18 Nov 2015

KARA backpack by hellojesso.com

Meet my new best friend... the KARA backpack!

I've always loved a backpack. Even when they were the key marker of a nerd. Even when wearing the straps on both shoulders was uncool. Even then, I still loved them.

Indonesia Adventures: Do Good. Feel Good.

8 Nov 2015

Time for the latest installment of my 'Indonesia Adventures'. Are you sitting comfortably? Ok, let's begin...

On this trip to Indonesia, I have experienced and seen lots of things that I'll remember forever. However, one of the memories I will treasure the most is volunteering at Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens).

Taman Bacaan Pelangi is a non-profit organisation - founded by the inspiring Nila Tanzil - that establishes children's libraries and strives to improve literacy in remote under developed parts of eastern Indonesia. By improving literacy and encouraging a love of reading, Taman Bacaan Pelangi wants kids to dream BIG. Through books, they hope to broaden the kids horizons and inspire. The nerdy book-loving child that I was could totally get on board with this concept.

Indonesia Adventures: Arts & Crafts in Yogyakarta

2 Nov 2015

Skills on display at Ansor's Silver
On this trip to Indonesia, I was prepared to see amazing sights and eat delicious food, but to also have some arts & crafts thrown in - well, that was an unexpected surprise!

I like making things. There is always a sense of satisfaction when you see the end product knowing you made it with our own two hands, so I was excited to give silver filigree and batik making a try in Yogyakarta - the centre of Javanese arts.

How did it go?

Wonderful Indonesia + WIN A TRIP TO KOMODO ISLAND!

23 Oct 2015

Sunset at Labuan Bajo 
When an email arrives from the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia inviting you to come and explore the beauty of their country,
the answer is pretty simple - yes, please!

After 14 days, 8 hotels, countless flights, coaches and boats, I am back home with a camera and heart full of memories.
The last two weeks have been pretty spectacular getting to experience the sights of this sprawling archipelago and getting a darned good geography lesson about Indonesia.

I literally do not  know where and how to start telling you about everything. Everything we saw, everything we did, and everywhere we went is not going to fit in one post. If I tried to do that, you would be reading for hours and your hand would get cramp from scrolling. So in order to avoid that,  I'm going to divide up the trip into bite-sized chunks that will cover:
BUT FIRST... a competition and the chance to  WIN A TRIP TO KOMODO ISLAND!

Komodo Islands is up there as one of my favourite parts of the trip - if not THE favourite part of my trip. Although I was a teeny bit scared about being eaten by a dragon, I would not swap the experience for the world.


21 Oct 2015

Taken from: 165.lanecrawford.com
There's been a lot of talk on the internet of late about how October 21st, 2015 is the date that Doc and Marty went Back to the Future. I wonder what they would think of actual 2015?

Anyway, the reason I'm talking about the future is Lane Crawford.  As part of their 165th anniversary celebrations, Lane Crawford are looking to the future. What will the next 165 years be like? They don't have the answers, but they have put together a list of creatives and brands that they think are changing the perspective of the future and they've featured us - the InstameetHK team!

You can read what they wrote about Instameet HK here, as well as see a whole heap of inspiring creative talent here at #futureperspectives.

I am super honoured to have been included in this even if my picture does make me look like I'm about to eat the photographer. Don't worry, no photographers were eaten or harmed during this photoshoot.

Weekend Wanderings: Mong Kok

31 Aug 2015

Mong Kok at Night by hellojesso.com
The lights of Mong Kok. (Photo by me)
What did you do this weekend?

This weekend some friends and I took our cameras over to Mong Kok and walked around this vibrant area taking in the sights, sounds, and (sometimes the stinky tofu) smell.

We went to see if we could capture a little bit of this energy in our photos.
You can view my attempts at night time street photography over on my Hello Jesso - Tumblr.

Located in Kowloon, Mong Kok has been described as one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and when you're there, you can definitely feel it. It is the epitome of hustle and bustle. The streets are teeming with locals, tourists, workers, shoppers - basically everybody seems to be in Mong Kok.

Anniversary Adventures

12 Aug 2015

Anniversary Adventures by Hello Jesso
Seven years ago at the Haymarket Hotel
This past weekend was my seven year wedding anniversary. I can't believe how fast time has flown on this incredible journey.

I  wanted to share with you what we did to celebrate - don't worry it's nothing soppy and there's no PDA - so without further ado, here are my four-anniversary essentials...

ONE - The husband.
This is pretty self-explanatory.

TWO - Room with a view.
In the words of Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle from Parks and Recreation "treat yo self". Sometimes we treat ourselves to a trip away, but this year we had a little staycation at The Upper House.

THREE - Adventure
Go somewhere you've never been. Do something you want to do. Make a brand new memory.
We ventured out to the end of the West Rail line into the New Territories to Tin Shui Wai. We didn't know what was there, but we figured as we had never been why not go and find out.

FOUR - Sunset
Once we got to Tin Shui Wai, we got in a distinct green New Territories taxi and headed to Lau Fau Shan - a small fishing village. On the other side of the water was China. You could see Shenzhen from where we were standing! The beach was covered in what looked like oyster shells and that's where we watched sunset. Sunset and oysters, that's romantic, right?

What camera do you use?

10 Aug 2015

A photo of my Sony camera taken with my iPhone
Let me preface this post by saying - this is not sponsored. 

The title of this post is something I have been asked in the comments of my Instagram, and for the most part, my answer is - iPhone. The vast majority of my photos on Instagram have been taken by some iteration of iPhone, currently an iPhone 6.

However, lately the odd camera shot has been making more of an appearance on my feed. I know some people think this is taboo and Instagram should just be pics taken with the camera on your phone, but I wanted to share what I've been using, so:

If I'm not taking photos with iPhone 6, I use a Sony RX100 M3. That's it, just those two. Question answered.

In case you are interested in a rundown of my history with cameras, keep reading...

A weekend in Bali

5 Aug 2015

Nusa Dua Beach. Photo by: Hello Jesso
Nusa Dua
Bali has long been on my list of places 'to go'. A far-flung paradise I'd heard so much about and seen so many beautiful pictures of. Well, I finally got to go for the weekend as some friends of ours had picked Bali as their wedding destination.

To make a long story short, we did very little on this weekend away. About 0% of our time was spent exploring and 95% of our time was spent relaxing. The other 5% was wedding stuff. Sometimes you need holidays like this. Time to switch off and just enjoy the moments. Also, I figured that the lack of exploring this time round means there is a definite reason to go back.

Anyway, I took very few photos but here are some to give you an idea of what we did and what we saw.


27 Jul 2015

Meet My Friends (I met them on Instagram) by HelloJesso

Last year I wrote a post about my family on Instagram. Well, here's a post about my friends that I met via Instagram.

People always told me to be wary of meeting people on the internet, but I have met some of the nicest people on Instagram.

When I lived in London there is no way you would catch me meeting anybody from the internet. I mean, they could be all kinds of crazy! Plus, I already had my nearest and dearest friends that I had known for years and years. Why would I need new friends?

However, moving to a new country meant I had to be more open to new ways of meeting people. I met a few people through an expat forum, but the majority of my friends have come from Instagram.