Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Review - Beauty and the Beast

     Honestly, it surprised me. It surprised me more than I thought I was going to, but in a really good way. As we know, Disney has been making a lot of live-action remakes in recent years, and some have been great, giving us interesting new slants on familiar stories - I'm thinking likes of 'Maleficent' here - while others have been carbon copies of the animation, which is pretty and nostalgic, but some of these films really need updating for modern times - think 'Cinderella'. Beauty & the Beast managed to find a pretty good middle ground, giving us everything we all loved about the original animation, while making sure it appealed to our modern sensibilities (as much as something set in the 18th century can).

Beauty and the Beast film poster - live action 2017 version

Monday, 27 March 2017

Outfit - Hooded

     I feel like it's been a while since I posted an outfit of this sort - a short skirt or dress, chunky boots, and some sort of big cardigan to keep it casual. These sorts of outfits are my staples and my favourites, but I feel like I haven't been wearing them lately - probably because I'm at work all week, then tend to throw on jeans a lot at the weekends. I loved walking about in this for the day though, as they'e all individual items I love, and I really liked this combination. The boots are firm favourites, but sadly the heel is starting to break so they won't be around much longer. And I love the contrast of the dress, which can be worn dressed up, with this super comfy, casual hoodie.

Hooded - outfit of large grey zip-up hoodie, green tartan print dress, slouch black suede boots and tights

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Seeking More Than Ordinary

     Today has been an ordinary day. I ate, I drank, I wrote, I read, I watched TV, I ran errands. A perfectly ordinary day, where nothing bad has happened to me. Which is a good thing, right? Ordinary is good, is safe, is secure. But what if ordinary isn't enough?

     Don't get me wrong, an ordinary life can be a wonderful life. A life with good health, a comfortable living, and loved ones around you sounds pretty fantastic, when you remember that there's plenty of people in the wold who aren't lucky enough to have all those things.

"We are going to do something extraordinary" quote in chalk text on blackboard background

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Hong Kong Flower Festival

     I love it when an event comes to town! As I've proven recently, there's still plenty more areas of Hong Kong I haven't explored in my time here so far, but when there's some sort of event or festival happening, and it may be my only chance to see it, it makes living and traveling abroad even more interesting. For the last week, Victoria Park (near Causeway Bay) has played host to the Hong Kong Flower Festival. I heard about it by chance, when a co-worker mentioned it, then I noticed a few adverts in the MTR and such. It perhaps isn't something I would instantly jump to - like last year, when the Udderbelly rolled into town and I HAD to go - but I figured it could be nice, so why not? Warning, this is a very photo-heavy post, because it was all so, so pretty!

Floral display at Hong Kong Flower Festival 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

Outfit - Night On The Town

     So this was my outfit of choice for my birthday night out the other week. I'm obsessed with these leather shorts, but I don't wear them all that often, since they're quite dressed up, and definitely strictly party wear, and sometimes nights out are more casual than that. My birthday was definitely an occasion to get dressed up though, and I just think the shorts look great, and are super comfortable too. I only have a couple of tops I usually pair them with - see another outfit with them here - but this top is a more recent purchase, which, I was happy to discover, works really well with this combination. Sometimes I wear flats for going out, especially for dancing, but I've gotten more comfortable in heels than I used to be, so figured I'd go for it.

NB: Excuse the lighting etc, I only had one day free to take photos this week and it was raining, so I decided to experiment with shooting in my room, or else I'd have been skipping today entirely.

Night On The Town - outfit of zigzag striped purple and black top, black leather shorts and tights

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Travel Inspiration - Nicaragua

     Welcome to the land of volcanos! Yes, that's really what Nicaragua gets called, there's a ton of them, and plenty are active, though full-blown eruptions don't happen too often as far as I know. This was another country I visited during my Central America trip, almost two years ago now! We stayed in Granada, and Ometepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, which is actually formed from two volcanos and a strip of land connecting them. There were certainly plenty of volcanos to see, as I visited an active crater just outside Granada, then hiked a portion of Maderas, the smaller of Ometepe's two peaks. There's more than just volcanos too, with markets of handicraft goods (featuring lots of wooden items), stunning architecture in the city, and plenty of opportunities to relax in the water, in lagoons and mineral springs.

Granada, Nicaragua

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

23rd Birthday - Ocean Park Round 4

     It was my birthday, hooray! Well, is it still a hooray? When you're a kid, getting older is really exciting somehow, since you get presents and cake and maybe a party, and as you get older you get to do more things. Now as an adult, I still get presents and sometimes cake, but I can already do pretty much most things I want to. Now my birthday just means I'm getting old, haha! Let's be real though, twenty-three is still very young in the grand scheme of things, but I do feel like it sounds a bit more grown-up than twenty-one or two did. The older I get, the more I feel like I should know what I'm doing and be less likely to fuck up - which is not true at all! Overall, I don't feel different at all to twenty-two, and I doubt much will change between this year and last, at least in terms of how I act and live my life at this age! Anyways, on to how I spent my actual birthday... at Ocean Park of course!

Grand Aquarium & Aqua City lagoon - Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Monday, 13 March 2017

Outfit - Balletic

     There's something about this skirt that makes me feel like a dancer when I wear it (fun fact: I did ballet for a year or two when I was a kid, until the teacher moved away)! I think it's because it has so much ease of movement, with the pleats and the elastic waist, and it moves and fans out beautifully. I think even the underskirt if quite short to keep the range of movements it offers, and when paired with ballet flats like these, it's easy to want to prance around in it. I pair it with a plain T-shirt, to not detract from how pretty the skirt is, but I chose grey to keep the outfit simple in tones, and I think the darker, muted colours offsets the delicateness of the skirt - as I'm not exactly one for girly, delicate clothing, generally speaking. I added a long pendant necklace, with a little splash of colour, and threw on another simple, dark coloured item, the cardigan, as it's not quite warm enough to go without one just yet.

Balletic - outfit of plain grey t-shirt, long, floaty, sheer black skirt, with black tights and ballet flats

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Review - Circa Waves: Different Creatures

     Circa Waves's first album, 'Young Chasers' was summery, indie rock fun that I still love now. Their follow-up, Different Creatures, is just that - a different creature to that first release. Their new music is still in the indie rock vein, but less bright and summery. They've gone down a darker, grittier route, both musically and lyrically. There was a sense of nostalgia on 'Young Chasers' for music from a few years earlier, whereas 'Different Creatures' feels more modern, and more like the music of other rock bands today.

Circa Waves Different Creatures album cover art

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Kowloon Walled City Park

     Last year I visited several of Hong Kong's major parks, including Hong Kong, Kowloon and Victoria Parks, but someone the Walled City Park skipped my radar, as I'd forgotten all about it until a friend mentioned it recently. And seeing as I'm trying to find other areas of Hong Kong to explore, it seemed like it would be worth a visit. I went last weekend, just for a couple of hours wandering around in the sunny weather we were experiencing. There's a walk involved to get there, whether you take a bus or the MTR - I opted for the latter, getting off at Lok Fu, then walking about 15 minutes to the park itself.

Entrance to Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong

Monday, 6 March 2017

Outfit - Kicking Back

     I got this cardigan a couple of months ago, and mostly picked it up because it was on sale - I was a little skeptical about such a bold pattern. However, I'm now so glad I did, as it's quickly become one of my favourite pieces - this outfit, with it over a dress, is still one of my favourites. I have a lot of plain cardigans that are easy to throw on top of any outfit, so it's nice to have one that's quite different and is a statement sort of piece on its own. I chose to wear it with a plain top underneath though, to balance it out, and wore my ripped jeans since I feel like I haven't worn them much in a while - I could wear jeans to work in Korea, but not ones as casual and torn as these! I haven't been wearing my Converse out and about as much either, since I wear them most days to work, but then I liked matching them to a more interesting outfit than my work clothes for once! This is also a new pair I got at Christmas, as my old blue ones were coming apart at the seams, so I've gone back to a red pair again.

Kicking Back - outfit of black ad white print cardigan, loose red top, ripped blue skinny jeans, and red Converse sneakers

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A-Z Travel Wish List

      I've travelled to about 30 countries now, and I'm making plans to check a few more off the list this year - and hopefully write an A-Z of places I've already been. But it's a big world, and there's so many more places I want to go. Naturally, I have a vague order of preference and priority, but I thought it'd be fun to make my wish list into an A-Z post. There are some letters with several countries I want to go to, so I've had to cut plenty of places I want to see off of this list, but other letters threw up countries that I hadn't really considered much before. I've left off places I'm planning to visit soon, so this list won't be completed for quite sometime. However, I did a little more research on a lot of these countries while writing this too, so now my wanderlust has been fuelled even more!

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bosnia & Herzegovina - source

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Feeling Stuck

     Lately, I've been struggling a little when it comes to this blog, which is so frustrating when it's something I've enjoyed a lot for the past few years. In part, I'm pretty tired being back in a Hong Kong kindergarten, which takes a lot of my time and energy every day. However, I'm also struggling creatively, in terms of inspiration. I want to stick to my posting schedule, of three times a week, but it's proving harder to maintain lately, as I don't know what to write sometimes!

Writer's Block - blank paper with pencil and crumpled up paper scattered around

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