No doubt, expenses in Shanghai can be quite shocking if you are making local monthly income. Luxury fashions, exotic/foreign cuisines, high class night lifes, sophisticated living complexes, can all add up and take up a great portion of your monthly budget, or worse. But living a great life does not always require big money spending. If you are willing to alter your living standard to how the locals are living, then you wouldn’t feel so bad for not being able to enjoy life and fun… You still get to have fun, spend and purchase goods, you just have to keep one eye closed.
Ok, I’m done being sarcastic.
Let see the real version of how to live like a local:
I took a walk this noon to FamilyMart for lunch hunt, and on my way I saw this little shoes store, which I have never seen it before this second and have no idea when they set up the store. Couple days ago the store was empty, trashed and sealed with concrete cement, and all the sudden BOOM, there’s a newly remodeled shoe store. The sign says all shoes “50rmb,” then I thought… 50rmb? that’s like… $7.93 USD! And since my last “CAT” (http://www.sonax2k.com/php/wordpress/?p=627) ripped during a casual football tossing practice, I needed a replacement to go with my summer outfit.
So, yeah, $7.93USD, why the hell not.
I walked in and browsed for some minutes, ok they got good amount of shoes in stock but I just can’t quite catch on with their fashion. Just when I was about to leave and spend my 50rmb on beer and food, I came across this… a somewhat boots-look-alike shoes that smells like real leather, but in reality we all know it’s not real leather. I got a size 43, which is about the equivalent of 10.5 in US sizing, more or less.
I’m pretty sure it writes SPORT, though it really look like SPOR7
Yes they did screwed two screws right through the surface of the shoe…that’s quite an unique fashion!
Now which genius decided to fake English into another languages… LOL
Overall the shoes is below quality line. It’s really hard and uncomfortable compared to the CAT I bought off taobao, but the price is 3 times cheaper. I should really give it a F rank but since it’s only 50rmb.. Ok, D rank it is. Done.