Kaiping, China

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Hello friends!

I’m back!

The Boy and I just spent a lovely weekend in Kaiping, China.

It’s only 4 hours by bus from Hong Kong but it feels like a totally different world.

The main attraction in the area are these old mansions called Diaolous. They were built like 100 years ago by Chinese people who had gone to the West (like USA and Australia) made their fortunes then returned to China to live out their days in luxury. The mansions are built in a Western style. I think the Chinese find them more interesting because they look so foreign to them, but to The Boy and I they kinda just looked like standard buildings.

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It was a really rural area. This woman is drying out rice that she grew with her family. Then they will take it to the local mill to have the husk taken off. Whatever they don’t need to feed themselves they will sell.

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This is a ceiling in one of the mansions. So beautiful.

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Ok, I guess that a shrine to the ancestors is a pretty non-Western addition to your home.

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We found a star-fruit grove. Delicious.

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Playing Mahjong.

The whole time we were there we didn’t see any other Westerners. We were so unique that when we stumbled across an outside concert on Saturday night, the singer welcomed us to China and the whole crowd applauded us while we bashfully waved.

In other news, today I started my 2 week internship with a local barrister (senior attorney) so expect to see some fancy business wear outfits soon.

How was your weekend friends? Any plans for this week?

Thanks for reading!

❤ E

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Recently

So what’s been going on?

Below: I made kumquat (a small citrus fruit) and honey cake. Yummy.

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Above: New favorite nail colour.

Below: Studying. But this week I finished my course for passing the bar! So close to being an actual lawyer!

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Above: Been reading this book about being a journalist in Hong Kong in 1997 when the country transferred from being a British colony to being part of China. It was a good book, but probably a bit too long.

Below: A blogger friend asked to see the finished product of the Kippah I made for The Boy for our wedding. So here it is, I crocheted it freehand, I just make patterns as I go. I use a .75mm hook if you were wondering.

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Above: Brunch at the local coffee shop. And yes, technically I live in China.

Below: Matcha latte. Loving everything Matcha flavoured at the moment.

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Above: How awesome is this building!?

Below: Sometimes Asia makes no sense.

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Above: coconut and mango dessert bought from the Temple St night markets. Delicious!

To summarise – I seem to be consuming a lot of sweet food and photographing it. Concerning?

Anyways, today The Boy and I are off to China, which means that I’ll be AWOL for a few days. Don’t miss me too much ;p

Thanks for reading!

❤ E

Macau

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So here are some photos from my adventure in Macau. For those that were wondering, Macau is an island near Hong Kong that was a Portuguese colony for 400 years before returning to China in 1997. It’s main industry is gambling in their many casinos. They rake in more moolah than Las Vegas. Crazy. But you won’t see any photos of casinos here. I went for a wonder in the Taipa village to see traditional Portuguese architecture and Chinese temples/shrines. It was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of HK.

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Thanks for reading!

❤ E

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Adventuring

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Hi Friends,

This post comes at you again from the early morning hours.

This morning I woke up with the grand plan of going to Macau for the day. (Nevermind that I planned on going on Sunday but the Grand Prix nixed that). So I was up bright and early when I realised that Macau is a different country and so I’d need my passport to go. Boooo! Because my passport was with the Chinese embassy getting my visa for the weekend travels.

So I rolled over and went back to sleep.

I gave up on the plan.

But then, mid-snooze, a new plan was born. I would go to the embassy and get my visa express and then hurry on my way to Macau.

So that’s what I did. It cost me like double, but it meant that I could salvage my Macau plans.

And it was a success! Thanks to the new plan I spent a lovely day in Macau!

And this is what I wore for my day as a tourist….

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Details: headband – etsy. T-shirt – H & M. Cardigan – Saba (from 2000, crazy right?). Jeans – Urban Outfitters. Shoes – Mong Kok Ladies Market HK (fakes)

There will be great photos from my adventures, tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

❤ E

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Baby Steps

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Don’t be fooled.

Even if I look happy in this photo, I’m actually barely awake.

These photos were taken after The Boy and I had gotten up at the crack of dawn to get to the China Visa offices. The office hadn’t even opened yet and there was already a winding queue around the building. It was crazy! But luckily everything is sorted and hopefully our visas should be ready before our trip to China this Thursday. Eep!

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Do you want to hear (read?) something ridiculous? The handbag that I’m wearing is my first handbag that I’ve bought for myself. Crazy right?! Up until now I’ve had a backpack for school and hand-me-down handbags. I loved them and I loved the people who gave them to me. But at 25 years old it’s time to grow up and buy yourself a handbag.

Baby steps towards adulthood.

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Details: Headband – Etsy. Nechlace – stolen from my Momma. Dress – Anthro (sale duh). Cardigan – Bolemo (HK). Bag – Ladies Market (HK). Sandals – Saltwater.

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See! Proof that it was an early morning!

❤ E

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Plannings

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Happy Weekend Friends!

The Boy and I have been on a planning frenzy lately.

These past few days we’ve booked our trip to Spain and Morocco (for January), to Kaiping in China for next weekend (eep visas!) and tomorrow I’m going to Macau! It’s been BANANAS.

If you’ve been to any of these places I’d love to hear some tips. Also generally useful travel tips, like how to be safe or to save money are always welcome.

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I’ve stolen The Boy’s university tote. Just ’cause I can.

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I have to say that I’m mighty happy that it’s cooled down enough in HK to wear long sleeves. But I’m still wearing sandals so clearly it’s not actually cold yet. Boo.

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Details: Headband – Etsy. Necklace – gift from The Boy. Shirt – Esprit outlet. Belt – street market in HK. Jeans – Target. Sandals – Saltwater.

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In other wonderful news, on Monday I hand in my last assessment for passing the bar. I’m sooooo close to actually being a lawyer (assuming I pass – eep!). Wish me luck and have a great weekend!

❤ E

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Happenings

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So here’s what’s been going on in my life.

Above: our haul from the Shillin Night markets in Taiwain. It was all crazy cheap. Plus – notice a colour theme?

Below: An amazing date-banana-tahini smoothie from Mana. I die.

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Above: On a slightly more serious note I went with friends to visit an exhibit by the Society of Community Organisation about refugees in Hong Kong. It was really powerful.

Below: The Boy is OBSESSED with mint choc-chip ice-cream. And I’m on a dark chocolate kick.

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Above: Blue Jasmine was finally released in HK, only like 6 months after the rest of the world. We saw it the day it opened. I’m a total Woody Allen groupie.

Below: A birthday present from friends. When you live in Asia even your socks have cute cartoons on them.

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Above: A true but unfortunate but also hilariously named company.

Below: I’m getting really getting good at making Asian noodle soup at home. Keen for a recipe?

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Above & Below: The waffles that saved Saturday night from the Terrible play.

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So I realise that basically all that’s going on in my life is food. But that’s a) not so surprising and b) delicious!

Anything more exciting than waffles going on in your world?

❤ E