It feels like ages ago that we went to Shanghai, probably because it really was. Who knew it would take me this long to share the pictures? (Can I keep blaming this procrastination on pregnancy?)
I loved the city, it was great to be in a big city with lots of green space and parks (something we miss the most here in Manila).
We stayed at the Pudi Boutique Hotel, and I highly recommend it! It was amazingly comfortable and convenient to a lot of restaurants.
We pretty much walked everywhere from our hotel, Shanghai wasn’t nearly as crowded as I was expecting. And seeing trees everywhere was quite the novelty after living so long in Manila.
Believe it or not, despite being pregnant and dying to pee, it’s amazing your body’s capacity to hold *just a little longer* so you can avoid a smelly squat toilet (I’m leaving Asia in a little over 3 months, and have been successful in avoiding them completely! It helps that they’re not the norm here in the Philippines).
It was a short trip, but we had a great time! I definitely hope to be able to visit again someday!
After months and months and months of procrastination, I have finally updated my Where I’ve Been page! I was a bit sad deleting the line “Trips planned for this year” and not replacing it with actual trips planned but there is nothing, since I’m officially banned from air travel until this baby gets here – and then who knows if we’ll get a chance to travel with baby in the last two months, considering she won’t get a passport until the birth certificate arrives, and just that takes 6 weeks! (Have I mentioned we’re moving 2 months after baby, so just the thought of that stresses me out a *tad* – and yes, that is a total understatement).
But anyway, up to 33 countries/territories, not bad considering I arrived in the Philippines with those numbers in the teens!
Here are some of the pictures I added from recent trips – I may have gone overboard with a few of them, but sometimes it’s hard to choose favorites. (And yep, still planning on blogging all about the trips I haven’t shared yet, it will be nice reminiscing about them!)
Australia: Sydney and Blue Mountains
Vietnam: Hanoi (can you tell the weather was very gloomy?)
Malaysia: Kota Kinabalu
Marshall Islands: Majuro
Cambodia: Phnom Penh
Federal States of Micronesia: Pohnpei
This one from right here in the Philippines, our weekend trip to Subic to swim with dolphins!
I also added some pictures to much older trips (pre-blog), like my trips to Greece, Spain, etc. (Pretty much anything I had digital pictures for were finally included!)
I write this from my iPhone, in our hotel room in Phnom Penh, while the rainstorm outside is no joke (we have had beautify sunny hot days, stormy nights).
Tomorrow we’re off to Vientiane, Laos, for a couple of days, and a couple more in Hanoi, Vietnam, after making our way back home to Manila.
I miss Lily and Lucas terribly, and have to admit I’m looking forward to January when I’m officially banned from air travel and am forced to stay put for a bit! Specially now that traveling is so damn uncomfortable!
Pictures, pregnancy updates (I’m suddenly huge) and more to resume after we get back!
More to come later, I’m off to Coron in a few hours!
Mt Pinatubo hike:
And swimming with dolphins…
Lots and lots more pictures to be shared later!