December 5, 2010
Sometimes you get to that point when everything is just everything at the same time, and that very same everything is just too much of everything.
Thoughts and emotions coalesce in the most incoherent way, most probably to punish you for the fact that they haven’t been let out for their regular walk in the sunshine. Obviously, together they form a stronger front to make their way out.
If they do, they might just bump into this other prevalent factor in your being – the one called your life. You know, the one you’re actually living. Duties, activities, friends and all that.
If only there were time for introductions.
Excuse me, while I “add oil”.
October 13, 2010
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a Chinese wedding about a month back. It was interesting, to say the least.
Not only was good old rice tossing replaced with colorful foam spraying, it was performed as an act of war between the bridesmaids and groomsmen. There were a lot of rockets going off, minor fireworks and in the end the four bridesmaids protecting the bride (me included) were coughing so hard from the smoke attack that we had to surrender and let the groom in to take away his bride.
As the day went on the lovely bride changed into her traditional Chinese dress (which I unfortunately didn’t get a good shot of due to stupid rain) and went around to houses in the groom’s neighborhood to light incense and other things as part of a buddhist ritual. She looked stunning in it indeed, but seemed quite stressed really. Unfortunately at that point I had to leave, so I actually missed out on the best part – the dinner. Though I was relieved to finally be able to jump into a shower and wash all the sticky glitter and confetti off me, I was slightly bummed out. Hai ah.
And again, here I am, all hungry >.<
October 12, 2010
1. Standing inside a fountain in some park. Kind of. 2. At the aviary. 3. You can find dem in da park.
I miss blogging. And it really isn’t (as before mentioned) that I’m constantly busy. I just. I don’t know. I’ve got so much to write, but at the same time when I do sit down and stare at this empty box – I have nothing.
It’s been a bitch to me in school work too. I can’t say I’m proud of my latest products in writing assignments. All I’ve been able to produce is mediocre contemplations on whatever, and even such a thing has cost me a full night of sleep to produce. Well, except for that one hour I passed out in the pantry. Good times.
At least here, there’s no pressure. I can just have a keyboard frenzy and no one would judge. Right?
I overslept this morning, and missed quite a vital lecture on advertising and that. Lucky I have a presentation due on it in two weeks. Not. To cheer me up, I just had a cup of hot cocoa and a bowl of oatmeal. Mmmnomnomnom. Now the bed is giving me this “Don’t you wanna come back and cuddle?” look. Sometimes we stray, indeed we do.
Hope to see you soon la.
September 21, 2010
In case you were wondering, IIII chaaanged my miiiind (lalala)
Academic English for Social Sciences (3 units, compulsory)
Statistics for journalists (6 units, compulsory)
Ways of reading: film, literature and culture (6 units, prerequisite course for second major)
Hong Kong cinema through a global lens (6 units, common core course)
Putonghua for foreign learners II (3 units, compulsory language course)
Total: 24 units, which means my schedule is sweeeeeet. Even more so, I’m brilliant enough to have made my days on campus 3 and my days of “self-study” four. Thursday to Sunday, bring on the looong weekend!
Professional writing for the media (3 units, compulsory)
Economics for journalists (6 units, compulsory)
News reporting and writing (6 units, compulsory)
Principles of journalism and the news media (6 units, compulsory)
Moral controversies in a modern world (6 units, common core course)
Introduction to Chinese and Western Philosophy (6 units, elective course)
Total: 33 units. Do know that I might kick myself for the lazy ass 1st semester and want to take more courses, but ah well. This ought to be fun! And I still have Mondays off. Woop!
And yes, I do know I’ve been awfully crap at updating. It’s just my way of pretending that I’m too busy. But who am I kidding? I’ve got a four day weekend! Which I have yet to use productively. Ended up doing my first assignment à la high school (meaning at the very last minute) but at least now I’m 1.5h ahead of deadline in stead of past it. I feel like I should be off to a good start. Kind of. Hopefully. Yeah. Sure.
Anyways pennyways, I’ll be sure to toss up some works of Nikki in the next few days. Perhaps I’ll throw in a couple of songs I’ve got stuck in my head thanks to certain people with boppin heads. Perhaps. Let’s hope not. Now time to have a shower and perhaps come out of it with blueblack hair. Taaa!
Just to be utterly cliché – Sky’s the limit in HK.
September 3, 2010
So Nikki would like to share what little she has experienced from life around here.
1. Went on the Star Ferry for the very first time last wednesday with a cool companion 2. Freshness Burger have hairs in their salads, give you the wrong drinks and forget to give you a $10 Student discount. Was a one time thing though, so we still go there. 3. If you’re ever in the hood. Get on the 23, go up the stairs to the second floor and sit at the very front. That’ll be a nice rollercoaster ride all the way to Admiralty/Wan Chai/Causeway bay.
From Hong Kong with love
August 24, 2010
A few more chirps from the back of an electric motorbike in Shunde.
1. The lovely Nicole preppin our fighter for the ride 2. Some housing in the hood 3. Behind those trees hide nice stuff 4. Entering Bei Jiao town to begin our quest for a nail salon 5. Leaving Bei Jiao town in the nick of time after the full mani-pedi 6. Chasin storms
August 23, 2010
The Great Firewall doesn’t allow birds to tweet and blog. So here are some chirps from the past week in Mainland China.
1. Budweiser (!) Chinese lanterns hanging on the trees along the Pearl River 2. Favorite place to eat on Luju Lu 3. Best bar on Bai E Tan street, just because Rose loves me so.
It was strange going back there, to all those familiar places. Things were almost the same, apart from the huge building sites along the river (the area is getting a face-lift, just like many other places before the Asian Games) and of course the fact that it’s August 2010 and not F/W 2009.
I remember when Anja, Sigrid and I sat on little benches not too far from our favorite Tsingtao-selling lady. How Sigrid bought her beloved 60th Anniversary fan (against my will) on Luju Lu on October 1st. How a small group of us gathered to watch the lovely fireworks from the riverside and got covered in little black bits of paper. Smelling the streetfood and holding a gag. Coming back for New Year’s Eve and feeling the love in AMIGO from around 20 other TTCers. “Doing a Lucero” the next day. Coming back time and time again during January, establishing our own little “apartment” with Oley, Christina and Eva.
August 15, 2010
1. Some lady introducing the Avenue of Stars 2. The view from Kowloon side over HK island 3. Creepy ginger dude who somehow managed to find me wherever I went and go “hellooo, how are you?” 4. Avenue of Stars
I managed to drag my lazy ass out of bed at 3PM today. No, I wasn’t hung over, because I didn’t hit the scene yesterday. I’m just still majorly jetlagged. So I’ve been out and about, walked along the Avenue of Stars, snapped some shots and went gaga for all the hella nice rides that cruise the streets of HK. (And yes mother, I did eat at some point too).
Note to self though. Don’t walk around smiling and looking like you’re enjoying yourself. You might just give some random ginger guy the wrong idea. I still don’t get how “Hello, how are you?” can be such a popular pick-up line amongst a particular group of men here… When does it ever work? This dude wouldn’t give up either. Thought I lost him about 3 times or so, but he just kept popping up next to me just as if he had spies all over the place reporting directly to him. Luckily, he didn’t seem to be the kind of guy to enjoy culture, as I finally got rid of him when walking through the Museum halls. Gah.
Planning on setting my times straight today, so bed in no more than 90min. BOOM.