Jingju at Swansea

Jingju at Swansea

Live, Travel
This time, I was invited to perform at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. This was the first time I visited Wales, and the furtherest I have travelled for performance. Swansea is a nice little seaside city, having its own history and unique characters. Although we did not get a chance to tour around much, except a morning walk along the beach, we were charmed by it. It was very nice to get out of London, and have a breath of the fresh seaside air. During our morning walk, we encountered many lovely dogs, their running silhouettes against the bright sunlight and the glistening sea, the sight was really as if popping out of a painting. Jingju: Brangwyn Hall It has been quite a while since I have performed this piece of…
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Affirmation Statement

Affirmation Statement

Live
From this moment on I commit 100% to my personal development and every aspect of my life. I know all the obstacles and difficulties are only temporary, in fact they are essential for me to become a better person, the person I want to be.   Health From this moment, I commit to take care of myself, which starts from my health. I will do so by putting food with high nutritional value into my mouth (such as lean meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, and nuts). I will value more of the food quality, rather than the taste. Physical exercise is crucial for me to achieve good health. I will commit to at least 30 minutes of physical exercise every day. This may be hard, but any pain or discomfort…
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Taste of Anatolia: good food doesn’t need to look perfect

Taste of Anatolia: good food doesn’t need to look perfect

Eat, Street Food
Hawksmoor at Shoreditch is having a soft launch until end of March. But because we were too slow, all the places were booked out. Sad face. Never mind, but we decided to eat out today anyway. We were planing on going to a nice restaurant, then we just walked into a fund raise food fair: Taste of Anatolia.  Everything there was home made, from Shish Kebaba to bakalava. Obviously, the food there did not look as good as ones from the restaurants, but for me there is something special about the homemade food, maybe it is because of those imperfections. I am a big fan of supporting local community events, and Taste of Anatolia was one of them. Like I have mentioned, a good eating experience is not just about…
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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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