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Istanbul Day 3 - We decided to explore the “new” side of the city and more specifically walk the famous street, Caddesi Istikali.  We took the tram to the last stop and then took the funicular up the hill to Taksim Square.

We walked the entire length of the street before doubling back to grab a cold drink and a light lunch at a nice cafe.  The street is lined with cool architecture and some historical buildings.  Also, this area is where most of the foreign consulates/embassies are and is considered one of the more affluent neighborhood of Istanbul.  It was really hot and while there were a ton of shopping on the street… it’s not quite our style of shops so we didn’t really buy anything.  However, the cold Efes really hit the spot!

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Cold rainy day in Brussels again… So we passed some time shopping. I’m a sucker for design and was looking for a small slim messenger bag that can just hold my Xoom, phone, and my trusty camera. Happened upon this bag (NAVA Bellows Ipad Messenger) at of all places an uber designer furniture store near the Grand Place. Just an awesome bag by an up and coming designer, Benjamin Hubert.
My sweet wife of course loved it as well but immediately proceeded to make fun of me right after purchase with ‘love your awesome new man-bag!’ Lol!

Cold rainy day in Brussels again… So we passed some time shopping. I’m a sucker for design and was looking for a small slim messenger bag that can just hold my Xoom, phone, and my trusty camera. Happened upon this bag (NAVA Bellows Ipad Messenger) at of all places an uber designer furniture store near the Grand Place. Just an awesome bag by an up and coming designer, Benjamin Hubert.
My sweet wife of course loved it as well but immediately proceeded to make fun of me right after purchase with ‘love your awesome new man-bag!’ Lol!

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Part 1 - We decided to make this day a relaxing day… so after a leisurely breakfast, we walked out to Dong Khoi street to go shopping.  Now, this bean day 3 of the Chinese New Years Holiday, there were still a lot of stores closed, but we managed to visit the children’s clothing store that Linh recommended.

They had the cutest things in the world and we did buy quite a few items for nieces and nephews back home.  Not going to show pictures of the cloths so kids don’t see them early! Hopefully they will all fit!  We continued down the street and went to a number of Silk stores, but did not buy anything.

We then walked down Dong Khoi to Parkson’s Department store, which is a Chinese chain.  Walking through the mall, we really didn’t see much to buy especially after spending time buying local made stuff.  It was pretty much like a mall we would find in China, so no big deal.  We then headed towards Vincom Center, which is this new mega highend mall… but unfortunately, it was closed.  We then decided to walked to the Rex hotel which contains a nice shopping complex on the ground floor and that was closed.

So… we called it quits as it was getting hot again around Noon and headed back to the hotel and sat by the pool.  Mrs. RHHOG slept on the pool recliner for 3 hours!  We then worked out in the gym and got ourselves ready to go to Linh and Anthony’s place as they were cooking dinner for us.

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Yu Garden area is composed of real old buildings next to man-made replicas.  It is very touristy and yet does feel like you are in old China.  I really liked the juxtaposition of DQ, Pizza Hut, and etc next to food stalls that sell classic Chinese candy and bites.  It’s like, you can have some duck tongue, followed by some noodles, a bit of pork jerky, and then go have an blizzard afterwards!!  Very cool.  There are also lots of shops selling all kinds of silk, jade, pearls, leather, and other goods from super cheap to super expensive.

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After a nice lunch, we headed to the Guangdong Museum hoping that the line wouldn’t be too long.  Well, wishful thinking doesn’t equal reality.  When we got there, the line wrapped around the museum and we looked at each other and decided that it’s not worth one hour of time to try and get in.  So, I asked her… “What would you like to do instead?”.  Mrs RHHOG said… “I need some new work pants… let’s go shopping!”.  Fantastic….

Ok, so we take the APM up to the Tianhe area and headed east to TaiKoo Hui.  Yes, they have super high end stores as pictured by the Real Hermes.  Lol.  We ended up going to some other mid-range stores and the wife bought a couple pairs of pants and a shirt at 50% off.  Not bad for a total of 500 RMB or $80 USD.

After shopping, we took the escalators all the way up to the roof area where it’s finally open to check out the new Paulaner Munchen Restaurant… yes, another German Restaurant.  Looks nice and they have a pretty large beer patio in front.  We’ll probably try it sooner or later.  What was really nice about the roof is that there are nice trees and lots of greenery.  It’s also peaceful and relaxing as oppose to the hustle and bustle of the Tianhe district.  I laid down on a stone bench and attempted to be local by taking a nap there… but only lasted a minute before I felt weird.  Did take a shot of the sky through the trees though.  Anyways, once the restaurants fills out on the roof, it should be a nice scene.

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Ahhhh… TaiKoo Hui just east of Tiyudong Road is probably the nicest mall we walked into so far.  Super high end stores… Prada, Dior, LV and etc.  Couldn’t afford any of the stuff as it’s even more expensive than the states due to exchange rates…. Nice looking stores though!

Ahhhh… TaiKoo Hui just east of Tiyudong Road is probably the nicest mall we walked into so far.  Super high end stores… Prada, Dior, LV and etc.  Couldn’t afford any of the stuff as it’s even more expensive than the states due to exchange rates…. Nice looking stores though!

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So, after moving into our new apartment, we realized that we need some basic essentials to properly cook a meal.  All our stuff from the US won’t be air freighted to China for 2-4 weeks and has to clear customs and yadda yadda yadda….

My wife, who’s been traveling to Guangzhou for work for about 7 years says… we need to go to Metro just east of Tianhe, which is like a Costco.  I love Costco, so will I like Metro?

Getting a membership is pretty easy.  You provide your company info and show them your passport and bam…. they give you a Metro card!  After entering, I started to see the similarities to Costco.  Electronics, check.  Household goods, check. Alcohol/cigs, check. Packaged/Fresh food, check!  All in all, I say the fresh food section is particularly large and as a wide range of selection.  They also don’t make you purchase in bulk like Costco does.

The most impressive thing to me is service… literally, there are Metro employees at every aisle helping you pick out stuff.   So, it was a breeze picking out a nice pot, rice cooker, toilet paper, cleansers, and etc.

As with all Costco trips, we can’t seem to leave the place until after 2 hours of shopping and $250 USD spent!

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