again, I got up too late and missed breakfast. I think I'm getting whatever
it is that Aric and Ashlyn had. The glands at the back of my throat
feel scratchy and swollen, and my body feels achy all over. =/
I decided to go to "Bai Feng Tang", the dim sum place we came
to after checking into the Jin Jiang Hotel. It was only sprinkling when
I walked over to the restaurant, but by the time I was done eating,
it was coming down hard! I decided to wait until the rain lightened
up. But a line was forming for my table so I took the baby, covered
her the best I could and ran back tot he hotel. I was pretty drenched
by the time we got back. Mostly from the huge plops of rain that fell
from the awnings. Those were gross because they were huge drops...with
dirt mixed in. My white shirt looked a bit dingy and gray. Ashlyn was
okay...she was under the canopy of her stoller. The only part of her
that got wet were her feet and socks (since she likes to stick her feet
out). To avoid both of us from getting more sick, both Ashlyn and I
took a hot bath. We couldn't go out to the "Welcome to Shanghai"
sign, so I took her down to the lobby and the different floors of the
hotel. I inquired about a massage at the spa, but the hotel was charging
ridiculous prices. For a 1-hour massage, they charge $600 RMB...which
is like, $75 US. What a rip! I know that sounds reasonable, but
not for China. You can usually get a 45 minute massage for $100 RMB...which
is around $12 US.
Checked out the gift shops, then went back to the room. We just watched
TV and lounged around.
had dinner plans with Todd and Emily. They had their chauffer pick me
and Ashlyn up. Since Aric was running late, he met us at the restaurant.
We ate this restaurant next to "The Door" ( new trendy restaurant/bar
that has many different types of doors as the decor. We had a great
time at dinner with Todd, Emily, and Nicole. The food was really delicious.
Especially their "sauna" prawns and garlic beef ribs. Mmmm!
we got back to the hotel, Aric and I decided to start packing our bags
so we don't wait till the very last minute. Aric was very antsy about
getting busted at customs for having so many "pricey" belongings.
I repeatedly assured him that we wouldn't get in trouble. Afterall,
we didn't exceed the amount you're given before you declare goods. But
Aric still worried. *shrug*
downpour...picture taken from the dim sum restaurant
Nicole, and Todd