Traveling is always one of the best ways to relax. Luckily, I’ve got 9 days off on Chinese National day this year (and it’s a paid holiday $$). I am the type of person that will book tickets and hotels ahead, but leave the rest on the departure day to decide. Xiamen (Amoy) was the top 1 place on my list, which is surround by the beach and warmer breeze. Who doesn’t like taking a nap, while basking in the sunshine!

Ten-Thousand Rocks Botanical Garden is a must- go in Xiamen, where you should spend at least 3 hours since it covers a wild range of plants/flowers(over 7,000). It was built on the mountain since 1960, and unlike the other botanical gardens, this one offers over 15 specified planets gardens. I highly recommend psammophyte and rainforest areas. As they are interesting, and perfect for photo shooting!!! Pasammophyte was full of cactus, in different sizes and shapes. Most of the cactus were in flower so that the desert was a riot of color.

I like how my blue dress & red straw hat created a contrast with the green background! Oh, need to mention, the temperature inside the facility was pretty high. Can you image that I was sweating, and half of my back turned wet just after few minutes! Tips: 1) better not come in the hot summer to avoid sunstroke, but if you have to, please make sure you wear sunscreen and under protection,  2) it is free of charge if you decide to come before 7 am, which is perfect for those morning birds (definitely not me)!

“Even if you were a cactus, I’d endure all the pain just to hug you”

Definitely gonna come back to this fabulous city! Can’t take my eyes off in the night market: a huge collection of seafood, fresh fruits juice, and fancy local shops. The street is bustling with noise and excitement, yet everything is at a fair price. 

Happy Reading & Let me know where is your next destination!

xxx

Yico

My life in Shanghai is pretty simple, work from Monday to Friday, and hang out with friends on weekends. We usually go brunch/coffee, and exhibition or gallery. Hmm, I realized that I have not upload outfits post for so long, I gonna do one this weekend, so stay tuned!  I am planning to travel to Korea in late September or October as my best friend just got accepted to a university.  Super excited to buy their cosmetics !!!

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Earlier in May, I went to an exhibition at Long Museum @ West Bund. It called “Nothingness is nothing at all” by Olafur Eliasson.  When my friend told me about this, I was like the name is so cool and bought the tickets online intermediatly (first impression wins! The fact is that I was right, the whole exhibition was way beyond brilliant.

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Olafur Eliasson, is the sculptor of light and space. He is talented at capturing light, and is able to match with the space. The transparent simplicity and experiential nature of his work has built Olafur Eliasson’s reputation as one of the world’s most accessible creators of contemporary art. It’s unbelievable to see how light moved, connected, separated and finally disappeared.To me, I felt like I was in outer space. However, the concept is trying to tell you, everything can be unreal, but art is always real.

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Currently, his (new) installations are at Chateau de Versailles in France.
“His art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. ” Yes, I totally agree with this, art means for turning thinking into doing. It was my honor to get this opportunity to see his works.
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Yico

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When I fall in love with a place, I often run into problems of knowing how to divide my time fully immersing in the moment and immersing in the moment well enough to capture the essence of it.. Two travel posts (click here and there) that I posted previously was my best attempt of it. Here, another post from Europe, and hope you enjoy it.

On this misty Sunday afternoon after our spa treatment, my friend and I decided to take a walk around town to take some photos. The town Luhacovice, is located in Eastern Moravia, Czech Republic. I instantly fell in love with the colourful houses, quiet and peaceful atmosphere of this town. Although rainy days were never my favourite, but the this place changed my perspective a little.

This bandana was purchased at Urban Outfitters, but I’m sure there are plenty of similar ones at dollar stores near you. The paisley square is no longer being only used as a head-piece, but also simply tying it around the neck will instantly put your outfit together. There’s no wrong ways to wear it, and an infinite number of so right ways, that spotting a new bandana trick can feel like a treat each time.

Every weekend, we had field trips to different cities and countries. We were getting used to living off only one bag-pack filled with clothes, hairdryer, hair products and so on. Fashion pieces like this moss-green romper became essential to my everyday outfit, because of its lightness, and easiness to care for.

Thank you Lulu (@luluxie), the photographer, for taking pictures and being an awesome roommate for five weeks!

Have a great week everyone.

xxx

Yu


→ What I’m wearing ←

Bandana: Urban Outfitters

Black Sweater: H&M

Romper: H&M (Similar)

Sandals: ASOS

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Time flew by, and now my trip at Central Europe is ending with a little bit more than a week left. Within the three weeks, I visited three countries including Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, and the experiences in all these places were definitely unforgettable.

This week’s post will be a little more personal, particularly focusing on the people I’ve met during this trip. Here are some memories captured through a disposable camera, and a 35mm Olympia Accura film camera, without any filters or color adjustment.

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Meeting new people is always exciting and pleasant. Getting to know someone through a brand new environment is certainly refreshing, and sharing moments with people who have the same interests (i.e., beer & ice-cream) makes the trip even better. It is also true that friends who travel together form closer friendships. Same ice-cream, or a chocolate cake that you can get anywhere in Toronto, somehow tastes 3x better when shared with others in an unfamiliar country.

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Taking pictures of people is definitely one of my favourite things to do. No matter how bad the day was, they always somehow manage to put on smiles for the camera, and whenever I look back to these pictures, it reminds of the cherishable moments I spent with them in Europe.

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This trip would not be the same without these people, and thank you for making this experience the best thing ever (and also for being so photogenic).

xxx

Yu

Hello lovelies! Since I will be in Shanghai for the next six months, I’m going to make a detailed “to do list” in case you are planning to visit here. I personally feel like there is not much differences between Shanghai and Toronto as I still can easily find a cozy coffee shop or fancy brunch places to spend my day. During the weekends, most of the time I will go to some exhibitions or museums. Shanghai is extremely modern and artistic. You gonna fall in love with this city!
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The Magda Danysz Gallery is hosting Charles Pétillon‘s first solo show in Shanghai till June 20. You might not be familiar with this French artist, but you may saw or heard his installation inside London’s Covent Garden with 100,000 balloons last year. It was a pity that I did not get a chance to see it while I was in London that time, so I’m way beyond excited when I found out he comes back with his gorgeous series of photographs “Invasions”, and a brand new installation.

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The show totally blew my mind, and I never thought such beautiful artwork could be built by using a very simple element. (That’s why I am not an artist then). Charles is also good at choosing locations to install his artworks. It was the icing on the cake that he captured them under the help of nature or lights.
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Yes and No: My hair is damaged because I keep changing different styles(probably 5 in 3 months), so I got a haircut, and it’s super short. For now, I have to wait it to grow longer. Granny grey is the next colour ( Just saying haha
xxx
Yico