Tuesday, 10 April 2012

iSpeak China

        I found this article on a photographer called Adrian Fisk's website, who travelled around China,  to find out what the younger generation in China today really think about their life. Especially because of the shift of power within economics, politics and culture from the west to the east, it is interesting to see what people between 16-30 actually think about what they are in life today.
        They were given a blank piece of paper to write down anything that they wanted and Adrian Fisk photographed them. Some of the photographs are of people holding blank pieces of paper, this is because they are illiterate. These are people like farmers, who work out in fields in the middle of nowhere and live for their animals and crops, they don't have means of learning how to read or write.
This made me realise how China really is still a developing country, which is why, despite the fact there are a million millionaires in China, the GDP is extremely low. There is such a contrast in China, but this country is one of the fastest to develop and triumph, economically.
I've selected just a few of the many people Adrian photographed all around China.

Avril Lui 22 years, Post Grad Student, Guangxi Province
'We are the lost generation, I am confused about the world'

Zhang Shuang, 18 years, traveling in Inner Mongolia
'I am enjoying exploring China on my own'

Chow Liang, 17 years, hair stylist student, Gansu Province
'In adults eyes I'm a bad person in society, but in fact I am a very obedient person'

Ma Xiao Lian, 19 years, Qinghai province
Illiterate,  'My husband and I want to become migrant workers so we can work hard to make ourselves and our parents happy'

Lim, 22 years, Student of party politics, Beijing
'Do not judge China from the media, because the real China is not on the papers'

Li Qi Sheng, 30 years, Computer Science Teacher, Guangxi province
'Huge cultural differences exist between the East and the West. Do not tell us what to do' 

Rainbow Su 22 years, Student software engineering, Guangdong province
'I'm worrying something, girls in China is becoming materialistic, without house, my girlfriend would not marry me. My parents can not help me either, So I need to get a good job with high payment thats what I totally want.'

Luo Zheng Chui, 30 years, Farmer, yunnan province
'After watching television I have many thoughts, but I know I cannot achieve them'

Ba Te Er, 18 years, was a Mongolian herder but due to a ban of keeping livestock, now a tourist guide
Inner Mongolia
Illiterate, 'without my horse I am nothing'

Adrian Fisk is a brilliant photographer and has captured some amazing things, he has also done another interesting project called ispeak India, you can check this out here. He is also in the middle of developing ispeak Global, which I am keeping up to date with via twitter, here is his twitter account 

Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you Adrian Fisk for the amazing photos.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Selling Topshop platform pumps on Ebay Size UK 3/36

Click here to view my shoes on ebay

£60 in shops but I lost the box so can't return them, perfect condition!
Size 3/36

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Jing's Residence

    Jing's Residence is a stunning boutique hotel in the ancient walled city of Pingyao, Shanxi province in China, which is roughly north eastern China. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and still remains a very beautiful traditional city of China. Jing's Residence is located in a former mansion of a wealthy Qing dynasty silk merchant.

The market tower in Pingyao, built in the 14th century.

The city walls and streets of Pingyao

 Walkways connecting the courtyards and rooms

The hotel's entrance

One of the suites in the hotel

Courtyard suite

All the rooms look amazing, this hotel is actually my idea of heaven. There are courtyards within the hotel where you can drink teas, there's a spa and on the second floor there is a bar and library which has beautiful roof top views.

I came across this hotel when I was reading through the articles of an American freelance journalist  who reports in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. I am so jealous of his lifestyle in China and his opportunities to visit these amazing places, this is definitely where I'd like to see myself in about 10 years time.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Monthly favourites

I thought I'd share some of my favourite things this month

A brand I love at the moment is NW3 by Hobbs, it's quirky, chic and feminine.  NW3 is often seen on celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Mollie from the Saturdays and Pippa Middleton. I've selected a few items that are my favourite and I might buy.

 I'm not going to lie, my 80 something year old Grandma who is freakishly stylish (more so than me,) actually bought this skirt the other day. This maxi skirt for £139 has amazing burnt orange and navy colours, it's something I wouldn't usually wear because it's quite bright out there, but I adore it! 

I think this blazer is really cute and such a nice oxford blue colour, for £179 I don't think I can afford it any time soon but I'll definitely be waiting to see if it goes on sale! 

As you know, I'm subscribed to glossy box and for March's box it was a Harrods limited edition! We got some really nice high end brands such as Burberry lipstick, Fendi perfume and my favourite treat: a 5 piece Erno Laszlo limited edition Hollywood Collection cream set, all sachet size! But for $125 for the five set with small pots or $125 for one bigger pot of one, it will just have to be on my wish list.

The set contains Velvet Night Cream, Instand Eye Repair, Refresh Moisture Infusion, Intense Porcelain Veil and Morning Beauty Rescue. I liked the Refresh Moisture Infusion the best, it was such a light luxurious feeling moisturiser that really hydrated my skin and left it really so fresh!

An oldie but a new favourite for me this month is OPI Cajun Shrimp, I haven't used it before despite it being out for a while but I bought a fairly small version of it off ebay for about £3. I love it, it's such a nice colour that suits all colour tones, i've had it on for a few and considering how much I type on a keyboard or iphone it hasn't chipped!

There are two pairs of shoes that I've had my eyes on for a while now, from Hobbs, again. At £149, these shoes are fairly pricey, but considering the quality of Hobbs shoes and how gorgeous they are, I'm going to have to get at least one of them, probably the nude wedges, the tan sandals are slightly too high.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

sì yuè sān hào- 3rd April, Yuyuan gardens & Old Shanghai

      I was reading an article on the many faces of Shanghai, which had some really interesting pictures for example, the Bund (there's a picture of me at the Bund on the first post yesterday,) the western colonial buildings of shanghai and a lovely picture of the Yuyuan gardens and old Shanghai. The article mentioned that there is a tea house on the garden lake, this really excited me because I love tea and it would be ideal to have it over looking a pretty lake.

This is the picture taken from the article I read.

I knew on my trip to China in  2010 we went to some parts of old shanghai, but I wasn't sure which part. I remember it was bustling and lively and the buildings that we saw were beautiful, really traditional red and black chinese houses with the gorgeous elaborate roofs, they're my absolutely favourite! I decided to look up the Yu/Yuyuan gardens because I know it would be somewhere that I'd spend all my time, when I go to shanghai in three years to study. I really recognised it, but I assumed that was because we'd been to lots of pretty gardens during the trip and sometimes the buildings all look familiar. I double checked the itinerary that we were given and on 1st April 2010, we did actually visit it! 

These are some pictures that I took from that day.

I stole this picture from my boyfriend because he has some nice ones too, I'm sure he wont mind.

   I'll probably be doing posts almost everyday at the moment, just because I have so much today say on China in general. 
Hope you enjoy my posts

Monday, 2 April 2012


During my trip to China in 2010 I visited Xi'an, which is famously home to the amazing Terracotta Army and beautiful Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. If you're interested in Buddhism, like me, then you'll find it so enthralling. 

(All of the following pictures have been taken by me)

 The Terracotta army is a collection of terraccotta warriors and horses that were found by local farmers in 1974. They were buried with the first Emperor of China in order to protect him in his afterlife and so that he had people to rule over.

I definitely recommend that you visit it, if you're in Xi'an, as it's one of the most impressive things I've ever seen.

This is the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, it's a buddhist pagoda, which was built in 652.

The television screens show the Dalai Lama talking.  

We also visited the Huaqing Hot Springs whilst we were there, an imperial bathing pool, including a natural pool full of fish that bite your feet for around 20 yuan (£2!) It has a beautiful collection of palaces and springs which are lovely to visit for an hour or so on a hot humid day.

This is the exact reason for why I love China, you can immerse yourself in the diverse industrial cities and to get away, just outside are these beautiful picturesque gardens. 

sì yuè er hào - 2nd April. My new Chinese adventure

For the past few weeks I have completely abandoned my blog, I couldn't think why at first but now I've realised I just don't have enough to say on fashion and don't have an interesting expensive lifestyle, considering I'm basically a student. I also don't want to take pictures of myself in different outfits all the time, I really can't be bothered, but I am still really interested in fashion. However, my main passion in life is China and learning Mandarin so that will be the main topics of my blog. 

My title, by the way, is in Pinyin, which for those who don't really know much about learning chinese, it's the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into the Latin script. It just translates to the date today!

I have always been interested in Chinese culture and have been to many many Chinese restaurants in my life time, not only in China itself when I went in 2010, but also around Chester and Manchester area. Of course, the famous Yang Sing in China town, Manchester, my family and I have known the owners for years and have been going since before I was born. There is a lot of history to go with this restaurant, it was founded in 1977 and have been in the media ever since. The restaurant was left devastated by a fire in 1997, leaving them with no choice but to temporarily move to a different location. In 1999, they returned back to the original home all newly furnished. The restaurant was also on t.v for a while, filming the refurbishment, after the fire.

 The decor is formal and fancy but the food and service doesn't quite live up to it's reputation anymore. We now have a new favourite Chinese in Manchester, it's a little casual restaurant called Happy Seasons.  The food is delicious and it's always busy with mainly Chinese people, which is always a good sign! It's authentic and the prices aren't bad either. We're so glad we found this restaurant because it's such a little gem that I'd be happy to recommend to anyone.

However, my ultimate favourite Chinese restaurant is called the Shanghai in Hoole, Chester. We've been going for a good few years now so we now know the lady who owns it well, the service is so attentive and friendly and the food is so so delicious.