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September 25th, 2010

WORLD EXPO-SAUSTING!

I was quite determined to visit the World Expo in Shanghai when I visited!  I mean when will I ever get the opportunity to do it again right?  I thought to myself that I should visit later in the year as the summer in Shanghai is quite challenging. LOL!  The World Expo will be closing next month so I really had to visit!   I asked my best friend Bob to arrange the visit for me. Bob is a diplomat for Canada in China and he was kind enough to get me VIP passes and appointments to several pavilions.

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I was all psyched and ready to be enthralled!  Joining me on the trip were Nix and a whole lot of Canadians – Victor, Gary and Catherine.  We were also joined by Bob’s boyfriend Kelvin and his friends Jean and Ken.   When we arrived, we saw the most incredible sight.  It was as if all the tourist buses in China were heading towards the expo!  I was not prepared to experience the crowds!

 My gang manages a smile while on line!  Victor, Nix, Gary & Catherine.

My gang manages a smile while on line! Victor, Nix, Gary & Catherine.

It was as if half the population of China was going to enter the World Expo!  This was really not a fun sight!  The heat of the sun was blazing and although there were gusts of cool wind every now and then, it was still uncomfortable.  We waited for about 45 minutes before we could enter the expo and the whole time I was looking at the incredible lines entering almost like cattle.

 The people being herded like cattle.

The people being herded like cattle.

When we went in the expo, I felt a bit better and tried my best to remain calm and collected and just really enjoy the moment!  We had appointments to around 7 pavilions but only had the energy to visit 3.  I would have really enjoyed it more if it wasn’t so hot!  I mean, because to the crowds and the heat, I felt like it was one of the most exhausting days ever!

 I loved the fact that we could come and take a look at so many architectural styles in one place, too bad, in a month or so all of these will be gone.

I loved the fact that we could come and take a look at so many architectural styles in one place, too bad, in a month or so all of these will be gone.

Nice wall detail.

Nice wall detail.

Spain!  This reminded me of Frank Gehry's Gugenheim museum in Bilbao.

Spain! This reminded me of Frank Gehry's Gugenheim museum in Bilbao.

France!  Wish I was able to come and take a look inside.

France! Wish I was able to come and take a look inside.

 I think this was Switzerland or Sweden?  I am not so sure now.

I think this was Switzerland or Sweden? I am not so sure now.

 Spain!  I love the use of natural materials!

Spain! I love the use of natural materials!

 Beautiful lines!

Beautiful lines!

 Latvia!

Latvia!

Detail shot!

Detail shot!

 Me inside the Spanish Pavilion.

Me inside the Spanish Pavilion.

 Nix in the waiting area.  I love how the curved wood makes it feel more modern.

Nix in the waiting area. I love how the curved wood makes it feel more modern.

 When we entered the first area of the Spanish pavilion, there was a flameco dancer dancing inside a cave-like area.

When we entered the first area of the Spanish pavilion, there was a flameco dancer dancing inside a cave-like area.

It was a total experience, with images being reflected 360 degrees around the wall, music seemed to come out from the floors!  It was inspiring!

It was a total experience, with images being reflected 360 degrees around the wall, music seemed to come out from the floors! It was inspiring!

I love the fact that I could use all these in how I can present my collections in the future.

I love the fact that I could use all these in how I can present my collections in the future.

 Amazing images!

Amazing images!

Picasso!

Picasso!

Pamplona's running of the bulls!  The sound of the runners could be felt on the floor!  It gave me goose bumps!

Pamplona's running of the bulls! The sound of the runners could be felt on the floor! It gave me goose bumps!

Moved towards the next exhibition area.

Moved towards the next exhibition area.

 They had 6 horizontal screens in this giant room with a video montage of Spanish life and culture.

They had 6 horizontal screens in this giant room with a video montage of Spanish life and culture.

 I loved how the images came with the most haunting music.

I loved how the images came with the most haunting music.

Gorgeous images!

Gorgeous images!

 Images shown on a screen made from string.

Images shown on a screen made from string.

At the end of the exhibit hall was a giant baby!

At the end of the exhibit hall was a giant baby!

Bubbles were being blown all over the place!

Bubbles were being blown all over the place!

 I found it strange but I get the message.

I found it strange but I get the message.

I just want to show you all this giant baby for scale.

I just want to show you all this giant baby for scale.

I still think everyone should try and visit the World Expo.  It was a fantastic experience, although it really tests your stamina, patience and overall determination!  I mean, if we did not have the appointments, we would be on the line for an average of 4 hours and that in anyone’s book is NOT FUN!   We were able to visit.  Spain, Canada and Singapore.  I would have really liked to have visited more but I was just too spent.  Anyway I am sharing with all of you my photos.  Happy that my camera got fixed in the nick of time!

HUGS!

RAJO!



  1. rajo says:

    Jt…Your best bet it to write the Philippine Embassy in Shanghai and request for appointments from the different pavilions. My friend who is a Canadian diplomat did the appointments for me. If you know of anyone working in the DFA then they can help you as well! Good luck and have fun!

  2. jt says:

    hi rajo! I’ll be going to Shanghai this Wednesday. do u know how i could get an appointment to the pavillions? is there a website i could go and set an appointment with? Please reply. Thank you.

    BTW, i love your blog!!! :)

  3. kris says:

    It’s amazing how you get to appreciate architecture!
    And I just noticed that you are really sensitive with the details.
    One of the best Filipino Designers indeed.:)
    >>love rajo L. <<

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