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31 May 2016

Hello... Annie Leibovitz!

Annie Leibovitz WOMEN: New Portraits by HelloJesso

Today was no ordinary day. Today, I stood in a room full of beautiful portraits of remarkable women, taken by an inspiring woman - Annie Leibovitz.
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31 Aug 2015

Weekend Wanderings: Mong Kok

Mong Kok at Night by
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.
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12 Aug 2015

Anniversary Adventures

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?

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15 Jul 2015

Weekend Wanderings: Sunrise to Sunset

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. 

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1 Jul 2015

Weekend Wanderings: Cape D'Aguilar

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!

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17 May 2014

One Year On...

With all the excitement of moving country and exploring my new city, I kind of forgot to blog. Oops, my bad.

There was a lot to take in and a lot of things happened. So, in order to get to you up to speed, here's a recap. Are you sitting comfortably? Ok, then let's go back in time...

FEB 2013:
Where I went: I moved to Hong Kong. You know that bit already.
Who I flew with: Cathay Pacific
I flew Premium Economy and it was great! A good amount of leg room for my short legs, noise cancelling headphones, and a super clean toilet! What more could I ask for?  
Where I stayed: Our new home. 
Other info: I started a Project 365 on Instagram, taking snaps of the things I saw in my first year of living here. See the pictures at #jess_a_day

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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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18 May 2012

Where I Stayed: Hotel Icon, Hong Kong

I'm working on a weird timeline at the moment, writing about things that have happened, are happening and will happen, so bear with me on this crazy journey backwards and forwards through time.

Right now I'm taking you back to January (I know, I know) and am going to tell you about our stay at Hotel Icon, Hong Kong.

After experiencing the relaxation and beaches of Philippines, we decided to stop off for a few days in Hong Kong. It was a great way to ease ourselves back into city living and cooler temperatures, before we hit the literally freezing reality of home.

I'd like to say I chose this hotel because it was designed by prolific local architect Rocco Yim, with interiors by Terence and William Lim. Instead my choice was based on something a lot less glamourous. I went on Trip Advisor, searched for hotels in Hong Kong, filtered by those who offered free wi-fi and voila! Hotel Icon was chosen. Obviously, free wi-fi was not the only plus point. The reviews were excellent and the hotel looked, for want of a better word - amazing!

Hotel Icon Pool & Gym (image via Hotel Icon)
Located in Tsim Sha Tui East, Kowloon, the hotel is on the other side of the harbour. However, getting across to Hong Kong Island is easy peasy; taxi via tunnel, MTR, ferry or even helicopter if you like - we were given that option at the hotel concierge!

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