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Lunch places I go to while in Shanghai

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今天要跟大家介绍我吃午餐的好去处。

首先声明,我工作的地方是在浦东,靠近上海纽约大学。下面推荐的都是走路走得到,不点太多 RMB 100以下可以搞定满足奢侈心又不会太花钱的美食(所以价位稍微高一点)。但注意,这些都是我平时想要犒赏自己工作辛劳的午餐菜单,平时都是叫外卖,不然就是到食堂点个麻辣烫之类的,价格在 RMB 15-25之间。

本家韩国料理 (浦东店)| 본가| Bonga (Ben Jia)
Price: RMB 80 per person
Location: 971 Dongfang Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Wen's Rating: 3/5 stars
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辣豆腐汤五花烤肉炒年糕 - Pardon me, I have a thing for rice cakes... In any form...





大江户 - 日式料理
Price: RMB 65 per person
Location: 中国上海市浦东新区浦电路366号陆家嘴投资大厦裙楼104E 200122
Wen's Rating: 3/5 stars
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我每次来基本上都没有点别的,就是刺身海鲜。如果不是craving for 刺身,也不会来这里。每次去的时候,同事点的其他定食看起来也不错。午餐时间要排队,毕竟是在 CBD。


乐伯部队锅 (百联世纪店)- 韩国部队锅
Price: RMB 65-75 per person
Location: 百联世纪 Basement 1
Wen's Rating: 4/5 stars
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首先,我是真的很喜欢吃部队锅。这可能不是全上海最好吃的,但足够我满足一个月想吃一次部队锅的标准。说不上这家什么东西特别好,但一大锅子什么都加进去,感觉就好幸福。希望回去新加坡的时候还可以在发觉一两家。






左庭右院 (百联世纪店)- 牛肉火锅 Price: RMB 80-100 per person
Location: 百联世纪 Level 4
Wen's Rating: 4/5 stars
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这是我们部门最喜欢聚餐还是周五约饭的必到之处。锅子可以分辣跟不辣的。最近我的口味…

韩国首尔4天3夜怎么吃?【Part 1】

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为了挑战身体对寒冷的承受能力,我们一行3人决定在圣诞之前勇闯韩国首尔 ,一个号称会冷到零下并且下雪的城市。

12月21日早上,起早摸黑约同伴的驴友在龙阳地铁站乘搭磁浮列车。这不是我的第一次搭磁浮,但是每次搭都还是觉得上海好伟大。但同伴的驴友X是第一次搭的,我特别提醒她上火车记得不要忙着把外套脱了,外套脱好就抵达目的地就又要穿回去了...没错!龙阳地铁站到浦东国际机场只要8分钟,如果打车至少要30分钟以上的。

反正到了机场,有了我的无敌亚太航空联盟金卡,我跟驴友可以顺利闯进快速通道,把老早就已经在排队check in的旅客恨的牙痒痒的。check in了之后,我们就悠闲的在lounge里享用早餐,然后去免税店给朋友带东西。反正早到机场就是有这种任性悠哉的好处。

等到时间差不多,我们就到登机口排队上飞机 - 上海飞首尔只要差不多2小时。我们订的是韩亚Asiana Airlines,来回机票差不多是 新币350,是在出发前的1个月左右定的。还行。

到了首尔机场,我们不慌不忙的过了海关,领了行李,就去找可以搭火车到市区的方向 - 一到首尔的感受就是一个回忆城啊!想当年我跟我的阿娜答就是在这座城市甜蜜邂逅的 :) Anyway,我们这一次订的是Ramada Hotel and Suites Seoul Namadaemun。根据Google map的指示,我们搭了机场直达Seoul station的Express train,全程差不多是 45分钟,三个人付了21万韩元(后面还退了卡的押金 1500韩元三个人)---一个人算下来差不多新币7块单程。Google map上面也显示,我们也可以乘搭巴士6015号前往酒店,但是全程要差不多2小时。想想旅行时间宝贵,我们还是选择搭火车快点。

顺带提一下,我们是一路跟着机场上面指向KTX的方向找到搭火车的地方的,而且找到搭火车的地方的时候我们直接买直通Seoul Station不停站的Express train。另一种普通的火车不知道要停多少站,但价钱方面可能是有差距的。


一路上的风景是漂亮的,雪景尽收眼帘,但我们三个聊得太开心都没有时间拍照了。车里空空如也,有个特别装放行李的角落,座位宽敞。

首尔站走到酒店差不多要20分钟的时间,再加上我们身上的行李,还有路上的积雪,弯弯曲曲的人行道、红绿灯,确实应该打车的。好不容易在远处看见Ram…

First winter went well.

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I never understood cold, or winter. But it is now winter time in Shanghai. Daily temperature is hovering between zero and five degrees everyday - and it's only getting even colder. It's weird for my tropical body. I have not been handling the cold very well and needed lots of help from "winter veterans" about clothing everyday - There doesn't seem to be one perfect outfit for both indoor and outdoor. You always have to layer up, and then take it off as and when you like it. This is a whole new experience for me!

Walking in the cold unprepared is simply impossible and I don't own many thick clothing. Neither do I bother checking out weather forecasts before heading out. Coworkers around have been showering me with all that warmth lending me their past seasons winter clothing and taught me how to dress up for the cold. I am still not an expert in dressing up for winter, but I am improving - I now own some undershirts, wool layers and heavy winter coat that I o…

Back to the basics

Everything in life on planet involves risks.
Back during those days when I was a nerdy statistics student, the professor said.
In a low down tone as if risks is a haunting ghost.

I was not afraid, I studied that very first chapter on my textbook.
I figured out, risks is nothing but a probability.

And then I graduated from the university and marched into a company and claimed:
"I have a degree, I know risk. Hire me"

I was hired and day by day I applied probability at work, to control risks.
But never one time that worked out like I thought it would.
Day by day, I start to question the definition of risks.
I recalled that low down tone the professor had about the word "risk"

Today, I am back to the basics, to the learning about risk.
The first chapter" Understanding risk"
Took me years, and I still know fuck about risk.

I don't know risk.
Shame on me...

给所有的妈

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这几年我常在外面溜达,
你从来不问我外面有多好,
你只问我什么时候回家。

妈,世界不应该只有回家。
年龄不应该是限制,
性别不应该有歧视,
体能可以锻炼。
你也应该出去看看天下。
换你来告诉我外面有多疯、有多大。

妈,有一天我可能会找到我的那个TA。
TA不需要有钱、不需要有名,
我希望他有见识、有才华。
我会爱着他,跟他生活很多年,
一起跌倒、一起创天下。

30年后,可能也有人会这样叫我妈,
我不想要整天只关心他什么时候吃饭、什么时候回家。
作为一个女儿,
我有执著、不平横、跟挣扎。
我想我未来的女儿,
她也有她的执著、她的不平横、她的挣扎。
当她在外受伤了倒在我怀里撒娇的时候,
我只想她快乐,
告诉她妈妈永远挺她。

出门在外有时候我会想家,
我想我们家小狗、想我们家花园、想带你逛街、有时候只想摊在家。
但是,妈,生活应该还有朋友、还有学习、还有梦想,
还有创天下。

出门在外有时候我也常会怕。
我也想告诉你我有多怕。
不是要你叫我回家,
而是要告诉你:你女儿有多勇敢、多伟大。

我想告诉你日本有多冷、樱花有多好,富士有多大。
我想告诉你缅甸吃什么,自己旅行我有多伟大。
我想告诉你上海有好、同事多可爱、老板多讨厌、我刚买了部新电话。
我想告诉你渣男多讨厌、我有多生气、我多想打他。

妈,今天母亲节。
好好去吃、好好去玩、好好去庆祝,
我祝你做个快乐自由的妈妈。





I am twentysomethingwen, and I will always be.

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Past few years has been an interesting one for me, travels has made a big portion of it, and him.
Many times I am wondering myself: Who am I? What am I? So what? 
My values, and dream? What are they? 
I have been second guessing about myself a lot,  recently. That depresses me and I hated it.
I love life, I love animals, I love seeing new places. I read people, and I am good at it. 
I study and work for insurance, and I am successful professionally. I am intelligent, diligent, determined and hardworking. I need no one to tell me how I can be good, I am just good. 
I take pictures, I can be better and I am working on it. 
I have my values and dream. What's for me, and what's not. I change for no one.  
I have my weaknesses, but that's for me to know, for me to grow. I feel no shame for being bad at certain things. My shortcomings is part of me, we live together.
To all my girls, my friends, my love ones - 
Be around people who appreciates your dream, your values. And for who you are.

Thank you, Singapore.

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I came to Singapore with many of my classmates ten years ago to attend university here. The past ten years has been a major part of my growing up as a teenager. I have acquired some very important life skills like using a washing machine, getting used to public transport and be able to survive the costly lifestyles. I know where to go for yummy but cheap food, there are secret spots that I hung out at regularly, and I made great friends here whom I know I can always reach out to for no matter what. Ten years has passed. I love many things about the country: The safety, the efficiency, the openness, the convenience and the international exposures. Many of my friends who came to Singapore with me have already, if not starting to build permanent bases in the city after a few years; which is a natural decision to make given its location proximity to home and better living conditions the country has to offer.  Singapore is a great country; my feeling has been a mix about it. Walking dow…