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.

Weekend Wanderings: Sunrise to Sunset

15 Jul 2015

Weekend Wanderings: Sunrise to Sunset by Hello Jesso
Before sunrise
Welcome to another installment of Weekend Wanderings. 

The last weekend wander was spent trying to hide from the heat of the sun in caves of Cape D'Aguilar. This weekend wander was purposefully spent chasing the sun. 

Prove it.

11 Jul 2015

Living Proof Hair Care review by Hello Jesso

In April this year, I decided to dye my hair. Mistake. The colour wasn't right and clashed with my skin tone. It basically made me look like I was permanently wearing the wrong shade of foundation.
I could have left it and waited for it to grow out but I was too impatient, so on my trip home to London I decided to see if it could be fixed.

The day I landed, after dropping off my luggage and saying hi to my parents, my next stop was Daniel Galvin in Marylebone and thanks to Amy - all was fixed - by that I mean, colour corrected.

Anyway, because by this point I had spent more money on my hair than I had anticipated, I decided I wanted to protect the colour, something that I've always been a bit lax on when I've previously coloured my hair.

Weekend Wanderings: Cape D'Aguilar

1 Jul 2015

Weekend wanderings at Cape D'Aguilar in Hong Kong

Summer has arrived in Hong Kong. The days of 90+ percent humidity and 'very hot weather warnings' are back. This means it's time to hibernate in air conditioned comfort and only go out when absolutely necessary.

However, last weekend I braved the sun, the humidity, and the non-stop sweating and ventured out to Cape D'Aguilar -    I even made a video about it!

It's been a while...

19 May 2015

Shanghai - Photo of me by - the husband @edwardkb
After posting my blogging plans for 2015, life put a bump in the road that meant having to take a detour from the plan. 

I won't go into too much detail, but basically my brother and his girlfriend moved to Hong Kong - HOORAY! But then she fell very ill - BOO!  Her getting better was our main focus, and in the last few months has made a "remarkable recovery" - a quote from her actual doctor - and life is getting back to normal. The support of family, friends, and even strangers during this time has been overwhelming and truly appreciated. 

Anyway,  I'm going to try and get back on track and fill you in on some of the things that have happened recently. Cue a recap post... ready? 

Oh, look. It's 2015!

14 Jan 2015

In case you didn't know, 2015 has arrived, and with that comes new plans, goals, and all of that other jazz.

I did have big plans to write a New Year post with my goals for 2015, a review of 2014, but last years end of year blog lull follwed me through into the beginning of this year. However, 14 days into the new year and I'm going to break the lull. So in case you are interested here are some of the things I want to do in 2015...

There's the usual:
- Exercise more
- Make healthier choices
- Be more creative
- Travel more
- Make more effort to stay in touch with people

But this year there are some extra ones:
- Read at least one book a month
- Learn how to use a camera
- Learn Cantonese (after two years living in Hong Kong, I should give it a go).

As for goals for this blog, I want to:
- Get more organised, so that I can...
- Post more regularly (without it being a chore or resorting to posting just for the sake of posting)
- Make sure it stays fun for me to do and for you to read  - that is if anyone out there is actually reading it.

However, my main aim for this blog is to make it a reflection of me. I started this blog in my 20s when I thought I wanted to work in fashion journalism, so I tried to make that the focus. However, as the years have past and my interests have changed, I kind of lost my way with it. I wasn't sure what to write about, or what this blog was even about anymore.

Last year, I narrowed down the things I wanted to write about, to: Beauty stuff, not because I want to be a beauty blogger but because I genuinely am a beauty/skincare junkie and want to share the products I like.  Travel, as I like to travel and stay in nice hotels. Arts & crafts, as I try and fulfil my annual resolution to be more creative, and Photography - not because I'm an expert (because I'm not), but because I enjoy taking pictures. These are my interests now that I'm in my *ahem* 30s, and who know's, they may change. If they do, I'm sure it will make an appearance on this blog.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for things you would like me to write about, leave me a comment.

Anyway, I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you all. Enjoy the adventures this year will bring!