This was the most spontaneous decision ever.
It went like
“Oli where are you.”
“I’m in London.”
“Can i visit you.”
“You better be here fast, cuz i’m heading back to Shanghai soon!”
“Then i’ll see you in Shanghai.”
And so i bought a ticket to Shanghai.
And it’s gonna be the most relaxing holiday, ever.
I flew 2am and reached 7am at Pudong, Shanghai. Somehow the flight felt really short. Sat next to an empty seat, and the seat next to the empty seat sat a Japanese, who offered to let me stretch my legs across the seat. And i slept fitfully for a few hours. I called Oli the moment i touched down.
“Hey! I’m here!!!666” (Okay, you can’t exactly express !!!666 over the phone, but you know what i mean.)
“So i just take a taxi over to your place?”
“What taxi? I’m here, outside!”
7am in the morning. Oli is the sweetest thing giant. He stands at exactly 200cm tall. Six feet freaking seven.
This is how tall he is.
This is me. The pic is really shakey because Oli was kancheong when the elevator’s door suddenly opened and someone’s in it.
I love walking behind Oli. Because i will never need an ella ella e (that’s how yee hou says umbrella.).
This is my room. Oli bought new bedsheet and comforter for me. AWWWW!
cheesie: Oli. You don’t have a bolster.
Oli: A what?
cheesie: Bolster. I can’t sleep without a bolster.
Oli: What’s a bolster?
cheesie: Are you serious?
Oli: What’s a bolster? The only bolster i know is “reinforce”. Like, “He bolstered the defense”?
cheesie: What the. So you don’t know what a bolster is?
Oli: No. What’s a bolster.
cheesie: What do you call that long, soft thing you hug to sleep?
HAHAHA. That’s Oli. And i can’t stop teasing his bri’ish accent. He pronounces “duck” as “dog”.
cheesie: So what do you call the feathery bird, that swims?
cheesie: WHAT? Dog? So what do call the puppy thing?
cheesie: What the. So how do you pronounce the past tense of dig?
cheesie: Ok. So what do you call the place where you stop your boat at?
Shanghai is a lot warmer than i thought. My boots makes me look super silly. This is really gonna be great. We have no itinerary whatsoever planned out for the next 2 weeks. Just chill, relax, eat, watch DVDs and laugh.
Oli is playing his Guitar Hero and i’m here online. I’m so thankful the Great FireWall doesn’t block cheeserland.com. And i’m drinking some Chinese orange juice. Best thing in the world.
I’m starting to like it here! Let me know if you have something to recommend in Shanghai. 🙂
PS: Ok apparently Oli’s Turkish flatmate Oytun also doesn’t know what a bolster is. -_-
enjoy yourself there cheesie
and bring back some souvenirs for us?
What do you want? Some Chinese milk?
some pictures of cute native chinese guys? hahaha
have fun, cheesie!
So random! But also so fun, sweet and hehe more entertainment for us! ;P
He is ur boy boy ar? 😛
I didn’t know what a bolster nor a comforter was before I came to Malaysia.
When I was in UK…I have to ask someone to send a bolster all the way from KL to London.I couldnt find any bolster in London.Anyway have fun in Shanghai!:)
have a fun vacation!!! wish i could go somewhere on a whim. /envy /envy
RELI SPONTANEOUS LA~
not to ask in a rude way, but how do u earn money?
ive never seen u write about work or anything.
this is not sarcasm or anything la~
juz wondering how u get so much $$ tat u can swift urself of to shanghai~?
i wanna b like u when i grow up@@…
carefree and fun~
and to ask like wat mimid3vils said
u and him are??????
Yeah, there’s none in Australia too, I think its an asian thing 🙂
Shop till you drop at H&M babe!
Oi don’t make fun of me!
imagine the happiness you’re going to have for the inability to check certain blogspot blogs!
Oli n Cheesie? naaaaah..hehe. something I dunno ah? 😛
Oh..most ppl really won’t know about bolster/comforter lah..haha. How come u never asked for one while in UK leh or did I provide enough pillows dat time?
Dog = Duck? how come leh..must be Oli’s midlands accent..hehe..I never say lidat right? oki..i got the obligatory init as u heard before when I talked to my supervisor on the phone 😛
BTW..if you really like something..especially in NEMOW..BUY IT this time..dun come back n regret ah! Talk to you soon k!
Sure sounds like tons of fun, would like to get out of SG soon too haha~
Enjoy yourself Cheesie!! (GLHF?Haha~ WB Tower Defense cleared~ :P~)
“I’m not psychic; I’m just damn good”
oh..Oli i hope a pekingese won’t turn into a peking duck…
Lol…that guy is funny! Girls….long,soft thingy >D. Where is he from?he’s like almost 6’8! 0_0
They call it body pillow in the US. So he might know what a body pillow is =)
Just got back from there. Too much places to go, too little time. For shopping, its pretty much everywhere.
guess Oli need a custom-made bed? …and i start imagining him getting in our Kancil…
that’s why the teddy bolster comes in handy. The smaller bolster that can be found in most soft toy shops. My cousin brought that with him to UK.
we need to introduce bolsters to the world
Enjoy Yourself ya ^^
Some called it “boing”
Oli is super tall!!!
Imma look like a mouse beside Oli. -_______-
And how can they not know what a bolster is??!! *bigweteyes*
oh the westerners dun use bolsters, if you check those bedlinens brands from the west side, they very very seldom (sometimes never!) sell bolster case one. not sure why only asian use bolster, maybe cos we’re not the hugging type.
for me, i only use a bolster when i’m sleeping alone/single/unattached. hahaha. other than that, its really very “cho teng”
cheesie. i jeles. )))= ssshhh!
i had an aunt who was based in shanghai for afew years and i visited for a month!
it really is a beautiful place and a good place to buy reallly cheap acessories! i forgot where i went to buy but there was this place which wholesales all the stuff and they are very very very cheap. drop me an email if you want the pictures. maybe you can find out where it is:)
other than that, avoid eating food on the streets. not clean!! have to visit the ‘ancient’ china places. i keep forgetting what it is called:(
shanghai’s sarsi is d best! can get it at carrefour or anywhere.
Oli must be from the north where they pronounce bus as ‘boos’ and sunday as ‘soonday’
that was hilarious when you take a crack at your friends’ accent..hehe..looks pretty cozy there too…errr..but really? they didn’t know what a bolster is? 🙂
HAHAHA OLI YOU DOLT! Having a fantastic time away from the fields back home ey?
oh btw when you’re here… Let’s seriously get you to fit into a KANCIL!
I betcha you won’t be fine after that 😛
I’ve learned more English in the last 24 hours than in my last 10 years. Bring on the Kancil! I might have to take off my shoes though (I wear 7″ platforms).
hey, i just got back from Shanghai 2 weeks ago, without any itinerary too. 🙂 you should go to Xin Tian Di (Bangsar equivalent) and Taikang Road (art street with lotsa things to buy). have fun!
adoi. i cant imagine life & sleep without BOLSTER! hv fun in shanghai~ 🙂
hey cheesie! you might be able to find “similarities” between a bolster and, what some would call, a body pillow or a posture pillow (for the body). These “similar” products are sometimes in a boomerang shape. Admittedly, really, i think only singaporeans and malaysians use it – even some vietnamese i think. but that’s really it.
but yeah, i have a hard time finding one here too. got a friend to bring one here when she visited.
Kwai Lous don’t use bolsters. They have chicks abundant.
Watch out for Melamine.
Bolster = “body pillow”? I think that’s what you’re referring to. I believe that’s the common term for them here in America.
Shanghai…? Suggestions…… Becarefull crossing the streets!!! Cars for the common folks is a fairly new concept…that means traffic laws are fairly new, too!!! XD Freakin Mainlanders don’t really follow driving laws, unlike the British influenced Hong Kong (which I love)!!! (No, I’m not trying to put down Mainland Chinese, I am Chinese (born in America))
Yeah bolsters seem to be more of an asian thing. It was so difficult to find one in Ozzie, what more a good one!
… I want to go on holidays too!! … not work my life away for the next 6 months shit!
ask Oli what type of milk did his mom feed him when he was a baby…^^
Try the smelly tofu in shanghai! They rawks! And dont forget hairy crabs! Yummy..!
Shop at Qi Pu Lu (or something like that lah, forgot the name). Oh and I LOVE the orange juice there too! I think its by Minute Maid. =D
Haha! The duck conversation made me LOL. Have fun in Shanghai, Ringo!
BTW, just curious, a reader of mine told me that The Great Firewall of China blocks sixthseal.com – can you access it from China?
Yep, most British people don’t use bolsters. You get them in some posh hotels.
We do have counterpanes though.
OMG besttttnyyaaa…. CHINESE FOOOOOOOOD! I mean REALLLLLL Chinese food. Eat lots and lots for me pleaseeee!
Hmmm do u think we can get rich ar selling bolster in Western countries? Haha.
now you reminded me… i never seen any bolster in london…
give us a list of shopping places and items – i also want to go there shopping!
Hello Cheesie, I’m glad you are enjoying yourself in Shanghai =D And thanks for writing up those funny moments.. it makes my day. =D
i heard it from some where that bolster is an asian thing. maybe they use a totally different word. when i was doing shopping at asda with my ex flatmates and were looking for brinjals, nobody who worked there knew what’s a brinjal is. we had to described it (gosh that was embarrassed). and they were like ‘aahh… aubergine’.
you’re fast! You are already in Shanghai?
Haha… have a nice try and enjoy your day.
Oli must be a nice, sweet guy.. 🙂
Happy holiday… 🙂
For those staying in australia, just head to your nearest ikea store to buy bolsters, I had trouble sleeping when I first came to australia because I can’t sleep without bolster as my sleeping posture is usually sleeping face down (with my head turned to the side of course) I usually put the bolster under my body to ease the strain on my neck. In the end, I had to ask my mom to mail me my 10 year old bolster from home 😛
Guess what? The freaking bolster was accidently torn by me during my sleep… So in the end I had to sew it and patch it up. It looks fugly now… After a few months I saw bolsters in ikea’s store and almost stabbed myself to death because of the trouble that I’ve went to obtain my bolster.
The difference between a body pillow and a bolster is huge… Firstly, body pillow is shaped just like a normal pillow, just longer (as in body length) and not like out cylinder shaped pillow, 2nd, Its not as soft nor cuddly as a bolster (I think I tricked myself into believing in this).
P.S. Have fun cheesie. PICS FROM TAIWAN PLEASE!
lolx. he doesn know what a bolster is. i cant sleep without a bolster either! 🙂
enjoy your trip at shanghai. remember to do loads of shopping! xD
Jeremy: Shanghai, Jeremy, SHANGHAI!!!
heya cheesie !
you studying in shanghai uni now ~?
wow, it must be nice to have so much disposable income! i want! XD
what about dork, Oli?
And Oli is really tall!!
it’s funny when you hear foreigners’ accents, especially the word they’re saying sounds just like another totally unrelated word in english.
in nz, people pronounce ‘six’ as ‘sex’ and ‘sex’ as ‘six’. so imagine how many times a day i hear the word ‘sex’, like ‘sex trees’ lol.
i used to stay in shanghai for a year plus,
and i think you should rili go visit qipu road someday. it’s like a giant fashion distributing site in shanghai, where you can get fashionable stuffs at rili cheap price, have to try to bargain though.
and .. try the 游子老鸭粉丝汤(rice vermicilli in duck soup) over there，it tastes nice XD
and try the wanton over there, it’s so much BIGGERRRR than what we have in malaysia
other ‘must-go’ tourist spot like cheng huang miao, oriental pearl tower(not tht worth though), oh and shopping area like nanjing road, huaihai road, renmin square(underground shopping mall)
cheese, update some photos.. i wan to c the view in shanghai..
haha… cute “duck” conversation… very funny indeed.
ahh!my bf just flew to shanghai this morning to work for 3 years! glad its a nice place!
A BOLSTER is called a MANCHESTER in the west.