Monday, 29 May 2017

How Does The World See You

     We are unique human beings, each unalike in our personalities and behaviours. Our appearance, our opinions, our various character traits. These all combine to create the sum of who we are, how we perceive ourselves, and how others see us. Each of us projects an image of who we are into the world, radiating our dominant traits. But is that image who you really are?

"Be yourself" quote on colourful paint splatter background

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Musically Inspired - Being Brave

      Let's face it, life isn't easy. It's hard, messy, and complicated. Life knocks you over and kicks you when you're down sometimes. And all of it can make it hard to stay positive, and hold on to the hope that things will get better. Being brave doesn't mean going thrill-seeking or taking huge risks. Being brave can mean just getting up and living your life as fully as possible, despite whatever setbacks you have or may still face. Bravery is not fearlessness. Bravery is doing things despite your fears.

Bravery quote "You're not a mess, you're brave for trying"

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Hong Kong Island on Instagram

     The most famous sights in Hong Kong include The Peak, the Big Buddha, and Central skyline viewed across Victoria Harbour. Sights which have been photographed millions of times, plastered across tourism adverts all over the world. But Hong Kong also has various hidden corners, locations less frequently included in the tourist guidebooks, but of which hundreds of photos still exist, if you know where to look; Instagram. There are so many unusual, interesting locations that are captured and shared online, but it can sometimes be hard to find them yourself, or they're in far-away locations, requiring a long trek for the sake of that one Instagram post. But, last weekend I decided to find some of the most popular of these spots, as well as a couple artsy sort of streets I'd read about online, all located along the Island MTR line. And since this is Instagram themed, and my camera is away for repair, these photos were all, rather fittingly, taken on my phone.

Instagram Pier, Hong Kong

Monday, 22 May 2017

5 Things Tag

     I know I've been doing quite a few tag posts lately, and I'll be honest, it's partly due to a lack of inspiration, beyond my travelling adventures - this post from a few weeks back explains where I'm at in this sense. And now I've got several months without travel, and I've already seen so much of Hong Kong, so I may continue to struggle for a while. But I do think tag posts can be a fun, light read, in between some of my lengthier travel pieces, or slightly more serious life-related ones. And they are a little more personal sometimes, so hopefully some readers can get to a know a little more about myself. The content of this blog varies a lot, depending on whatever had piqued my interest at any given time, but a lot of posts can be a bit impersonal at times. Anyways, this tag in particular seemed fun, and a little different than just answering questions. So, here are some different groups of 5 things related to me.

"5 Things Tag" text on background of 5 differently coloured socks on a washing line

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Life Update: 4 Months in Hong Kong

     It's been four months since I moved back to Hong Kong, with a new job and having found my own apartment, and I realised I haven't really given a proper update since then. I was only returning to Hong Kong for about 6 months, and I'm more than halfway through that now. In some ways, settling back in was pretty easy, since this is a city I'm already familiar with. But things are still very different to my first year here, so there have been some other changes to get used to.

"Life Update: Hong Kong" text on background of harbour view from Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Pink | Colour

     It's soft and delicate and airy. It's bright and vivid and vibrant. It's happy and brilliant and fun.

Pink milkshake and cupcakes

Monday, 15 May 2017

How to Move to a New Country

     A title like that makes it sound so simple, but I can assure you, it's anything but. Having moved country 3 times now, to France, Hong Kong, and Korea (4 times if you count returning to Hong Kong), I've dealt with everything it entails, and the accompanying stress, in spades. So, for anyone else considering a move, and unsure where to start, I'm going to try to write a rough guide. Every country is different of course, and so is every person's experience, so I can't provide specific information, and your experience may not look exactly like this one.

"How to Move to a New Country" text on background of stacked suitcases and airplane taking off
(source - with text editing)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Review - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

     Me reviewing a Marvel film? Unheard of! Haha, anyone who's read this blog before likely knows that I'm a pretty big fan of the MCU films (though I'm not a comic book reader), and I always check out each new release. Obviously there are some I like much more than others, but none have majorly disappointed me thus far. The original 'Guardians of the Galaxy' struck me as quite unusual at first, as it was a departure from the films that preceded it, but it ended up being one of their best films, and one of my favourites (second only to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I think). So of course, I was eager to see how the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, held up.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 - Marvel Cinematic Universe movie - film poster

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Shanghai Disneyland | China

     This is my last post about my trip to Shanghai (see parts one and two), and it only features one day, but what a day it was! I've already been to Disneyland parks in both Florida and Hong Kong, so I couldn't visit Shanghai without going to their's too (Tokyo will hopefully be the next!). It was a good choice too, as the rest of the trip was so laid-back, it was nice to have an exciting day in the middle. We were taking a gamble though, as we chose to go on a public holiday, and we were bracing ourselves for it to be rammed, but it was actually fine! We later thought that maybe the crowds were there the previous days, as it was now the last day of the holiday weekend, and many of the domestic tourists would be returning the home. It suited us fine, as we didn't have to wait more than about half an hour for any ride.

Enchanted Storybook Castle, Shanghai Disneyland, China

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Shanghai Highlights, Part 2 | China

     The latter half of my Shanghai trip involved a bit more sightseeing on my own, as China doesn't have all the same public holidays as Hong Kong, and Tasha had to go back to work. We organised those days for me to see things she'd already seen and didn't want to do again, or things close to her area. She finishes work much earlier than I do, so we'd still meet up later.

The Bund skyline from the Pearl Tower, Shanghai, China

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Shanghai Highlights, Part 1 | China

     Hooray for public holidays! We got lucky this month, as we had two holidays close together, so my work gave us the day between off as well, making it a long enough break for a short trip. I used up the second part of my double entry visa to China for a trip to Shanghai, the major place I skipped on my last trip - read about Beijing, Zhangjiajie and Xian here - and where my best friend lives and works (she moved there at the same time I moved to Hong Kong). I found that Shanghai has less obvious tourist sights than the other locations, but that actually worked out fine, as I could spend more time just hanging out with her, and having a more relaxed trip, rather than rushing from sight to sight. There's still plenty to see though, so my trip will be broken into a couple of posts.

Pudong skyline, Shanghai, China

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Travel Inspiration - Philippines

     Around this time last year, I spent my Easter holidays visiting the Philippines, visiting the islands of Boracay and Palawan (El Nido specifically) for a few days each. I spent most of time island hopping and lounging on beaches, and it was simply idyllic. The Philippines is a beautiful country, and it's no surprise that both my destinations there were voted the most beautiful island in the world in different years. There are even more sights on the other islands too, like the waterfalls on Cebu and the chocolate hills of Bohol, which I'll perhaps see one day. The beaches and islands I did see though, were simply stunning, so I'm sharing even more of my photos from them in today's travel inspiration post.

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
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