Happiness is having a mother who takes you to Rome

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While I should be studying for my very last UG exam, I have found it very hard to concentrate for the past couple days. There might be something to due with the fact that I’m flying back home sooner than I can realize. Though sad to leave Hong Kong, by now  I am already very excited and anxious to get to the plane. So, in a way of avoid opening my books, I came across these photos from our trip to Rome in Fall 2012. I’m fortunate enough to have a mom who is always happy to do a little escape from the everyday life back home.

It was my second time in Rome after a family trip to Italian countryside and to some cities few years back, which remains one of the favourite trip ever for all of us. This time, I fell in love with the little alleys, cozy yet historic atmosphere and impressive old architecture. We managed to find, what we felt as the best hotel in Rome, with an amazing view over the city from the breakfast room.  I love the Italian grocery stores where you can find fresh dishes to pull of a perfect picnic with very reasonable prices. Fresh flowers and little cheese, wine and gelato shops everywhere… Though I do find Rome an amazing city, I could not see myself living there but rather be happy visiting as a tourist. Until now, only New York, London and Hong Kong has made me feel like I belong there. Besides my beloved home city of course;). Yet Italy is one of my favourite countries, and I’m constantly dreaming of going back to the countryside, Tuscany in particular. Sunsets behind the valleys and getting lost to a vineyard… Hopefully I will find myself there soon.

Meanwhile, I’m now getting lost to my brand management book for the next days and eventually finding myself from Helsinki airport on early Tuesday morning ❤

P.S. These pictures were the very first that I took with my first professional camera, so forgive the quality, and hopefully there has been development seen since 😉

Yangshuo

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Anne Claire and I took advantage of the “study break” to discover mainland China, before actually using the break for what it is supposed to, aka study to finals. We were lucky enough to have the perfect timing, managing to avoid the Amber storm in Hong Kong, and arrive to Yangshuo just by the time rain ended. We’ve not been blessed with weather lately in HK culminating to the previous weekend, resulting in floods over the city. Afraid of this, I decided to leave my camera home and regretting it immediately in clear-sky Yansghuo, having to live the memories through iPhone pics…

The village turned out to be bigger and more touristy than we expected. However, I fell in love with the unique landscape, which is often described as most beautiful in China. The village itself was cozy, a blend of westernized yet Chinese.

We spent our days cruising a river on a bamboo boat, bicycling around the town, took a mud bath followed by hot spring in a cave, tea plant visit, hiking to a view of Li River… We discovered the most delicious vegetable curry ever and returned to the restaurant to have it for almost every meal since… On the last night we ordered a bottle of wine which ended up being more than just one bottle. I have to say I have not felt as bad the next day in years, but we for sure had fun. I already look forward visiting this French beauty in Paris next summer, followed by a trip to French countryside to their family summer house. I can clearly imagine us sipping wine and enjoying cheese on a sunset….

 

 

Back at the island

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By island  I mean Hong Kong island 😉 Where I used to live until I moved to the campus. So it was SO good to stay a week in Wan Chai. And of course to catch up with parents after such a long time.

For a visual person like me, I fell in love with the details in Indigo hotel. Like this colour changing elevator wall, the infinity pool with a glass floor overlooking the city from 30th floor, cozy library with books to borrow… A lovely breakfast room which was basically just a huge kitchen, with a super trendy design. I already miss the omelet with bunch of side dishes, cups of coffee and refrigerator full of fresh fruit juices and yogurts to choose from. I’m not sure why I’m getting so excited of a hotel but I actually started thinking of planning a boutique hotel of my own, haha!

Back to reality, I’m  back at the campus and trying to find ways to motivate myself for the remaining weeks of studying and finals. We actually have a long list to-do in HK with my friend Jessica and not too much time anymore! It includes high afternoon teas, brunches, fun park, spa among others..;)  Though I’m not counting days I must admit I am already excited of going back home and most importantly graduating (assuming I pass my exams!) . Although it’s not the end of my studies, I will be relieved of getting at least the first degree out. Sorry for the silence lately, I will activate with it soon and also planning to change the blog (need to learn some coding), stay tuned!