Found my new favorite drink in Shanghai

Hello greetings from Shanghai!

Yes I’m in China. Just walk around, it reminds me of those good old days. I never lived in Shanghai before, but went there quite often before when I lived close. We sometimes take a train there party the whole night.

I’m still doing the same thing in Europe sometimes but still I sometimes miss the fun time I had here.

I just found my new favorite drink, it looks so cute! After drinking seveval days unsweetend green tea and calpis, I finally tried a new drink lol.

The weather in Shanghai these days is perfect, 25 degrees, you need a light jacket in the evening and morning.

After more than one month sweating in SE Asia, I feel so refreshed!

Some random shots

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“Where are you from?”

I’ve never thought about this question much before.

But then when I’m travelling, it’s always the first question they ask about me. “Where are you from? Chinese? Korean?”

Why does it matter so much? But I’m too nice so I never tell them “why does it matter?” Maybe I should tell them from now on.

“Where are you from?”

Tricky question, isn’t it! My English isn’t the best, I see this question similar like where you were born, but it also doesn’t make sense.

I was born in China, and spent most of my life so far in China, most of my education happened in China, Mandarin is the only language I can say I can speak fluently.

Does it mean I should tell people I’m from China? But still why does it matter?

To be honest, nowadays I feel more if a culture shock when I’m in China than when I’m in Europe.

Sometimes I think it’s not because I’ve been living outside China long enough, even when I live in China, I didn’t agree with a lot of common values there and find a lot of topics people are interested in not so interesting to me.

If someone living abroad for 20 years, should they say they are from the residence country? How about 30 years? It just doesn’t work this way, it all depends on how people view and identify themselves I believe.

Maybe I think too much about people asking where I’m from. Maybe they just curious because some people mistake me as Japanese or Korean.

But also it’s a dangerous question that I try to avoid asking others nowadays when I meet new friends. Because it’s too easy to categorize people this way.

Where I’m from isn’t important, which languages I speak isn’t important either. I don’t have to represent a certain group of people based on their nationality. I’m a citizen of this planet who happens to live in different countries, to speak a few (broken) languages and to travel around a bit.

Rainy luna park

Do you like artificial attraction sites, such as amusement parks?

I used to hate it, I’ve never been to any disneylands for example. Not only because I’m more into the nature than such attractions, also because I’m scared of most rides of course, the only thing I can do again and again is carrousel.

Actually nowadays I like amusement parks, I guess life is too real or boring so we do need this kind of bubble dreams to feel happy!

Photos take at Genting Highlands, near KL, interestin place.

Have a good week, everyone!

Karaoke Fun Time

Who doesnt like Karaoke?

I haven’t done the Asian style Karaoke for long. Karaoke bars are so different in Europe haha.

Why was I singing Japanese song then? Because it’s a karaoke opened by Japanese and normally only Japanese customers go there.

Then why was I there? Here is the story, I thought kinda funny.

I was drinking my ginger lemon tea at this cafe in HCMC on my last day there.

Then an older Japanese guy and a young Japanese girl came in the café, I was taking this pictures with my tripod, feeling so kinda embarrassed doing such thing in a café, I smile at them. Then they started talking to me in Japanese, thought I was Japanese or smth.

Turned out the café is at Japan town in HCMC, there are more than 1 million Japanese living there, I’d never thought there were so many.

Momo was kinda interviewing the guy, I didn’t know what the guy does of course.

Then we started talking a little bit. Momo told me Ken san is super nice and famous, he’s Toshi, the lead singer of X-Japan’s brother. I was kinda surprised, because even though I don’t listen much to Japanese music these days, X-Japan must be at least used to be famous because even me heard some of their songs haha.

Ken opened a karaoke bar many years ago in HCMC, so that’s why they took me there after the café since we don’t have much to do.

Of course the karaoke has nothing to do with Toshi and even Ken doesn’t really see his brother much these days, still quite interesting I thought. He sings super well, me and Momo were quite impressed haha.

That was my last day in HCMC, never thought I’d do Karaoke in Bui Vien street though haha!