Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I was on a Shanghai.....the Asia trip continues

A city of 25 million people, probably even more scooters ((watch out) and the energy to match.



Day One:  Ok, I have no sense of direction. Actually less than that, a negative sense of direction.  I am the person who got lost while using not one but two GPS systems in a city I had lived in for several years.  


So exploring Shanghai by myself was a scary thought! However, I was not going to sit by and do nothing.So after talking to the concierge (because Google maps does not work in China and I needed a paper map for navigation) I was off.  I am proud to let you know that I not only navigated the subway but I used my map to find an area that I had read about and wanted to check out.  There were shops that I had read about in Shanhgai Style File (www.shanghaistylefile.com).  Check it out if you are ever going there! Her blog is full of stylish tips about Shanghai.

As I proudly approached my first destination, my heart full of pride and joy that I found it without any catastrophes....only to see a store under construction. �� hilarious (now), ironic (always). 

That afternoon I met a new friend Sophia for lunch at K11. This is a shopping center where shopping and art are combined seamlessly. It is an amazing place.  There were even baby pigs outside the farm to table restaurant that we got to "uh" and "ah" over.  We spent the afternoon walking and shopping around the city.  The shopping in Asia is ENDLESS....and I am not complaining. I especially like the Xiantiandi area.














 

As the sun (and the credit card) were cooling off we met our husbands and their co-workers for a drink. It was a bar in the middle of one of Shanghai's many parks.  This park has a very interesting event that takes place every weekend.  Parents with daughters who have been deemed spinsters bring these girls to the park and parade them around.  Single men show up at the same time to see if they can make a love connection. Talk about a Sunday Funday!! It started raining so we moved indoors and smoked a hookah (cause that what you do when it rains).  

 


















This is how I feel today, how are you?








To live is so startling it leaves little room for other occupations

Emily Dickinson

Sunday, 21 September 2014

10 indoor activities to do when the weather is CRAP

So the weather here has been Crap! Crap, crap, crap!!! Even the local weatherman was using words like, "terrible" and "couldn't get any worse." So I have told Toby that we will probably not be going for a walk today.  



I also thought I would list some activities to keep me busy on days like these... Because here in New Zealand there are a lot of those days (like mama said).  What are yours??

1. Catch up on episodes on the Real Housewives or Shahs of Sunset....don't judge

2. Clean: underwear drawer, spice cabinet, closet (purge-so you can shop more 

3. Bake something yummy-then practiced self-control by not eating the whole thing (2-for-1)

4. Revamp my iTunes play lists (this is way overdue!) 

5. Read that book I downloaded 3 months ago and never got around to

Oh, that's only five...sorry I got distracted by Chloe on FARFETCH.com guess that's No. 6.....

7. Book fantasy vacations in warm tropical locations 

8. Google traditional rain-stop dances 

9. Take a nap while listening to the rain because your exhausted from the rain-stop dancing

10. Excessive amounts Instagram and Pinterest time......because those are always a good idea 






:) Be sure to share your favorite rainy day activities with me 



Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Body Rock is in the house tonight......30-day body transformation

In a little over a month I will be in Costa Rica for 5 glorious days celebrating one of my dearest friends wedding.  While this sounds magical (and I'm sure it will be) it also brings waves of inner panic over my frontal lobe as I think about having to be in a bikini for that amount of time in front of a lot of people....I know, I know, it's not about me it's about the bride and groom and their love.  But if I allowed the superficial side of my psyche to speak "it's also about looking great in that bikini, at least a little." So in the spirit of self-improvement I have embarked on the 30-DAY BODY TRANSFORMATION.  This program on Body Rock TV gives you a day-by-day workout video (free on You-Tube).  There are also E-books for less than $12.00 on the website that provide additional resources such as a journal and a diet guide.  The cool thing about Body Rock TV is that their have tons (ok, hundreds) of great video workouts online you can access.  

Abs, butts, and thighs beware!  These are killer HIIT workouts that give you a great workout in minimal amount of time (win-win situation for me).  Seriously, after two different 25 minute workouts day 1, and day 2 I'm just as sore as when I have worked out for an hour (classes, personal trainer).  

This is one of the many options for quick, high-intensity workouts!! 






These are the three E-books I chose.  I started reading the nutrition guide and so far I love the format and the "to the point" concise information. Much of it is information that I already know, but it's a good reminder that helps me to re-focus on REALLY clean eating habits. I also cleaned out my refrigerator and pantry because if the "unclean" empty calories are not here I can't eat them.  



Not sure what I will look like at the end of the thirty days, but, it will be a good practice in discipline to stick to this and the "clean eating" program--which will be important as I have just read that Abs are 80% diet and 20% exercise....and hopefully I can go for a long walk on the beach, into the sunset with my rediscovered Abs. :)