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Gyeongbokgung Palace 🇰🇷✨ . . . Have you ever tried on a Korean hanbok (traditional dress)? I didn’t end up trying one on, though part of me really wanted to! But I did enjoy seeing all of the beautiful, colourful hanbok while wandering around basically any historic or traditional area in Seoul. 💕 You can rent them for a few hours or even a full day, and enjoy strolling around the palaces feeling like royalty. Apparently you can also get into many historic attractions for free if you’re wearing one (though all the palaces were already free when we visited for the Lunar New Year!) Next time I visit Korea, I’m definitely taking the opportunity to try on one of these gorgeous outfits. I mean, come on... who wouldn’t want to feel like a pretty princess for a little while? 👸🏻
A little rest ☁️☁️ . . . 📍 Busan, South Korea Just a lady waiting to cross the road in the golden hour light, spotted on route to the art museum.
Hanbok Alley 🌼🌼 . . . 📍Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul This historic Korean village was really cool to visit, and it was where we found the cutest cafe where we got to give pats and snuggles to the owner’s Welsh Corgi. However, it was impossible not to notice the sizeable crowds of tourists having endless photo shoots (with the camera click sound on! Turn your phones on silent people!!) and ignoring the signs that urged you to please whisper to avoid bothering the residents. As a teacher, it was really hard not to “shush” them! 🤫🤫 . . It really drives me crazy to see tourists showing bad behaviour, as of course, we’re tourists too... but I would like to think that we at least try not to be obnoxious and to follow the rules when we travel. Of course we aren’t perfect, but come on! When there’s signs every few metres telling you to be quiet, it’s not that hard to respect the rules! Anyway, here’s a pretty little alley we saw on the way back into town featuring a wall decorated in traditional hanboks and a sunny pop of yellow 🌼✨
🌧🌧🌧 . . . 📍Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan, South Korea . . If you visit Busan, you really can’t miss Gamcheon. It’s magical! Grab a free map and follow the stamp trail to see the little alleyways and adorable homes that make this place special (you’ll probably also meet a few of the resident street cats). If you get lost, some of the kindly elderly folk that live here will help guide you on the right path. The weather was a bit grey when we visited, but the rain just made the colours even brighter! 🌈
Spring festival flowers 🌼🌸 . . . 📍Baoan Center, Shenzhen, China 🇨🇳 . . Just appreciating some beautiful flowers on this gorgeous, sunny, 25 degree, non-smoggy January day 💕 A bit of a break from my usual gritty/futuristic urban scenes. Today we are taking a day to relax, pack, and run some errands before jetting off to Korea tomorrow! It’s been lovely to see all the decorations up for Chinese New Year around Shenzhen... soon the city will become a ghost town though, as everyone travels back to their hometowns to celebrate. In any case, the red lanterns everywhere do give a very festive feeling.
BKK colour 🌈✨ . . . 📍Thonglor District, Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭 . Our time in Thailand is coming to an end, and I realized that I haven’t posted any photos from our trip on here aside from gratuitous Instagram story posts, mainly about the various animals we’ve met. I think it’s because we’ve spent most of our time on Koh Samui, and I tend to prefer urban photography. 🏙 I love the sharp lines, unnatural colours and stark contrasts that you find in a city environment. . . Anyway, we’ve only spent a brief amount of time in Bangkok (as that’s where we are flying in and out of) and I’ve really been pleasantly surprised. I expected smog, traffic, tourist traps and drunk backpackers stumbling around. Instead, we’ve found artsy districts to wander through, amazing food and friendly people. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have time to venture out further than the relatively quiet area where we stayed, and thus avoided the more hectic parts of the city. In any case, I’m glad we gave this city a chance (despite hearing some negative reviews), and I wish we had some more time to explore it further! . . Have you been to Bangkok? If so, what did you think?
“Rich is easy, personality is rare” — This building. 🌸🌸🌸 . . . 📍SoHo, Hong Kong I mean, is rich really that easy? In any case, I appreciate this cute pink neon sign and leafy building. Posting a rosy pink photo for a rose tinted kind of day.. I’ve just taught my last day of term before the Chinese New Year holiday! This term challenged me in many ways and I feel like I really put my all into teaching my tiny, crazy, adorable kiddos. Now it’s time to relax, reflect, and most importantly: disconnect. This teacher needs a break. 😅 For my fellow China teachers, what are your plans for the Spring Festival?
Stop right now (thank you very much) ✋✋✋ . . . 📍SoHo, Hong Kong Featuring @hashtag_deeze ✨ Sometimes ya gotta stop and pose on a cool looking street with no traffic, just because. I know that personally, living in China has made me feel less embarrassed taking selfies, snapping pics of anything imaginable and having mini photoshoots in public. Nobody can judge me, cause I know for a fact that they’re probably twice as ~extra~ with their photo taking!! Just watch any little kid in China get their photo taken... even the babies have their Poses. On. Lock. ✌️
💛Saturated SoHo 💛 . . . 📍SoHo, Hong Kong There’s something very Wes Anderson about this storefront, don’t you think? There’s also something very satisfying about how all the items are lined up so precisely on the shelves. This neighbourhood is so colourful and full of character... Hong Kong is a city with many faces, and I’m so glad that I have the chance to visit often and explore it in depth. ** For some reason this post has blown up?? Im confused and not used to this much insta “fame” 😂 Anyway, hello everyone! 😊
🌟Under the Sea(World) 🌟 . . . 📍Shekou, Shenzhen 🇨🇳 I highly recommend anyone interested in photography, science, geography or just life itself to check out the National Geographic exhibition in Sea World.. it runs until March 24th! Despite the fact that some people thought it was a great idea to bring their toddlers there and let them run wild, it was a really cool exhibit and a great way to spend an afternoon. I feel inspired to travel and take lots of photos, so please hurry up, Chinese New Year holiday! (Also wondering if museums make anyone else feel emotional? They always do for me! I think it’s all the quiet and the beauty and emotion of the images).
(Sappy caption incoming) ☁️☁️ . . . Today marks 3 years spent with this one ☝️ Thank you for always looking up and slightly to the left when I think it’ll make a nice photo, and more importantly, for being my best friend and my favourite travel buddy. Life in China can be crazy and stressful, but with you it’s an adventure. (Even if sometimes the most adventurous thing we do all day is dragging ourselves out of the apartment to get food). Happy anniversary @domo_omoplato ❤️
An unexpected giraffe (& a squatting security guard) 🦒 🦒🦒 . . . 📍Shekou District, Shenzhen Have you checked out the Shekou Culture and Arts centre? It has some cool exhibitions and eye-catching architecture inside. It’s also fun to wander around on the roof and check out the view... which was pretty post-apocalyptic due to the smog on the day we went. Anyway, we spotted these geometric giraffe stairs on our way there.. an example of the little bits of unexpected art you find in Shenzhen if you look closely.
Density 🏙 . . . Imagine all the stories crammed into this building. I come from Canada, where wide-open spaces are kind of our thing. When I first landed in Hong Kong, it was a bit of a shock to the system. I’ve grown to love it, though the rush-hour crowds will always put me a bit on edge. Could you live somewhere like here, or do you need your space?
Cool girls don’t look at the camera 😎🏙✨ . . . (Disclaimer: I’m not actually a cool girl). Well, it’s taken over a year to trek out to Montane Mansions in Hong Kong and get photos of these densely packed apartments that close you in on all sides and reduce the sky to a small rectangular window. It’s become a popular place for photos, but the presence of people collecting their mail and playing Chinese chess in front of the laundromat reminds you to be respectful. Of course, this is not just a photo op, but somewhere that people call home — many, many, people.
☁️☁️☁️ . . . Sometimes ya just gotta fork over the extra money and enjoy the quiet solitude of “business class” on the Shenzhen Metro. They even have clouds on the ceiling to add to the ‘zen’ ambience 😂
☁️☁️ Alley life . . . Peek down any little alley in Shenzhen and you’ll find a mundane yet always unique glimpse of daily life on full display... And maybe even a lady in red strutting it out like she owns the place. 💃
✨✨✨ . . . (In reality there’s too much smog and light pollution but it’s a nice thought).