Saturday, 3 October 2015

returning to reality.

(It's Cinsy Tam!)

Dress: DKNY / Handbag: Topshop / Shoes: Birkenstocks

Okay this is my last Hong Kong post.... Digitally at least. I've still got some beautiful Ektar prints to publish.
I bought this Donna Karen dress in the sale and it is the most comfortable yet timelessly trendy dress. Made of denim you can wear it with almost anything, it is floaty, buttons all the way down and even has pockets. yes, pockets! It is one of the best things to throw on when you are running errands, or you know, visiting temples.
I am in love with Hong Kong and I think I left a piece of me there. It was a beautiful city and there was not a single thing I did not enjoy about it, (well, I shall admit I went to pizza express one afternoon and the mozzarella did not meet my standards.) I went out alone around Kowloon and onto Hong Kong Island, it felt like I was in London, it was that easy to get by.

I think returning back to England and having to find a new place to stay after my contract for living in Kennington fell through made me realise that London is not somewhere I want to live at all. There is so much more to the cities in this world and I have definitely explored many areas for the one I have loved dearly all my life.
Long story short, house hunting in London has made me not want to live there. Not unless I can afford an eight grand month rent in Knightsbridge. But on the plus side I have still been working in London after moving back to Surrey, Assisting photographers for magazine clients, attending private views and running for a production company. I tried to avoid returning back to Surrey until I tried commuting for two weeks. I am glad to have met an architect with a lovely home and a cosy bed. But thats for another post, and a photo diary!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Goodbye Summer.

(featured ceramic by Craig Richardson)

Today made me realise that summer really is over, I am a little saddened by how quickly it has gone. Upon moving back home I thought I would be spending my days in doors under the duvet binging Breaking Bad and making people on Tumblr talk to me. I have barely had a chance to finish my new favourite TV series and I like to think that I have put my social media energy into this blog.

Although I spent a month in Greece, Hong Kong, and the rest of my time in London, I am glad that I stayed at home again. I have regained that love and comfort in knowing that it's okay to still call the place where your parents are 'home'.

If anything I hardly got a chance to unpack the last couple of boxes in my room as I have met and rekindled with a lovely lovely group of people. I cannot underestimate how much it meant to me to go out and enjoy life. Spending time with Cinsy's family, Dancing with Nathalie and Emma, Eating brownies around the fire pit with Johanne and Ethan, stealing drinks from the brush with Natasha, Morris and Harry, going to play late night snooker with Elly and Freddie, staying up till 5am with Georgia talking about anything and everything, finding vintage shops and rooftop cocktail spots with Elly, Charlotte and Scott, listening to John DJ at cool bars, assisting Andre on pre magazine photoshoots, smoking shisha with Perry and Thomas, going for afternoon tea in Sketch with Cinsy and Nathalie, dancing on top of the bar under an influence from Alex (no regrets), taking photos of Cinsy with Kyran and Lewis in A+E (gd times) and being critical with Ollie about expensive art during gallery visits.

The list just goes on and on, this is a personal post but I think its a nice way to say thank you. Thank you to all the wonderful people in my life who have made my summer by the far the best yet. But most importantly, thank you for Cinsy for showing me a new part of the world. Every time I become upset or annoyed I just think of you giving the middle finger and literally telling everything to get lost. Because you have so much sass and I think to myself 'If Cinsy was in my situation right now, she would just say fuck you and dance away.'

Sunday, 20 September 2015

紅磡 : Hung Hom Suburbia.

Top: Zara / Skirt: Reiss / Shoes: Deena and Ozzy

It was 32 degrees and we decided to wear midi skirts, bad idea! I absolutely adore this skirt from Reiss, it was the best investment for my wardrobe. I wore this up on The Peak and the wind caught on it beautifully, it was a good job I wore some nice underwear that day incase anyone from their 30 something floor had a telescope.
On the subject of the peak, one of the most bizarre things about Hong Kong is that it is incredibly difficult to know your altitude. These photographs were taken about five floors up. You can walk into a shopping centre from the car park thats one floor up, and exit into the main streets after going up another two floors. I could not get my head around it, the city seems to be all about the high rise. In a way I find it fascinating, I actually felt my ears pop when I took an elevator that had a number for the 50th floor.

Photography: Cinsy Tam, Myself und Perry

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

屯門 : Swallow Print in Tuen Mun.

Top: Vera Moda / Palazzo Trousers: River Island / Sandals: Zara / Bag: Russell & Bromley / Glasses: Miu Miu

One of the best bits about travelling with a creative companion is receiving some lovely photographs in Tuen Mun, a place far out from the city. We went there to see a little bit of culture, ancient buildings were hidden in the suburban village tower blocks. In a way I found it quite desolated that these temples are surrounded by modern buildings, whether they are situated in the heart of Central or somewhere as far away from that as possible.

Regardless of that, I think I took some excellent photographs on one of my analogue cameras. I guess I shall wait and see.

Photography by Cinsy Tam

Sunday, 13 September 2015

油麻地 : Yau Ma Tei

One of the most important things to do while exploring a new place is to try the local food. So far I have already experienced a variety of things, from seeing outdoor kitchens to sitting next to a tank full of lobsters. Night time is when the city really comes alive, hundreds upon thousands of lights glow by hanging off high rise buildings. The heat becomes cooler (only very slightly) so we can all slowly creep outside of air-conned spaces. 
Somehow outdoor dining seems more riveting, washing your own dishes from a teapot and sharing a table with locals really makes you appreciate the dim sum that arrives on the fold up table. Although I cannot deny that I am thankful for being taken out to eat seafood platters filled with razor clams and abalone, I have fallen in love with so many different Chinese fishes that I cannot guess to spell.