Shanghai Calling:A Paris of the East Journey

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“Everyone has a life’s calling”. Each person’s calling is unique and distinctive and in alliance with personality traits and talents. Throughout your life, your calling surfaces over and over again, sometimes in obscure ways or in areas that you have ignored. Your calling may not be the most lucrative thing you had in mind and this is oftentimes one of the reasons why it is overlooked. When you operate in your calling, you will have a deep sense of peace and an overwhelming feeling of personal satisfaction. You will find that you are just one piece of a larger puzzle, and that your impact will felt by more than just you.

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Summer,29 days after leaving the portals of the colossal premise of our university a life changing and trotting – experience embrace me and shiver down my spine. A trip that I couldn’t ever fathom that will came into realms of reality. Shanghai: Paris of the East, A journey to the most expensive city of Peoples Republic of China.

The moment that I passed my invitation letter from a close friend at China’s Embassy in Makati and got my China visa made me one of the happiest guy for that day. After the hustle and bustle in the embassy The long wait is finally over and it’s my flight day. My first ever international trip ever.(yahoo!im so excited!) I arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 around 5pm due to the fact that I need to board in my luggage’s early and some queries in the immigration. My flight will be ETD is 12Midnight.Its smooth with little turbulent flight crossing the aerial skies of China.

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Our plane landed in Pudong International Airport around 3:13am.Its spring Season in China that’s why temperature is kind of freezing that require you to wear a coat or a thick jacket. My friend Lara Olson(CEO International Gathering Together) is the host of this trip is waiting for me.After filling out the arrival form in Pudong , China immigration let me pass through.

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Throughout this trip I stayed in a very welcoming, elegant and hotel like accommodation house in Beverly Hills Shanghai where mostly American expats are residing.Ive experience how to live like am American and Chinese as well since the Olson’s is living for almost 6 years in Shanghai.

Oh my !im having to use a chop sticks!haha My day always started with a very sumptuous meal in Olsons place prepared by Chinese Ayi’s. and always end up with American dishes.(I’m starting to love turkey sandwich!)

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Concordia International School Shanghai

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My first sight-seeing happened is a chance to enter at Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS) is an international school offering American, pre-collegiate programs focusing on a student-centered learning community. Located in Central Pudong where two kids of Miss Lara’s children Ian and Eric were studying. The ambiance of the school is the same in Movie High School Musical with a very humongous façade. Miss Lara gave me a quick tour and tried to introduce me to some of her friends and I saw some familiar faces of teachers which I met during the Vacation Bible School in Iloilo.

The Bund

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For a century the Bund has been one of the most recognizable architectural symbols and pride of Shanghai. Every morning people come here to do exercises and every evening they come to appreciate the view with their loved ones.

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The word ‘bund’ derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront and that is what the Bund was originally.

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When the first British company opened an office at the Bund in 1846, it became the epitome of elegance. Now many attractive new constructions have been erected in addition to the historical buildings. The attraction of the Bund is the 26 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance designs that once housed numerous banks and trading houses of various Countries of which they are now housing local Chinese companies and are well illuminated at night.

Zendai Thumb Plaza Shanghai

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Zendai Thumb Plaza locates in the middle of Lianyang International community with the constructive area of 110,000 square meters. It contributes shopping, amusement, recreation, art, and catering together. The plaza provides you a one-stop, all-around and high-quality service, helping you to enhance your life quality.

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Zendai Himalayas Center has an expansive lifestyle hub located above Huamu Lu metro station. The unique space, designed by renowned architect Arata Isozaki, features a range of shops, restaurants and more bookended by the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel and the Zendai Himalayas Art Museum.

The core of the building is a spectacular ‘urban forest’ area that features twisting ‘limbs’ over a covered central terrace space. Surrounding this courtyard a number of restaurants and shops are already open, including a new branch for Greek Taverna, hydroponic outlet The Urban Harvest and Thai restaurant Tai Cook.There I enjoyed watching my first ever 4d Movie experience(Spiderman4D) in a deluxe and cozy cinema house.

Shanghai YuYuan Garden

To gain an appreciation for life in Shanghai’s Old city.

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Yuyuan Garden, a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dates back to the fabled Ming Dynasty. Now Yuyuan Garden, a place of peace and comfort tines back to the fabled Ming Dynasty. Now a popular tourist destination

Shanghai Maglev

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Shanghai Maglev Train (Shanghai Maglev Demonstration Line) is the first commercial maglev line in the world. The line runs between Longyang Road Station on the Shanghai Subway Line 2, to Pudong International Airport, and the journey takes no more than 8 minutes to complete the distance of 30 km (19 miles). It can reach up to 431 km/hr (268 mph) during the journey. In 2003, it was enrolled by Guinness Records to be the fastest train in the world in commercial use.

Inside the train, it is very modern, clean and comfortable, much like that in an airplane. Trained attendants are present. There is enough sitting space, since there are only 2 or 3 seats in a row. Air-conditioning is available and passengers can adjust the temperature by themselves. There is a LCD screen indicating the current running speed of the train. Many passengers pay close attention and some even take a picture, when the number of “431” appears on the screen

Shanghai’s Financial District

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Shanghai’s Financial District (Lujiazui) is located on the east side of the Huangpu River, directly across from the Bund in Shanghai China. It features dozens of architecturally attractive high-rise buildings and lovely urban parks.

The magnificent Jin Mao Tower, the 101 story World Financial Center and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower are the three most famous buildings in Lujiazui.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport (airport code PVG) opened in 1999 and is already the world’s 20th busiest airport and China’s 3rd busiest, hosting over 40 million passengers annually. The airport is a hub for both Shanghai Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. The passenger complex consists of two terminals, T1 and T2, with a third terminal expected to open in 2015. There are two hotels on-site, the Ramada Pudong Airport Hotel and the JinjiangInn Pudong Airport Hotel. Located 30 kilometers southeast of the city center, the airport is connected to the city by the Metro Line Subway system and the Shanghai Maglev High-speed Train, which takes less than eight minutes.

I believe that this trip sent me for a reason that will have a significance in this world. I genuinely feel that we are all blessed with unique callings in life. The expression of our calling contributes to a cause greater that ourselves.Till we met again my dear Shanghai!

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