Sunday, 30 April 2017

Top Ten Badass Female Fictional Characters

     For too long, the roles of women in fiction were limited - they were wives or mothers, love interests or side characters, 'virgins or whores', and thus their roles were largely defined by men. As years gave passed and feminism has made progress, our books, films and TV shows now feature more and more feminist characters, who are certifiable badasses. Badass can have a few different meanings for me; it could be a strong, brave fighter, but it could also be someone who stands up for what they believe in, goes out and gets what they want, or just generally displays good characteristics. Originally, I was going to write a top five, but I couldn't choose, so I went with ten, in no particular order. And these women are taken from works of fiction I enjoy - there are plenty of others out there who I couldn't include, or who I don't yet know about. And I'm not saying that any of these characters are perfect, but they are all characters I've admired for various reasons (minor spoilers ahead).


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Musings from a Mountaintop

     Here, the world is different. Different to the world below, a world of buildings and traffic and technology. A world of noise and pollution, violence and chaos. Here, the world is quiet. The world is ancient and unchanged. Here, the mountains stand proud, older than humanity, and will remain long after humanity has had its time.

Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Xian Highlights | China

     One day, I had just one day to see as much of Xian as possible! Honestly, like most people, the Terracotta Army was my main reason for coming here, but since it wouldn't take up all my time, I figured I'd try to squeeze in some other sights. Technically I was here for two nights, so I did have half of the second day, before my early afternoon flight back to Hong Kong. However this was the last stop on my trip, and after how busy I was in Beijing and Zhangjiajie, and considered I was straight back into work the very next day, I just used my last morning to sleep in and have a little more rest. This just meant that my one full day in the city was pretty jam packed!

Terracotta Army, Xian, China

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Zhangjiajie Highlights | China

     After my whistle-stop highlights tour of China's capital, Beijing, it was time for me to head off to another part of the country, and this time, I was going rural, to Zhangjiajie. This was a little more nerve-racking, as Beijing had the subway and enough people who spoke English to make it fairly easy to navigate. This time, I'd be relying on buses, taxis, and a lot of pointing and gesturing to communicate, as well as liberal use of the Google Translate app, while hoping it was producing understandable sentences for them! I don't think I encountered anyone who spoke English, outside of the airport staff and other tourists, but I got by somehow!

Yuanjiajie area of Zhangjiajie National Park, China

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Beijing Highlights | China

     Three days. How do you possibly see all that Beijing has to offer in just three days? Well, it wasn't a leisurely holiday, that's for sure, but I gave it my best shot. I had just seven days for my Easter holiday this year, and since the Chinese tourist visa is a bit pricey, I didn't want to make multiple trips there, so I had to construct a busy itinerary. I ended up getting the double entry visa, as there was no way I could do it all in a week, so I'll be back in China some point within the next few months to visit Shanghai. For this trip, I chose Beijing, Zhangjiajie, and Xi'an, to see the highlights of the country.

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Innocent or Guilty Tag

     Ok, if you follow me on any other social media, you'll know that I'm currently off having an adventure in China this week, trying to cram as much sightseeing as possible into just 7 days (and if you don't follow me on social media, my links are all in the sidebar!). This doesn't leave much time for blogging - though there'll be plenty travel posts about it next week! - so I've written a few posts in advance, and with the limited time I had, you're getting another tag post today! This one I found on Tumblr, and it's super simple - I just have to declare whether I'm innocent or guilty of doing these things! It's a quite a long list by the way, and some are a bit stranger or more controversial than others!

"Innocent or Guilty?" text on police mugshot board background

Monday, 10 April 2017

Kayaking in Sai Kung

     Oh I do love a public holiday! Last week it was Ching Ming festival, a traditional day of tomb cleaning for the Chinese, which meant a day off work for all of us! The good weather from the weekend had stuck around, so we decided to head back towards Sai Kung Peninsula (after having spent all of Sunday hiking there). We opted for a different activity though, instead of hiking, so we were off to rent kayaks for the day instead.

Kayaking at Hoi Ha, Sai Kung Peninsula, Hong Kong

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Hiking to Tai Long Wan

     I've been wanting to go to Tai Long Wan forever, but I ended up running out of time last year. It's often called "the most beautiful beach in Hong Kong" and from the photos I'd seen, I could see why. I'd been waiting for the right weather too, so when last weekend was a sunny day with blue skies, and it's not yet as painfully hot and humid as it will be in summer, I had to seize my chance!

Landscape ocean view on the hiking trail from Sai Wan Pavilion to Tai Long Wan, Hong Kong

Monday, 3 April 2017

Outfit - Night Skies

     Channelling my favourites of short skirts & chunky boots again today! I've had this skirt for ages, but there's so many ways of styling it, either as casual or dressier outfits, that I keep pulling it out the wardrobe time and time again. This outfit is a great day-to-night look, I think - casual enough to wear through the day, with the simple pieces that make it up, but still smart enough, especially with some accessories thrown in to wear for an evening out too - which is exactly what I did the day I took these photos! The top helps, as it's a little smarter than some of others (even other black tops) and made of a sturdier material. The boots are a little worn out (I actually switched to my heeled ankle boots when I wore this out), but I love the slouch style of them, especially paired with a short skirt like this - I did a similar combination with them last week too!

Night skies - outfit of simple black top, dark blue lace skirt, black tights & chunky slouch boots

Saturday, 1 April 2017

How Are You Feeling?

     Emotions and mental health aren't things I paid much attention to for a long time. I've had a fairly privileged life in most ways, always with a home, food, and a caring family, and was able to attend university and save money myself for travel. I always thought yes, mental illnesses are real and serious and can affect people's lives in large ways, but they're something that happens to me. I felt one step removed from that entire topic. But having all these things that I have, does not necessarily equate happiness, and we all need to remember that.

Mood tracking calendar chart


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