Saturday, 30 January 2016

Music Tag

     I've done a couple of these tag posts now, and while it's pretty easy to find lists of questions online, I don't want every post to be general questions about me. There might be a few more of those, of course, but I like the ones themed around a general topic too. Last time was a Christmas theme, and this time we're looking at one of the great loves of my life: music. I've written heaps about it on here of course - check its category, listed at the top of the page - but this should serve as a decent introduction for anyone unfamiliar with my music taste.

Music Tag text on black and white background of iPod, headphones and sheet music
(image source with text edit by me)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

It's So Very Cold

     I can't believe I'm writing that title as a Scottish girl living a few hundred miles further south than she used to - I never thought I'd feel particularly cold at all this year! But Hong Kong is absolutely freezing right now! We hit a low of under 4°C on Sunday, the coldest it's been here in about 50 years, and although it's slowly climbing back into double digits now, it still feels very, very cold. It has made life a little different lately though - I saw icicles the other day! Icicles. In Hong Kong.

Icicles on the roof of the temples at Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Icicles! Actual icicles on the temple roof.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Outfit - Wine Is Always A Good Idea

     I bought this top and cardigan while at home over Christmas, and I'm obsessed with them both! The top is such a lovely wine red colour, and it's that design where it's loose and comfy, without looking baggy and worn. The grey cardigan is also a nice colour, that I can pair with almost anything in my wardrobe, but it's the length of it I really like for some reason. I like the contrast of the long cardigan with the shorts in this outfit - definitely worn with tights or leggings though at this time of year! Though I wore this last week, now Hong Kong has dropped to 4 Celsius, and they have no heating inside, so I'm in about four layers of clothes! Anyway, I'll get this outfit again when it's a little warmer, and it's great for casual weekends and evenings - the top could also very easily be dressed up with other combinations of clothes.

Wine Red | outfit of burgundy red top, long grey knit cardigan, denim shorts, black leggings & biker boots

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Udderbelly: Russell Howard

     Have you ever seen a jet lagged comedian improvise his set, while inside a giant upside-down purple cow in Hong Kong? I highly recommend it!

Giant upside purple cow - Udderbelly Asia venue in Hong Kong

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Ocean Park: Round 1

     We are children. Complete and utter children. I've heard good things about Ocean Park before, but I don't think anything could have prepared us for how much fun it was! Several of my friends here had their birthdays at the weekend, which gets you free entry to the park that day, so I legged it there after work to meet them. I was slightly on the fence about paying to go for only half the day, but it was so worth it. And I made it there from Tsuen Wan in an hour, which is very impressive - well done Hong Kong transport! It helps that there's so many buses there from Central. Once I made it though, it was just fantastic. I seriously underestimated how big the park is, and there's so much of it we ran out of time to see, so we'll definitely be back - hence the title!

Ocean Park entrance with sign and sea animal statues, Hong Kong

Monday, 18 January 2016

Outfit - Emerald & Jade

     I've been rotating between the same few outfits for work for the last few months now, so I decided I needed something new! I was out shopping back in the UK over Christmas, as there's shops there I miss in Hong Kong, and the sales had begun, so I picked up this as a new work dress - half price! It's a thicker material than some of my others, which is good for the cooler weather now, but likely will be set aside when it heats up again. I like the colours in it though, and the geometric design makes it a little more interesting, but also still elegant and smart enough for work (not that that's really necessary, most of the other teacher wear very casual stuff most of the time). My green jade bracelet matches well with the green dress, albeit a different shade, and I've finally ditched my cheap, rubber watch in favour of this beautiful silver one my parents gave me as an early birthday present. Finally, these are not my work shoes (I have to have an indoor pair which stay at work), but since I bought new black flats, I figured this was a good outfit to show them off with.

Emerald & Jade | outfit of green, black and grey geometric design smart dress, with black tights & flat shoes

Sunday, 17 January 2016

I Know What I'm Doing | On Responsibility

     I am 21 years old, legally an adult, with a university degree, and plenty of experience relative to the job I was hired to do. I have worked this job long enough now to know what I'm doing. I am not an idiot. Yet sometimes I seem to be the only one who knows this. I understand that at my job, I'm still the new girl compared to everyone else, and I understand that there will always be a language barrier issue. I understand that this is my first real teaching job and I still have a lot to learn. But I am given the minimal amount of responsibility possible nearly all the time, and it is becoming incredibly frustrating.

Responsibility text in yellow letters on green paint background
(source)

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The Big Buddha

     Now that I'm back in Hong Kong after being home for Christmas, that means resuming my sight-seeing activities! Yes, there are still things here I haven't seen yet. The Big Buddha - properly called the Tian Tan Buddha - has been top of my list for a while now, but plans kept changing! We initially intended to hike down from it at the weekend, but when we went to leave it began to rain, so we took the bus instead. You can get there by taking the MTR to Tung Chung, from which the most popular option to get up the hill is the Ngong Ping cable car, but to avoid the queues and pricey ticket, we took the no. 23 bus from the terminus next door, which is far cheaper and takes around 45 minutes. I would like to go in the cable car another time though, but it was also really cloudy that day, so we wouldn't have seen much anyway. Once you reach the top, there's Ngong Ping village to explore, the buildings of Po Lin Monastery, and of course, the massive 34m tall (including podium) Buddha statue, weighing 250 tonnes, perched on the hill overlooking the piazza, the largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha in the world.

Big Buddha / Tian Tan Buddha statue at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Monday, 11 January 2016

Outfit - New Year

     This outfit actually came from a few weeks ago, specifically New Year's Eve, which I spent at my cousin's wedding reception. Since I wasn't going for the whole day, I didn't go as formally dressed as I have to weddings in the past. I felt this outfit was dressy enough, but still erring on the side of partying, rather than a formal occasion, which worked well when we were celebrating the New Year arriving as well. I hadn't had a good opportunity to wear this dress before, and I love the teal colour, and the bronze embellishments are a bit different for me (I usually stick to silver). I thought the short, floaty skirt, teamed with the leather jacket was fun and good for dancing, as were the flat shoes, always a must for me when there's ceilidh dancing involved! I did take the chance to wear some of my fancier jewellery though, that I don't wear that often, in this case the black jade pieces I picked up back in Guatemala. The only downer on this outfit was the dress's zip bursting open halfway through the night! Luckily my mum was able to pin it back together for the remainder of the night, and my grandma is going to sew a new zip in for me!

New Year | outfit of short, floaty teal dress with bronze embellishment, with black flat shoes & black jade and silver jewellery

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Travel Inspiration - Florence, Italy

     Florence - known as Firenze in Italian - may not be the most famous or popular of Italy's cities, in a country that boasts Rome and Venice, but it's certainly still one of the most beautiful. Europe is bursting with incredible architecture, and Florence is home to some of the best, with pretty and intricately decorated buildings around every corner. It's not a very big city, and the two night I spent here seemed to be ample time to see the main sights around its central area. Some people may bemoan the lack of things to do here, certainly compared to the likes of Rome, but it would be a very pleasant place to spend a few days relaxing and doing not very much. (Sidenote: I wish I could go back around many places in Europe with my new, much better camera than the one I had at the time!)

Ponte Vecchio (bridge) crossing the River Arno in Florence, Italy

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Films I'm Looking Forward to in 2016

     So last year I shared some films that I was looking forward to seeing that year - the results were mixed, as some of them were as good as I had hoped, while others disappointed somewhat. But so it goes, not everything will be a hit. I thought I'd have another look ahead this year. I may get round to a music post, but most of the albums I'm hoping for this year are still being written and recorded, with no details announced yet.



Monday, 4 January 2016

Outfit - Black Suede Boots

     First of all, apologies for the photo quality. I'm not thrilled with it, but I had horrible lighting and limited time to get these snaps while I was back home, so I'm afraid they'll have to do. Anyway, this was the outfit I wore for our second Christmas dinner with half the family on Boxing Day. I absolutely adore these boots (the photos really don't do them justice), but I don't wear them often, and usually only indoors, for fear of ruining them. Over-the-knee, soft black suede - perfect! I don't even bring them to Hong Kong with me, just in case (hence having to rush these photos at home). I kept it simple with black and grey tones, and clothes which are comfortable and just the right mix of casual and dressy. This big, soft cardigan is also perfect for the wintery months back home, and feels perfect for Christmas. I jazzed up the neutral tones though with these big, bold earrings, which my mum bought me in Dubai.

Black Suede Boots | outfit of thick grey woollen cardigan, simple grey & black top, black skater skirt & knee high black suede boots

Saturday, 2 January 2016

2016: Looking Forward

     Happy New Year! How did you spend yours? I know the night can be a let-down for many people, but I ended up spending this year's at my cousin's wedding reception! They planned it all before telling anyone, so we only knew about 2 months beforehand, but I didn't have any other plans for the night, so it was a double excuse for a party! Anyway, I've said this before, that New Year is just another day in many ways, and the whole "New year, new me" thing is just nonsense, and everyone breaks their resolutions. But I do think it's a good time to pause and think about where your life is at, and whether this is where you want it to be. In many ways, I had an excellent 2015, so I'm now hoping that 2016 will measure up. Some of the great things that happened were things I planned myself, while others simply fell into place. We can't control everything that happens to us, of course, but we can try to make some good things happen!

2016 text on fireworks background
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