How it started

vacation that is. And it started with the Huskers of course!

after a volunteering our flights and getting a later flight, the fun and food started.

more to come….

What to do in Langkawi

Not much. Which is perfectly fine if that is the type of vacation you want – which is exactly what I wanted.

Langkawi is definitely not a place to go for partying, which is fine by me. With a slow pace of life and a great island feel it is best to bring a book and be ready to let go of it all and relax.

There is great hiking, water sports such as jet-skiing, tubing and kayaking and outdoor adventures such as hiking.

Hazy sunset at Frangipani Resort.

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The pool bar at Airis Sanctuary where Kyle and I stayed. The pool bar happy hour was a popular activity for Kyle and myself.

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Nice wild life and beautiful views at Seven Wells Waterfalls. The appeal of monkeys is always novel.

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The clearest skies I saw the whole trip.

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And the best travel outfit I’ve seen in a long time.

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Langkawi, Malaysia

The Malaysia trip, as with any trip out of China, is supposed to be an escape to fresh air where we can take deep breaths, even better is the air is a little salty from the sea. Unfortunately, we ran straight into more polluted air in Langkawi. In researching Langkawi, I was most worried about whether rainy season would affect the trip and did detailed research to ensure that there wouldn’t be too much rain. I did pretty good as it only rained a few mornings but the air was the problem. Little be-known to me some farmers in Southeast Asian countries burn their land for various reasons so the air wasn’t much better than what we are used to in China. The day we arrived in Langkawi, last Saturday, was the worst and fortunately, little by little the haze dissipated and we were able to see the sun.

A little bit of haze is better than the alternative in Shanghai:

A few pics from our trip below.

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Posing in front of our bike.

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At Seven Wells Waterfall after a few steps to the top and monkey siting!

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Burger with the works at fatCUPID.

China National Day Holiday

Chinese citizens get two weeks off a year that are standardized by the government. October holiday, celebrating China founding in 1949, took place this last week and it was a nice time to escape for Kyle and I. We skipped off to Langkawi, Malaysia last Friday and coming to the end of our sojourn.

Beautiful nature, quiet beaches and good food made the trip despite the awful haze.

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Fall in Shanghai

Although I do love a hot Shanghai summer, fall is becoming my favorite season. The lack of smog, less humidity and plentiful places to eat and drink outside are all reasons why Shanghai fall is great. This week the air shifted – colder nights, and crisper mornings – as well as kids back at school has it feeling truly fall-ish. All I need now is some football!

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Restaurant week at the local Italian joint UVA.

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Beautiful days.

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Shanghai Bloggers event, a classy, good time.

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Another restaurant week reservation at el willy on the Bund – super fun food.

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80th birthday party on our apartment floor. Wild.

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Weekend away in Yixing.