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How To Get a Natural Facelift

I had dinner with my friend Georgie (who owns Dragonfly in Shanghai) at the week-end. He is a spa expert and I asked him what he thought the best facial was for a face that needed a bit of help: mine! I  told him, “I exercise my body and it  keep my muscles in place, but what can I do to keep the muscles of my face in place too?” I told him, “I don’t want them to droop either.” He invited me to have one of his anti-aging facials at Dragonfly using a RF machine (radio frequency) and I have to tell you: IT WORKS!! Check out this picture below from this site. These are pictures before and after a woman had 6 months of  RF facial treatments.

I took the pictures of my face before and after 1 anti-aging facial at Dragonfly. The weird thing was how my face felt the next few days… I felt my cheeks had lifted and were firmly back in their original place!

This below is a picture of what the treatment at Dragonfly in Shanghai China costs. If for nothing else – it is a lovely  way to relax and having a woman massaging your face for 90 min.

A big thank you to Georgie for my new perty face and people who are reading this and do not live in China: find out what facials uses a RF machine at your local beauty therapist and get a natural facelift of your own.

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What I saw in Shanghai this Week

What was in front of me when I had my feet massaged.

Below is a man who sweeps our streets. He makes his own brushes from the fallen branches of the trees.

My local coffee shop Baker ‘n’ Spice on Anfu Lu.

I was on my bike and  stopped to take this girl’s picture.

This was a sales assistant.

Laundry  hangs everywhere.

This was in my local paper. I liked their enthusiasm & lipstick.

I am now hooked on Instagram. You can find me there.

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My Chinese Neighbors

I often think I live in a Chinese Coronation Street. My sweet gray-haired neighbor decided to perm and color her hair yesterday. This below is another groovy neighbor who lives on the other side of me.

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Shanghai China: Knitting, Wool and Cashmere

My neighbor knitted me these divine slippers. I found the baby ones you can see below  and I asked her to copy them for me – but bigger.

Shanghai China is a great place to buy wool if you love to knit too. You can buy enough, good quality wool to knit a jumper here for about $5 u.s.

If you  prefer to buy the soft cuddly goods instead, buy some cashmere sweaters here. Below, you will find  a business card. Phone them as they have just opened a new shop closer to the center of town. Philippe Le Ber do great styles, they manufacture for the big named brands and you can get a good cashmere jumper from one of their outlets for under $100 US.

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China – Pimp Your Car or Bedroom Wallpaper

In  China I see a lot if eyelashes on cars and I think the idea should spread globally.

Or what about a pimping your wallpaper in a small bedroom or toilet?

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When You Get Bored Shopping in Ikea

Find a spot to snooze.

Try out their  new Spring range.

Relax on their beds or  sofas.

Go camping.

Do the washing up.

Or practice yoga by the Shanghai Ikea painted poppy wall, next to their  take-away meatball counter.

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Facebook buys Instagram: Waiting for Mr Right

I love Instagram for taking pictures on my iPhone. Check out this picture I took today in Shanghai of a sticky note I found stuck to a shop wall.  Maybe if you help to spread this post, we could help her find Mr Right.

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Shanghai, Shopping, Tourist Things To Do: Go to the Eye Glass Market

Buy  your eyeglasses here, they are REALLY CHEEP! Make sure you bring your prescription, or they can check your eyes at the shop. The eye glass market here is massive, but I have attached Lisa’s card below ( in English and Chinese). I always go to her. Print it out and give it to a taxi, you will end up at a door, go in, find the lift and go up to the fourth floor. When you  find Lisa’s shop and if  you can’t find some frames you like: you really need your eyes tested!

To buy reading glasses they are about 100-1500 RMB  and if you want a really good name (??? know what I mean – 300 RMB).  They, also have prescription swimming goggels ( about 100 RMB about $15 US)  and  contact lenses in all colors ( about 70 RMB). Go wild, get  different glasses for each room of your house.

On the 3rd floor below the eye glass market is the wedding market… I will post on that later.

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China and Hong Kong Pets

I must say, the dressing-up of pets I do find interesting here. When I lived in Hong Kong there was even a cafe where you could have a latte  whilst your dog was served a doggy pizza. On Saturdays the cafe pumped like a fashion show, girls  oooed and ahhhed at the best-dressed pooches and birthdays were also celebrated with doggy birthday cakes and candles. I would take tourists there as part of my alternative Hong Kong, tour-guide service. In China and Hong Kong they also  put shoes on their dogs: they don’t like their feet to get their dirty. You will also see dogs in prams.

But the best fashion-prize must go to a neighbor of mine in Shanghai, who makes panties for her dog out of g-strings.

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Want to come and live in Shanghai?

My suggestion is,  to contact at least 5 real estate agents before you get here and get them to send you pictures of the kind of accommodation you would like to rent or buy. When you get here give yourself a week of back to back appointments to look at everything. Do it fast and furious – or it will make you go mental.

Interesting fact: in Shanghai, different real estate agents will have the same accommodation on their books, but at drastically different prices!

Send them an email with the below information: 

How many adults or kids you have.

How many bedrooms you want.

How many bathrooms.

If you want a garden or outdoor space.

Let them know  how many pets you have, goldfish you don’t need to include.

length of lease.

District  you are interested in.

When you go to view the properties make sure you:

Turn on taps and showers and check water pressure.

Look at windows. Trust me, you don’t want old drafty ones, because in winter it gets friggin cold.

Make sure there is oil wall-heaters, or floor heating ( not just silly radiators) and air-conditioning units in each room, it gets friggin hot here too.

Look for wood rot, damp, bugs. Look at the top of the ceilings, a place to spot for leaking roofs (I have seen quite a few dripping brown slime.)
If  the property comes furnished with beds – sit or jump on them. Some can be rocks and some instantly fall apart; you can ask for them to be changed.
Ask the agent
“What problems have your other tenants had with this house?” Amazingly, they will tell you.
Before you rent, it is normal to make requests like:
I want  the house to be re-painted, I want new curtains, take out that rubbish furniture and, “Can I have a budget for some new stuff ?” (There is no harm in asking…)
Also Ask: does the property come with any gym memberships, or parking or “Can I have a  dishwasher or washing machine?”
When I came to live here in Shanghai in August 2011, I contacted all the agents below and they were all good. I finally used Rachel ( she is  really sweet) and please don’t blame me if some of the emails don’t work anymore…
ceciproperty@hotmail
sunyin731@163.com
alex333333@yeah.net
Here, are also some other real estate agent websites. I found Joanna Real Estate, really good to get a clear idea of what is available all over Shanghai.
Houses and apartments can vary so much and the prices they charge, often make no sense at all! That’s why it is worth seeing LOTS!
Happy house hunting…

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