场。

It last for about an hour.

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外卖 April 19, 2014

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Jetlag is getting harder and harder on our bodies as we get older. 机器老了。零件也不太管用了。

My wife was too tired to get out of the bed the 2nd night after we arrived at Shanghai.

Take out from another new restaurant in the neighborhood saved the evening.

Our second dinner in China:

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四川炸酱面
凉拌小黄瓜
卤豆干
黑椒牛肉饭
古月龙山
Cherry pastry for dessert

The food came from 万州汤包 5 minutes:

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炸酱面 was way too spicy hot even though its taste was good fir such a restaurant.

Stir-fried beef with vegetable over rice was tasty. Beef was tender but it looked like pork. Rice was especially good: soft on the outside with a semi firm center, skightly sticky and with a hint of sweet taste.

I ordered the side dishes to go with 古月龙山 even though there was 1/3 of a bottle left.

The restaurant closes at 9 pm. We took our time and enjoy our time off from work. Watch a movie about a middle aged guy with three women in his life: his wife of 20 years, a close female friend who is a few years older than his daughter and his high-school age daughter who try to save her parents’ marriage.

We didn’t finish the food. She did the dishes by hand The kitchen was toi small for a dishwasher.

The cost of the take out: ¥46.

Skin a whole salmon April 19, 2014

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This is how you skin a salmon:

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Deminstration at a high-end supermarket across the street frim the Big Thumb Square Shopping Center in Pudong, Shanghai, China.

If you can’t stand my driving……. April 19, 2014

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Fly over me!

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