5 Shanghai Instragrammers to Follow

I’m a big Instagram fan, surprise surprise! But for me, the platform is much more than pretty pictures and seeing what my friends are up to. It’s actually an excellent source for discovering local events, new restaurants, interesting neighborhoods and more. It’s also a great tool for researching and seeing “real” pictures of things like potential vacation destinations and hotels. And, as strange as it sounds, I’ve also made many good friends through Instagram!

There are tons of great Shanghai Grammers to follow. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. @shanghaivlogger
Behind Shanghaivlogger is Magnus, a Swedish expat living and working in Shanghai. In addition to posting interesting and entertaining lifestyle content from China and his travels around the world, Magnus runs the fantastic YouTube Channel, Shanghai Vlogger, and a podcast called Kinapodden. On all platforms, I love Magnus’ positive vibe and commitment to quality content.

Shanghaivlogger

2. @keint_shanghai
I don’t know much more about Keint than what his Instagram bio reveals, but what I do know is that he takes absolutely spectacular photos. I love the content in his feed, which mainly consists of stunning masterpieces, as well as his Insta stories with more casual, lifestyle related material. Keint posts a variety of portraits, nature, architecture, travel and cityscapes. His account is particularly interesting for photo geeks and just anyone who appreciates beautiful images.

Keint_shanghai

3. @shanghaicoffeedaily
Shanghaicoffeedaily roams through Shanghai’s endless cafés, posting lovely pictures with her wonderfully entertaining impressions of the establishments she visits. As expected, she offers followers great tips on where to get a nice (and not so nice) cup of coffee.

shanghaicoffeedaily

4. @nomfluence
Nomfluence is run by Rachel, a Shanghai based writer, photographer and food critic who so kindly provides us with excellent restaurant tips accompanied with gorgeous food photography. This account is worth following for the mouth-watering food pics alone, even if you’re not based in Shanghai.

Nomfluence

5. @shanghaicomune
Shanghaicomune is a feature account, which means it posts other Instagrammer’s Shanghai shots, including my pic below. By tagging photos with #shanghaicomune, you have the chance to be featured and showcase your images to a larger audience of Shanghai lovers. There are many Shanghai-themed feature accounts, but I particularly like this one because of the variety of images and styles.

shanghaicomune

Honorary Mention: @gerhard_official
Gerhard is an expat living and working in Shanghai, and his breakfast pictures are some of my absolute favorites on Instagram. I love the minimalistic style of his feed in general, but his overnight oats and other food “art” is just too good. Bravo Gerhard!

gerhard_official

There you go, a few fun, inspiring and informative Shanghai Instagrammers to follow! And while you’re at it, don’t miss my account @shanghaistablog as well. Cheers!

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Sunrise on The Bund

Shanghai sunrise the bund

Happy new year! We’re two weeks into 2018, and I just accomplished one of my new year’s resolutions – seeing and photographing the sunrise on The Bund. Yeah!

I got up super early this morning, put on my warmest clothes and fluffiest pair of Uggs, got a Mobike on the street, and enjoyed a 30-minute brisk bike ride down the dark, quiet streets of Shanghai. And it was so worth it.

Being one of Shanghai’s biggest attractions and best-known landmarks, The Bund is usually packed with people. But early mornings are very different. The waterfront walkway is quiet and peaceful, with locals coming out to exercise, practice tai chi and fly kites. And the view is spectacular with the sun rising behind Pudong’s iconic skyline.

This morning, the atmosphere was amazing. So much calmness and energy at the same time.

I arrived at about 6:15, approximately half an hour before sunrise. I wish I’d gotten there about 15-20 minutes earlier to catch the moments of first light and color behind Pudong… oh well, next time! And I’m definitely coming back – I’ve been dying to see masters practicing tai chi with a Pudong sunrise backdrop, but couldn’t find any this morning.

What a good start of a new, productive week. Happy Monday!

Shanghai sunrise the bund

Shanghai sunrise the bund

Shanghai sunrise the bund

Shanghai sunrise the bund

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more pictures!

Summer Travels

4 weeks, 3 continents, 5 cities, 1 Colombian wedding, and lots and lots of food, family and friends. That was one hell of a holiday! Now I’m finally back in Shanghai, trying to survive the insane heatwave with record setting temperatures.

I’m so happy to be home again, but before completely shaking off the holiday vibes, here are some pics from our fantastic month on the road!

SWEDEN

Sweden Shanghaista

Sunset Sweden Shanghaista

 

NEW YORK

NYC Shanghaista

Brooklyn Shanghaista

NYC Shanghaista

Brooklyn Shanghaista

 

COLOMBIA

Colombia Shanghaista

Cartagena Shanghaista

Cartagena Shanghaista

Cartagena Shanghaista

Cartagena Shanghaista

 

FINLAND
(I kind of forgot to use the camera here, therefore just this one pic :)

Finland Shanghaista

Enjoy your week folks! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @shanghaistablog for more pics! <3

 

December in the French Concession

Wow, I’ve been terrible with the blog lately. No excuses, just haven’t managed to prioritize writing (although I’m totally blaming school!). I’ll try to get back to it very soon, but in the mean time I just wanted to post a few snaps from my awesome neighborhood, the Former French Concession. It’s crazy that these green, peaceful streets are right in the middle of such an enormous metropolis. I love this area with all it’s small shops, amazing restaurants and cozy vibe, and right now it’s so beautiful with the yellow leaves and autumn colors.

The pictures are from my daily bike route to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, mainly from Wukang Lu and Anfu Lu.

Shanghaista Expat Blog Shanghai

Shanghaista Expat Blog Shanghai

Shanghai Expat Blog Shanghaista

Shanghai Expat Blog Shanghaista

Shanghai Expat Blog Shanghaista

Shanghai Expat Blog Shanghaista

Make sure to follow me @shanghaistablog on Instagram for more pics!

Vietnam Vibes

Last week China celebrated it’s annual 7-day National Holiday known as Golden Week. The country pretty much shuts down for a full week and the busy, crowded streets of China’s megacities become deserted and quiet. Most locals take the opportunity to travel to their hometowns to be with family, and most expats leave the country either to visit home or to travel around Asia-Pacific.

Robert and I spent our holiday at the calm beachy island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam (checking off Vietnam on my China Bucket List, wohoo!). We stayed at the northern tip of the island at Peppercorn Beach Resort, a small boutique resort that was absolutely perfect for us in every way. A beach villa right by the ocean, turquoise warm water, kayaks and snorkels to borrow anytime, the most friendly staff and delicious home-cooked Vietnamese food… Ahh just brilliant. I haven’t felt this relaxed after a holiday for ages!

There’s not much exciting stuff to report from our vacation as we spent our days lounging, reading, eating, drinking delicious Vietnamese drip-coffee, reading, swimming, reading some more, and so on. After four very hectic months with moving back to China and adapting to a new life here, I didn’t even realize how much I needed a real break. Sometimes you don’t notice it until you just stop for a moment. But thanks to Phu Quoc and Peppercorn Beach I’m back feeling invigorated and energezied, all ready for the fall!

Hope you guys had a great Golden Week! Where did you go?Please share any good SE-Asian destinations or travel tips in the comments below. :)

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shanghaista shanghai expat blog

shanghaista shanghai expat blog

shanghaista shanghai expat blog

Vitamins in the kitchen! I don’t know how I’ll be able to live without this every morning.

shanghaista shanghai expat blog

Phu Quoc produces loads of high quality pepper, so there are pepper plantations all over the island. We stopped to check out what pepper actually looks like when growing on trees. 

Phu Quoc Vietnam

Phu Quoc Vietnam

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shanghaista shanghai expat blog

shanghaista shanghai expat blog

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Photography workshop with Thierry and Amey

Do you have an awesome camera but not sure how to get the most out of it? Well, I do. I’ve been getting more and more interested in photography in the past year, but using more complex camera settings is still pretty foreign to me. So when I heard about a photography workshop taught by Thierry Coulon, a well-known Shanghai street photographer, I just had to sign up. And I’m super glad I did – the workshop was exactly what I was looking for. The focus was to:

  • Learn how to use manual settings on your camera.
  • Understand the basics of what actually makes an image appealing.
  • Introduction to image editing with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

A few months ago I bought a new camera which I absolutely love, a Canon PowerShot G5X. It’s a great versatile camera that fits my needs perfectly, but I mostly end up using it in Automatic-mode. That means that the camera automatically adjusts it’s settings each time I snap a picture. Nothing wrong with that, especially with a good camera, but I would still like to understand more and be able to experiment, and also have manual control in situations where the camera makes the wrong call on automatic settings. This workshop was such a good start to just exactly that.

This weekend me and 3 other eager future photography-superstars attended the workshop run by Thierry Coulon and Amey Khan – two really great guys with plenty of experience in the field. I learned a lot, almost too much, kind of wishing that the workshop would be split into two or three separate days in order to have enough time to cover and process all the information, plus practice all the new cool tricks and techniques. Luckily Thierry and Amey mentioned that they might set up follow-up workshops soon, so fingers crossed for that!

In the workshop we covered the basics of a camera’s manual settings and options. I now start to have an understanding of things like ISO and aperture, which previously were familiar words but I had no idea what they actually meant. So pretty technical stuff, but very interesting and crucial to understand if you want to develop as a photographer. We also touched on composition, i.e. what actually makes an image appealing to the human eye. This was such an interesting topic, and definitely something that I hope to learn a lot more of.

And then there was Lightroom. Ohh the magical Lightroom. Lightroom is a digital photography software that’s great for editing images. We didn’t have time to go too much into it, but enough to get the basics and the fact that this is an application where I could (and probably will) easily spend hours and hours exploring and experimenting. Just check out the picture below. My original image on the left is partially under-exposed with light, making the little girl and her mom appear too dark. But with the magic of Lightroom I was able to balance the light, making the little girl brighter without further brightening up the background on the left. And I was able to do this without exaggerating effects that might make the image look unnatural. Very cool!

Shanghai expat photography class workshop

Are you like me and have an interest in photography but not much experience? Do you want to learn about stuff like exposure and manual control but don’t know where to start? Did you try YouTube but got overwhelmed by the enormous amount of tutorials? Do you simply want to capture better images? If yes, then I definitely recommend attending a photography workshop wherever you are in the world. At least for me this was such an inspiration and a great learning experience. All I want to do now is run around with my camera and snap away!

If you are in Shanghai, you can’t go wrong with Thierry’s and Amey’s workshops. Let’s hope that they’ll be doing new ones soon!

Shanghai Expat Blog Photography class workshop

Shanghai Expat Blog Photography Workshop Class

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