The Four Seasons Pudong + Birthday Weekend Recap

April 18, 2016
My work day at Friday was pretty great. So many of my students made me birthday cards and did really sweet things. Two kids even spent their own money on a gift for me, even after I told them to please not do that. After work, I bolted to the main street by the campus where I live to try to find a taxi. Sometimes I will find one within a minute, and at other times I'll be stuck there for more than a half an hour. Unluckily for me, Friday was one of those days where I was waiting for 40 minutes, so that was kind of annoying. Once I got in a cab, I started heading toward the Fabric Market for the third weekend in a row so that I could pick up my clothes I had made and just be done with it. When I got to the shop, I tried on my clothes and was pleased with them...except...I had them make me a romper, right? Well, I went to try it on and there was no zipper on the side, so it just had a head hole and two leg holes, so there was no way to wear it!! I couldn't believe the tailor made it like that, but it is kind of funny because what were they thinking? The woman that measured me told me that they would add a zipper for me and send it to my school this week. I probably would not go back to that shop--too much hassle and there are so many other shops that can do a better job. Hopefully the romper gets sent here with no issues. The last time I had a dress sent here, it got lost for 4 days.

After the Fabric Market, I took the metro and decided to stop in Xujiahui to grab dinner since it was on the way home. From there, I tried to get another taxi and after waiting more than a half an hour again, I got frustrated, hopped back on the metro, and got off at the stop closest to where I live. I didn't really want to take the metro because the closest stop to my school is about a 15 minute walk away and walking home was not ideal because I was tired and was wearing uncomfy shoes, but I didn't have much of a choice. On the way home, a man said hello and then tried to grab my i-Phone out of my hand. When I moved my hand away, his hand landed on my boob and so he basically groped me while trying to possibly swipe my phone! Needless to say, I was in a pretty bad mood, but Scott let me vent to him and made me some tea, and then everything was okay again. That sort of thing never happened to me before here, and I hope it doesn't happen again.

On Saturday morning, I wrote a lesson plan for a friend, and then packed for my upcoming Staycation. One day I was pinning some images, and this beautiful infinity pool in Shanghai with an incredible view of the city skyline came up. I found out that it was from the Four Seasons hotel in Pudong, and so Scott and I booked a room there. Although I have traveled a bit, I rarely do any luxury traveling, so staying at a place as nice as the Four Seasons was a real treat for me! As soon as we arrived, we immediately helped from our taxi and directed towards the front desk. We were warmly greeted and then went upstairs to our room. We did upgrade and pay a bit more so that we could have a view of the Shanghai skyline and access to the pool and spa area. Let me tell you, it was worth it!! What we saw outside of our window was so incredible and made us really appreciate being able to live in Shanghai. We stared out our window many times during our stay and just watched the hustle and bustle of big city life. The best part of it was at dusk when the Pearl Tower was all lit up with different colors.

Within a few minutes after we got to our rooms, there was a knock at our door and someone brought us a plate of rambutan and some welcome notes. We spent a few more minutes posing for pictures, chatting, and checking out our rooms. We loved that there was a large shower, bathtub, and a comfy tempurpedic mattress!

We were also invited to go have tea and snacks in the Executive Lounge, which we decided to take advantage of, as we were both a bit hungry. After we had a few tasty treats, we headed out and walked around Pudong for a bit. It was really Scott's first time out and about in Pudong. In case you don't know, Shanghai is separated into two parts by Huangpu River. We live over on the Puxi side, so the Pudong side is a bit of a journey for us. We were mesmerized by the tall skyscrapers such as the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the tallest building in China which is the Shanghai Tower.

After walking around, we decided to grab a bite to eat a quick-serve restaurant called Sproutworks. Sproutworks has a large selection of vegetarian and organic entrees and sides, although there are a few meat dishes, too. A little while later, there was another knock at the door, and we received a chocolate cake since it was my birthday! Scott's birthday is also in a few days, so we sang happy birthday to ourselves and ate the cake. The icing had flecks of gold in it, and there were layers upon layers of oozing chocolate in the middle.

The last thing we did was to go upstairs to the 36th floor so that we could finally check out the pool area. The view did not disappoint and we spent some time swimming in the infinity pool before heading over to the hot tub. The hot tub was probably the nicest one I'd ever been in! It had four lounge chairs to lie on and showers that shot out water to massage our necks. Of course, the best part was the city skyline in the background.

Sunday was my actual birthday, and we started it off with our breakfast at the hotel and another pool and hot tub experience. Next, we went up the Jin Mao Tower (120 RMB) so that we could go to the observation deck and get a bird's eye view of the city. I hadn't been up in an observatory in Shanghai since 2007, so I was excited to go back up a second time. It wasn't too cloudy or polluted, so the conditions were ideal.

We decided to get some lunch at Pizza Express. It sounds like a fast food restaurant, but it's actually a decent sit down place that has a pretty good set menu. Scott and I usually split an appetizer, get two drinks, two main courses, and a dessert for 300 RMB, or about $48. Scott was a gentleman and treated me for my birthday. Then, we basically went shopping all day at the Super Brand Mall. We did go out to the French Concession to check out this antiques market, but it was a bust and we quickly returned to the Super Brand Mall to try to find birthday gifts for each other. We had fun browsing, but we quickly realized that we already have everything we want. Instead of going all out for each other like we did for Christmas, we just bought each other little gifts from InnisFree. Scott got me some hair oil and a facial mist, and I got him some sheet masks and a face wash.

We then went to La Crêperie for my birthday dinner! Everyone seemed to like the restaurant a lot, so that was a relief! Scott and I headed back, and we were extremely exhausted in a good way. All in all, Saturday and Sunday were wonderful and I couldn't have asked for better company!

What have you done for your last birthday, or what are your plans for your next birthday?

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