Yes, it's been a while. A lot has happened, the internet has been spotty, and most importantly, America is currently a MESS. Being away from home while tragedy after tragedy occurs is difficult. You feel so deeply involved and so far removed at the same time. You feel helpless. Alas, I'm in China. I'm doing my best to stay informed, I'm praying for the victims, and checking on my loved ones as much as possible. "I love you, stay safe" means more now than ever before. But these are thoughts for a different forum. You can read all about my feelings on the current events in America here. I'm safer in China than I am in America, so here's what I've been up to:
Shanghai gave me LIFE! Let me count the ways:
1. SHANGHAI DISNEY
I’ve never been a huge Disneyworld/land fanatic. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISNEYWORLD AND DISNEYLAND?? NO, I WILL NOT GOOGLE IT.
I've been to Disney(world?) in Florida once, and “It was cool for what it was but it wasn’t all that.” (You get a gold star if you get that reference!) Shanghai Disney JUST opened, and lots of folks in my cast are Disney obsessed so I figured I should not be a hermit and give it a shot.
YA’LL. IT WAS AMAZING!!!
There is absolutely no way I can ever truly explain how amazing it was. You need to literally get on a flight to Shanghai and GO THERE RIGHT NOW to understand what I’m saying.
I will gladly give Shanghai Disney my firstborn for a chance to go back.
The technology was ridiculous. We often joke that Asia is far ahead of America in technology, but that’s a real thing. SO GET IT TOGETHER AMERICA. I felt like I was actually underwater fighting the octopus-face-man (or is it squid face?) on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I haven’t even seen the movies, but now I’m totally into it! The shows were all in Mandarin, but it mattered not. There was a beautiful woman sword-fighting in heeled boots. I felt ashamed for struggling thru the park in my comfy Nike's. But not so ashamed that I wouldn't do it again.
Here are some pics from that magical day. It sounds so corny. But it was legit magical.
Posing with Princess Tiana, because #RepresentationMatters.
The Tron is a brand new roller coaster ride (on MOTORCYLCES!!) which doesn't even EXIST in America. USA, step your game up!
2. CHEAP MASSAGES
Madagascar Live is in no way easy. The choreography is super lit, but it's also very athletic. After a week of shows, I feel like I more than deserve a massage. I can't ever afford them in America, but China is serving us prices that even a pauper like me can afford. My cast members went to various spas for massages, and the guys have reported back that were are asked if they wanted a 'Happy Ending' at the end of their massage. Well, no one ever asked ME if I wanted a 'Happy Ending'. I don't know if I should be offended or relieved. And I paid the same price!
Here are some great massage options in Shanghai:
DragonFly Retreat 300 - 470 RMB for 90 minutes
20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu 东湖路20号, 近淮海中路, +86 21 5405 0008, www.dragonfly.net.cn
Yilin Blind Massage 80- 100 RMB for 60 minutes
No. 1, Lane 100 Nandan Dong Lu, near Tianyaoqiao Lu 南丹东路100弄1号, 近天钥桥路, +86 21 6464 3786
(Yes, the massage therapists are blind. Their sense of touch is heightened and pretty fierce.)
Go, and #treatyoself!
3. $40 PHONE SCREEN FIX
I'm clumsy. I cracked my iPhone screen before leaving America. I could've given Apple or T-Mobile $150-$175 to fix it, but I need to save my coins. A friend mentioned that it might be cheaper to fix in China, and China did NOT disappoint. I paid just 260 RMB ($40 USD) to fix my cracked screen. This was no small crack, ya'll. There was glass falling off and other craziness. A quick 30 minutes + a mimed conversation later and my phone was good to go! My only wish is that I could be in China every time I crack my screen. #Struggle
Here's the info:
F01, 10/F, 41 Caoxi Bei Lu, near Zhaojiabang Lu. 太平洋数码一期,漕溪北路41号靠近肇嘉浜路.Tel: 6468 5713 or 6468 8141. Mobile: 137 7441 0826 or 136 1189 4531. Subway: Line 1/9/11 – Xujiahui (Exit 9).
4. CLOTHES PEOPLE SHOULDN'T WEAR
You know that cute shirt you love to wear with the Japanese characters? That fierce Chinese tattoo on your arm that you so carefully picked out? It probably says 'I hate myself' or something like that. Maybe you should ask a native speaker what it really says...cause clearly these people didn't. You could be wearing something incredibly offensive like this guy and have no idea.
Ask before you buy. Ask before you wear it, folks.
Couldn't get pics, but I've also seen people here wearing shirts that say:
"I am your bitch"
"I do not know wear I am going."
I never know if I should tell them or just let it go...
City #1 = Done! ShangBYE!!
Love & Light,
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