Last year was no doubt one of the worst years I’ve experienced so far, but with it also came one of the best years I could have asked for. Being thrown into a whirlwind of uncertainties and self-realisations, I made the decision and a promise to myself to travel more and document more.
So, came a whirlwind five-week trip across four American cities (more photos from that later) and then there was Iceland.
The landscape of Iceland was like stepping into another planet. Words cannot describe the beauty of this place; below I hope that my photos captured some of the beauty that I was lucky enough to witness with my own eyes.
1. and 2. Blue Lagoon
4. 5. Gullfoss
6. Kerio Crater
8. Black Sand Beach in Vik
9. and 10. Jokusarlon
11. Ice Caving near Jokusarlon
13. and 14. Solheimasandur
15. Chasing and finding the Northern Lights on our way back to Reykjavik
Shot on Leica Q and Olympus OMD EM-5
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Olympus 17mm f/1.8 Prime Lens // Tom Ford Rouge Fatal Lipstick // MAC Russian Red Matte Lipstick // Tom Ford Shanghai Lily Fragrance
I was in Hong Kong for a quick business trip last week and meet up with a friend who I’d haven’t seen for two long years. Hong Kong is the cosmetic capital for me, so whenever I’m there, I always tend to stock up on makeup and fragrances etc.
This time around, I picked up a new Tom Ford Shanghai Lily fragrance. Ever since getting the Noir de Noir for Christmas last year, I have been completely hooked on his Private Blends Collection. Since everyone has also been raving about the lippy too, I picked up the limited edition in Rouge Fatal. I also refilled on my favourite MAC Russian Red lippy and bought a new lens for my Olympus camera, ready for some epic adventures with Mandy in Harbin this weekend.
Work has been slowing down lately, so I have been using this spare time to clean out my hard drive and finding unpublished images from last year, which will hopefully make an appearance on the blog soon.
In the mean time, happy hump day lovers!
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Photos by me and Dad.
I’ve heard some amazing praise and seen some pretty impressive photos of this place called JiuZhaiGou. Some have said that this world heritage area is heaven on earth, that in which I may not argue, since having seen the bluest of blue waters myself in amongst the starkness of snow covered surroundings. JiuZhaiGou is actually named after the nine Tibetan villages in the national park. But along side the villages one might spy, the other natural attraction is the 101 lakes, rivers, waterfalls and ponds that make up the park, created by myth of a Goddess shattering her mirror on earth.
JiuZhaiGou for us was done on a whim, since my dad had argued “what’s the point of going to Chengdu if you miss out on JiuZhaiGou”. So it was then, we decided to hire a private car and make the 8 hour drive through the mountainous terrain and through the memorial paths to see the remnants of the Sichuan earthquake of 2008.
Having only one night in JiuZhaiGou, we got up early the next morning to avoid the crowds of tourists that mobbed the park entrances. The sights in the park are none-the-less breathtaking. At one scenic spot, you will see epic turquoise lakes framed by mountains and local shrubbery of purple hues, then, just a few kilometres up mountain, the scenery will change to that of a frozen lake, ice capped mountains and leafless trees. Hike a little further downhill and the scenery which change again to that of glacial waterfalls towering over planked walkways.
I have never really been interested and or heard of any places of recommendation to travel in China (besides that of Beijing, for its historical factor), but JiuZhaiGou is definitely a place I would recommend anyone to go during their travels in China. I have been secretly planning trips in my head to go back during the other seasons as they say JiuZhaiGou is a different sight and a different beauty each season of the year.
So people visiting China, pack your hiking boots (a lot warm clothes in winter), get ready to get snap happy and get onto it!
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