Jade

I'm really excited to share these photos with you! You might have noticed these photos are different than what I normally post here and that I also changed the name of the blog into my own name.

It's because lately i've been going through a lot of changes in my life (all good!!), which also led me to this new passion wanting to take portraits and an urge to explore wedding photography. (that being said, if you are based in Hong Kong and would like to have your portrait photos taken, contact me!)

My gorgeous friend Jade was so kind to model for me on the beach. We where lucky it didn't rain at the time we where there because it was pouring non stop in the morning hours. I really love how our little session turned out. Can't wait to shoot more... x

Hong Kong + liFe right now

Here in Hong Kong we're in the middle of unstoppable rain, dark clouds and enduring high humidity levels that makes the city look + feel somewhat depressing. Even now, as I write this, a loud thunderstorm is raging outside my window. But the funny thing is, this is my favourite kind of weather. When I don't have to leave the house and stay comfortable at home behind my ginormous new computerscreen (My laptop died and so did I for a couple of long and frightening hours, but with this new 27inch magic window with to die for image quality, I just never want to leave anymore. Which is sad, i know) and my two fur kids curled-up next to me and the comforting breeze of a new and modern style aircon and a great working de-humidifier. Life is good this way. 

We moved to Hong Kong 6 months ago and it has been a huge adjustment for me. Which surprises people. Including myself to be honest. We've been moving around for a while and i never looked back with a soft hart to where we came from. But this time i started to miss Taiwan. I missed it's friendly people, the food, the low cost of living compared to HK, the small amounts of people at the same time when stepping out the door and it's peacefulness. Sweet and friendly Taipei. At first i thought I hated HK, that it was a mistake to move, i could not stand walking down the streets without feeling overwhelmed, thinking why everything is so dirty and why people started shouting at me when i was walking too slow or was standing in their way. I had to adjust to the big city and it took me a while. 

But after some time i started to explore the hiking trials outside the city, the flowers markets, the "wet" markets (the markets where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables but also meat and fish), the cool and hip restaurants, the local restaurants and the rooftop bars. And all of the sudden i met a bunch of new friendly people and on top of that our apartment is honestly way better than i expected, especially for HK standards (which is mainly small!!!, expensive and with free pets like cockroaches. Luckily we found something good). Life here is easy: anything you need but that needs to be found first is Google-able in English (this is big when coming from Taiwan), you can hire cleaning ladies to escape weekly (deadly ugggh) chores, do groceries online which will than be delivered at your doorstep, you can go for drinks almost every night (if you wanted to, but i prefer pj's and netflix, thanks) and public transport traveling is a breeze (except during traffic hours, that's basically suicide). All these things can make a person very lazy too. 

So life in HK has been an adventure in discovering my parts of the city. Many other things have happen during these months. For starters: i've got engaged :) This is really exciting and it has me started thinking about a lot of things, happy things, sad things. Basically life things. And i went back to school, i'm doing a course which i heavily underestimated and now it has been eating most of my time, which is ok because i'm learning cool and new stuff every day. The thing is; i could never let design go (my background lies in graphic design/advertising) so i've always felt i needed to do both. But let's see how this go's.

Recently my in-laws visited us in HK. We've been exploring the city and that's when I started to take photos again (it's been a while). It's funny how it's hard for me to do two things (meaning my design studies and photography) at the same time. I just can't seem to focus when doing two things. For me it's full ass, or no ass. Half ass-ing makes me feel stressed. Weird i know. What also triggered me to shoot and edit these photos after all this time and post it here is because of the many talented wedding photographers (because we need one for our wedding) i've been seeing. Some of these photographers create such great work i was glued to my screen, believing this is a true form of art which i did not expect when talking about wedding photography. It inspired me on so many levels, it makes me feel i want to try wedding photography as well. But first things first. Hope you enjoy these photos, hope you're doing well and thanks for taking the time to read xx
 

Usa Road trip part 1: NEVADA & ARIZONA

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If you're following me on Instagram, I must apologize for the numerous US photos i've been posting for the last two (three?) weeks. Having said that, this trip to the US has been one of my favorite trips ever. Three weeks flew by so fast, it almost feels like it didn't happened at all. We drove crazy distances and spend way too much time in the car, but we've seen so much beautiful sceneries along the way. 

We started in Las Vegas. Now, Las Vegas was interesting. I've visited LV when I was a kid. I was road tripping with my parents and my family from the US. I can only remember some parts of the experience, mostly that I had to wait in the car with my dad because my family went inside the casino's to look around and proof their luck with the slot machines. It wasn't very fun for me and I didn't get the excitement. So now, many years later, I came back to Vegas and didn't know what to expect apart from the 'Hangover Las Vegas' movie I had in mind and my first experience when I was a kid.

Let me just say Las Vegas is not my cup of tea. It was too loud, too flashy, too busy and too much like a bad version of Disney Land for adults. I was however, very happy with our hotel. We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, located at the end (or the beginning, depends on how you look at it) of the strip. The hotel had a very relaxing, peaceful vibe, especially after escaping all the madness (!!!) that was happening outside. 

If you would ask me for fun things to do when you happened to be forced to spend time in Las Vegas, I would recommend to see a show of Cirque Du Soleil, especially when you haven't seen a show of them before. We went to see "O" and it was magical. I had a Italian dinner at Lago in the Bellagio which was delicious and ask for a outdoor, patio table to have a first class view of the fountain show. Another great option was dinner at Bardot Brasserie in Aria, the freshly baked bread is amazing (loved the presentation in the paper bags)  including the steak and large sized mussels. 

After Las Vegas we got into our car and drove to the Hoover Dam/Bridge. It was on our way to Route 66 and we figured it would be a cool bonus to see it. When we got there and walked towards the brige (in that terrible heat!!!) I started to feel quite small. It was so overwhelming and impressive to walk between these super large rocks and mountains. Not to mention the greatness of the dam and the bridge. It was unbelievable to imagine the working circumstances of the people who had to build this bridge in these extremely hot temperatures and their very modest machinery and technology back in the 1930's. 

While driving away from the Hoover Dam towards Route 66 we entered Arizona. Along the way we came across huge parts of nothing and all of the sudden small diners or little supermarkets that sold items like 'beef jerky', 'chocolate peanut butter nachos' (YUM) and 'butterfingers'. Off course I had to try all of these things, while drinking Dr Pepper, which made me car sick for at least an hour. I also had my share of Mexican and Hawaiian food. I now know i'm a huge guac fan and a intense 'Mahi-Mahi' hater.

Our motel was located on a very touristy part of Route 66. I didn't care. I was too excited to sleep in a very, very basic motel close to the road and eating typical American food while listing to a country band that was playing on the patio. The sun painted everything soft pink and orange and temperatures went down to a comfortable level which made it a perfect summer night. The town was old and dusty, there wasn't much things to do, but for that one evening it was perfect. It just couldn't get more American than that.

The next day we left the motel early and got back on Route 66 to drive to the Grand Canyon. It was still a long drive but passing the most beautiful environments I'd ever seen. When we finally arrived at Grand Canyon Park we instantly saw deers casually walking around and wood peckers, eh, pecking wood. We parked the car and hiked the Rim Trail. No words can describe what we saw, even the photos can't tell you. It was more than amazing.

When I was researching about the Grand Canyons I found several hiking tours that will take you on a hike for a couple of days and let you sleep between the canyons, open air and all. It's a shame we didn't have time (or made time) because I would've definitely loved me some adventures like that. Can you imagine sleeping outside and making campfires between the canyons? What an experience! One day...

Leaving the Canyons was hard, but ending up in Scottsdale quickly eased the 'pain'. I've seen deserts before but never had I seen deserts filled with cacti. I was stunned; how beautiful and mysterious it looks! We stayed at the Four Seasons resort in Scottsdale in a gorgeous pale colored, desert style villa, surrounded by numerous kinds of cacti, trees with green stems and late at night; gecko's, lizards, scorpions and huge, hairy looking spiders (WUT). This was all outside the villa off course. Our backside terrace faced a huge rocky mountain covered in cacti. The minty colors and soft sun light around dinner time made it all look even more other worldly than it already did.

Well, if you made it this far it means you've actually looked at the endless stream of photos. I hope you got a tiny sense of how I experienced it. This was just the first part of our trip, i'm hoping to post the second part any time soon. 'Soon' meaning in a couple of weeks because we're packing our bags (boxes) for the big move next week. Before we hit Hong Kong (our new home) we'll stop at another location first for a couple of days. But i'll tell you all about it next week. 

K, bye. x