Monthly Archives: April 2012

When You Get Bored Shopping in Ikea

Find a spot to snooze.

Try out their  new Spring range.

Relax on their beds or  sofas.

Go camping.

Do the washing up.

Or practice yoga by the Shanghai Ikea painted poppy wall, next to their  take-away meatball counter.

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Vietnam Beaches in the South: Nha Trang, Jungle Beach and Wild Beach Resort

If you want to go down south of Vietnam and fancy a chilled out beach holiday. Check out Jungle Beach Resort, in Ninh Phuoc Village, 40 Km from Nha Trang. Think Thailand twenty years ago, with backpacker huts on a quiet beach with no people. If you want to go for a bit more luxury, go next door to Wild Beach Resort. There you will find air-conditioning, hot showers, a pool, massage facilities and more comfortable beds.

We stayed at Jungle Beach for for Christmas 2010 and my daughter got a shock (after  living  in hotels for five years), but  it only took her one night and she went: feral, gave up showering, never put on her shoes again and loved the new and simple way of life. Jungle beach is really basic, next door Wild Beach is more civilized and we did think about moving there but we we all strangely were enjoying the simple life too much.  Things to do: hang on the beach, hang at the waterfall, walk up the mountains, go for mountain walks.

You can also easily hire a taxi, to go to Nha Trang for some  day or night entertainment too. Nha Trang is a busy built up beach with hotels all along it.

We stayed in Nha Trang for 4 nights, whilst we did some diving with Rainbow Divers  (they were great by the way) and our daughter got her Padi certification, but if your looking for peace and quite in the south of Vietnam – go Jungle, or Wild Beach.

How to get here: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (stay there the night) or get a connecting flight to Nha Trang. From Nha Trang airport, get a taxi to Nha Trang  beach or if you stay at Jungle or Wild Beach they will organize a car  to collect you.

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Cool Shanghai Pet Fashion

I found these pet beauties in Shanghai yesterday. I loved the pink collar and the mum was as cute as her dog too… but she didn’t want me to photograph her.

These cats were not dead and stuffed, just snoozing.

My neighbor’s dog with her new pink friend and dog and cat homes for sale.

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Facebook buys Instagram: Waiting for Mr Right

I love Instagram for taking pictures on my iPhone. Check out this picture I took today in Shanghai of a sticky note I found stuck to a shop wall.  Maybe if you help to spread this post, we could help her find Mr Right.

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Meet my Himalayan Pussy from Hong Kong: Boo (and find an animal of your own to love)

I was never into cats, much preferred dogs. I always found cats too independent and they never seemed to give enough love… but then I found Boo in Hong Kong and I  think she is actually a dog, in a Himalayan cat-suit.

She was sick in the pet shop with a shitty bottom when I found her. I would go in and visit her everyday, hold her lovingly and  hoped that I could transfer life into her.  When my husband said maybe we should get  a friend for Maisey (our independent and unloving cat) I didn’t say anything, but jumped straight out of bed and I was at Boo’s pet shop early that morning waiting for it to open.

At the vets with my newly bought Boo on my lap, a man sitting next to me was very excited: he had a Himalayan  cat too and showed me a picture of what Boo would look like when she grew up. The picture freaked me out. I couldn’t believe my cute little thing could turn into the monster below.

Now two year later, with a pretty version of the hairy Garfield above, I’m a confirmed cat lover and  I think: Himalayan cats rock!

But – please don’t get me wrong. I love our Scottish Fold cat Maisey as well, but I only  get to be nice to her when I put her food on the floor and give her a quick stroke. Also I would not suggest buying pets from pet shops: find a reputable breeder instead or go to the SPCA in Hong Kong, they have lots of animals who are in desperate need of a good home. Or go to this great website: HK Animals Speak. It will tell you of all the animal welfare organizations in Hong Kong, where loving animals are in need of your help. Or, If you live in Shanghai go to this website, Second Chance Animal Aid. Or if you live somewhere else in the world just Google: pets in need of a home (and your country).

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Shanghai Tourist Things To Do: Explore Shanghai on a Vintage, Sidecar Motorbike

This is a fun tourist thing to do in Shanghai. I see people in these and they’re always smiling. Make sure you visit the French concession  as the views  will be fascinating and fabulous.

Contact: thomas@shanghaisideways.com or call them +86-150-2111245

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