TRAVEL DIARY: SHANGHAI, CHINA I

July 14th, 2014

 

The tale of a first time traveler in Shanghai

Let me tell you how it happened…

I’ve been a local traveler since I was young. Stayed in different local hotels and resorts. Been rejected on my first visa application not until the magic ticket paid my travel to Shanghai.

It was a Saturday evening, I dropped by TheFaceShop Robinsons Manila to buy a BB cream but ended up buying CC Cream since its a new product – its a color corrector and lighter on the skin. My receipt entitled me to join the raffle “See Kim Soo Hyun in Person” in Shanghai. I was hoping that I will be the lucky winner- to see Shanghai free and to see Kim Soo Hyun.

That Monday evening, life’s just normal in the office but was changed when I read the text message in the evening that I won. I was at the gate in front of our house and  started to shout that my Mom thought  a bad person was following me.  I immediately checked my Facebook!! Lo and Behold, my name was written as the first prize winner!! The feeling was unexplainable! How many percent can someone won in a raffle? Now I believe that this promos are true.But I know It was an answered prayer!!

After the elation and the excitement, now comes the task of getting the Chinese Visa. The fear starts to creep in… the embassy returned the documents I’ve submitted on my first application. I still have to make some addendum on my document which I did. But while waiting for my visa, I hold on to this verse “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” -Matthew 21:22.A day before my flight, I got my Visa!. What a dosage of adrenalin! But God is an amazing God. He grants the desires of our hearts.❤

From the stress of applying for a Chinese visa because we were given a short period of time, arrived at the Airport 30 minutes before boarding time and the tense feeling in the Immigration because they thought I was a local and not a Foreigner was all worth it when we arrived at our hotel in Shanghai.

The first day of our Shanghai adventure began…

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Touchdown Shanghai. With four strangers and now my friends..

(left to right: Ish, Dee, Alyssa, Bridget, and Angeline)

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We stayed at Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai.

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My luxurious room. ❤

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Buffet breakfast.

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Lunch at IFC mall.

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Spicy beef potato noodles for lunch! nom nom~

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TheFaceShop event at Grand Hyatt Hotel. 

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#TeamPH4KSH before the event starts. We’re ready to see Kim Soo Hyun!

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Finally Kim Soo Hyun!

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He’s pronouncing my name A-ly-ssa *_* He was really kind and says thank you to everyone he meets.

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Special thanks to Dee and Ish for taking this pictures ❤

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Kim Soo Hyun’s Autograph ❤ I was amazed  how popular he is in China. Passerby (young and old) at the hotel lobby we’re looking at my autograph and asked if they could take a photo.

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Group photo with Kim Soo Hyun. ❤_❤

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Photo with Dianne Lee from TFC Korea. She’s very nice! =)

Team Philippines is super happy! Thank you TheFaceShop Philippines for this Shanghai trip and to see Kim Soo Hyun in person. Most especially, to God who made all these things possible. I will be forever grateful. ❤

Next stop: Jin Mao Tower observatory deck.

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Ish and Dee buying tickets. It cost around 120 RMB.

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View from 88th floor.

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You have to dropped 1 RMB to be able to use this landscope.

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The Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Shanghai’s most recognized landmark.

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Souvenir shop inside the tower.

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Team Ph group photo. We only got this for 5 pcs. for 100 RMB. (we asked for a discount)

IFC Mall: It’s like Greenbelt 5 here in Manila.

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Dinner at IFC mall.

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It was indeed a first fun filled day at Shanghai! ❤

Photo credits from: Alyssa Alumno, Dee Taar, Angeline Tria and Ish Sison, TheFaceShop Korea.

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