The Great Mold of 2014 killed 12 pairs of my shoes. When living on the first floor of a lane house, a two week vacation means coming back to a day of boiling rags, wearing masks, moving furniture, bleaching the fuck out of everything, then eventually throwing out what's shoved in the back of the closet. It's not just material items to grieve over. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), indoor mold can increase the risk of respiratory disease by 50%. A Parkway Health ENT also told us that expats commonly develop new allergies after three or four years of living in China due to mold and dust mites.
If you haven't run on the Tartan track along the Huangpu on the West Bund, you should. The boardwalk is spacious, well–kept, and far from city traffic air. More importantly, there are zero cars. Adidas is now offering another reason to go there -- an upcycled space with a new shoe rental program.
Adidas Runbase sits just behind the Long Museum and next to a little skate park. You can't actually buy any gear here, but you can rent lightly used Adidas running shoes for the day, via their free VIP membership. The membership exists for as long as this store does, and there seems to be no catch, unless the idea of pre-worn sneakers grosses you out. Read on
This new juice shop called "Fly Juice" (unassociated with the Fly skateboard shop a few doors down) recently opened on Changle Lu. It's shiny and hip and "branded," but can all that branding justify costing 25–40% more than the curiously named "Fruit's Party" juice shop around the corner on Huaihai Lu?
First up, the small store looks like a streetwear boutique, with neon lights, a surf board, and bottles of juice that look like a mad scientist's potion. One of the young Shanghainese guys who owns the place designed it himself. Nice guy. And it's clean. The juices have cute names like "The Hulk" (celery, apple, wheat grass, chia seed – 22rmb) and "Fly Power" (avocado, banana, and milk – 38rmb).
You know those massage chairs that cost like 20rmb/twenty minutes at Chinese airports? Massage chair manufacturer Oto Oto has a bunch of those available for free, extended tests at malls around town right now through Sunday August 31. Last night I got a 25 minute robot massage outside of the main entrance to Metro City in Xujiahui, right by the KFC and the Reese's store. They have about ten chairs plus some other massage devices like vibrating balance boards.
The top of the line space age chairs cost 30,000rmb -- but let's face it, if you buy one you probably won't ever use it. For now just enjoy the humanless "3D" massage, which is actually pretty good. Damn those bots are strong. Just pray that no glitch causes the machine to clinch up and crush your bones like M&Ms.
Shanghai just got its 90234874th nail salon at Julu Lu near Maoming Nan Lu, but hey, it's got a clever name: Get Nailed. tee. hee.
The shop's offering some unusually good deals in honor of its store opening. From now until May 18, manicures, pedicures and eyelash extension services will be priced at 88rmb each.
We went down to check it out this past weekend to make sure they weren't cutting costs by using fake OPI, mangy lashes or diluted creams and gels. They weren't. Get Nailed sticks to two brands: Essie for regular polish, CND for gel nails. It's the real stuff. We were told that the polishes are organic, too. Maybe good for nail biters? Shrug.
Anyway, the 88rmb promo price is the same for manicures and pedicures that use