I remember watching LOST so many years ago, and there was one episode called ‘Walkabout’. I don’t remember the details already; what I do recall is that it was strange, and most definitely an interesting episode. Like my day today.
I arranged to meet Lynnette at Yan’an West Road metro station which is right next to Yuyintang for the enovate youth connection event at 11.30 am because we planned to have lunch and chit chat first, potentially about some side projects, before heading for the event. While waiting, I chanced upon this sight.
After Lynnette arrived, we walked casually exploring the neighborhood looking for interesting makan places when we stumbled upon a quaint one called Le Petit Chateau.
Little touches of home are apparent throughout the restaurant, making patrons feel cozy and comfortable.
The food is a home-run, too. I thoroughly enjoyed my pasta, and Lynnette, her risotto.
After the enovate event, Lynnette headed off to the Singapore Consulate General to vote. Yes, May 7 is polling day for Singapore, and unlike previous years, this time, the energy level is at an all-time high, and every Singaporean worthy of his/her salt goes to the polls. Meanwhile, unsure of what to do for the rest of the afternoon, I decided to just walk about and explore the area between Yan’an West and Zhongshan Park (where I’d head over to Carrefour). These two places are just one metro station apart, it should be quick.
Even more quickly, I got distracted by the things, people, cats and dogs that I encountered along the way.
So, regardless of the close proximity of Zhongshan Park from my starting point, I soon got a bit lost. My feet were really quite tired already, and I contemplated jumping into a taxi and head straight home. Just as I rolled that thought around in my head, a free Tesco shuttle rolled in right in front of me to drop off a passenger. Up until now, I only knew one Tesco in Shanghai – the one near my house. It never occurred to my tired brain there might be a second Tesco around, I was dead sure the bus was gonna take me right home. Needless to say, I jumped in immediately.
About 15 minutes later, the bus came to the Tesco on Wuyi Road (武夷路). After alighting, I saw the familiar Cloud Nine Shopping Mall (龙之梦) at Zhongshan Park that I had initially wanted to go to so that I could raid Carrefour’s salad bar. SO, after one big round, I’d be headed where I wanted to go in the first place. I laughed hysterically. C’est la vie. You really don’t know where it might lead you. Just go with the flow I guess, and enjoy the ride. And the sights.
Sunset. Perfect for my favorite kind of shots. Shadow shots.
I reached home around 7 pm, thinking I would wash my face and put on a mask while I rested my feet. Then my friend called. I haven’t seen him in 6 freaking months (he got married, honeymooned at the Maldives, bought an apartment, signed up for MBA and became an Apple fanboy in all that time). He was in Xujiahui (after splurging on the magic mouse *rolleyes*) and wanted to meet for dinner. Still quite stuffed from the wonderful lunch, I asked to go for coffee instead. But since he’s never been to my house before, he chose to just come over and hang out. It was great to see an old friend so unexpectedly. Plus he brought me tea leaves from his hometown Huangshan and Rocher chocolates!
Yippie! Truly an awesome day of unexpected twists and turns and pleasant surprises 🙂