(L to R): Kok Kuan, me and Xiaoyan

(L to R): Kok Kuan, me and Xiaoyan

After returning to my hotel on my third day in Shanghai, my friends, Kok Kuan and Xiaoyan came over to visit. Kok Kuan is a Singaporean who has recently relocated to work in Shanghai with his wife. Xiaoyan is a native Chinese whom Kok Kuan and I met during an exchange program in our undergraduate years.

We had a good chat and some catching up in my hotel room. Xiaoyan gave both Kok Kuan and I some food stuff and she then set off when her fiancee drove over to pick her.

(L to R): Kok Kuan, me, Xiaoyan's fiancee and her

(L to R): Kok Kuan, me, Xiaoyan’s fiancee and her

Gift boxes from Xiaoyan

Gift boxes from Xiaoyan

Still restless for the night, Kok Kuan and I headed out for a massage together – not the “dirty” variety, but proper massage.

Cleaning work is done at night in Shanghai

Cleaning work is done at night in Shanghai

Construction work too is carried out at night

Construction work too is carried out at night

I had a Magnum stick as a night snack - it's called "Dream Dragon" in Mandarin

I had a Magnum stick as a night snack – it’s called “Dream Dragon” in Mandarin

The posh looking massage parlour we selected

The posh looking massage parlour we selected

The reception area

The reception area

Me enjoying my foot massage

Me enjoying my foot massage

We ended up in a foot massage place near my hotel. The masseurs who served us were two chatty young ladies who told us a bit of their life stories on how they came from the countryside to seek a better living in the city. We enjoyed the conversation which provided companionship for two lonely men.

After the massage, Kok Kuan decided to bunk over for the night as it was quite late to commute back. Also, he figured it will be more convenient for him to host me for breakfast the next day at a nearby famous eatery. It was a nice gesture and I appreciate it, imposing on his time as he still has to work the next day.

Bought a reversible vest for myself and an umbrella for Rachel at Uniqlo

Bought a reversible vest for myself and an umbrella for Rachel at Uniqlo

My Shanghai Expo spoils - a Haibao tee-shirt for Rachel, Haibao mom and son plush toy for my mom, chocolate for colleagues and a set of Coca-Cola Shanghai Expo collectible bottles for keepsake

My Shanghai Expo spoils – a Haibao tee-shirt for Rachel, Haibao mom and son plush toy for my mom, chocolate for colleagues and a set of Coca-Cola Shanghai Expo collectible bottles for keepsake

The next morning, Kok Kuan brought me to 来来永和豆浆 (Lai Lai Yong He) to have a hearty Taiwanese breakfast of fried fritters and soy bean milk. We ordered too much for two persons… hence I packed some stuff back for June and Walter.

We had breakfast at this place recommended by Kok Kuan

We had breakfast at this place recommended by Kok Kuan

Restaurant interior

Restaurant interior

Signature fried dough fritters and soy bean milk

Signature fried dough fritters and soy bean milk

Black sesame pancake

Black sesame pancake

Smelly beancurds! - my favourite

Smelly beancurds! – my favourite

葱油饼 - Chinese spring onion pancake

葱油饼 – Chinese spring onion pancake

Glutinous balls in a soup that has beer in it - quite yummy

Glutinous balls in a soup that has beer in it – quite yummy

It was raining and a little hazy as I make my way back to my hotel alone

It was raining and a little hazy as I make my way back to my hotel alone

After breakfast, I bid farewell to Kok Kuan and headed back to my hotel. After quickly packing, I met up with the June and Walter at the lobby and we were off to the airport.

Me with our very tall Chinese guide and friendly Japanese blogger, Aoyama Naomi (http://www.lamune.com)

Me with our very tall Chinese guide and friendly Japanese blogger, Aoyama Naomi (http://www.lamune.com)

Parting shot together with the Japanese team at the hotel lobby

Parting shot together with the Japanese team at the hotel lobby

Flying Business Class feels great. There’s a lounge to enjoy some light snacks and beverages before boarding the plane. Food on board the plane was also served one course at a time. The chair is spacious and fully recline-able.

SQ Business Class lounge

SQ Business Class lounge

I had some light snacks at the lounge before boarding the plane

I had some light snacks at the lounge before boarding the plane

Salmon sashimi for appertiser

Salmon sashimi for appertiser

Steak for main course

Steak for main course

A large slab of ice cream cake for dessert

A large slab of ice cream cake for desert

I watched the Chinese movie,"JUMP" (跳出去) - love the wide seat and display screen

I watched the Chinese movie,”JUMP” (跳出去) – love the wide seat and display screen

Before I knew it, I was back in Singapore again, after an amazing Shanghai trip with Coca-Cola.

My previous posts on Shanghai with Coca-Cola:

Shanghai Expo with Coca-Cola – A Preview

Day 1 – Arrive Shanghai, The Bund

Shanghai Expo Express (my paper travel story)

Day 2 (morning) – Coca-Cola’s Global Innovation & Technology Center, Bloggers Confernce

Day 2 (evening) – Xintiandi, meeting Expedition 206 crew

Day 3 (morning) – Coca-Cola Pavilion Launch, Puxi

Day 3 (noon) – Shanghai Expo, Pudong

Day 3 (evening) – Shanghai Expo, Pudong; Coca-Cola Celebration Concert

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