Monday, May 30

Back in Shanghai!

I am finally finished with my spring semester of university. On my first day of summer break, I decided to "reward" myself with a trip to Central's Wang Fu dumpling restaurant on Wellington Street.
 I have passed the numerous dumpling places around the area many times before but it was never an appropriate time to go eat. So since my friends still had exams and my boyfriend was working, I made the trip alone to Wang Fu after reading about it on Back On The Boat. I ordered the Leek & Pork dumplings, Shredded Potatoes, and some good old Soya Milk.

Shredded Potatoes - HK$15
It was a tad bit oily and salty, but it was also kinda crispy with a soury taste. I'm not complaining, since it was a lot better than all the crap I had been eating while studying for exams!

Leek & Pork Dumplings - HK$35
After living in Beijing for over 10 years, I think I've really become a bit Northern. I looooove dumplings, so I was pretty excited to eat these. They don't have too much choice on their menus like in China, but I decided to go with leek and pork since it's pretty standard. Man just looking at this photo makes me hungry!

They were quite juicy and full of flavor. I definitely recommend paying a visit here, and I would also go back there myself. The place is run by this old lady and she's quite cute. I felt bad when she took my order cause she would have to shuffle to the other site of the restaurant to give my order to the kitchen.

After dumplings, I headed over to H&M. Loving all the colors! I bought myself 4 tank tops. I almost bought this fuschia romper, but they only had size 38 and 40 left!

After shopping at H&M, I headed back to my dorm to rest (shopping is a tiring sport) and waited till my friend was done with her exam for dinner at Hang Hau. This was what I wore that day. Totally wrong choice of outfit for the super killer heat, despite the previous few days being much cooler! Shorts would have been a smarter choice.
Shirt and jeans from a market in Beijing
H&M vest
Chain from Beijing Panjiayuan Market (side note: Jessica Alba was shopping there on her trip to Beijing)
Pull & Bear flats
Zara belt
Rose ring from boutique in Miramar from aaaaages ago

These are the 4 tops I got from H&M.

Love the color and length of this, perfect for the summer by itself or paired with shorts.

The same tank as the above, but for some reason it's shorter and the shape is not as nice. But I still love the color. Can't get enough of basics and neutrals.

Still debating on whether or not I should return this. Any thoughts? A bit pricier at HK$149, but hey, it's organic cotton.

Another tank top. I don't really have much black in my wardrobe since it's not so much my color but I loved how soft it was and the back of it so I couldn't resist.

For dinner, we headed to Pokka Cafe. I ordered the Hamburger Baked Rice, and it cost a whopping HK$88. It was good and all, but totally not worth that much money. I don't think I'll be going back.

We then headed to Marks & Spencer. After spending so much that day (yeah HK$400 something is a lot to me...but hey, I'm on a student budget!), I didn't really want to buy more. But I was having a sweet tooth so I bought these gummies. They were SO DELICIOUS.

Excuse my gross manicure.

So now I'm back in Shanghai after randomly deciding to come back two days ago. Not as glad to be back as I had hoped but I'm enjoying the food! Posts on that later. And also some other stuff from before exams!

Tuesday, May 24

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I really wanted to share this because I just think it's hilarious. So my lovely mother has a hilarious trait of loving to feed people. She loves it when guests, especially children, eat a lot. Once my brother's friend came for dinner, and after dinner he ran to the bathroom and had to throw up, and probably never wanted to come back again.

Anyway, my parents are having this Silver Anniversary Wedding party in a few days and we are going to have relatives coming to Beijing. A lot of them are living with us and so my mom is obviously going to stuff the fridge with as much food as it can handle, this includes ice cream.

We have three levels for the freezer compartment and I opened it to find it like this...
(again, excuse the image quality because I'm too lazy to get a proper camera)

Level 1:
Level 2   
Level 3: 

jewelry storage

I've never found a good way to store my jewelry. Before I would just keep them all in little bags, but it was difficult to find pieces that I wanted quickly. Then I got lazy and just stuffed them all in a pretty box, but then necklaces, earrings, and everything all got tangled up and it was even more difficult to get what I wanted to wear.
About a month ago, I found these clear 'medicine' cases that are absolutely perfect for jewelry storage. I'm so freaking happy about it, I open my cases when I have nothing to do just to admire all my pieces. They just look so much better organized, and I must admit I'm not a organized person in a way that everything in my room is super neat. Every time, probably about once a year, when I force myself to clean my room, you can expect the next morning for it to return back to the state it was in before I did any cleaning. But I'm pretty sure this 'medicine' case method will sustain for a while :)

Oh yeah, I'm on vacation already! I'm trying to get my boyfriend to help me take photos and update my blogshop for me because all my stocks are in Hong Kong. Except he's giving me the excuse that he doesn't have a camera... So we will all have to wait until he finally gets his bum to borrow a camera from anyone of my other studio flatmates for a jewelry collection update!

Here is photo I quickly shot with my phone of what I brought with me to vacation.

If you don't mind the hideous photo and to look carefully into it, you'll probably see a lot of items that are being sold at the blogshop. There are actually quite a few that will be in the upcoming collection too!

Also, because these medicine cases are working so well for me, I think I will bring them into the blogshop too. You can adjust the slots to change the sizes of the boxes inside, the small ones are adjustable horizontally, and the big ones are adjustable vertically. Anyway, I'll give a better description and have better photos when I have them up on the blogshop! I hope they will make you as excited as they are making me!

Monday, May 23

Vogue China is a copycat

Top: Vogue China, Bottom: Refinery 29

Why is Vogue China so creative? Refinery 29 wrote the article 11 days before Vogue China. Or maybe this isn't anything new so it's not "copying" at all.

Says she want diamonds, I took her to Ruby Tuesdays

The great thing about having a working boyfriend is that we can have better meals! One of restaurants that we used to go to a lot was Ruby Tuesday. They have this VIP card where you pay a certain amount to have a 50% discount, which essentially is the same as paying for their regular menu prices. Unless of course, you plan to go there once a week or more. We usually go to the one in Kowloon Bay, which I think is the biggest and nicest once of them all. Since his card has expired, we haven't been at all. Just thought I'd share some of my photos! Some of my all-time favorites are the Chicken & Steak Fajitas and Chicken Strips, pictured below. Delicious!

 BBQ Ribs with Green Beans & Mashed Potatoes (so good!)

 Can't remember which burger this is. My boyfriend loves the Alpine Swiss Burger though.

The super yummy Chicken Strips.

Lasagna with a buttload of cheese and Garlic Bread. After eating half of it, it got kinda gross with all that cheese!

Its too bad their prices are so high, I'd definitely go back if they were lower. But I don't think I'd pay $88 for a plate of Chicken Strips, regardless of how good they are.

Sunday, May 22

PRC is the place to be

People have the misconception that China is a very horrible place. Truth be told, I sometimes like it way better than Hong Kong. Yes, the people there can kind of be rude and love to shove and don't really have any manners and they may have bad etiquette, BUT can't you say the same about people in Hong Kong too? How many times have you been on the MTR during rush hour and have had a bunch of people shove into the train where there is physically no more space for them to even be on it?

Anyways, just thought I'd share my perspective on China. There's so much more to it that people don't know about. And having lived in China for at least 16 years of my life, I thought I'd put my "knowledge" to good use and blog about it.

Source: SmartShanghai

My family recently moved to Shanghai, and over the winter break (yes that was ages ago, and I am only now blogging about it), I visited the Lolo Love Vintage store after hearing about it from H&M's fashion video (side note: what kind of name is Leaf Greener...?).

My boyfriend visited me during winter break so of course I forced him to find the store with me. After searching for hours over a period of 2 days, we finally found it. Tucked inside one of Shanghai's tiny art communities, which is going to be/has been destroyed, on 696 Weihai Road, is this hidden gem. It has now moved to Wuyuan Lu. The shop was opened by Chinese stylist & make-up artist Lolo who has worked with models Emma Pei, Fei Fei Sun and Shu Pei Qin. My initial impression was that the store was in a super dingy area, but upon entering, it was quite cute. I think I'll let the photos speak for themself now!

Both photos taken by my boyfriend. I was pretty lazy and didn't feel like getting properly dressed up, hence my ugly face & glasses.

Above 2 photos- Image Source: SmartShanghai
If you're ever in Shanghai, make sure you pay this place a visit! More must-go places on China in upcoming posts! Back to studying my bioengineering notes :'(

Thursday, May 19

There's something about Canto culture I just don't get..

All these advertisements about slim beauty, finding all these women that are just plain ugly to me. They could have at least gotten someone better. But even if they did, it would still bug me.
Just looking at her face makes me NOT want to visit Slim Beauty. So try hard.
 And most of all, I hate this poster. Every time I see it I want to draw on her face.
Is it me or does her boob look seriously Photoshopped? Like a balloon waiting to burst?

Kate Moss for Dior Addict Lipstick


Monday, May 16

Hello, Blogosphere.


There have been a lack of posts lately. Been rather lazy and busy, and also, been using Tumblr a lot more as it's easier to post random photos whenever I want. Anyway, I've been working like crazy on marketing reports and presentations and my language class report, and my social science class report and presentation. Been writing so many goddamn reports that I just really can't stare at Word any longer. 

On another note, me and Chloe, the other half to this blog, have decided to make this blog more of a lifestyle blog. We love fashion and all, but who can live without food?! Plus, it's much more affordable anyway. And being the third-culture kids that we are, we have a lot to share, whether it's our taste in food or travel across the world.

So yeah, I will now leave you with some of my photos from Cairns, Australia when I went with my family during winter break in Dec 10 - Jan 11. Enjoy.

So many bat sightings in Australia.

Chinese food on the first night. How typical of us.

Perfect for the stupid humid and crazy hot weather right now!

Dinner at Casa De Meze


 Really really good seafood, especially the fish. I could just eat the whole fish. And his other fish friends.

I think this is the weirdest bird I've ever seen. Its face reminds me of dried fruit peel.

Taken at the Cairns Tropical Zoo. One of the most fun days I've ever had.

At the bird show. I have to admit, it's somewhat terrifying having birds fly over your head.

Super cute lemurs!!

Ahhhhhh so cute. I just want to hug it so bad.

Okay, that's all for now, back to working.