Bangkok

Hi hi wish you all having a great start of April. I told myself I should have updated more in March but obviously I failed again. (have been busy preparing for my job interviews ) Actually plenty of funny things happened around me last month and I really need to deal with my wordpress backlog:(  After this bloody week maybe I could write more about the Singapore restaurant week review or about the return of my Street Snap Monday Series lol (was too lazy to take pics)

Well, I’ve just flied back from Bangkok this afternoon so I think now it’s the best time to record my journey before it gets blurred. First, it’s an impromptu trip and I just decided to join my friends and booked the tickets at the last minute. I have no idea how Bangkok would be like and didn’t do any research before I departed. But thanks to my luck, everything went well and even the congestion didn’t bother us a lot 🙂

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Street Food Haul  (@Fashionmimo)

My main purpose this time is to have a vacation rather than travel, so it’s a pity that I didn’t explored a lot in Bangkok. I have been to the night markets in Khao San Road and Siam, and… that’s all. And the craziest thing we did is spending 3 hours on taxi and 20 mins speed boat to Koh Samet…Despite the taxi fee, it’s really risky to try the BKK-bound highway at weekends (I wanna thank GOD once again for no traffic jam)

Koh Samet is a small island near Rayong. To those who live in Bangkok, it’s an ideal destination for a getaway from the hustle and bustle. And the highlight of this tour is Parasailing!! I was turning ecstatic when flying above the sea and saw the spectacular view with the breeze 🙂 I wish I had a Go-Pro with me.

 

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If you are looking for travel tips, I need to say sorry in advance cause I am not the one who planned this trip. But I’ll try to donate some advices:

1. Taxi is an ideal transportation in town, I mean, you can go anywhere by taxi with an affordable price. We rent a car to Koh Samet and taxi back, the price is quite acceptable. Tuk tuk is fun, but in Bangkok somehow it could be really dangerous cause every car is just cutting each other off and the road could be such a mess :/ However, most taxi drivers don’t use meters; and you won’t know how the traffic would be like when you are in a hurry. So sky train could be a good substitute.

2. Put Thai pants on the must-buy list, this is the only souvenir I’ve bought this time cause I do need a loose and comfy pants for my flight. (Wearing shorts on flight is totally a nightmare for me) Besides, although this blog is no longer “fashion” anymore (lol), I still wanna recommend the loose pants with special pattern cause they provide you the perfect laid-back vacation mood!

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Thai Pants: your best travel/lecture/office companion 🙂 (@Fashionmimo)

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Monocle Cafe

It’s been a week since I arrived in Singapore, and after I settled, it’s time to check my bucket list.

If you haven’t heard about Monocle, it’s a fast-growing media company established by a Canadian in 2007. The affairs include lifestyle magazine Monocle, 24hours radio, online/offline shops and cafes. To me it’s just like a miracle under the shrinking magazine industry that they are building up a lifestyle brand so quickly while they are also developing things more than Lifestyle.

Despite the largest headquarter in London, they are also setting up their new office in Singapore now. It’s a two-storey town house where the ground floor is for cafe and shop and the second floor is the office. So let’s go and have a look!

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Holland Village, where the cafe is located is famous for those white townhouses and countless restaurants & bars. (@Fashionmimo)

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The shop selling products of Monocle produced in different countries.(@Fashionmimo)

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My tropical outfit 🙂 (@Fashionmimo)

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Life of Tranquility: Hangzhou

My mom called me before I departed: “Are you going to Hangzhou in December? Well I don’t think you will enjoy the weather and views there.”

Emm…maybe she’s right. Because Hangzhou is in the southeast part of China, very near Shanghai, so you could expect the winter there would be windy/rainy, super cold (sometimes under zero celsius) but with very few snow. However, I didn’t have time to consider this cause my poor winter break just started a week before and Hangzhou, especially the Lingyin Temple has been on my travel Wishlist for over 5 years.

The Sights

I only visited a few sights this time so I couldn’t tell much about it but  I would strongly recommend you to chill at the Lake Xihu area. You got the most famous lake Xihu and  Lingyin Temple. And also you could enjoy the nature with some nice teahouses, bars and luxury hotels in this region.

The first time I noticed the Lingyin Temple was 5 years ago when I saw the print ads of Amanfayun, a luxury resort in Lingyin temple by Aman group. The resort reserves the Chinese and Buddha elements and it just looks like an old Chinese village. It’s the exact right place to slow me down and to be more “Zen” I think.

 

Near Lingyin Temple, there are some tea houses for you if you want to try the famous Longjing Tea from Hangzhou.

After visiting Lingyin Temple, just go down the mountain then you see the Lake Xihu.

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The Hotels

There are so many good hotels in Hangzhou but here I just wanna recommend those successfully blend the Chinese culture into their service and design.

Amanfayun

A luxurious Aman resort reconstructed from an old village and located right next to the Lingyin Temple, attractive enough. The only problem is the location may not be that convenient, and, it is just EXPENSIVE 🙂

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Four Seasons 

We struggled a lot between Four Seasons and Pins de la Brume before, and finally we decided to stay at PB and to take an afternoon tea at the garden of Four Seasons. I think it’s a right choice cause the garden in Four Seasons seems a little bit desolate in winter. However, if you are coming in summer or spring, I think the view here would be awesome 🙂

 

Pins de la Brume

Another French resort located near Lingyin Temple, it’s not that big compared to those two but I prefer its excellent location and environment.

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Dashe

A local small hotel in Hangzhou’s old style. In the room you could see the bricks and the wooden beams just like the old buildings 200 years ago.

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After all, it’s the end of 2015 and I want to thank you all for supporting my blog since May. Wish you all a very Merry Christmas and see you in 2016! 😀 (@Fashionmimo)

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70’s Fever

Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival is back in Hong Kong again this weekend. With over 45,000 participants in 2014, the scale is even larger this year . So please dress up and get ready for the music, arts and film carnival.

It’s never too hard to decide what to wear for a music festival: you could just wear whatever you want! To be Comfortable and Interesting, I think maybe that’s the only rule.

In fact, I have been dreaming to do some 70s outfit for a long time but I don’t have much chances to practice it since normally I’m just a bookworm shuttling between lecture hall and dorm.

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So let’s see what are my key concepts about 70s:

1.Denim, especially flared jeans

If I have to choose 10 coolest designs ever, flared jeans must top the list. People always say there’s a revival of flared jeans but seriously has it ever been out of date??

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Long coat with the denim flares, laid-back temperament.(@Fashionmimo)

2. Midriff Top, don’t be shy to show your belly!

Before the prosperity of American Apparel, my impression of 70s is all about the midriff top! Now they call it crop top and it’s just for those with perfect abs, what a shame!

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3. Miniskirt, the high-waisted one

The fashion revolution of miniskirt since the early 1960s gives an enduring impact on our clothing culture. Even though it’s been over 50 years since the miniskirt protest outside Dior London, we still see the shorten hemline as a symbol to fight for women’s right today.

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Detail of the flower headband (@Fashionmimo)

 

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Endless Summer

Keep wondering what’s going on with the weather, it’s already mid-November but in Hong Kong you still feel like in summer. So every time when I see a long coat, I tell myself “Ok I will bring you home next time, if it gets cooler.” But I still haven’t got the chance LOL

Last Sunday I have visited Peng Chau,  a small island near Hong Kong with no traffic on.  The only way to get there is to take a 20 mins ferry from the Central in Hong Kong. Basically it’s a small village surrounded by the ocean and mountains (there’s a popular hiking trail called Peng Yu Path btw). My art teacher Mr. Yeung is a Peng Chau based art guru and he has a gallery here. Thanks to his invitation, I have the chance to explore this tranquil place with strong local culture.

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Since there’s no car on the island, bikes are necessary for both tourists and residents.(@Fashionmimo)

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Jacket from American Eagle Outfitters, Sleeveless top from Topshop and A-line skirt from Outstanding Ordinary. (@Fashionmimo)

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Have to say this island is really an ideal place for photo shooting, thank you Nana Wu for modelling this time ❤ (@Fashionmimo)

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It was tea time when we entered the restaurant. In Peng Chau, afternoon tea is never a highbrow thing. Just to grab some milktea with a sandwich, life should be easy isn’t it? (@Fashionmimo)

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Street Snap Monday 2

Though it’s already Thursday due to my procrastination, I still wanna share my Street Snap Monday season 2 with you girls 😀

Strip shirt from Topshop, Flap bag from Chanel Le Boy (@Fashionmimo)

Stripe shirt from Topshop,
Flap bag from Chanel Le Boy (@Fashionmimo)

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Shoes from Miu Miu (@Fashionmimo)

Shoes from Miu Miu (@Fashionmimo)

Cardigan from Uniqlo, Dress from Topshop, Sneakers from Nike Air and bag from Dolce&Gabbana(@Fashionmimo)

Cardigan from Uniqlo, Dress from Topshop,
Sneakers from Nike Air and bag from Dolce&Gabbana(@Fashionmimo)

Both from Les Nereides (@Fashionmimo)

Both from Les Nereides (@Fashionmimo)

So, what’s your makeup/costume tips for the upcoming Halloween? Please share your views cuz I desperately want to have a  dope halloween look!  😀 (@Fashionmimo)

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The pines, the cloud and the fog

Last week I have been to Huangshan, one of the most famous mountain ranges in China. It took me 2 days to climb up those peaks and to watch the sunrise. Personally I really enjoy hiking, especially that sudden cool feeling when you reach such an altitude.

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In summer, there are 3 most famous sights: the pine trees, the clouds above and the sunrise. (@Fashionmimo)

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The weather was so nice when we climbed up the peak so we missed the clouds. However, in the morning we could enjoy another mysterious scenery when the fog was not yet dispersed. (@Fashionmimo)

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The Villages

There are 2 old villages near Huangshan, one called Hong Cun, another called Xi Di. Both of them thrived in the Ming Dynasty. In An-Hui Province, most people who thrived their business would help to develop their own villages.

Hong Cun (@Fashionmimo)

Hong Cun (@Fashionmimo)

Xi Di (@Fashionmimo)

Xi Di (@Fashionmimo)

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Kyoto

Before I get started today, I wanna say THANK YOU for over 50 followers in a week!  I considered a lot before starting up at a new platform with no connections at all, but thanks for all those kind supports and comments 😀

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Here I’m gonna talk about Kyoto. I have been there twice this year, one in February, one in April (perfectly missed the sakura season though). Rather than Tokyo, people say this is the real heart of Japan. I can’t tell if this is correct, the only thing I can tell is every time I visit Kyoto, my desire to stay becomes stronger.

The Sights

Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, also known as the city of ten thousand shrines. It’s nearly impossible to visit all these sights, but somehow we may want to avoid the most busiest sights. There are some following advices:

1. The Gion(祇園) Area – You are not gonna miss this popular area. A famous district near Kamo River, filled with shops, restaurants, teahouse and Geisha entertainment. I believe it’s the busiest area of Kyoto at night, with different  restaurants and Izakaya(Japanese mini bar) along the Kamo River. With 10 minutes walk, you’ll see another famous sight Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺). However it’s way too famous that I found it hard to enjoy the view with tons of visitors.

The Kamo River.(@Fashionmimo)

The Kamo River.(@Fashionmimo)

A Geisha House in Gion, it looks like a normal restaurant at daytime but at night, it only welcome people with membership.(@Fahionmimo)

A Geisha House in Gion, it looks like a normal restaurant at daytime but at night, it only welcome people with membership.(@Fahionmimo)

Just outside Gion, there is the busiest area along the Kamo River. (@Fashionmimo)

Just outside Gion, there is the busiest area along the Kamo River. (@Fashionmimo)

Tea house near Kiyomizu-dera. (@Fashionmimo)

Tea house near Kiyomizu-dera. (@Fashionmimo)

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2. Kinkaku-Ji-The golden temple has already become a symbol of Japan. Located in a fancy Japanese garden. It’s nice to chill at the garden and enjoy a cup of Matcha 🙂

The tickets of Kinkaku-Ji, also amulets. (@Fashionmimo)

The tickets of Kinkaku-Ji, also known as Japanese amulets. (@Fashionmimo)

The map of the garden. (@Fashionmimo)

The map of the garden. (@Fashionmimo)

3.Fushimi Inari-taisha (伏見稲荷大社)-It’s located at the outskirt of Kyoto, so we took railway to get there. It’s really a good place to shoot some pics with the representative Torii Path across the mountain.

The Torii Path. (@Fashionmimo)

The Torii Path. (@Fashionmimo)

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4. Arashiyama(嵐山)-on the western outskirt of Kyoto, famous for it’s bamboo forest and picturesque views with cherry blossoms or autumn leaves. It’s also a great place to enjoy natural hot spring.

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The Ryokan 

Since you are in Kyoto, trying the Japanese ryokan is a must. I suggest to book earlier in case there would be a shortage of rooms in peak season. This time I tried two ryokans, and I strongly recommend the Kyomachia Ryokan Sakura, traditional ryokan with advanced facility, also English-friendly. And if you are asking me which district would be better to stay at, I would suggest Higashiyama-ku (東山区) or Shimogyō-ku (下京区).

Lobby of the hotel.(@Fashionmimo)

Lobby.(@Fashionmimo)

Our Tatami Room. (@Fashionmimo)

Our Tatami Room. (@Fashionmimo)

Transport

Taking the Shinkansen or JR can reach any other big cities in Japan. In town, rather than the metro, I suggest to take a bus. It’s cheaper (500 yen for one-day trip with unlimited rides) and more convenient, cuz it covers most tourist sights.

Hope this article would help you if you are also interested! ;D (@Fahionmimo)

Krabi, Phuket

People have diverse understandings of tropical heaven. To me, it’s quite simple. All I want is a peaceful place to chill at, some friendly locals to make friends with, and some mysterious sights/culture to explore, that’s all.

When I arrived Krabi, they told me it was the best season to visit, lucky. In Thailand,  December and January are the peak season of tourism. The weather is good and it won’t be too hot. After that, the long rainy season comes. Not good for tourism, but a favour to farmers.

Compared to Phuket, Krabi is kinda “new”. Thus there are fewer tourists and you will find this place less commercial. But still you can find lots of good resorts in Krabi like Sofitel, Sheraton and Rawi.

A floating restaurant in Krabi town. (@Fashionmimo)

A floating restaurant in Krabi town. (@Fashionmimo)

About the beach, there are several main beaches in Krabi. Ao Nang beach is popular among tourists, you can chill at the beach for a whole day, watching the long tail boat floating on the crystal clear ocean. Those seafood cravers can also easily get refreshed with those countless beachside restaurants and shops.

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Taking 30mins fast-speed boat to Phi Phi island, it’s time to just dive into the sea or to do some snorkelling.

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Market on Phi Phi Island. (@Fashionmimo)

Market on Phi Phi Island. (@Fashionmimo)

Sounds like Krabi is already a heaven for me, but I still needed to visit Phuket. Why? Because no one should miss the night life in Pa Tong Beach 🙂 Pa Tong is regarded as an old fashion: noisy, crowded…also mysterious. Hearts beat faster than usual under the neon lights, everyone’s face is getting blurred. Grab a beer and watch a pole dance show… good enough! (@Fashionmimo)

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Annecy

Last summer, I dropped by Annecy on my way from Lyon to Geneva. This place was mentioned many times by locals when I stayed in Lyon. When they talked about Annecy, I could see excited glow on their faces: indeed, if you understand southern French’s idyllic fantasy, Annecy is the right place with no doubt.

Near the Lake Annecy, here is the busiest area full of tourists and shops.

Near the Lake Annecy, here is the busiest area full of restaurants and shops. (@Fashionmimo)

If you decide to depart from Lyon, trains and buses are both available. Personally I would suggest you to try the Blablacar(https://www.covoiturage.fr). It’s the most popular and trusted ridesharing website in France, the bonus is you could make friends and understand more about your destinations when sharing the journey with friendly local people. One hour drive, 5 euro costs, I cannot ask for more 🙂

I just spent a day here ,so I didn’t explore much about this place. But if you are also with a tight schedule, the Lake Annecy would be very nice for a one-day trip. Walk along the lake and the river, have some seafood in the restaurants… If you want a better view of the landscape, renting a boat and relaxing on the lake would be perfect.

The Lake Annecy

The Lake Annecy (@Fahionmimo)

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Also, the Annecy Castle and Palais de l’Isle are famous sights for those who wanna explore more. (@Fashionmimo)

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