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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Bonjour! Great to start my blog here! My name is Mikaela, a journalism student in Hong Kong. I spend most of my spare time on travelling, photo-shooting, working out and food (yeah HK is a heaven full of gastronomy). I will keep updating things around my life and my journeys, also some fashion review (uhh I’m taking my baby step on it). Hope you like it and share your opinions with me!