Welcome to the August/September edition of Urban Family Shanghai.
I have been an expat now for almost 12 years, and a piece of advice from my brother has stayed with me ever since. He told me, "Say yes to everything for the first two months of living in a new city." For some, this may be simple, as it is inherent in your personality; for those like me, it pushes you outside of your comfort zone. I promised him I would do it and have kept my word after moving to four new cities in 12 years. I've said "yes," and this has led me to learn new things, undergo countless unexpected experiences and most of all, meet people who have become lifelong friends. It has helped me create a fulfilling life.
With this in mind, I say welcome to our Mind, Body and Soul edition (p16). It's a 'back to school guide' with a twist, as we turn our focus to the moms and dads out there who are currently settling back into life as the summer ends and the school year begins. Whether you are new to the city or need to re-adjust after the holiday season, our cover story is here to help. We present you with a comprehensive list of learning, fitness, friendship and philanthropic options to say "yes" to and find your place in Shanghai.
In Life and Wellbeing (p6), our fitness feature outlines how to sneak a good stretch into your day to keep you flexible and injury-free. If you’re looking for places to visit on the weekend, check out our review of the Shanghai Film Museum and a list of recommendations from an established Shanghai family.
Our Entertainment (p32) pages include reviews on two sensational Broadway productions, Stomp and Rent. Be sure to get your tickets for these shows in advance – you won't be disappointed. We also deliver our top 12 movies set in a school environment, which covers classics from Dead Poets Society to Clueless. They will make you laugh, inspire you, and remind you about the complexities of being at school.
As an avid tea drinker, I love the phrase "There's always time for tea." It invites the opportunity to sit back, relax and indulge in conversation with friends. In Food and Fun (p26), we are encouraging just that. With our selection of nine afternoon tea options around town, there's bound to be one for you and your friends to take a moment and catch up after the summer holidays.
As for the kids heading back to school, we borrow this quote from Robin Williams, "Carpe diem. Seize the day and make your life extraordinary." Great advice for all of us, really.
See you again in October!