I’ve recently had a little hiatus from the blog due to some crazy deadlines at work. Days and nights blurred together and weekends were spent on the couch binge watching Freaks and Geeks on Netflix. I was the definition of a couch potato, while eating potatoes, seriously I became a potato.

Amongst all the chaos of day to day life, I was also sent a last minute work trip with 2 colleagues to Shanghai and being my first work trip and my first trip to Shanghai, I was excited. Exhausted but excited nonetheless.

Work trips are weird, especially to a place you’ve never been to before. The explorer and foodie in me wanted to run around, do weird shit and eat everything. However, instead, our time was meticulously scheduled into time allotments for fabrics, supplier and factory meetings, fabric fair exploring, designing on the road and sitting in awful traffic, which would put Sydney peak hour to shame. Where was everyone going? Was there a secret dumpling festival that I was missing out on? A happy waving cat emporium that had just opened?

Luckily for us, we stayed in the beautiful Ex-French Concession, right next to Xintiandi and had everything on our door step. There was an abundance of cafes, restaurants, night life and every designer label that I couldn’t afford staring at us every time we stepped out of our hotel. Zara and Marks & Spencer were also a stones throw away. Had we actually landed in Shanghai? Or was our plane accidentally misdirected to Paris? You could’ve fooled me, apart from the thousands of Chinese people wandering around.

Anyway, just because I was on a work trip, didn’t mean I couldn’t document everything along the way and eat every weird thing I was offered.

You can take the holiday out of a work trip, but it can still be an adventure.

Or I can at least make it look like one…



  1. Deb Che

    Love your photos of Shanghai! Like you, I’ll be visiting for the very first time this summer. Were most of your photos taken from the Ex-French Concession area? Did you find it relatively easy to get around via public transit?


    • Sarah Lim

      I’m going again next week for another work trip. It will be my first Shanghai Summer so expecting a lot of humidity! A lot of the photos were from Xintiandi and the ex French concession. Also we had a driver for work so didn’t get to experience the public transport at all! Hope you have a good time!


  2. Deb Che

    Yes, I heard about the summer humidity! You lucked out with having a driver for work 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experience. Enjoy your upcoming trip!


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