03 Oct 2014

Shanghai: Beneath the Bund by emiliu74

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Day 3 of Fall Break could be considered a dead/recovery day, depending on how you look at it. No Stella this time around; she said her farewells to me last night.

Instead, we get another friend whose name is two syllables and starts with a St-, Stacy!

Both of us were doing nothing, so we decided to grab food. I still needed to treat her for doing me a HUGE favor.

We went to IFC Mall, a high-end shopping center. We got off at the Lujiazui (陆家嘴) subway stop, and dear Lord, because it was Friday, the height of the Chinese expression 人山人海 (rén shān rén hǎi) hit an all-time high. The area was covered with people!

Before we even exited, Stacy and I noticed that Exit 1 was crowded with people lined up trying to buy tickets. Even the walkways outside were filled with people! There was no moving space for me during my escalator ride up.

When we finally reached IFC, we spent a good 30 minutes trying to find the Japanese restaurant that another friend of mine went before. Her bento box photo on Instagram looked so delicious, and I was really craving Japanese food, so I needed to fulfill that craving at THAT exact restaurant.

Up, down, left, right. Stacy and I got lost and consulted the directory a good number of times. We finally found the restaurant, Haiku by Hatsune, opposite of the entrance we came in from at the lower level. It's actually right by the Apple Store.

After our long search, we were ready for some Japanese food.

I ordered a bento box set with chicken, eggs, seaweed, and rice with salmon while Stacy ordered an Amy Roll which consisted of shrimp and salmon sashimi.

Craving definitely satisfied.