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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Hair by Fairy: I have gone Blonde (Neal’s Yard Part 2)

Hair by Fairy: I have gone Blonde (Neal’s Yard Part 2)

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Warning: long article... What? Am I being serious? Not completely blonde, I just had an ombre. Well, dip dye has always been on my bucket list. Yet, I always said no, as I just thought the look probably wouldn’t look very professional for what I do. A spur of moment, I decided to have my hair dyed in the Hair by Fairies. It was quite a risky move, could turn out to be horribly wrong.   When I arrived home. My boyfriend looked so shocked, and the first thing that came out his mouth was, ‘are you breaking up with me?’. I was rather amused by the comment, he thought I was going through some personal crisis. Apparently, according to him, this is what people do, when they want a…
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Wisdom from My Mother

Wisdom from My Mother

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My mum has always been a very strong person to me, my role model and inspiration. She is my parent, my mentor and my friend. Even with the worst things happening to me, she always lifts me up. Even when I lose faith in myself, she never loses faith in me. I talk to her nearly every day, and I am always amazed how much wisdom she has. This is what she said to me and I would like to share. "You are now on your own, we cannot do much for you anymore, apart from being morally supportive and to be someone you talk to. You have to do things by yourself..."   "Have faith in yourself, even when other people lose faith in you"   "You can lose anything,…
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A Girl and A Rabbit

A Girl and A Rabbit

Cotton, Live
Six months of blogging Six months ago, I started this blog. Over this short period, I have gained things beyond monetary values. I have learned more about web development, digital marketing and content management. Then, there are things I would not have tried if I were not having this blog: I would not have gone to the Mozfest, which got me interested in learning more about technology, and I certainly would not have attended the London Pure trade show. Cotton is definitely the inspiration of this blog. Without her joining our life, I would not have started this blog at all. Yet, it would be unfair to say the website is solely about Cotton. On several occasions, people have asked me what this blog is about. Food? Rabbit? Life? I have…
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Women and Technology

Women and Technology

Girl in Tech, Live
Susan Fowler and Uber The sexual harassment investigation of Uber has been a major headline. It all started after Susan Fowler, a former Uber reliability engineer posted on her blog, detailing her one year of experience working for Uber. Fowler stated that she was harassed by inappropriate chat messages from a senior manager. When she took the case to the Human Resources (HR), she was informed that it was the first offence of the manager, and suggested that Fowler may receive a negative review because she has voiced her opinion. Yet, later on, Fowler found out that many women who worked for Uber received the same treatment. Fowler’s post received numerous support world-wide. This post has been named as the second biggest news since Ellen Pao (although controversial) took on Silicon…
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How to Read More Books

How to Read More Books

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Books played a huge part in my life. When I first received my library card as a teenager, it felt like the ticket to adulthood. I used to immerse myself in ancient mythology and fantasies. English isn't my native language, so books were also crucial in getting me up to the same level as my peers. I loved book clubs, and reading was a sanctuary for me whenever I felt a bit down. All the stories, and beautiful verses provided an alternative reality. Surely, you must also remember a day when you had cool lemonade on one hand, and a book on the other... Slowly coming to the adulthood, heavy workload and busy schedules often prevent us from reading books. Plus the information overload from the internet left those traditional…
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London: loneliness among the crowd

London: loneliness among the crowd

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Six years, I have been living in this magical city. I have transformed from a country bumpkin to somewhat of a Londoner. Food, theatres, drinks and fashion, London has so much to offer, and endless things to explore. London, so many people, so many things to do, so diverse. Yet, it was not just once I heard someone telling me that they felt lonely. I was the same, there was a period, I felt so suffocated by the stuffiness of London: overcrowded underground, overhyped hipster culture and sky-high rental price. Me too, desired to get out of London. So many people, yet so lonely. That was the feeling. It was only until recently, I finally found my emotional anchor, and fell in love with London, head over heels again. The…
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Doodle Your Stress Away

Doodle Your Stress Away

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Previously, I wrote about 'free writing' as my emotional outlet. This time, I will talk about doodling. Our attitudes towards emotions Other people may always seems to be richer, happier and more successful. Well, the truth is, the things we see of other people are often very limited. In fact, everyone experiences ups and downs. Everyone would have experienced depressive episodes or anxious moments. It is like what has been suggested before: 'depression' is our shared secret. Humans are emotional animals, and no one can be happy all the time. It is only natural that we feel anger, sadness and despair. These emotions are the core that makes us human. When we were children, we were free to express our emotions. We would laugh when happy, and cry when sad.…
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2016–>2017: Highlights and New Goals

2016–>2017: Highlights and New Goals

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Time flies. Many things happened in 2016. It hasn't been a great year for artists, with iconic figures sadly passed away. There has also been quite a bit of changes in the political climates. For me, 2016 has been a good year. I have achieved more or less the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. Now, here are some highlights of 2016 and new goals for 2017.   Highlights of 2016: 1. Passed my exams That was probably the most important thing for me in 2016. It means I am able to progress into the next stage of my degree. The whole journey was not easy, but I have learned so much, not just academic knowledge but also more about myself.   2.Won a prize for the…
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