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18 Jan 2017

Thank you 2016!

...and just like that 2016 was over.

Ok, so it wasn't just like that. It was over in 12 months. The usual amount of time in a year.
From a personal point of view, 2016 was not too shabby. I was lucky enough to travel to a few places, as well as sneak in a few extra trips to the Philippines to visit family.

I would say I clocked up more air miles this year than any other year of my adult life.

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21 May 2016

SO FAR IN 2016

Well, that 6 months since my last post just flew by.
There I was thinking about writing a post about my goals for 2016, a recap of 2015, and some other things... and BAM! It's May.
Anyway, I'll try and catch you up on some stuff that's happened in the last 6 months.

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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.
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19 May 2015

It's been a while...

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? 

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23 Jul 2014

It's A Family Affair: Meet My Insta-Family

Meet my family on Instagram by Jess on
L-R: Top: @edwardkb || @jeromecan Bottom: @reycanlasjr || @keso_k
When I say 'Insta-family' I'm not talking about the people who I've met and become friends with through Instagram, I'm talking about my actual family on Instagram.

You know how the saying goes - "The family that 'grams together stays together." That's how it goes, right?

Ok, so let me introduce you...
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21 Jul 2014

What's on my face - Benefit Bigger Than BB Big Easy

I thought buying make-up in Hong Kong would be easy. Big city, lots of expats to cater for, and since I'm of South East Asian descent, I thought if there's anywhere I'm going to be able to buy the right colour match for my skin, it would be around this part of the world, right?  Wrong. I went to buy my usual foundation Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in shade B50 and was told... "No, too dark." They didn't stock B50. The darkest shade they had was B30. Whaaat?

Anyway, long story short - I am only able to get that foundation now when travelling or if friends come to visit. This meant I had to look for alternatives. Since it was so hot and humid here, I found I was not actually wearing foundation as much as it would basically just slide off my face. Turns out, foundation did not stand a chance against the tag-team of my face grease and sweat. Attractive, I know.

My search for alternatives did not get very far. I went back to another foundation I liked - Skin by Bobbi Brown, at least this foundation had a wide variety of shades. Next, came Dr Jart's Water Fuse BB Cream that I bought from Sasa, my first foray into BB creams. Which leads me to what I'm using now - Benefit's Bigger Than BB Big Easy.

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9 Feb 2014

Project 365: My First Year Living in Hong Kong

My First Year Living In Hong Kong by

Well, that was the fastest year of my life - EVER!

I have now officially lived in Hong Kong for a whole year, and what a year it has been.  I can't tell you how much fun it has been exploring this corner of the world and meeting new people.

When I left London, I decided to start a photo Project 365 documenting my first year in Hong Kong. I took a photo a day and posted it on Instagram. I took pictures of stuff I saw, places I went, that kind of stuff. Basically, reminders that I could look back on in the future of this fun time.

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28 Feb 2013

Change of Address

The Hong Kong skyline. 
Two months into 2013 and it's all change for me. I now live in... HONG KONG!

Yep, I live in Hong Kong. I've bid farewell to my hometown of London, packed my suitcase (just the one!) and have started to make HK my new home. Three weeks in and so far I am loving it - everything is new to me and every day is an adventure, which hopefully I'll be able to write and tell you about. 
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27 Dec 2012

New Year, New Everything

Four more days of 2012 left, which means the usual reflecting on the year. Did I do everything I set out to to do? Did I try new things? Did I go to new places?...

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