Hello from the land of smoky air and chilled cheeks:
Guys, this city blocks everything – I’ve never gone so long without Facebook or twitter, and they’ve even blocked Google; I’ve been bing-ing my way through the city. Needless to say I’ve gone in circles multiple times. Still, I’m loving China for it’s weather and flavor. I don’t know why I’ve never been before – shopping here is a dream, and flight prices are comparable to bangkok bound routes. Maybe next summer. And shopping is the least of my concerns (ok i’m lying, not least, I’m still the same person, but it’s not like the main fuel behind my trip) because there’s just so much personality everywhere. Yesterday I sat cross legged on a street chair and had my entire face threaded by an old woman for 10RMB, which is about SGD2. Hurt like a bitch but my sister kept yelling YOLO YOLO YOLO at me and, I have brows like a dream right now. I’m also thinking maybe I shouldn’t have taught her that word.
The weather is also, incredibly attractive. I’ve been attracting weird stares everywhere because I’m just about the only person on the street with bare legs, but #vanity. Also, people keep trying to touch my hair. I think they don’t get blondes here. The option of layering and coats though – priceless. I’ve never been so happy with my instagram feed. Days here seem longer too – I was done with my day’s shopping at 2pm and slept in the hotel room till 7pm before venturing out again to just revel in the cold air. It gets dark really early, so my theory is that kind of screws with perception and you just feel like time passes slower or something, I don’t know. You also don’t get as tired because it’s not sweltering. Friendliness varies: I’ve never been as physically manhandled (in a bid to get past me in a shopping lane someone actually picked me up and deposited me elsewhere) before, but I’ve also been doing strange things like dancing to Ke$ha with random shopkeepers selling peanuts. I know right, who knew a country that blocked facebook would let Ke$ha in?! The wonder.
Still, there’s an overhanging sense that we’re living in a sustained bubble of happy tourism. Things slip through the gaps. I’m living on what loosely translates to Beijing Street, which I’ve been told is the Orchard Road of Guangzhou. At night, the homeless shiver in alleyways between shophouses. Kindness is dicey at best- met with either extreme gratitude or a sense of someone who’s been deeply offended. We went further today, took a train a bit further down, and while walking around the wholesale malls differences in lifestyle emerge – everyone’s in a rush, there’s nowhere to sit, and I get the idea that our and bangkok’s practice of resting at a cafe for a couple of minutes while shopping is an unthinkable luxury to them. (On that note, wholesale malls are a bit pointless unless you’re going to buy a whole bag of clothes.. for future reference)
Oh well. I’ve only been here two days, though it seems longer, so I’m sure I’m going to have loads more to say in time. I’ve never had as many amazing tea eggs … ever!!! I’m going to come back with a ridiculous cholesterol level. There’s just one last thing:
I posted this on instagram before leaving Singapore, and I’ve been getting a gazillion questions on them, so I thought i’d address them once and for all here. The sketchbook is a christmas gift from my supertalented friends martin and warren, and if you’d like one I guess you can email email@example.com, they dont mind making more i think, though it’s a bit of an unexpected turn. The passport cover I got from Siam Street in Bangkok earlier this year, but it was one of those hippie markets with movable stores so I’m not sure if it’ll still be there. Still, it shouldnt be hard to find, bangkok is full of these things. I know lots of you are gonna be zooming around because it’s december, so Happy trails! ~~
Alright, that’s it from me for now. I’m loving it here – now, if only they’d do something about unblocking at least google. Where’s a girl supposed to get her directions from?
Goodnight, you guys.
Hello from the land of atrocious wifi you guys.
I’ve just touched down in Guangzhou, and I realize quite belatedly that both facebook and twitter are banned here in China, which made things rather inconvenient when i wanted to tweet about my bitchy resting face woes – the customs here wouldnt let me pass and made me stand there and smile to ‘match my passport’ first. How my life is driven by social media. If only i’d realized this before booking my flight here .. and to this moment im still torn on whether or not i’d actually trade out a holiday for another purely based on the wifi and social media connectivity of the destination.
Anyway, I’m flopped here on the hotel bed at 4:30am getting increasingly frustrated with the reliability of the wifi in the hotel – i thought i’d be able to do some proper blogging here, but given the rate of photo uploading.. i guess not. On that note, the pictures in this post were taken less than a month ago in Langkawi with Andrea where we (or at least I) jetski-ed for the first time. It cost us about 280RM for half an hour but BOY OH BOY WAS IT WORTH IT. The exhilaration! I kept gunning on the accelerator, which led to this:
And now Andrea swears it’s a good thing i dont know how to drive/ she’s never trusting me at the wheel of any sort of vehicle again. I weakly protested something about YOLO but i dont think i made very much headway with her.
I’ve never tried jetskiing before despite being to other beach destinations like phuket because i’d always thought it was a bit of a waste of money/ overpriced, but now i totally get it. The adrenaline rush completely justifies the price you’re paying. And jetskiing is, for want of a better word, awesome. I highly recommend everyone try it at least once – but don’t try taking selfies like we did, because if your camera drops in the water you’re going to cry. There’s a video somewhere of andrea screaming at me while i happily zoom away, and if it ever sees the light of day i’ll be sure to let you guys know quickest.
It’s a little ironic that I’m blogging about a beach destination while braving the cold (nonsnowy) winter of guangzhou – it is FREEZING here and I LOVE IT. Still, would i trade all this for decent wifi? Noone knows. It’s coming on five am and I have a full day of city trouping around to do, so it’s high time i stop rambling on here. Thank you for being patient with me – i know i’ve been gone awhile, but I’m back now. x
GUYS IS IT TIME TO PARTY OR WHAT BECAUSE I AM BACK AND FINALS ARE A THING OF THE PAST
I’d be happier except everything is kind of a muted blur behind the hazy filter of not-enough-sleep. After my last paper on Wednesday I rushed down for the clicknetwork christmas shoot / pillow fight, thursday was a rush of moving out of hall, collecting sponsored gifts (more on that later) and attending Front Row’s 8th anniversary party – and yesterday, finally FINALLY heading back to Urbanhair to get my hair back in shape – highlights, dimension, and toning – before starting up the christmas party Andrea and I threw in the evening for the lit kids / blogshop girls. Weeks of planning, emailing, and rushing to and fro to plan our first ever party – or at least, it’s the first time im hosting a party i think..? In any case, full blogpost up with the most amazing gift sponsors when i get the official event photos; photography for the night was courtesy of Adrian from Multifolds Photography. So much excitement for finally instagrammable pictures after weeks of studying and coffee.
Anyway, quick plug for a collaboration im doing with Starhub Cable TV – the infamous love story of Bonnie and Clyde is coming back onscreen with the modern day remake, showing on History Asia an Lifestyle Asia channels (free for all starhub subscribers). They’re giving away three adorably vintage popcorn machines (pictured above) for you to complete your home movie experience – all you have to do is retweet me or this image with the hashtag #perfectmovienight to stand a chance to win – and the T&Cs are all stated in the picture below
Between that and the finals ending, here’s something else exciting- im headed to Guangzhou for a week tomorrow because Singapore weather sucks. I’ve not even blogged proper about Langkawi yet, and I will, I promise, but meanwhile I’m mainly all excited about the shades of non snowy winter my instagram feed is going to be full of.
(and boy am i glad to be back alive online)
Dying, guys, because it’s the exam period, but I don’t dare complain because I’m not getting an ounce of sympathy, not even from my family, because everyone is just like SHUT UP YOU WENT TO LANGKAWI LAST WEEK. Which is legitimate. I’d slap myself if I weren’t me, but i am, so.
Anyway, here are a couple of shots from our Langkawi trip last week. From the top:
1. Boating down the langakwian (yes i made that word up shush) river on the Naturally Langkawi river tour – saw bats, mangroves, lots of weird and wonderful stuff, went CAVING because i’m adventurepants1992 now.
2. Smiling at a stingray at a floating fish farm, also part of the tour.
3. Drea being a qtpie with her ‘i love dis hotel room’ face. (we stayed at the langkawi lagoon resort, more on that next time)
4. Ingredients for my face.
PS. Guys this is the best shizz if you’re planning to make the most of your trip, take it from me.
My hair officially makes its debut on the show (also you guys can see what it looks like when it’s .. moving, as opposed to just in pictures), new episode re: fashion obsessions released today! I really like it actually because I get to upskirt andrea, so watch it here:
Of late i seem to be having problems ending my blogposts. It’s obvious that it’s time to end the post because i dont have much else to say, and I need to get back to studying, and also, I’m too sleepy to really be coherent or anything like that, but I dont quite know how to end it. I feel like I’m playing the you hang up first game with my blog. The point is, I have to go now, so-
You hang up first.