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11 Jan 2019

My 5 Favourite Memories of 2018

Hello there! It's been a while since my last post (the last post was in 2017) eeek.
I didn't mean to not write for so long, but time just flew by and before I knew it... it's 2019!

So, why am I writing this?
1) I want to start writing on my blog again, and...
2) I think it’s nice to reflect on the good times.

Here are some of my favourite memories from 2018.

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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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21 Oct 2015


Taken from:
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.
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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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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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14 Jan 2015

Oh, look. It's 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!
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7 Nov 2014

It's Business Time!

Guess what arrived in the post today?... My business cards from!

It turns out, you kind of need business cards here in Hong Kong, because:
1) You never know who you're going to meet
2) Everyone else seems to have them.
There's been a few awkward moments when someone has extended a business card to me and I haven't had one to give back. Those moments will now be a thing of the past.

I had been meaning to order these for a while now, and when a free shipping code landed in my inbox, I thought - BINGO!

I opted for one of the existing Moo designs as the last time I ordered stickers from Moo using my own design, I got the sizing all wrong and they came out a little fuzzy. Oops. So I thought it would be best to play it safe this time round and figured the 'Hello' theme tied in with my Hello Jesso blog.

Anyway, that's all I wanted to share. It's always nice when you get something fun in the mail.

Let me know if you have any great networking tips in the comments below.

This is not a sponsored post. 
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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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9 Jul 2014


Hey hey friends

Just in case you wanted to keep up to date with whatever I post, you can in a number of ways...
1) You can subscribe to my RSS feed --> You'll find it over there by the social icons.
2) Follow by email --> Again, you'll find the box is over on the right
3) Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Hope that helps and hopefully I'll be able to keep up with some regular(ish) posting.

P.S Don't forget to check the archives if you ever need something to read, as sometimes I post about things that may have happened in the past, but I like to insert them into the blog as if I wrote about it at that time. Got to keep things in chronological order. Does that make sense?
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3 Jun 2014

Lunch Hour

What I'm Eating by

When you work from home, 'lunch time' can be anytime. Heck, if I feel like being a rebel, sometimes I'll even have it before midday or sometimes, not at all! *Gasp*.

Today, was a definite lunch day and pictured above is what I ate.  Nothing super fancy, but definitely tasty. I thought it made for a colourful plate, so I thought I would share.

What's on my plate:
- Chicken sausages
- Halloumi
- Scrambled eggs
- Cherry tomatoes
- Spinach
- Avocado
- Crispy shallots

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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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6 Jan 2014

Trip to the Mothership - Instagram Europe HQ

@edwardkb & @jesso at IG Europe HQ on
Photo by: @Instagram
Here's Edward and I looking like we don't know each other on 'that' Instagram sofa. I thought we were going to pretend that we were fighting over the cushion. I was wrong.


Whilst we are home for Christmas, Edward and I popped in to Instagram Europe HQ and met with the lovely Community Manager - Hannah who kindly took this photo of us.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong, I didn't use Instagram a lot. Then it all changed and I got to know and meet other Instagrammers from the Hong Kong community.

Coming back home to London, I was excited to meet IGers (sorry going to have to abbreivate, Instagrammers is such a long word) from the London community.

We ended up having a little instameet and exploring the Tate Modern and Bankside and I got to meet a whole host of talented 'grammers - @missunderground, @danrubin, @tschang @zobolondon @mattpike @ecolephoto @Rich__ @hellopoe @chaiwalla @mrwhisper @evanjamesatwood, and so many more that I can't remember them all to list them.

You can view the photos from the day on Instagram under the hashtag #instameetbankside. Here's the first photo of the day, an #instagrammerdown group shot...

UPDATE: Oh, I also just wanted to mention a couple of other 'grammers I met on a different photowalk - @h_cato and @imaginationdetonation.

You should look up all of the people I mentioned. Not only are they super talented, they were all super nice too. Instagram fwends!
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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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2 Oct 2012

A Walk To Remember

The title of this post does not refer to the soppy Mandy Moore movie. If you were looking for that, I am sorry to disappoint.

Instead, I am talking about the Shine Walk : Half Marathon I did at the weekend. Along with some family and friends, we walked 13.1 miles around London town, starting and ending at Battersea Power Station, whilst taking in some of London's iconic sights along the way.

I think I got all caught up in Olympic fever and the (dis)illusion of being an athlete when I signed up and subsequently roped everyone into doing this walk.

After 'training' for about 6 weeks (i.e. walking to work and occasionally back home again) we undertook the epic walk and finished in 4 hours and 26 minutes.

I must say even though my right knee is currently throbbing, I'm glad I did it, especially in support of such a great cause - Cancer Research.

Would I do it again next year? Probably. Even though the Three Peaks Challenge has also been bandied about as an idea. Hmmmm.

For our walking efforts, we've raised over £700 (wooo hoo and thank you!). I know you don't know me, but if you want to donate you still can  -

P.S Did I mention our walking team name was: THE MIGHTY WALKING POWER RANGERS. Geddit? (Don't worry we left our weapons at home).

Battersea Power Station

The Start

A quick Pit Stop

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20 Jun 2012

It's My Birthday and I'll Have Beef if I Want To!

Birthday me at Mark's Bar
Yesterday was my birthday and being the lucky lady that I am, the Mr took me to HIX Belgravia for a birthday dinner. Oh, it was so delicious!

Located inside the luxurious boutique Thompson Hotel Belgraves in Belgravia, we first went upstairs to Mark's Bar to taste some of the amazing cocktails designed by Nick Strangeway before dinner.  I'd love to recommend the cocktail that I had, but I can't remember the name, not because I had one too many, I think my memory is failing me now that I've reached a ripe old age. Anyway, it was delicious and take it as an excuse to just try them all!

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24 Nov 2010

Make Some Space

Time for me to get back in the water. I'm back in on the Grannies' favourite - Aqua Aerobics.
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12 Apr 2010

Haymarket Hotel: The place to get married in London

With all the wedding talk currently going on amongst my friends, it has made me think of my own wedding day nearly two years ago. As a result and because I loved my wedding day so much, I am going to share it with you - so sit back relax and take in all the photos.

I was lucky enough to get married at the Haymarket Hotel in August 2008. It had literally just been given its licence to perform civil wedding ceremonies, that when we went to the Town Hall it was not even listed as a venue!

After looking at a few venues, including: the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street, One Whitehall Place, and the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue, we finally went for Haymarket Hotel.

All our family and friends live in London, so it made sense to hold the wedding here - less time travelling, more time celebrating! The venues we looked at varied from contemporary spaces to very traditional, neither of which Mr B and I felt suited us and our style. That's where the Haymarket Hotel  came in.

Tim and Kit Kemp the brains and interior decorators behind the Haymarket and the other Firmdale Hotels had managed to mix both a sense of the traditional with a contemporary feel, and thus creating a modern classic.

The Haymarket hotel was like no other hotel I had ever been in or had stayed at. The colours, the clashing prints, the welcoming staff all just worked in harmony.  If you don't believe me, here are some pics...

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10 Nov 2009

I'm So Childish

I chuckled when my friend bought me these chocs back from Deutschland.

I also chuckled when I was in a bagel shop today and saw that one of their soups was called: 'Cock-Leekie

Chuckle chuckle.
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