Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

“No Admittance” signs are just suggestions

Great Wall Underwater

… because I’m pretty sure it says ‘come on in’ in Chinese! I could be wrong, but judging by all the locals walking straight past the cautionary stake in the ground, I’m thinking it should be followed by a question mark and smiley face. (:

This past weekend, we decided to explore the Lake Side Great Wall Reserve (or 黄花城, HuangHuaCheng) where a portion of the Beijing Great Wall is under water. It was a pretty cool thing to see, but the story (not as cool) is that a dam was built in the neighborhood some years ago and the water was pushed over a low portion of the wall.

Yea… I know… It would have won many awesome points if they built a section underwater.

Park Sign

We were headed towards the under water Great Wall & Chestnut Garden, but I knew this place was alright when I saw that they had a "Pleasure Boat" (50pts to Lakeside)

Despite the “no admittance” signs, we still took the time to explore what we could. It was a beautiful area…


Rocky Mountains & Streams

and it even has a ‘sandy beach’…

Sandy Beach Sign

Sandy Beach

The "10m" is not the distance to the 'beach'... it's the actual length of the beach!

…I would NEVER have assumed this would be worthy of being classified as a beach, but who am I to judge!?!

I think we will definitely try this hike again and might even run a few of the trails… next time, we’re going all in… right past the “no admittance” signs… it’s the Brooklyn in me… I’m a ‘Trail Thug’ what can I say.

Have you disobeyed caution signs before? Would you do something like that just for the sake of adventure?

Signing off… ETT =)

August 19, 2011

EarthToTrish Needs Your Help…

Shanghai Ferrari

Shanghai Eye Candy

… so as I was lusting over this piece of eye candy in Shanghai last week, I realized that I needed to make a decision about my future. Since I will have to provide a “wish list” very soon of the places I would like to serve in 2012… I thought I would ask my friends to provide some feedback. Tell me what you think…

Signing off… ETT =)

August 11, 2011

Chocolate for lunch = PHANTASTICUS

YES… that’s a word… it’s Latin… and it’s in the ETT Dictionary of Words That Should Still Be In Everyday Use


So I’m back in Shanghai and where do my lovely friends take me for lunch? Yup, you guessed it… Whisk Choco Cafe! [I love it when the audience plays along, you guys are awesome] =)

All I have to say about that place is…. YUM! I want to go back as soon as my Chocolate Red Velvet cake stupor wears off. Unfortunately, because I was silly and ate real food prior to dessert (i.e. amazing tomato soup + Caesar salad) I barely made it through my slice of Heaven before the chocolate coma came over me like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. I couldn’t help feeling like I’d been doped… but in a good way!


Whisk is at 1250 Huaihai Zhong Lu… if you’re in Shanghai, it’s worth a trip!

What did you have for lunch? Can you survive on chocolate treats alone? (I think I can)


Signing off… ETT =)

August 8, 2011

Climbing 800m hurts…

…thankfully, we picked the shorter mountain to climb. I wish I could say they made it easy on us, but this was a hike.

龙庆峡 (pinyin: Long Qing Xia)… is Beijing’s Small Three Gorges.

They’ve got everything from serene waterways…

to non-smoking areas… =)

an "Illusion Point" (or observatory) at the top of each mountain peak…

to the "Beijing Bikini"…

(hey, what better way to cool off than to partially strip)

This is mos def worth a repeat… although I was too timid to try the bungee jump and zip-line, I still managed to keep myself entertained. Tune in this winter for a quick review of the 龙庆峡 Ice Festival.

Signing off… ETT =)

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