China Trip Highlights and a Giveaway!

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I’ve been quiet on my blog and other social media for the past 2 weeks, as I was away on a trip to China – partly work and partly holiday. The trip was indeed an adventure and unforgettable one due to it being a last minute unplanned trip. Not only that, it was below 0C in Beijing! Flying from a 32C country and walking out of the plane to a 5C weather was a total shock to my body and brain. After the 2 days, my body got used to the weather and I had an interesting discovery. If I wear thick sweaters and keep my body very warm, I feel even colder. So I just wear a thin sweater and a jacket for the entire trip, with gloves when it’s needed.

When I arrive back to Malaysia, it never felt so good to be wearing single layer of clothing! But my body had a strange tingling sensations for 2 days and I had to “recuperate” over the weekend by just lazing around not doing anything.. and now I’m back in action.


There’s too many stories and photos to share, so here are some of my most memorable highlights of the trip.
♥ After watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics on tv with awe, seeing the amazing Beijing National Stadium or “Bird’s Nest” up close is super cool.
♥ Conquering the Great Wall of China at -5C! Luckily we need to hike on the walls, the exercise managed to keep my body warm! Despite the weather, it was definitely worth it to be there.
♥ The CRH fast train in China really impresses me, going at 300km/h, travelling around the huge country has never been so cheap and convenient. There’s a train departing every 30 minutes from Beijing to Shanghai (distance of 1,300km) and the trip took only 5 hours. Interestingly, if you are late for your trip, you can change your ticket to a different train or get a refund without extra charge!
♥ This might sound strange for some of you, but it was an incredible feeling walking on a frozen lake for the 1st time.
♥ I love the quaint old Shanghai houses with small lanes that was turn into shops, crafts stores and alfresco cafes.. but it was too cold for a cuppa outside.
♥ visited the Futian Commodity Market at Yiwu, there are more than 3,000 wholesale suppliers and my feet felt like jelly after walking from store to store. So many variety of products, supplies, ideas.. for me to maybe kick start a new project this year.

Actually the ultimate highlight of the trip (or any trip at all!) for me is the FOOD! I love trying out the food that the local eats, especially the street food. Tasting different flavours, new ingredients and cooking methods have been such an inspiration. China cuisine have several styles originating from different regions of China, due to climate, resources and cooking techniques. I’m fortunate to be able to “feast” on a few of the styles. You can view more food photos that I’ve uploaded on my facebook page.

I have 2 gifts that I got from this trip that I am giving away.  The 1st gift is a set of wooden chopstick.

The 2nd gift is a Felt Table Mat for pots/plates. The design reminds me of spring. and the pot is not included in the giveaway 🙂

To enter these 2 giveaways, you need to:

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This giveaway is WORLDWIDE and expires on Sunday, 11th March 2012 at 12:00 pm PST.  Entries that do not meet the entry requirement will not be considered.  Winners will be selected by random.org.

GOOD LUCK!

53 Comments

  1. You know what? I am commenting now and I want to win that table mat and the pot. You must have enjoyed your trip to china!!!! Thanks for the info….hope I will win!

  2. I also followed you on Facebook. Have a great weekend! 🙂
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  3. Beautiful photos & sounds amazing trip! Btw I”ve subscribed to via e-mail & folowing you on twitter too ! Have a lovely day! 🙂

  4. Just to say hi..
    Wish me good luck for the chop stick..

  5. Wow, now that is cold! I can only imagine what a trip like that would do to you…hope you got to relax a bit. Sounds like such an exciting trip though.
    Great giveaways…love that design as well 🙂
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    • I had a good rest during the weekend, totally doing nothing. Then it’s back to catching up with lots of backlog work & stuff.. Definitely need another holiday.. haha.

  6. Your trip looks absolutely wonderful. My brother went to China 2 years ago… I need to make it there to eat my way around the country!

  7. Also already following your twitter!
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  8. I’m following you via facebook!
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  9. Oh I’m so jealous Shannon! We always go back to Asia once or twice a year to visit our parents but never got to China yet. We wish to go there one day and eat all the foods!! Thank you for very generous giveaway!
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    • You have to visit China one day, and also many other Asian countries (like Malaysia 😛 ). My next trip should be to eat my way in Japan, would be great if I could be there when you are back in Japan.

  10. I also followed you on Facebook. 🙂

  11. Cool, would love to win this!
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  12. Hi Shannon – I just discovered your blog on Pinterest and can’t wait to try some of your recipes! I’m currently training to compete in my first Figure competition, so my diet is pretty limited, but as soon as I’m done competing, I’ll be back in the kitchen. I absolutely LOVE that table mat! I followed you on Twitter and Facebook too 🙂

    Take care,
    Kat
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    • Last year when I was on a one-month detox with limited diet, I found new ingredients & recipes and I had so much fun trying new flavours.
      Wow I’m amazed with your Figure Competition. Thanks for dropping by and good luck!

    • Kat, Congrats on winning the Chopstick set! Please email me your address so I can post it to you as soon as possible.

  13. shared on FB too.. 😀
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  14. I will follow you… twitter… 😀
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  15. FB page – iLike!
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  16. subscribe via email.. 😀
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  17. I would have stuffed myself on the dough twists. Your pictures are amazing and what a wonderful adventure you had. That was some train ride!
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    • I couldn’t get enough of the dough twists and I only bought 2 just before I took the train to another city. I need to find someone who is going there to buy back more for me! Yup, the train rides where incredible.

  18. Sounds like a great holiday! I’m intrigued by that flatbread … I love breads. And you’re so lucky to be able to get out of this hot and humid weather at least for awhile. I’m melting here! …. and drooling at the same time at those interesting looking food you had.
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    • We just couldn’t get enough of the flat bread. The Urghur or Muslim Restaurants we saw have outdoor ovens, imagine baking outside in the cold weather. But it taste just as good when it’s cold.
      This trip makes me appreciate and love our hot weather, I still think Malaysian weather is the best 🙂

  19. and…share your giveaways via Twitter!!

  20. And followed you via Twitter :))) Super cute twitter!
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  21. I subscribed to via e-mail :))) Too!
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  22. OOO WOOWWW!! How fun you went to China! The chopsticks and the mat are supper CUTE! I liked your fbook!!
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  23. Looks like you enjoyed yourself. Great giveaway! I could use some chopsticks. I find myself grabbing an extra set from my local restaurant whenever I order takeout so I have them on nights I make my own.
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  24. I just followed you on twitter. 🙂
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  25. I liked your facebook page.
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  26. Hi there – great giveaway! Sounds like it was an amazing trip…I’d love to taste some of those local foods someday! 🙂 And I agree that walking on the frozen lake sounds wonderful!
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  27. just tweeted the giveaway!
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  28. Folowing you on twitter!
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  29. I am a fan on facebook!
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  30. I have always wanted to go to China. Wonderful pictures!
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  31. I tweeted your giveaway~
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  32. I am a twitter follower~
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  33. I’m a fan of your fb page 🙂
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  34. What a fun trip (I’m cold just thinking about adjusting to the change in weather!). Welcome home 🙂 What a fabulous giveaway!!!
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  35. The food looks utterly SCRUMPTIOUS ! And I love those kitchen thingies esp the colorful casserole dish ! 😉
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