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22nd February - The last full day spent with Mom before she leave

March 21, 2015
22nd February was the last full day I could spend with my mom before she went back tomorrow morning , it felt like it was just yesterday that she arrived and I picked her up form the airport. My mom was so excited to go to the church that I go regularly every Sunday located in Xujiahui. A little history lesson about the church – It was designed by an English architect William Doyle and built by the French Jesuits from 1905-1910 (5 years in process and now its almost 1 century). Saint Ignatius Cathedral was described as ‘the grandest cathedral in the Far East. An artist named Wo Ye of Beijing and Fr. Thomas Lucas SJ from the University of San Fransisco began a 5-year project to install new stained glass windows in 2002, which is now appears with the Chinese characters and iconography. At 1.15, hunger was creeping inside of us, and I took mom to on eof my favorite place for the after-church-late-lunch. It was in Metro City and near the church so its very reachable and there are lots of choices too. Udon was our choice, mom took the Spicy Kimchi one, (even she don’t really like spicy food) with fried chicken snacks, and I took the curry one with chicken snacks. We loved the chicken snacks so much, (FYI, I always pick the chicken snacks no matter what happen) and the curry was amazing. The udon was so soft and chewy, loved them with the savory curry flavor. (no pictures available for this coz we were to hungry to wait and snap) haha, but I will provide some picts next time I go there. 
We love chocolate, I mean, who doesn’t ? I could not believe my life without chocolate. Yes we went to Hershey shop there and bought 20 big cups of Reese, for my bros and of course, ME… ☺ . On our way to the metro station, my mom’s was fascinated by the pinky and girly Hello Kitty café, I really wanted to go there with her but it was so crowded and seemed like everyone on that particular time went there at the same time. Even though we waited like 20 min max, so we gave up and maybe next time :’), but there is always a plan B, yes we found a mocha ice cream just in front of the café and we tried them, the greentea and red bean one (obviously I voted the greentea one). Somehow, my mom loved the greentea mocha better than the one she picked. Haha yes greentea rules! We continued walking as I grabbed my mom to try Lilian Bakery’s cheese tart and egg tart, as people said it’s the best place for egg tart. We bought 4, 2 pcs each and she loves it so muchhh, loved it over the cheese one though, but I was the opposite. I love I adore I fancy cheese tart, making me finish the cheese tart (yes that’s what I am hoping for ;). 
After a long brainstorming where should we go, we decided to go to Carefour. Why? Because mom want to buy any kind of snacks that is made in China and bring it back home, as I also recommended that idea coz sounds like a great one. On the way to Carefour, I saw the café that I’ve been dying to go there but I don’t know when was the right time, and it seemed like a perfect time, MangoSix, like the one we saw on the Heirs, Korean drama. I ordered their favorite drinks, Mango & Coconut while mom ordered Mango sorbet ice cream. It was so mango, and goes well with the coconut and one’s not enough for me, and I kind of finished my mom’s dessert :p.  After satisfied my desires for almost 5 months, we went to Carefour and picking, selecting anything that seems delicious and trusted. It was about 1-2 hours shopping time and we went home by taxi even its only for about 1 km, coz it was impossible for us to carry all the stuffs without something left behind. The journey didn’t end there, as my mom I a fan of collecting mug from every countries. 
We went to a mall near the metro station and unfortunately we didn’t find the kind of mug that my mom was looking for. So I had an idea to go to L’Avenue, to find Starbucks and we did! Surprisingly, my mom bought 2 cause the other one was in 3D and the picture of the bund. So they’re kind of worth it. 
I took my mom to my other favorite restaurant, near Starbucks, called Juchheim, it served great pasta and potato dishes. But sadly, the cooks didn’t do order after 8, and it was 8.12. (yes, shoot). So, we were kind of disappointed, but luckily we bought salmon yesterday in IKEA. At the apartment, my mom cooked the salmon and it was delish. It is true that the most delicious dish is the one that your mom cook for you ☺

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