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Analogue Love: Holga Happy Accidents
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A n a l o g u e <3

Holga - Happy Accidents

I took the trusty Holga (see previous here) out for a spin a few months back, as with these toy-like cameras unpredictability is common or at least it is with me. But I love a happy accident, don’t you? Anyways, Holga came with me to Bucharest and Scotland.

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

With light leaks, wrong frames and double exposures a go-go I think there is something quite interesting about them. Some disagree (the boy), I’m open to discussion.

St Andrews, Scotland June 2018

St Andrews, Scotland June 2018

Dores, Scotland June 2018

Dores, Scotland June 2018

Tayport, Scotland June 2018

Tayport, Scotland June 2018

#staybrokeshootfilm - am I right?

Happy Monday folks.

vx

All images shot on a Holga with Lomography 120 XR 50200 Redscale Film - can be found here

Analgoue Love: Hong Kong
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We've been located in London for just over a year now and we ain't going to lie, we be missing Hong Kong. The crazy weather, the friends, the streets. We came across some old shots taken from our time living in the 852 with our analogue gear the other day and we'd thought we'd share.

Wanchai

Wanchai

Connaught Road, Sheung Wan

Connaught Road, Sheung Wan

Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

July 1st Handover Day Protest, Causeway Bay

July 1st Handover Day Protest, Causeway Bay

Mong MTR Station

Mong MTR Station

Mong Kok

Mong Kok

Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau

 

'Til we meet again.....xx

 

All photos by me on Pentax K1000, Diana, Holga and an old Nikon using mostly Lomo film.

Analogue Love: Olympus XA2
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People often ask me why I have so many cameras (sometimes I question it myself), but each camera is different. For great photos I would always trust my Pentax, for fun double exposure nonsense I would use the Holga or Diana. I was without a compact 35mm camera for awhile, I had my eyes on the LOMO LC-A camera when I got my mits on the Olympus XA2 - a not so distant relative of said LOMO camera. This gem is small enough to go into a small handbag and is pretty durable, meaning it can withstand a day out with me. 

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Another great function is that although it is pretty much a point and shoot you can adjust the ASA so you can (to some extent) use my fave Redscale XR film from LOMO. I've gotten some really great shots with this little gem and even though the redscale was a little too red on some I still love the outcomes. Perfect little camera for snapping fun times.

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

 
 

View from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Maldives, 2015

Maldives, 2015

 
 
Strathaven Park, UK 2015

Strathaven Park, UK 2015

 
 

Happy capturing!

xoxo

All photos by me.

 
Analogue Love: Yashica
 
Analogue Love Yashica

When I was in the States a couple of years ago I picked up this little 35mm Yashica on a trip to Goodwill or was it Savers...where ever it was they are both filled with so many things I wanted. Thrifting is SO much better in America. Anyway, this modern film camera was a dollar fifty so I said to myself, why not! It unlike the rest of my analogues as it has an automatic progressing system. A basic point and shoot if there ever was one. I've not used it as much as the others but it has produced some interesting pics and may get another outing soon. I used the standard black & white 400 speed Lomography film, my go to place for film (the HK store is round the corner from my house). With some dodgy batteries and film in, I took the Yashica out on an expedition in and around the city. I wasn't so used to the way this camera functions and I was having trouble even taking photos (the dodgy batteries). Once I got used to the system it was easier to handle (slightly embarrassed at the lack of ability here). Unsure of what would be developed from the roll I am pleasantly surprised by some of the results, check them out below:

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The above shots were taken on the way and on Cheung Chau. A great little fishing village, 30 or so minutes from Hong Kong Island.

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Back alleys are always a great insight on how a city lives, hanging laundry is a permanent feature of older Hong Kong buildings. 

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The contrast between the cobbled streets and the high rises never ceases to amaze me. For how much longer we will have the older I am not sure. Think it might be time to dust off the ol' Yashica and capture some more moments.

It's almost the weekend!

vx

All photos by me. 

Travel Diary: Kyoto
 
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Kyoto. How glad I am that we had another chance to meet. You may remember when I was there in 2014, for a mere 2 days. I wanted this time to be so much better. And it didn't disappoint. We flew from Tokyo to Osaka (with local airline Peach, super cheap no frills although it is pink and purple) and then took the JR train to Kyoto. Super easy and convenient, the Japanese way. We found it extremely hard finding accommodation in Kyoto as it was peak season (and we left it til a month before), I'd highly recommend booking well in advance so as not to pay over the top for airbnb or hotels. We really wanted to stay in a Ryokan - traditional Japanese guesthouse - but all were full and with crazy priced airbnbs we began to look at Hostels. Now at first I was against the idea (even though we had no choice), I thought being in my 30s entitled me to grown up accommodation. However, the place we found was pretty amazing. We stumbled upon Len Hostel, a super friendly, hip hostel that had private rooms as well as dorms with shared bathrooms on every floor. There was a cafe bar in the lobby which served yummy breakfasts and cold beers when you returned home from adventuring. Although it was only open a month when we stayed I believe that it will be kept in great shape, it was really cool and it changed my views on hostel accommodation.  The location was great too, very close to city and walking distance to a bicycle rental shop. If ever in Kyoto, I would highly recommend it. 

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The first thing on our Kyoto 'to-do' list was visit the red gates or Fushimi Inari-taisha to give it the proper name. This is one thing that I know I am sad for missing the last time I visited. So over a soy latte and granola that first Kyoto morning we planned our trip, which it turned out was only a few stops by train from the hostel. Like in Tokyo, the streets are mostly quiet until you reach the tourist spots and boy was there plenty. Here we saw many young girls and boys in traditional dress, couples especially. There was also the snack stands where I may have devoured a delicious fish shaped waffle thing with custard in the middle. The red gates are really impressive when you see them, the way they wind up the mountain is incredible. The hike to the top is not too strenuous and worth it for the lack of other tourists. There are cute little tea shops for refreshments halfway too. It was here that I wished the film in my camera wasn't black & white, the various shades of red were amazing and worthy of a Pentax capture.

The boy wanted to see temples, and one thing Kyoto has in abundance is temples. So day 2 we headed to the bicycle shop and rented some fancy bikes (with baskets, obviously) and headed north. The weather was perfect, sun was shinning and the air was crisp. Ideal for cycling. We headed towards Arashiyama, an area with plenty a temple and a Bamboo Grove to wander through. Fairly touristy but to be expected. The area sits along the river and is very beautiful. The roads in Kyoto are fairly flat which make it super easy to ride around, off the main roads the side streets are filled with cute little shops and restaurants. So many that I feel like I need to go back. 

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The next day was forecast to rain, so we decided to take a trip out of Kyoto to a neighbouring area. We were recommended the village of Miyama a 2 hour journey (train then bus) from Kyoto. Taking the train to Hiyoshi Station I was slightly anxious about how we were going to get to our destination once we we got off the train, but I needn't have been. There was a friendly bus driver directing us to his bus which then took us to another bus stop, where we waited on a smaller bus to take us to Miyama. True to the forecast the weather was miserable and I was not prepared for how cold it would be. Despite the rain and cold, when we got off the steamed up little bus I was taken back by how cute the landscape was. Just like the images we had seen Miyama was a village of gorgeous little thatched cottages set into green hills. Following signs we headed for the Folk Museum, a little community run house which served hot tea whilst you sat on tatami mats. There was a small entrance fee, but worth it. In keeping with my plan to stay out of the rain we followed the sign to the cafe, where our fellow tourists were hiding. It was cute and cozy with delicious homemade pudding and an adorable lady behind the counter ( I really love Japanese people). As well as wishing I had worn my Uniqlo heattech, I couldn't help but wish we'd come on at least a dry day . For the we could have done some wandering.

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Whilst waiting on the bus back to the train station I was flicking through the leaflet the little lady in the museum gave me (also adorable) which was highlighting the best spots in the area. It was here that we learned of the Hiyoshi Hot Springs - hello! count me in. The springs were a 10-15 minute walk from the station (head right out the station, then through the tunnel) and are located in front of a fairly impressive damn. The springs are located in a swimming pool complex and as I was a first timer I was unaware of the 'rules'. Which was why I spent 10 minutes stressing about a lack of costume. Rule #1 - do not wear swimming costume. Man I felt stupid. But along with the nervousness of being starkers in front of little old ladies the stupidity slipped away when I sank into the hot, hot bath. That night we joined some friends at a tiny Korean BBQ place, Aje where we sat on tatami and stuffed our jackets and bags in giant white plastic bags. A necessity to reduce the fried meat smell from lingering. It was very delicious and the beer helped too. 

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Kyoto has an old world sort of charm, like a small village. The streets are small yet filled with restaurants and bars. You can roam around for hours in and out of streets, especially in Gion where you may even see a Geisha or two. Coming back to Kyoto I was excited to visit the vintage stores from my last visit. I really wanted to buy a kimono, like REALLY wanted. The best shop I found in the centre was Chicago ( the have various outlets across Japan) which had a whole floor dedicated to traditional dress for women and men. Lots of dressing up can be done in there, believe me. The prices range from affordable to high depending on the style. There was so many gorgeous floor length kimonos but realistically I knew I would only stare at it rather than wear it. (which wouldn't be  bad thing) What I did find though was a Haori - a jacket for over the kimono. It's the perfect length and its monochrome colour makes it easy to wear with anything. Only problem is its now too hot to wear it, roll on Autumn. Side note: had some really tasty ramen (claims to be the best in Kyoto) across from the Three Star vintage store. Gyoza were pretty good too.

I was sad to leave Japan, I truly was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. I think I might want to live there. Never say never.

ありがとう Kyoto

Til next time. 

 

All photos are by me.

Black & White - Pentax K100, All others iPhone 5.

 
Travel Diary: Tokyo
 

I love Japan. Like really LOVE Japan. I knew that this trip to Tokyo would be amazing but it excelled every one of my expectations. Even with the bad weather. Japan, you stole my heart.

This trip to Japan was during our Easter holidays, a total of 12 days in Japan split between Tokyo and Kyoto - will update you in this very soon. We had planned this trip mostly to see the cherry blossom (as did thousands of others) but also because neither of us had spent any time in Tokyo and what better time to go.

We arrived in Tokyo very early Friday morning, but even then I could tell it was amazing. Even the taxi driver was excited - think he thought he was in a race his driving was so speedy. As it was high season we opted for an airbnb which was located in the Roppongi district. Known for its restaurants and bars we were lucky to discover that our place was still within walking distance to the main area but far enough away not to feel like we lived there. Although our apartment was small it was adequate and had everything we needed. I'd heard that accommodation in Tokyo was small for the price so it came as no real surprise. 

We spent the next day wandering, we had picked up a free copy of TimeOut which was useful in someways but the free maps they have for each district are quite good and can be helpful when the GPS isn't behaving. Getting around Tokyo is fairly easy by the trains with most journeys costing between 150-180yen. We spent the morning walking around the Imperial Palace, (secretly hoping to see Murakami) the cherry blossom here was super pretty. When the wind blew it was like being inside a snow globe. My favourite spot we went to the first day was the 300 Bar, where everything on the menu was 300yen and you stood at high tables. It was a super hip and relaxed vibe with cool patrons and staff mixed with salary men. 

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On the Saturday were to join some of the boy's friends for Hanami - tradition of gathering at the park under the cherry blossom for a picnic, party, fiesta. We were to meet at Yoyogi Park near Harajuku. It is one of Tokyo's largest parks and yet it was filled with people all out to celebrate the season. Fast food vendors lined the entranceways selling everything from chocolate covered bananas on sticks to grilled octopus balls. Fast food is better in Japan. Once we located our party we settled down on the tarp and enjoyed the music from the surrounding groups. Some on guitar, some through speakers. Such a great way to spend spring afternoons. Saturday night saw us at Baseball. 'Let's Go Giants!' It was pretty hard not to get into the spirit of the game, especially when both the home and away crowd were so passionate. There was also beers, burgers and brass bands. What's not to love! 

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The rest of the weekend was spent eating our way round the various districts, soufflé pancakes, ramen, Katsudon (so very delicious), DIY okonomiyaki, sushi we pretty much ate it all. The highlight of our Monday came from the fabulous and shiny Robot Restaurant. More just a show that a restaurant but it was so amazing I ain't going to argue. Seated in rows facing one another crowd is in awe of the spectacle of robot wonder before them. The story lines are a little strange but visually its worth it. You even get a lightstick to participate in for the final number. Sadly you had to hand it back. (reluctantly) If ever in Tokyo head to the Robot Restaurant in Shibuya it won't let you down. Check out TimeOut magazine and maps for discount on your tickets and recommend to book in advance - it really is that popular.

Tokyo Fish Market

With an afternoon flight to Kyoto the next day we thought we'd get an early night so we could head to the Tsukiji fish market early in the morning. And it was totally worth it. The fish was being brought in and displayed for sale in the many vendors within the market. Every kind you could imagine. And at the very back the prized tuna auction was taking place - which it seems we were not allowed to see. Ushered out by an official looking gentleman with a clipboard and a not before 9am sign. With our sneaking through fish moments over we headed to the area of restaurants to get some breakfast. And I am not joking when I say it was THE best sashimi i've ever had. Teamed with hot green tea ( it was chilly and rainy), perfect way to start the day.

We were able to spend the last couple of days of our Japan trip back in Tokyo.  When I told friends that I was planning on going to Disneyland, they were like 'REALLY?!'. They didn't understand the love I have for Disney. And I am not ashamed to say it, especially now that I have been to them all. (well almost, I wasn't allowed to spend another day at Tokyo DisneySea). Everything about Tokyo Disneyland was I had expected - Good Times were had. And how to finish the night after an epic Disney day?  A 3hr Karaoke session ofcourse, first song was ofcourse 'Let it go'. For this final leg of our stay we stayed at another airBnB in Shinjuku. This one was great, the space was a cute apartment with everything you could need and the host was super helpful and even had someone drive us to the station as it was pouring with rain. I would highly recommend his place. I only wish we had stayed there longer (didn't actually want to leave).  After reading something about this bar in a magazine the boy suggested we visit Kodoji in the Golden Gai. Similar to the hutongs in Beijing, the Golden Gai is a maze of mini bars (I believe I said it was AWESOME out loud about 10 times) with many up steep stairs. The Photographer's Bar as its known hosts exhibitions of local and international photographers. Once located (it took a couple of circuits) we headed up the stairs and pushed opened the door. We were immediately inside the bar. With only 2 spare seats (there was a total of around 8) we squeezed our way in and told the cutest little old lady our order. The walls and the ceiling were covered in images, with stacks of books on photography it obvious to see how it got its name. It's the perfect haven from the crazy streets of Shinjuku and if you have a love for photography you will most likely find someone in there to discuss it with.

I can't stress enough how amazing Japan is, the people, the food, everything! Possibly one the best trips I have taken in a long time. I can't wait to go back. Stay tuned for the Kyoto instalment of this trip.

 

ありがとう Tokyo 

 

xo

All photos taken by me. 

Black & White : Pentax K1000, All others with iPhone 5.

 

 

 
Travel Diary: Shanghai

When the boy asks 'do you want to go to Shanghai for the weekend?' you don't hesitate to answer with a big YES. With our bags packed and cameras ready we flew up to Hong Kong's sister city.

I had only ever been in Shanghai for work so this was my first tourist trip and it was amazing. I didn't want to leave. Our refuge for the trip was a little apartment in an old building on Anfu Lu that we came across on Airbnb. It was perfectly located in the Former French Concession (FFC) with plenty of cafes and shops as well as hawkers selling their wares on carts.

Day one was to be a surprise I was told, I was to bring my camera and was assured I would love it. When I spotted a cute vintage motorbike and sidecar, I said 'thats what we need, one of those'. Little did I think that was actually what we were going to be sightseeing on. Best surprise ever (might have cried, but sh!). The sidecar belonged to a group called 'The Insiders' which you can hire for full or half day. The driver will take you wherever you want to go depending on what you want to see. I love 20/30s architecture and all things old timey so we drove across the city in search of hidden gems as well as soon to be lost ones.

Jack's Villa Shanghai 1930s house
Jack's Villa Shanghai 1930s house
Alleyways, Shanghai 1930s
Alleyways, Shanghai 1930s
Torn down housing Shanghai
Torn down housing Shanghai

We were told that due to the popularity of the Xin Tian Di area, older local communities were being forced to move to make way for more shopping areas. Some of the people living in these low-rise homes have stood their ground (for now) and are re-fusing to move, living in an area which the developers have already begun demolishing. It was quite eerie to see, but those that we passed seem to be continuing life as normal.

Driving through the city like we did was by far the best way to do some sightseeing. We whizzed past markets and weaved through busy shopping streets. Truly amazing.

Day Two of the trip started with some yummy breakie and then a wander through the street of the FFC. The FFC is beautiful, the streets are lined with trees, all the buildings are no higher than 3 or 4 stories. Such a contrast to the ever growing skyline of Hong Kong.

We ended up over at an antique flea market where there was stalls aplenty with various curios for sale. It is fair to say that I was more than a little excited by the many vintage tins and random pieces of furniture. I was kicking myself for only bringing a carry on suitcase. That Golden Cock biscuit tin though, that did make it home with me. I HAD to have it.

I also purchased this adorable mini doctors bag for the shop...you can take a peak here

Day Three involved lots of art...gallery and street types. We headed over to the M50 area, an industrial area which has been converted to art galleries. There were many different types of buildings all holding different types of art. There was also some interesting wall art around, I particularly liked the patterns on the bricks.

On another of our wanders we walked down The Bund and I was amazed at how amazing the many hotels and banks are. The interior details had me in awe, you can just imagine what it must've been like in the 30s before the war. We nipped up to the roof of the Park Hotel for a drink and stared out over to Pudong and its ever evolving skyline. The world's second highest building is currently under construction. I am sure it is a remarkable feet of engineering but give me the stone architecture of The Bund over it any day.

Shanghai stole a piece of my heart, take me back. Please!

xoxo

All photos by me. 35mm Pentax or iPhone.

Analogue Love
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holga lomography camera

The sturdier brother to Diana is the subject of this instalment of Analogue Love. Holga, boxy and slightly more manly in appearance than the Diana is almost the same in function, with the exception of the built in flash - not all models come with flash. I'm not sure why I needed to have one of these bad boys ( I had an overwhelming to desire to own one) but I managed to score this one at a flea market here in HK. It was so much cheaper than the Lomo ones online and I even did some light bartering. Win, win. We haven't had quite so many adventures together but when I have taken it out with me recently I have been using Fujichrome Velvia 100F slide film (this will need to be cross processed when developed). This film is best in bright sunny environments which South East Asia provides nicely (and thankfully) I was lucky enough to travel to various spots to capture romantic toy camera moments. As ever light leaks and double exposures are happy accidents. As you will see from my initial snaps I had some trouble with the film advance, at first I was kinda annoyed at myself but really it adds another layer (literally) to what could possible be a boring photo.

Church near Sedona, Holga
Church near Sedona, Holga

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Hong Kong Roads Holga
Hong Kong Roads Holga
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Transport in Seminyak Holga

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Bohol Street Holga
Bohol Street Holga
Hong Kong Harbour Holga
Hong Kong Harbour Holga

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It really is a super easy to use and handle camera with results that always make me smile. I'm not sure I prefer to the Diana but it is a close call.

If you had to chose which wins Diana or Holga?

Happy Snapping!

xoxo

Analogue Love
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analogue love2 In my opinion you are never too old to play with toys especially when they are toys cameras. My long standing favourite ‘toy’ camera is of course the Diana. I am lucky enough to own an original ‘Made in Hong Kong’ Diana, this was my first and we travelled far and wide together until I took just too many photos with her. Due to a spring malfunction on the aperture switch she had to go in to retirement. (There may have been tears in the back of Johnny’s tuktuk when this was first discovered, what can I say I get attached to things easily.)

 

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I loved using the Diana it was so simple and the photos always had an imperfect quality that I really like. And they are square! It wasn’t long before I came into possession of a new Diana F+ CMYK, which allowed me to continue to shoot square gems, and in the dark this time too.

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Nostalgia gets me every time. Love these cameras.

 

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Happy Photo-taking!

 

xoxo

Analogue Love
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analoguelove1 It's a well known fact that I love film photography, so many things about it excite me. From taking the photos to the end results (especially the end results) I love the process. I am incredibly fortunate to have many a vintage and new film cameras and I thought I would share some of my images with these here.

First up is my favourite the Pentax K1000. It takes by far the best photos - i LOVE it. I have travelled to many places and captured countless images with this gem. I have used standard 35mm film which gives me gorgeous photos but I also love to shoot with the Lomo Redscale XR 50-200 which at the moment is out of stock - I do hope they make some more. This film is the best for sunny trips to the beach or desert as the colours are saturated and have a dreamier quality than regular film.

I don't shoot nearly as much as I'd like to, must try to change that. Here are some of my favourite images taken on my trusty Pentax.

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WWII Tunnels, Hong Kong 2014

 

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Happy Photo-taking!

xoxo

 

Travel Diary: Bali, Indonesia

The year of the Horse brought with it a trip to Bali. A trip with some of my nearest and dearest friends was always going to be a good one but everything about this trip excelled my expectations.

I was lucky enough to stay in 3 different locations across the 10 days we were there.

First up was Seminyak. This area was a mecca for local boutiques of both fashion and interiors and there was some yummy eats too. We spent most of our time here relaxing and get some serious tan (read sunburn), the beach was close to our villa and we were within walking distance to places like La Plancha. Bean bags are always a winner for sundowners.

Next we headed to Ubud for some time with nature. And there was plenty of it. The villa we rented backed onto to rice paddies which was home to every insect imaginable and some friendly frogs. While we were here we took a cooking class with the friendly husband and wife team at Paon Bali Cooking. A meal is far more satisfying when you cook it yourself...we ate ourselves into a coma.

We also decided to rent some bicycles here to ride into town, great idea at the time but with narrow roads, traffic and torrential rain it made for some interesting cycling. We did however get to see some really pretty shops, temples and passed a couple of aggressive looking monkeys too (there is a whole forest you can visit).

Our last destination was the island of Gili Trawangan a 2 hour boat journey from the main island. To say its worth it is an understatement. Paradise (with an Irish bar) awaits you when you arrive.

We stayed on the North side of the island a short and sometimes risky horse and cart ride away from the main drag.  There is no cars on the island but it is walkable and you can rent bicycles here too - make sure its from a place with maintained bikes, you don't want to be doing an emergency chain repair in the dark. (Not that, that happened to us, ahem). I loved it here, there was pretty nothing much to do except relax. Perfect getaway. I did stumble upon a cute vintage shop, Casa Vintage which had some pretty dresses and leather bags. They also sell online too.

If you ever make the trip to Gili T I highly recommend sitting up top deck on the boat but when they say you will get wet the are not joking. Make sure you have a waterproof bag with you...or someone downstairs to look after it. The gentle sea spray turns into face slapping waves, which provided us with many a laugh inbetween.

Take me back...xoxo

all photos by me using my Holga(perfect for sunshine beach holidays), Olympus XA2 and iPhone.

*Side note: our evenings in Ubud were spent playing some hilarious games of Charades. We girls know how to have fun.

Travel Diary: Boracay, Philippines

Living in such a chaotic city makes traveling to paradise so much sweeter. I recently took a trip to the beautiful island of Boracay in the Philippines. With crystal clear waters and white sand it was hard not to love the place. My favourite morning ritual was to grab a mango and banana shake after a run, super tasty.

Quite the avid wanderer I took the chance to walk to the other side of the island with my camera in hand. Island life was a far cry from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong with many homes made from wood with woven leaf roofs. I instantly fell in love with the colours of the houses and local businesses. Such an eclectic mix making them stand out from the leafy green backgrounds.

Such an amazing place, with nothing to do but sit back and relax. The main beach offered various watersport activities and boat trips. I took the opportunity to go along on one of the boat trips which take you to the perfect snorkeling spots around the island with the hope of spotting Nemo. I didn't catch a glimpse of the little clown fish but did see plenty of others. The best grub on the island was most certainly the seafood that we had on our boat trip, we stopped in a cove where they grilled a whole fish and served it with a homemade sauce and rice. Simple and delicious.

With the cold weather still lurking here in HK I am dreaming of the warmer climes of Boracay. I will definitely be back.

xoxo

all photos by me on DSLR or iPhone.

Insta-vic...
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Its been awhile...apologies. While I haven't been blogging (hope to share a new post soon), I have been still using instagram to document what has been going on over here...hope you enjoy! [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="569,570,571,572,573,574,575,576,577,578"]

1: Rear Windows / Staircase Patterns

2: Hollyweird Graff / Tarnished Surfaces

3: Umbrellas - HK most needed item / Bestie Back in Town

4: Adopted this little guy / Nature Strikes Back

5: One of the many Markets / A rare sighting of Blue Sky

What have you been snapping of late?

follow me: @vicandlily for more snapshots

xoxo

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Some snap shots of my life this year (its been awhile, sorry)... [gallery columns="2" ids="549,547,548,551,550,552,553,555,554,556"]

line 1: Ferry Adventures / Sea & Sand on Cheung Chau

line 2: Fruity Beer (yum) / Starry Lunch

line 3: Fave new boots (I also have a black and leopard pair - obsessed?) / Heart this watch

line 4: Fabric market in SSP / Designing Fall Collection

line 5: Band Practice / #TBT Old pic of my sis and me

Have a happy and fun weekend all!

I'll be holding a stall at the Island East Markets in Quarry Bay for anyone in HK that wants to stop by!

xoxo

How to: DIY Camera Strap
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A few weeks ago I came across this beautiful camera strap from Bloom Theory via Ruby Press. I have wanted a new camera strap for a while now, the standard ones that come with your camera are so boring(or at least mine was). So, with this new inspiration I decided to make my very own DIY sparkle camera strap. As ever, here is how I did it. (Don't be alarmed by the many steps, I broke it down to make it easier to follow...I hope)

What you will need:

Step 1.

Using the original camera strap as a guide, cut the strapping to the required length.

Step 2.

Do the same for the gross grain tape.

Step 3.

To add some extra detail I used some lace trim that was just a little wider than the strapping. Measure out the length using the original strap as a guide.

Step 4.

Living in HK I am fortunate enough to be close to a fabric market where they have swatch cards available. I gathered a few cards of sequin fabrics to use for the centre of my strap. You can also just use scraps or actual fabric. These swatches are around 2" wide.

Line up the pieces/fabric to the length of the strap.

Step 5.

As the sequin swatches needed to be joined I faced the right side of the fabric together and pinned in place.

Then using a sewing machine (or hand-stitching if you don't have a machine) I sewed the pieces together.

*this step can be missed if you are using one length of fabric
Step 6.
Next fold in each side of the sequins towards each other so that you are left with around 1".
Then, pin the sequin fabric to the centre of the lace. This can be quite tricky, or at least it was for me as the fabric didn't want to stay folded...patience is a virtue.
Step 7.
After the sequins are pinned to the lace, I then pinned that to the strapping. If you would prefer to sew the sequins and lace together first, you can. Once pinned I sewed all three together, sewing along both ends also.
Step 8.
Now its time to attach the gross grain to the ends of the strap. I set the gross grain 3/4" from the edge of the strap.
As this is a strap for something rather precious I double stitched this bit. Don't want it falling apart...tears may happen.
Repeat for other side.
Step 9.
Almost there! Now taking the piece of thick fabric or in my case mock leather, trace round the outline of the original shape that covers the ends of the strap. You will need to do this 4 times, 2 for each side - front and back.
Cut the pieces out.
Now, place one piece face down. Next place the strap on top and cover with the second piece. Pin in place.
Again I used the sewing machine, but this could be done by hand. I used the original as a guide for the stitching I used. The box stitch will help to secure the strap and make it stronger.
Repeat on the other side.
Step 10.
Finally, add the buckles to each strap. To finish off the ends of the gross grain use a lighter to seal the edges, max. 4-5 seconds each side.
*Please be careful when doing this, flames can be dangerous. Also best to do this in a ventilated area to be safe of nasty smells that might occur from the tape.*
Lastly
Attach to your camera and you are done!
Photo taking has never looked so stylish!
I also tried this out with other bits and pieces I had lying around.
Happy DIYing!
xoxo