Babylon Of The Orient, The Shanghai Restoration Project
I'm terribly proud of my Chinese heritage. It wasn't always so; in fact I'm ashamed to say that growing up amidst the tide of cosmopolitan revolution and the movement of international assimilation being too in touch with your roots was regarded as twee and perhaps a little...old fashioned. Of course when one gets a little older and a lot wiser one realises how important tradition is, quaintness be damned. I now openly and proudly embrace my love and fascination with all things Chinese; the language, the music, the history, and the fashion.
Regarding confusion about where I'm from; I am Malaysian Chinese. Malaysian refers to my kewarganegaraan (nationality) Chinese refers to my bangsa (ethnicity).
So when Amber invited me for an afternoon of tea (and bubbles) to experience Shanghai Tang's Imperial Tailoring Service I couldn't say no. After all their motto is 'Re-Orient Yourself'. How terribly fitting for a repentant deserter like me.