Cotton X Bud: a love story

Cotton X Bud: a love story

Cotton, Live
Before I met you, I often spent a long time staring into empty space, pondering what life is all about. Life to me was just life: ordinary, boring and repetitive. Everyday was the same: eating, sleeping, jumping around. Maybe that was it, that was my life. The whole room and everything in it were mine. I was somewhat content? Yet, a small part of me was missing. I wondered what and I wondered why. The first time you entered into my life, I was nervous and uneasy. You put your little paws upon my shoulder, I flinched and retreated back into a corner. 'Out, I said', I didn't want you intruding into my space. Maybe I have been alone for too long... In the following days, you kept coming up…
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Maidstone 2017: the last Kunqu performance…

Maidstone 2017: the last Kunqu performance…

Art, Live
Performing Chinese opera has become our annual ritual. It is the only time of the year, we get asked by people to deliver a show. We used to do some in the summer too, yet as the funding for art has been running low, the opportunities to perform in the summer have also gotten less and less. I have participated in Maidstone Festival for four years consecutively since 2014, sharing our culture and art to local communities. 2018 is the first year there was no funding to continue such an event. This performance was from 2017, the last one we did for Maidstone... Lion Dance Before we took onto the stage, lions danced their way to the stage. These are Southern lions, as oppose to the Northern lions I previously…
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Camera Story

Camera Story

style
[nk_awb awb_type="image" awb_stretch="true" awb_image="2615" awb_image_size="full" awb_image_background_size="cover" awb_image_background_position="50% 50%" awb_parallax="scroll" awb_parallax_speed="0.5" awb_mouse_parallax="true" awb_mouse_parallax_size="30" awb_mouse_parallax_speed="10000" awb_styles=" padding-top: 200px; padding-bottom: 200px;"] [/nk_awb]           So on my journey of style and fashion exploration, I feel it is very important to get some understanding of photography. After all, cameras are essential tools in expressing artistic ideas.          I was fascinated by cameras from quite a young age. Back then, when I was still in China, owning a camera was very special. You had to be the trend setter and had a bit of money to have a camera. I always remembered my dad had an Olympus camera, which he bought from Japan. It was a point-and-shoot film camera, but it was already quite advanced at the time, that…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 10: Salzburg

Backpacking through Europe Part 10: Salzburg

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
We left Germany, all merry and jolly and belly full of sausages. Now on our trail to Vienna, but before this major stop, let's stop over at Salzburg for lunch. Salzburg is the birth place of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the famous composer of the 18th century. When we arrived Salzburg, I thought, no wonder this place produced Mozart. It is so beautiful and romantic.    [nk_awb awb_type="image" awb_stretch="true" awb_image="2602" awb_image_size="full" awb_image_background_size="cover" awb_image_background_position="50% 50%" awb_parallax_speed="0.5" awb_parallax_mobile="true" awb_mouse_parallax="true" awb_mouse_parallax_size="30" awb_mouse_parallax_speed="10000" awb_styles=" padding-top: 100px; padding-bottom: 100px;"] [/nk_awb] During our Europe trip, it was mainly a tour of architecture, here we took a slightly different turn and got to enjoy the natural scenery. The Salzach river runs through the city, with an iron bridge straddling across. On the bridge, many people have left their…
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New Chapter, new question: Can style be learned?

New Chapter, new question: Can style be learned?

Art, London, style
[nk_awb awb_type="image" awb_stretch="true" awb_image="2456" awb_image_size="full" awb_image_background_size="cover" awb_image_background_position="50%50%" awb_parallax="scroll" awb_parallax_speed="0.5" awb_parallax_mobile="true" awb_mouse_parallax="true" awb_mouse_parallax_size="30" awb_mouse_parallax_speed="10000" awb_styles=" padding-top: 200px; padding-bottom: 200px;"][/nk_awb] Over the holiday season, I got to relax a little and caught up with some missed sleep. So as a consequence, my brain started working properly again and started asking questions. I watched several documentaries of various designers, not just for the pleasure of seeing intricate and beautiful pieces they had created, but I get to learn the amount of work went through to make those clothes and the journey a fashion designer went through. I felt the clothes they made are, in fact, a reflection of themselves, their memories, emotions and beliefs. So if the clothes are a reflection of our inner selves. What and how I am being reflected? It…
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Christmas Outings

Christmas Outings

Eat, London, Street Food
Time flies, we are at this time of the year again. Finally, I am getting a breather to check out all the Christmas markets. The Winter Wonderland at Hyde park is getting so crowded. So naturally, I am more attracted to the markets at Southbank and Leicester Square. Leicester Square This year, there are many sausages places. Since coming back from our trip around Europe, I have fallen in love with the German sausages. I was very glad the Christmas markets had the same sausages. Cheese sausage Pork sausage If you fancy something sweet, perhaps a pancake with extra nutella. Beautifully crafted bottles for olive oil and vinega Southbank This year Southbank Christmas market had a cider lodge. Some mulled cider is perfect for the cold weather. Be sure to…
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Jingju Backstage, Sadler’s Well

Jingju Backstage, Sadler’s Well

Art, Live, London
This is the third time in a row, China National Beijing Opera Company came to London. I have been diligently following the shows throughout the three years, and have always considered the performances a treat for my birthday. This year again, I was very privileged to be at the backstage watching the operas, and this time in Sadler's Well. There is always something very magical about watching the opera backstage. Perhaps, it is the light. Or perhaps, I get to see the more complex side of preparation for the performance, where everything becomes more dynamic. It was as if, the actual performance is only the tip of the iceberg, and I had the chance to see the rest. Everything to me here was art, fine art. There were numerous props…
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Germany, what a sausage fest!

Germany, what a sausage fest!

Eat, Street Food, Travel
Confession, I didn't come up with this 'creative title'. Here we conclude the last post on Germany, so we thought it would be nice to have a summary of all the sausages of this beautiful country. After all, it is a land of sausages. 1. Frankfurters in Frankfurt These are small sausages smoked at low temperature. They are not cooked through, but only boiled in hot water for short period. They have distinctive smokey flavour, and often served with mustard and bread. Alternatively, you can have them in potato soup, just like how we did it. 2. Nünbergers in Nuremberg These are small grilled sausages from Nuremberg, typically served with sauerkraut and bread, with a squirt of mustard. They have a sweet taste, and go perfectly with a glass of…
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Synergy and Conflict: a journey through the art of glass

Synergy and Conflict: a journey through the art of glass

Art, London
Synergy Purely by chance, we walked into this glass art exhibition. It was just after our lunch at Flour & Grape. Mildly under the influence from the the glass of red, I walked into this small gallery: Peter Layton's glass blowing. Beautiful, perfect, synergistic... Walking among the art works, at some point, I disappeared, became part of it. Part of me echoed with the glass. I suppose this is what art gives you. Deep down, we all yearn for aesthetics. That's probably the truest part of our brain and emotions, the love for beauty. This is the ultimate synergy, resonance between the artist and the viewer, transcended through glass... Conflict? Where is the conflict? The conflict was from me, a conflict within myself. The love for art was awakened by…
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What to Eat in Munich

What to Eat in Munich

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
If you haven't read our previous post on Munich, then head over to Backpacking through Europe Part 9. Here we tell you the food you must try before leaving Munich. 1. Weisswurst (white sausage) with Pretzel This is traditional Bavarian food, which is often served before noon, a perfect option for breakfast or brunch. The sausages usually do not have any preservatives and are white in appearance. They are typically served with sweet mustard, pretzel and a glass of beer. Yes, you read me right, in Germany it is normal to start drinking beer from morning. Perhaps we were not adventurous enough, we so just had coffee. 2. Bavarian sausage salad This cold dish can be eaten as brunch or a snack. Sausages are thinly sliced and served with fresh…
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