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  • plwh888 posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:03 am

    hi bev, i’m sure you will get along awesomely with everyone, just like all of us here in LJ =)

    best wishes !!!

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:37 am

      Aww thank you sweetie, I do hope so!

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  • joni_to0622 posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:20 am

    How long do you have to tie to this new job in Shanghai? At least you will be closer to Singapore?!:D have you decided when to move yet?

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:42 am

      It’s indefinite but min 2 years.. but yeah, only 5 hrs away from SG now, woo hoo! Dates all coming up..

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  • tiffanyx posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:26 am

    hmm, think chris is gonna be stared at for the whole period he’s in china. the poor dude.

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:42 am

      Heh I think so too… he’ll have to get used to it fairly soon!

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      • tiffanyx posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:07 am

        how long are you guys gonna be in SH for?

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        • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 9:42 pm

          A minimum of 2 yrs!

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          • tiffanyx posted on November 10, 2008 at 12:37 am

            ah i see!

            a good time frame to know the city well!

  • thefragrantelf posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:59 am

    It is going to be an incredible experience for sure! The buzz there definitely does sound exciting. Have to say though, the spitting would freak me out too, maybe it is normal for some of them, but I don’t think I could get used to that!

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:46 am

      Yeah it’s normal and part of the culture, but ti’s going to be SO hard to get used to.. arghhhh!

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  • jasmine_z posted on November 8, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I am sure Shanghai is going to be a great learning opportunity! 🙂 China is definitely emerging to be a very important economy, with everyone now depending on them to do everything to keep up with growth. Congrats once again! This is so exciting, isn’t it?

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:47 am

      It’s definitely exciting, and you hit the nail on the head! I can’t wait to see what comes out of China over the next few years.. 🙂

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  • oh_ayana posted on November 8, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    omg it’s so exciting to see you happy and ready for all the new challenges and everything! I’m so excited haha
    I know it’d be very daunting for mee. But I do believe in making sure you experience everything life has to offer.
    and don’t worry I’m sure someone like you will fit in very well in a new office!! they’ll adore you

    OH! spitting is one of my biggest pet hates!! I give those people the biggest dirties I can muster and I just can’t tolerate it at all… AND the bubonic plague started with it I think

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:48 am

      Yeah I gave them disgusted stares, but to be honest just got blank looks in return – it’s like they think it’s completely hygienic and normal, they don’t realise it’s uncivilised 🙁

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  • winterswitchery posted on November 8, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Seeing someone spit on the street is an improvement over my friend in Shanghai who has been pushed out of her place in lines, leered at on buses and has seen men urinating in public. Though on the whole, I think she’s really enjoying her time there (I wanna say she’s teaching English at Microsoft..or some company like that).

    I’m looking forward to whatever blogging you do from Shanghai 🙂 It’s so amazing to see you go from gemz.net to Sydney to Awesome Job in China 🙂

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:49 am

      Whooooaaa I definitely didn’t see most of that, fortunately! it was more Chris that got leered at by all the girls, hahahhaha.

      How much we’ve all grown hey?! I’tll be a crazy year ahead 🙂

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  • starbucksweetie posted on November 8, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I like this entry because it’s a “deeper” side of you. Good luck on everything, and I look forward to reading it.

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:51 am

      It will be a bit of a ride, but I can’t wait, we’re really looking forward to it..

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  • joejunior posted on November 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    All the best – i hope they wont make things difficult for u just becos u aren’t fluent in mandarin!

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:51 am

      …only a matter of time before I am, bwahhahah!

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  • plwh888 posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:03 am

    hi bev, i’m sure you will get along awesomely with everyone, just like all of us here in LJ =)

    best wishes !!!

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:37 am

      Aww thank you sweetie, I do hope so!

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  • joni_to0622 posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:20 am

    How long do you have to tie to this new job in Shanghai? At least you will be closer to Singapore?!:D have you decided when to move yet?

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:42 am

      It’s indefinite but min 2 years.. but yeah, only 5 hrs away from SG now, woo hoo! Dates all coming up..

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  • tiffanyx posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:26 am

    hmm, think chris is gonna be stared at for the whole period he’s in china. the poor dude.

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:42 am

      Heh I think so too… he’ll have to get used to it fairly soon!

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      • tiffanyx posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:07 am

        how long are you guys gonna be in SH for?

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        • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 9:42 pm

          A minimum of 2 yrs!

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          • tiffanyx posted on November 10, 2008 at 12:37 am

            ah i see!

            a good time frame to know the city well!

  • thefragrantelf posted on November 8, 2008 at 11:59 am

    It is going to be an incredible experience for sure! The buzz there definitely does sound exciting. Have to say though, the spitting would freak me out too, maybe it is normal for some of them, but I don’t think I could get used to that!

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:46 am

      Yeah it’s normal and part of the culture, but ti’s going to be SO hard to get used to.. arghhhh!

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  • jasmine_z posted on November 8, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I am sure Shanghai is going to be a great learning opportunity! 🙂 China is definitely emerging to be a very important economy, with everyone now depending on them to do everything to keep up with growth. Congrats once again! This is so exciting, isn’t it?

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:47 am

      It’s definitely exciting, and you hit the nail on the head! I can’t wait to see what comes out of China over the next few years.. 🙂

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  • oh_ayana posted on November 8, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    omg it’s so exciting to see you happy and ready for all the new challenges and everything! I’m so excited haha
    I know it’d be very daunting for mee. But I do believe in making sure you experience everything life has to offer.
    and don’t worry I’m sure someone like you will fit in very well in a new office!! they’ll adore you

    OH! spitting is one of my biggest pet hates!! I give those people the biggest dirties I can muster and I just can’t tolerate it at all… AND the bubonic plague started with it I think

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:48 am

      Yeah I gave them disgusted stares, but to be honest just got blank looks in return – it’s like they think it’s completely hygienic and normal, they don’t realise it’s uncivilised 🙁

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  • winterswitchery posted on November 8, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Seeing someone spit on the street is an improvement over my friend in Shanghai who has been pushed out of her place in lines, leered at on buses and has seen men urinating in public. Though on the whole, I think she’s really enjoying her time there (I wanna say she’s teaching English at Microsoft..or some company like that).

    I’m looking forward to whatever blogging you do from Shanghai 🙂 It’s so amazing to see you go from gemz.net to Sydney to Awesome Job in China 🙂

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:49 am

      Whooooaaa I definitely didn’t see most of that, fortunately! it was more Chris that got leered at by all the girls, hahahhaha.

      How much we’ve all grown hey?! I’tll be a crazy year ahead 🙂

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on November 8, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I like this entry because it’s a “deeper” side of you. Good luck on everything, and I look forward to reading it.

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:51 am

      It will be a bit of a ride, but I can’t wait, we’re really looking forward to it..

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  • joejunior posted on November 8, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    All the best – i hope they wont make things difficult for u just becos u aren’t fluent in mandarin!

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 10:51 am

      …only a matter of time before I am, bwahhahah!

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  • etherealprey posted on November 9, 2008 at 2:47 am

    sounds a lot like nyc, spitting in the street, fake bags, scammers, rude ppl, a giant rat race,yeah sounds right, during the winter the streets sparkle cause of all the spit. ewie i know right? take more pics!

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:08 am

      Haha true, v true! It’s a fun city.. but it’s also pretty crazy 😉

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  • sh4r0n posted on November 9, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Sounds like a great opportunity despite the spitting and cutting lines 😛 Did Ebay offer a job for Chris too?
    How does that work?

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:09 am

      Naaah they don’t cos he’s not working for eBay nor wants to, but he’s talking with Microsoft to get them to transfer him to the Shanghai office instead, so fingers crossed!

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  • am_klutz posted on November 9, 2008 at 3:21 am

    You come across as a woman who is highly adaptive and I have no doubts that you will do well 😉
    B.T lived in Shanghai for a year odd so if you need any tips, just email me. I remembered him telling me that those cons that you just mentioned, were the very reasons why he moved out of SH. But he did like the vibrant city and fast paced of life which was similar to NYC and HK where he lived too.

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:10 am

      Weeeelllll I HOPE! 🙂

      ohhh if he has any favourite food places, we’d love to hear it!! It’s our #1 priority, identify all the best foodie spots 😉

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      • am_klutz posted on November 10, 2008 at 1:25 am

        Okay I will ask!
        Meanwhile, this link might be useful for you –
        http://www.smartshanghai.com/

        And if you like massages, this place rocks. Went there every day when I was in SH for work. It’s really cheap and good (don’t be shock when you walk in because it looks very expensive but isn’t!
        http://www.greenmassage.com.cn/pages/en_aboutus.html

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        • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 1:51 am

          Ooo the massage is def helpful, I’m addicted to them! Thanks so much hon

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          • am_klutz posted on November 10, 2008 at 4:51 am

            Np. 🙂 You can check out the rates on that link. Heh.
            Just emailed some info to your ebay account. Let me know if you don’t get it.

  • misskesha24 posted on November 9, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Interesting thoughts! In the end I know it will be the right lifestyle for both of you

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:10 am

      It’ll be a huge change, and that’s exactly what we’re after.. so we’re looking forward to it. Yay!

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  • etherealprey posted on November 9, 2008 at 2:47 am

    sounds a lot like nyc, spitting in the street, fake bags, scammers, rude ppl, a giant rat race,yeah sounds right, during the winter the streets sparkle cause of all the spit. ewie i know right? take more pics!

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:08 am

      Haha true, v true! It’s a fun city.. but it’s also pretty crazy 😉

      Reply
  • sh4r0n posted on November 9, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Sounds like a great opportunity despite the spitting and cutting lines 😛 Did Ebay offer a job for Chris too?
    How does that work?

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:09 am

      Naaah they don’t cos he’s not working for eBay nor wants to, but he’s talking with Microsoft to get them to transfer him to the Shanghai office instead, so fingers crossed!

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  • am_klutz posted on November 9, 2008 at 3:21 am

    You come across as a woman who is highly adaptive and I have no doubts that you will do well 😉
    B.T lived in Shanghai for a year odd so if you need any tips, just email me. I remembered him telling me that those cons that you just mentioned, were the very reasons why he moved out of SH. But he did like the vibrant city and fast paced of life which was similar to NYC and HK where he lived too.

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:10 am

      Weeeelllll I HOPE! 🙂

      ohhh if he has any favourite food places, we’d love to hear it!! It’s our #1 priority, identify all the best foodie spots 😉

      Reply
      • am_klutz posted on November 10, 2008 at 1:25 am

        Okay I will ask!
        Meanwhile, this link might be useful for you –
        http://www.smartshanghai.com/

        And if you like massages, this place rocks. Went there every day when I was in SH for work. It’s really cheap and good (don’t be shock when you walk in because it looks very expensive but isn’t!
        http://www.greenmassage.com.cn/pages/en_aboutus.html

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        • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 1:51 am

          Ooo the massage is def helpful, I’m addicted to them! Thanks so much hon

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          • am_klutz posted on November 10, 2008 at 4:51 am

            Np. 🙂 You can check out the rates on that link. Heh.
            Just emailed some info to your ebay account. Let me know if you don’t get it.

  • vividified posted on November 9, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    wow such a different change. congrats! When is the start date for the new job?

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 9:22 pm

      It was 3 Nov, i’m working out of our AU office right now 😛

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  • misskesha24 posted on November 9, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Interesting thoughts! In the end I know it will be the right lifestyle for both of you

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 11:10 am

      It’ll be a huge change, and that’s exactly what we’re after.. so we’re looking forward to it. Yay!

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  • vividified posted on November 9, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    wow such a different change. congrats! When is the start date for the new job?

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    • beverly posted on November 9, 2008 at 9:22 pm

      It was 3 Nov, i’m working out of our AU office right now 😛

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  • satin_lily posted on November 10, 2008 at 3:51 am

    congrats and i wish you all the best! it must sooo exciting 🙂

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 4:48 am

      Aww thank you hon!

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  • claypot posted on November 10, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Bzzzzz! Woo you must be excited!

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 9:14 pm

      We’re very keen on having a fun new experience, can’t wait!

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  • satin_lily posted on November 10, 2008 at 3:51 am

    congrats and i wish you all the best! it must sooo exciting 🙂

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 4:48 am

      Aww thank you hon!

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  • falterd posted on November 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting much! I just wanted to wish you all the best for everything ahead! Shanghai sounds like pretty exciting stuff so I’m sure that you’ll definitely be up for all of it! Don’t worry too much about things new (i.e. office) and just embrace the experience! 😀 All the best! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 9:15 pm

      Aww thanks hon! I can’t wait to move 🙂

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  • j0s1e267 posted on November 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    It will be a big change but no surprises on your dislikes, that’s the way it just is there! I am looking forward to your Shanghai chronicles! Is Chris going to be working in Shanghai too?

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 9:15 pm

      Yep he’s def moving, seeing if he can get a transfer with MIcrosoft!

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  • fuchsiacow posted on November 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    All the best babe! I’m sure you’ll manage just fine. =) Crossing the fingers for Chris too.

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you sweetie! We’re super excited 🙂

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  • claypot posted on November 10, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Bzzzzz! Woo you must be excited!

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 9:14 pm

      We’re very keen on having a fun new experience, can’t wait!

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  • susyspeed posted on November 11, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Unfortunately Shanghai is advancing very quickly but so fast that the people/culture aren’t evolving as quickly. Nevertheless, it will be a fun adventure. I hope you will have just as much time to blog your foods and shopping experiences 🙂

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    • beverly posted on November 11, 2008 at 6:03 am

      Thank you hon! Totally agree with you.. regardless it will be such an adventure 🙂

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  • falterd posted on November 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting much! I just wanted to wish you all the best for everything ahead! Shanghai sounds like pretty exciting stuff so I’m sure that you’ll definitely be up for all of it! Don’t worry too much about things new (i.e. office) and just embrace the experience! 😀 All the best! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 9:15 pm

      Aww thanks hon! I can’t wait to move 🙂

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  • j0s1e267 posted on November 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    It will be a big change but no surprises on your dislikes, that’s the way it just is there! I am looking forward to your Shanghai chronicles! Is Chris going to be working in Shanghai too?

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 9:15 pm

      Yep he’s def moving, seeing if he can get a transfer with MIcrosoft!

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  • fuchsiacow posted on November 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    All the best babe! I’m sure you’ll manage just fine. =) Crossing the fingers for Chris too.

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    • beverly posted on November 10, 2008 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you sweetie! We’re super excited 🙂

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  • susyspeed posted on November 11, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Unfortunately Shanghai is advancing very quickly but so fast that the people/culture aren’t evolving as quickly. Nevertheless, it will be a fun adventure. I hope you will have just as much time to blog your foods and shopping experiences 🙂

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    • beverly posted on November 11, 2008 at 6:03 am

      Thank you hon! Totally agree with you.. regardless it will be such an adventure 🙂

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  • catpuccino posted on November 20, 2008 at 9:29 am

    i think thats a pretty spot on summary of the pros and cons of shanghai (with a few of your own personal thoughts thrown in!). it is a bit of a culture shock, even though you are from singapore which is another asian city, but so different as it is so much cleaner and not the chaotic mess that is china! i think itd be really exciting living and working in shanghai, i think next time i come ill definitely have to try and work instead of just studying.

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    • beverly posted on November 20, 2008 at 10:57 am

      There are pros and cons in every city.. so we’re not too fussed. It’ll be fun experiencing a whole new world! 🙂

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  • catpuccino posted on November 20, 2008 at 9:29 am

    i think thats a pretty spot on summary of the pros and cons of shanghai (with a few of your own personal thoughts thrown in!). it is a bit of a culture shock, even though you are from singapore which is another asian city, but so different as it is so much cleaner and not the chaotic mess that is china! i think itd be really exciting living and working in shanghai, i think next time i come ill definitely have to try and work instead of just studying.

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    • beverly posted on November 20, 2008 at 10:57 am

      There are pros and cons in every city.. so we’re not too fussed. It’ll be fun experiencing a whole new world! 🙂

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