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The first time I went to Hong Kong I was 6 years old and that is almost 20 years ago (now I feel old). So in November I went back but it felt like I was seeing this city for the first time. I do have a few memories from when I was there as a child but I think that was mostly because there were so many photos taken and I have been able to piece the days together. That is the beauty of photography. It tells a visual story. 

My Dad is from Hong Kong but has spent most of his life in England so he loved showing me and my sister all the places he used to hang out, where he went to school and exploring some new areas that have developed. We also spent some time with my Grandparents. It was a trip I'll always remember and the first one that the three of us have ever had together. There is nothing like going to places that are significant to your life. I'm glad I have these photos to tell the story when I look back at them in 20 years time. 

Here is my photo diary from my adventure in Hong Kong. 

On the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island


Dim Sum for breakfast

 

Hong Kong at night


View from The Peak

 

Hello Kitty Cafe 


  Hong Kong Disneyland 


Bay views and Stanley Island


By the harbour and Central Pier


Where do you want to explore next?

A Photo Diary - Hong Kong

10.1.18

The first time I went to Hong Kong I was 6 years old and that is almost 20 years ago (now I feel old). So in November I went back but it felt like I was seeing this city for the first time. I do have a few memories from when I was there as a child but I think that was mostly because there were so many photos taken and I have been able to piece the days together. That is the beauty of photography. It tells a visual story. 

My Dad is from Hong Kong but has spent most of his life in England so he loved showing me and my sister all the places he used to hang out, where he went to school and exploring some new areas that have developed. We also spent some time with my Grandparents. It was a trip I'll always remember and the first one that the three of us have ever had together. There is nothing like going to places that are significant to your life. I'm glad I have these photos to tell the story when I look back at them in 20 years time. 

Here is my photo diary from my adventure in Hong Kong. 

On the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island


Dim Sum for breakfast

 

Hong Kong at night


View from The Peak

 

Hello Kitty Cafe 


  Hong Kong Disneyland 


Bay views and Stanley Island


By the harbour and Central Pier


Where do you want to explore next?

Oh Christmas, you came as quick as you went away. It was so lovely to come home from work on the last Friday before Christmas and then waking up the next day to begin the Christmas break away with my love. We haven't been away together this year and I think we both needed get away from every day life for a few days. 

Last Christmas we went away to Edinburgh, we loved being away for Christmas so much that we decided to do it again this year. We weren't sure where to go, so we went for somewhere not too far away that we have never been before and Canterbury ticked the box. We found a cosy little Airbnb close to the city centre and it was the perfect place for us to have quiet nights in.

Canterbury






Once we arrived in Canterbury on Christmas Eve Eve we unpacked and headed straight out into the city centre. We walked past Canterbury Castle, along the city walls and towards the Christmas market. I love Christmas markets, all the delicious food, mulled wine and beautiful gifts. Canterbury felt a lot like Edinburgh and York with the small streets, unique little shops and old buildings. I stumbled upon Queen Bee Home a shop with lovely homeware treasures and a cafe at the back. If I ever had a shop it would be a lot like that.

On Christmas day we went for an afternoon walk around the city again, the streets were so quiet and peaceful. Walking past little houses with gorgeous wreaths and finding the big Christmas tree outside the Cathedral. I only wish some of the coffee shops were open so that we could get hide away in some cosy corners.

Whitstable







Despite it being a grey and windy day Whitstable was a beautiful little seaside town to explore. We walked through a little market and along the beach lined with pretty houses with colourful doors. There were a few restaurants and cafes, one had a big pile of oyster shells outside, I couldn't resist picking up a few shells, it has to be done when you're at the beach. We had a look in some of the shops, picked up some last minute things for Christmas dinner and of course had some fish and chips.

I love going away for Christmas, it's not always the easiest when it comes to families at this time of year. Some are working, some live far away and I have not always been the most festive person but having this time to spend with my favourite person is what makes me most joyful.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year.

How was your Christmas break?

Canterbury & Whitstable for Christmas

31.12.17

Oh Christmas, you came as quick as you went away. It was so lovely to come home from work on the last Friday before Christmas and then waking up the next day to begin the Christmas break away with my love. We haven't been away together this year and I think we both needed get away from every day life for a few days. 

Last Christmas we went away to Edinburgh, we loved being away for Christmas so much that we decided to do it again this year. We weren't sure where to go, so we went for somewhere not too far away that we have never been before and Canterbury ticked the box. We found a cosy little Airbnb close to the city centre and it was the perfect place for us to have quiet nights in.

Canterbury






Once we arrived in Canterbury on Christmas Eve Eve we unpacked and headed straight out into the city centre. We walked past Canterbury Castle, along the city walls and towards the Christmas market. I love Christmas markets, all the delicious food, mulled wine and beautiful gifts. Canterbury felt a lot like Edinburgh and York with the small streets, unique little shops and old buildings. I stumbled upon Queen Bee Home a shop with lovely homeware treasures and a cafe at the back. If I ever had a shop it would be a lot like that.

On Christmas day we went for an afternoon walk around the city again, the streets were so quiet and peaceful. Walking past little houses with gorgeous wreaths and finding the big Christmas tree outside the Cathedral. I only wish some of the coffee shops were open so that we could get hide away in some cosy corners.

Whitstable







Despite it being a grey and windy day Whitstable was a beautiful little seaside town to explore. We walked through a little market and along the beach lined with pretty houses with colourful doors. There were a few restaurants and cafes, one had a big pile of oyster shells outside, I couldn't resist picking up a few shells, it has to be done when you're at the beach. We had a look in some of the shops, picked up some last minute things for Christmas dinner and of course had some fish and chips.

I love going away for Christmas, it's not always the easiest when it comes to families at this time of year. Some are working, some live far away and I have not always been the most festive person but having this time to spend with my favourite person is what makes me most joyful.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year.

How was your Christmas break?


 


Sometimes I view periods of my life in seasons. They are a lot like the four seasons in the year, autumn, winter, spring and summer. Winter is like those days when everything is calm, even if it is for a little while. Spring is when you're motivated and excited for the future. Summer is steady but fun and you're living your life fully. Autumn is when you begin to make changes and work a little harder. Right now I'm right in the middle of autumn with a hint of spring.

There are a few things that I'm working on at the moment that will bring some changes to my life. It's good changes. Well they are great changes that I have been waiting to make for a long time. They make me feel all those nervous and excited feelings.  My emotions have been a lot closer to the surface because of it but in the end I know it will all be worth it. And it shows how much it means to me. I'm hoping it won't be long until I'm in the winter season of my life, feeling settled and can breathe effortlessly again. As soon as I have something set in stone I will of course be sharing it and my journey.

The past month while I have been working on these changes it has felt a little draining and tough at times. I feel like time is running away quickly and there is never enough of it. On top of that my day job has been challenging in new ways and wipes me out by the time I get to Friday. So much so that I fall back to sleep after I've turned off my alarm on a Friday morning. It has once again reminded me that I need to restore a balance in my life to be more mindful and to look after myself.

Some days are easier than others but I know it is one of life's ways of testing me for greater things to come. When I look at these few photos I took while in Beverley one afternoon last month, it reminds me of that day and how my life will begin to move into a new beginning soon. Until then I'm focusing on balance, working on everything that life throws at me and trying to learn as much as possible from this experience.

How I'm practising mindful living


Resting
This is so important and I think we can forget that our bodies need to rest well every night. Even if it doesn't feel like we need to. I have been making more of an intention to get into bed by 9.30pm and letting myself melt into my bed and slowly begin to unwind before I drift off finally.

Exercise
I have found a really good routine for getting my body moving that works so well for me. Since the end of summer I have been going to circuits twice a week and to my surpriseI really enjoy it. It pushes me but I feel so good afterwards. I can see difference in my fitness, I can run further, I'm stronger and can see small changes in my body. However, I still hate burpees. My weekly yoga class is a new one for me, it's been the best thing I've started doing for myself. The teacher is so lovely and really helps me leave behind the day, focus on being present and improve my practise one little step at a time. 

Learning to say no 
It can be one of the hardest things to do but sometimes you have to say no. It could be a no to staying late at work or a no to going out with a friend. You have to do what you can manage both physically and mentally. It's okay to say no. You do feel a little bad at first but you will thank yourself for it later. We all have to do it every now and then. Say no when you need to so that you can say yes to the things that will add positivity to your life. 

Breathe and release 
Yoga has reminded me the power of the breath. I have had to take some deep breaths when it gets a little tough. I close my eyes and just focus on my breathing and a few moments later I feel a little more grounded. 

Schedule in me time
I make the time when I can to do something that's just for me. A walk listening to a podcast, a soak in the bath or watching The Vampire Diaries in the evening. I give myself those things so that I can feel a little more human. It's one of the simplest way to take care of yourself. 

Writing and venting
I haven't made much time to put pen to paper but when I do it pours out of me. Pages of words that maybe don't make much sense but I find it so therapeutic to let my mind flow. My love has been so supportive. He always has been. I can say the most ridiculous things and he will listen. He gives advice and reminds me that it will all be okay. It's good to let it all out. Even if it means being vulnerable. 


What do you do to be more mindful?

A Seasonal Shift & Living Mindfully

12.11.17


 


Sometimes I view periods of my life in seasons. They are a lot like the four seasons in the year, autumn, winter, spring and summer. Winter is like those days when everything is calm, even if it is for a little while. Spring is when you're motivated and excited for the future. Summer is steady but fun and you're living your life fully. Autumn is when you begin to make changes and work a little harder. Right now I'm right in the middle of autumn with a hint of spring.

There are a few things that I'm working on at the moment that will bring some changes to my life. It's good changes. Well they are great changes that I have been waiting to make for a long time. They make me feel all those nervous and excited feelings.  My emotions have been a lot closer to the surface because of it but in the end I know it will all be worth it. And it shows how much it means to me. I'm hoping it won't be long until I'm in the winter season of my life, feeling settled and can breathe effortlessly again. As soon as I have something set in stone I will of course be sharing it and my journey.

The past month while I have been working on these changes it has felt a little draining and tough at times. I feel like time is running away quickly and there is never enough of it. On top of that my day job has been challenging in new ways and wipes me out by the time I get to Friday. So much so that I fall back to sleep after I've turned off my alarm on a Friday morning. It has once again reminded me that I need to restore a balance in my life to be more mindful and to look after myself.

Some days are easier than others but I know it is one of life's ways of testing me for greater things to come. When I look at these few photos I took while in Beverley one afternoon last month, it reminds me of that day and how my life will begin to move into a new beginning soon. Until then I'm focusing on balance, working on everything that life throws at me and trying to learn as much as possible from this experience.

How I'm practising mindful living


Resting
This is so important and I think we can forget that our bodies need to rest well every night. Even if it doesn't feel like we need to. I have been making more of an intention to get into bed by 9.30pm and letting myself melt into my bed and slowly begin to unwind before I drift off finally.

Exercise
I have found a really good routine for getting my body moving that works so well for me. Since the end of summer I have been going to circuits twice a week and to my surpriseI really enjoy it. It pushes me but I feel so good afterwards. I can see difference in my fitness, I can run further, I'm stronger and can see small changes in my body. However, I still hate burpees. My weekly yoga class is a new one for me, it's been the best thing I've started doing for myself. The teacher is so lovely and really helps me leave behind the day, focus on being present and improve my practise one little step at a time. 

Learning to say no 
It can be one of the hardest things to do but sometimes you have to say no. It could be a no to staying late at work or a no to going out with a friend. You have to do what you can manage both physically and mentally. It's okay to say no. You do feel a little bad at first but you will thank yourself for it later. We all have to do it every now and then. Say no when you need to so that you can say yes to the things that will add positivity to your life. 

Breathe and release 
Yoga has reminded me the power of the breath. I have had to take some deep breaths when it gets a little tough. I close my eyes and just focus on my breathing and a few moments later I feel a little more grounded. 

Schedule in me time
I make the time when I can to do something that's just for me. A walk listening to a podcast, a soak in the bath or watching The Vampire Diaries in the evening. I give myself those things so that I can feel a little more human. It's one of the simplest way to take care of yourself. 

Writing and venting
I haven't made much time to put pen to paper but when I do it pours out of me. Pages of words that maybe don't make much sense but I find it so therapeutic to let my mind flow. My love has been so supportive. He always has been. I can say the most ridiculous things and he will listen. He gives advice and reminds me that it will all be okay. It's good to let it all out. Even if it means being vulnerable. 


What do you do to be more mindful?


The last couple of weeks since the autumnal weather has arrived, I have been getting back into the kitchen and baking. I always forget how much I enjoy it. Maybe it's because the washing up takes forever but I still love it. There is something so comforting about making some baked treats from scratch and sharing it with everyone. So much more satisfying than buying something from the local bakery. It's perfect for when you want to warm yourself up on a Sunday afternoon and then you have dessert ready for the evening.

Spiced flavours are my favourite, something with a kick and a hint of sweetness. So I'm already all over pumpkin spiced lattes and craving cinnamon buns on a daily basis. I was at home a few weeks ago and fancied baking something cinnamon flavoured. I had a look in the cupboard to see what baking supplies I had, looked for some recipes online and settled for some simple cinnamon muffins. They hit the cinnamon spiced spot and so easy to quickly bake.

Now that we are right in the middle of autumn, I'm sure I will be baking a lot more, my apple tree in the garden has some big apples hanging so I think a couple of apple crumbles are to come. Seasonal and delicious.


Ingredients 
Makes 10

Muffins 
1 and a 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 mixed spices
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
1/3 cup melted butter

Topping 
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, mixed spices and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Then add the eggs, milk and butter and stir in well until moistened. Spoon in the mixture into muffin cases. Bake at 170 degrees celsius for 20 minutes of until done. While in the oven, mix the topping mixture into a cup and after 10 minutes in the oven, take out the muffins and sprinkle the topping mix evenly. Once finished baking, leave to cool and enjoy.

What do you love to bake in autumn?

Cinnamon Spiced Muffins

14.10.17


The last couple of weeks since the autumnal weather has arrived, I have been getting back into the kitchen and baking. I always forget how much I enjoy it. Maybe it's because the washing up takes forever but I still love it. There is something so comforting about making some baked treats from scratch and sharing it with everyone. So much more satisfying than buying something from the local bakery. It's perfect for when you want to warm yourself up on a Sunday afternoon and then you have dessert ready for the evening.

Spiced flavours are my favourite, something with a kick and a hint of sweetness. So I'm already all over pumpkin spiced lattes and craving cinnamon buns on a daily basis. I was at home a few weeks ago and fancied baking something cinnamon flavoured. I had a look in the cupboard to see what baking supplies I had, looked for some recipes online and settled for some simple cinnamon muffins. They hit the cinnamon spiced spot and so easy to quickly bake.

Now that we are right in the middle of autumn, I'm sure I will be baking a lot more, my apple tree in the garden has some big apples hanging so I think a couple of apple crumbles are to come. Seasonal and delicious.


Ingredients 
Makes 10

Muffins 
1 and a 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 mixed spices
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
1/3 cup melted butter

Topping 
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, mixed spices and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Then add the eggs, milk and butter and stir in well until moistened. Spoon in the mixture into muffin cases. Bake at 170 degrees celsius for 20 minutes of until done. While in the oven, mix the topping mixture into a cup and after 10 minutes in the oven, take out the muffins and sprinkle the topping mix evenly. Once finished baking, leave to cool and enjoy.

What do you love to bake in autumn?

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