Lamma Island – Hong Kong

Uma coisa que eu adoro quando estou viajando é sair a esmo por aí, sem me preocupar  a que horas vou chegar em casa e o que vou encontrar pelo caminho. Tento não focar nas coisas negativas, porque senão perco o ânimo e a sorte de conhecer lugares fantásticos.

Foi assim em Hong Kong.

No final do dia, eu e a Nicole simplesmente ficamos andando pelo Victoria Harbour, já que estava cedo pra voltar pro hostel. Ali perto havia um porto e acabamos chegando até lá. O próximo ferry iria até a Lamma Island, então procuramos sobre ele no nosso guia e apesar de não parecer um lugar turístico, levaria apenas 30 minutos para chegar até lá, o que era bom já que não tínhamos que nos preocupar muito com horário, aliás, a ilha era bem pequenininha.

A ilha era bem pequena, minúscula mesmo, uma cidadezinha do interior. Me pareceu meio casa para mim. Algo familiar, não sei. Mas a prainha era agradável, muito mesmo. Sempre quis morar em um lugar perto do mar. Fico imaginando como seria crescer num lugar assim.

Achamos um pequeno templo perto do porto, mas estava fechado. Encontramos um restaurante à beira-mar, meu tipo de restaurante favorito. Gatinhos fofos como sentinelas do correio que estava fechado, claro, pois já passava das 19h. Encontramos também uma argentina que falava um pouco de português, que era fotógrafa e estava morando em Hong Kong com o namorado, numa de suas viagens pelo mundo. Ela também vendia muffins, que eram deliciosos. Pequenos mercadinhos, lojinhas de decoração, postais, pessoas em simples bicicletas voltando pra casa, locais e turistas em ruelas pra lá e pra cá e mais adentro da ilha, a calmaria ia aparecendo. Uma senhora animada, dona de uma lojinha de decoração em que encontrei um copo aveludado que era a minha cara (eu adoro colecionar copos, postais e chaveiros), incensos e coisinhas místicas.

Gostaria de ter ficado mais se pudesse, se tivesse mais tempo, mas essa breve ida já me deixou com um gostinho de quero mais! A Ásia é interessante ainda mais nos detalhes.

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Reforminhas…

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Frase do filme “Harry Potter e a câmara secreta”

É engraçado quando eu sinto uma vontade muito grande de fazer alguma coisa, preciso fazê-la na hora, senão a vontade passa e sabe-se lá quando vai voltar. Qualquer coisa que seja, ainda mais se envolve criar alguma coisa. É a razão pela qual este post está acontecendo, porque subitamente senti uma vontade enorme de escrever algo aqui, de reformulá-lo completamente e isso incluía começar a escrever em português e deixar o inglês um pouquinho mais em segundo plano, mas ainda queria incluí-lo sempre que possível já que algumas pessoas importantes para mim não falam português e eu queria dividir as minhas histórias com elas por aqui também. Mas queria continuar com as fotos e os passeios por aí. Ainda tenho tanta coisa pra contar, mas vai levar um tempo até contar tudo, porque é realmente dificil colocar em palavras tudo que aconteceu até agora. Tanto nas viagens quanto na minha vida pessoal. Só espero conseguir me motivar a escrever aqui para não ficar parada também, já que isso não é bom pra mim de forma alguma. Não vou apagar os posts em inglês, mas vou continuar a aventura de Hong Kong em ambas as línguas e depois verei o que farei.
Espero que continuem aqui porque ainda tenho muita coisa pra mostrar 🙂

~Mona

Shining star is Hong Kong

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안녕하세요 여러분!

It’s been a long time that I wanted to write about this trip, but so many things happened in between (a.k.a lack of time, lack of motivation, sadness, lack of vitamin D, etc.) but now I feel doing it!
My friend and I decided to go to Hong Kong mostly because we didn’t want to spend the New Year in the cold in Korea and because New Year celebrations in Korea aren’t just as impressive as in west, since they celebrate the Lunar New Year better. Plus we didn’t need too much stuff to prepare for the trip; only buying the plane tickets and booking a hostel. Done!

Our first day there was basically sightseeing, something that I really love doing, walking around without worrying too much and not hurrying up to see everything at once. I honestly don’t enjoy trips like that, if I am travelling, I want to rest, I don’t want pressure to see this, this and that. And I confess that I liked a lot what I saw there.

Maybe because Hong Kong made me remember home somehow, maybe because of the shining lights all around, the big crowd and people always walking back and forth in a hurry to go somewhere…a total chaos. I like that.

But I also like that small street that no one has told about it in travel blogs, that local restaurant in a not-so-known neighborhood or even that island that has no more than 10.000 people living in. Maybe much less than that.

Hong Kong had all of that. Hong Kong had the big mall with fancy stores, the most fashionable places where models and haute-couture stylists were always throwing some kind of event, business men and women from all over the world; a great nightlife, etc. But Hong Kong also had people looking for some adventure like my friend and I, that view from the harbour, people who didn’t really want to go sleep so early (because it was over midnight and the streets were so crowded, many stores still open), it was the Korean tourists we saw there (YES! <3), it was people speaking both Chinese and English at the same time and constantly, it was the delicious street food I found one day but I could never find the way back there, it was the ferryboat we took without knowing exactly to where, it was all those pretty lights.
Hong Kong was amazing to me.
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A song that I love that matches with this moment~ ♡

~Mona

Where have I been…?

Hey everyone!

First of all, sorry for taking so long to post anything here. Winter had been very busy and tiresome for me since I’ve been doing internship in a city nearby, so on weekends all I wanted to do basically was to sleep. But now I’m back on track and I will tell everything that happened in between, especially about the unforgettable trip to Hong Kong. But that’s story for another post! 😀
Everything passed by so fast, but these photographs helps me to always remember of these good moments and get even more inspired to do more in the near future.

Winter wasn’t the best season for me since I got really busy and sick, but still I had really great moments in the meantime. To be really honest I think I will miss such heavy winter like that, especially the snow, which always made me relaxed when I was anxious.
Most of these photos were taken with my mobile, I hope you enjoy them! 😉

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1. Autumn is leaving but the amazing colors remains vivid in my memory ❤

2. My favorite Korean artist now solo at Ewha Woman’s University, in a rainy day by the end of the autumn, making everything even more perfect! Check out the video here.

3. Mblaq Curtain Call concert, the last concert of the group. Amazing.

4. First snow in the campus! I didn’t want to go to class, but to build a snowman instead haha!

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5. Snow again! I miss it!!

6. Ice skating at Lotte Mall in Seoul! It was so damn hard, but I liked. I wish I could have more time to practice though…hmmm..

7. Snow again! In Daebudo, a small island near Ansan, with the dance club members in a meeting before Christmas.

8. Snooooow! Frozen artificial lake in the campus!

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9. Dog cafe in Seoul! This cute pug fell asleep in my lap haha!

10. Exposition at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul branch

11. Visiting the Open Studio at MMCA Residency Goyang for artists, painting by Yuna Park

12. Another piece at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul branch

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13. Ticket from an art exhibition I found over the table of my office when I was doing internship.

14. Snoooow again! This time at Gwanggyo Techno Valley in Suwon. I’ve been staring at it for long 5 minutes before returning to my office.

15. Hwaseong fortress in Suwon, on my way back home from work. My favorite place in this winter!

16. Lucky bag that I did with my roommate at the Lunar New Year festival at Namsagol Hanok Village in Seoul, the prettiest thing ever ❤

This winter had been pretty busy, many things happened, good and bad things (I got sick)  but I could enjoy it somehow. Can’t wait to tell my little break from South Korea and flying to another place! Wait and see it! ❤

~Mona\ 모나

Träume

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I’m writing this at 10 to 5 in the morning. No, it’s not insomnia, but I don’t know either what it is. I am listening to a melancholic-but-happy-sounded song and I like it. I like the tears it makes me drop. It’s not sadness, because I like this sensation it gives me and it doesn’t feel like pain at all. It doesn’t hurt me, it comforts me instead. Maybe it’s me entering my own private world. I wanna have all the people I love so hard and hug them tight enough to feel their heartbeat compassed to mine, in harmony, like we always are. See, the teardrops are falling shyly but with a different weight than it normally is. It feels so good, embraced on my own feelings and the greatest acknowledgment I could have is that I’m so able to feel what I feel so passionately, I’m about to explode and yet being alive. I don’t know what feeling is that but it makes me love each detail of my own safe and personal madness.

~mona

South Korea in a nutshell

Hey! 🙂

Just like I told here some posts ago, I was flying to South Korea to live here for a whole year as a student. I arrived here in August 18, so since then I didn’t have much time to organize and write much about it, so that’s why I’m summarizing everything so far. And mainly the 1st days, because they were really important to me! ♥ 
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“Und du gehst K.O. weil du weißt du bist soundso”

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You’re exactly like that. Everybody knows and they’re okay with that. Even when you’re alone, you’re that way. As long as you keep pleasing them. Because someone like this will never change, right?
But you know you’re not that way. You know that. This won’t go away with the time, this will take too much time and effort to change. Even though, you know change won’t last anyway, you’ll return to your start point…
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[Not so] Elektrisches Gefühl

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The title of this text will come after I finish writing it because I couldn’t find an appropriate name for it yet. But it certainly will have something to do with my mood today. Just today I realized that Sunday is a bad mood day anywhere in the world where you start a routine. Unidentified feelings and mood swirling, it’s not exactly something to enjoy, on the other hand, it makes you nauseous, to be honest. I guess they’re here to remind me of something I don’t know what it is and I won’t even find out because probably tomorrow all of this “internal happening” will be gone. I struggled while studying French and couldn’t finish my assignment, and I don’t even know why. Maybe old sensations that I left far behind could reach me little by little. I don’t know how they found me, because I did the possible to disguise myself very well from them. But it wasn’t that well, apparently. Weird, today is the birthday of my favorite person in this entire planet and I should be very happy. For her, I am. But it’s still Sunday. I guess if we were near, it would be different. Obviously it would be different. I’m not saying today is a bad day. I’m just saying it could be better. Sighs.

The not-so-lost Atlantis world

The coast of Dubai was our next stop. One of the places that I was indeed aiming for because I wanted to see something different than malls (by the way I didn’t want to spend more money T_T) and I really love the sea. Plus coast was a little far from where we were staying, so taking a cab was a good idea and we could see most of the city that normally we couldn’t because of the insane hot and humid weather outside.
Atlantis was like any other description we gave to Dubai: big and marvelous. After buying the tickets and entering the place, it was already another world. Mystical and movie/history inspired haha! The aquarium was really huge and it had such diversity of species and colors, impressive! Also, Atlantis is resort and hotel, near the sea, which means it’s possible to see the coast and Palm Jumeirah from there.

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Almost touching the sky at Burj Khalifa

Do you like height?
I absolutely love it! I love the sensation it gives me, a mix of fear and desire, a feeling that I can do anything. And I felt that way at Burj Khalifa building. If you aren’t afraid of height, you will be amazed by its view! We went until the middle of the building, at the 124th floor, 424 meters from the ground! (exact numbers haha!)
Despite the strong wind, the view is amazing! I couldn’t stop admiring it! I wouldn’t leave that place so soon if I could…
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