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Just a girl exploring this weird and beautiful world. Navigating life in Shenzhen, China. 🏙 Trying to notice the little things. 📷 -- Latest Blog ⬇️ Website: https://eatsleeptravelteach.wordpress.com/2018/07/31/fostering-a-puppy-in-china/
Welcome to Realiti 🤖🌸 . . . 📍Uniwalk Mall, Shenzhen, China I don’t think I’ll ever get bored taking photos of this mall’s insane architecture.
Why don’t we paint the town pink? 🌸🌸 . . . Captured on the way to get a much needed Starbucks latte on my lunch break... I normally don’t think Starbucks is worth the high price and will happily drink cheap coffee. But for some reason it still always feels like a “treat yo self” moment to go there... and some days you totally need to treat yourself to an overpriced drink for the sake of your sanity. Anyway, I wonder what this pretty, if not slightly Pepto Bismol-esque building will be?
Faces and Places 🚶🏻♂️🏙 . . . . 📍 Huaqiang Bei Underground Mall, Shenzhen. I’ve started teaching at a new school this week and the workload has been more intensive than my previous job... so I haven’t had much time or energy to take photos. Kindergarten is generally exhausting, plus it’s been super hot and sticky outside! All of this means lack of motivation to do anything but flop down in bed after work. I’m already reminiscing about the lazy days of summer where I had more creative energy (this photo is from the summer)! But it is nice to be back in a routine again. For any of you reading who are also teachers, I hope you’ve had a good start to the semester and a restful weekend!
China, you sure know how to make a book store look nice. 📚 ✨ . . . This bookshop is hidden away on one of the upper floors of Uniwalk, Shenzhen’s behemoth of a mall (the largest in the city) in Bao’an district. Well, it’s not really hidden but the mall is so big that I always forget it’s in there. Bookstores here in China always include a selection of cute and artsy knick knacks, and if you’re lucky — a small English book section. However, they’re still working on the whole “sorting English books in alphabetical, or any discernible order” thing, so you really have to browse through them at random and hope you can find what you want!
A moment of quiet ☁️☁️☁️ . . . A dim and and cozy corner in a souvenir shop in Hoi An, Vietnam 🇻🇳
On top of the world 🏙 . . . Its taken me nearly a year of living right beside Hong Kong to finally venture up the peak. We tried once before, but changed our minds once we saw the huge line for the tram snaking back and forth between barriers and across the street. 😣 But this time, we went in the relatively early morning on a weekday and managed to beat the crowds. Okay, there was still a small crowd but in Hong Kong terms it was practically empty. And wow, I’m so glad we finally did it! The tram was surprisingly a little scary, and I tried not to think about falling backwards down the steep hill. But the views, even on a cloudy day, were more than worth it 💕
Dragonfruit Man w/ Straw Lobster Hat 🚶🏻♂️🚶🏻♂️🚶🏻♂️ Keep doing your thing, dragonfruit man. ✌️ The world needs more vitamin C and silly hats.
Bounce ⚪️⚪️⚪️ (Installation by @snarkitecture) . . . There’s always something interesting going on in Hong Kong! We’re only here for a brief night before flying to Taichung tomorrow, but we’re making the most of it and checking out the skyline light show at Victoria Harbour. We cut through the extremely fancy Harbour City mall and stumbled upon this little installation on our way there... the stark white contrasts with the rainbow lights of the nearby harbour skyline!
🌼 🌼🌼 I thought it was nice that someone would think to do something as small and cute as sticking this yellow flower into the handlebar of this bike share bicycle. (I swear I didn’t do it myself for the ‘gram! I only take credit for the noticing.)
Neon Tunnel 🏙✨ . . . More from our explorations in the underground shopping street, a new futuristic looking addition to the tech haven that is Huaqiang Bei. Here, you can browse and snack to your hearts desire without even coming up from the metro system. It’s all very ‘Shenzhen’. The bright lights sort of lure you in, tempting you to come and spend your money... but it’s also an interesting place to just window shop and check out the little art installations that are dotted around it. 👀
Pick a winner ✨ . . . Yesterday, we went for a wander down the new Huaqiang Bei underground commercial street. It’s a strange tunnel-like mall connected with several metro stations. It’s filled with shops, restaurants, art installations, a cinema and a couple of these claw game arcades! The arcades were decidedly feminine, filled with pink neon lighting, cutesy decor and the chance to win an adorable stuffed animal... or even a MAC lipstick in a plastic ball 💄. The cutest thing was watching a little girl laugh and squeal in excitement upon managing to snag herself a little stuffed toy, as if she’d just won the lottery. ☺️
Suspended 💧💧💧 . . . My phone’s camera really couldn’t capture how soft and pretty the sunset looked tonight, but I couldn’t help trying anyway. I love the calm quiet feeling after it rains... but I could do without the mosquitoes who love it as well. 😅The mosquitoes in Shenzhen are sneakier than the ones back home in Canada. You can see and hear Canadian mosquitoes, so you have a fighting chance of swatting them away. But here? They’re silent little ninjas, you don’t even feel them biting you... you just realize you’re itchy and then it’s too late. 😤
Looking on the bright side 🌞🌞🌞 . . . A bright yellow photo for a grey, gloomy day. Featuring @markgorokhovski ...check out his awesome photography!😎 Anyway, I don’t know if it’s the weather... or just hanging around Shenzhen for too long, spending most of my time at home while seeing photos of friends’ travels all over social media, but I’ve been in a bit of a down mood today. We knew July would be a month to lie low, save money and look after our foster pup... and I mean, it’s been nice doing a whole lot of nothing. But doing too much nothing makes me a little crazy. 😅 August will be the month for travelling...But can August hurry up and be here already? I’ve got that restless urge to explore somewhere new! Until then, I’ll have to settle for more puppy snuggles, episodes of Terrace House, and impromptu photo shoots with pals. 📷 I guess it’s not so bad in the end!
A split-second of shiny, scorching Shenzhen summer 🏙🌤 . . . 📍Coastal City, Shenzhen, China. It seems that we’re rapidly moving towards an online shopping economy... despite this, massive mega-malls continue to pop up in Shenzhen with futuristic designs and shiny high end shops....the malls need to offer some kind of shopping experience and atmosphere you can’t get online. Sometimes, they are super busy. But often, the only people in these shops are the shopkeepers, standing and looking bored amongst their luxury wares. I wonder who actually shops there? Who can afford these things? Anyway, whether or not business is thriving, these malls are often interesting places to take photos at the least. 📷
Channeling my inner action hero/spider monkey 🐒 💙 . . . (Yes, this is in Shenzhen, China... not on some Greek island or something!) Did you know it’s really hard to jump off a wall and keep your arms down to look graceful and effortless while also making sure your face isn’t doing something weird? 🙀 Well, instead, here I am: arms flailing, trying to look cool and effortless while jumping but actually making a pretty big effort. Oh well! I like how this turned out anyway. . . . Photo: @aunakemp . Check her page out, girl’s got some serious skills both in front of and behind the camera! 📷✨
Going up? ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ . . . Photo wander around Coastal City Mall feat. @markgorokhovski 📷 I love how inspired I feel in this city and how many people are eager to go take photos and collaborate! It’s so much more fun to go shoot with a friend than by myself, plus, photographer friends are usually more willing to be subjects and do weird stuff for the photo. Like waiting for a gap with no people and then running to sit on the escalator 😂 If you’re in Shenzhen and want to collaborate, message me! 😊
Summer evening still life 🌺🌞 . . . Something about clothes hanging out to dry just looks so delicate and pretty in the right light. Most people don’t have clothes dryers here, since it’s warm enough year round to hang your wet clothes up outside without them freezing (as they would in the Canadian winter). It’s one amenity that we are getting used to living without, as our new apartment didn’t come with one either. At least it’s better for the clothes and more eco friendly! 🌿