Thursday, June 28, 2012


I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while...I've been so busy! BUT, I have a new restaurant review for all of you (that even rhymed). It's one of the many swanky restaurants in Causeway Bay nestled into the Time Square building on the 11th floor. It's called SML (standing for Small, Medium, and Large), and with good reason, is my favorite place to eat with a larger group of people because each dish can be ordered in the above sizes. Everything from seafood to hamburgers, SML is a great place to unwind over a great meal with great company.
Cute menu ey?
My horrible iPhone quality photo of Carmen and I.
Again, my wonderful iPhone photography skills.
 The Britain Burger.
It was delectable to say the least.
Grilled chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce...not as delectable but still good!
Candid shot of the bartender.
Loved these 'lamps'
 60 guests? No problem.

My 1-10 rating (1 being inedible and 10 being a plate sent down from the Gods): 8.5
Like I said, SML is great for taking a larger party to wine and dine as well as an urban restaurant to have a snack with a few friends. The servers were quite attentive and the food was a wonderful range of American, British, and Chinese cuisine. No matter what you're in the mood for, SML's got it covered! 

If you'd like to scope it our for yourself, you can find it:
11/F, Times Square
Causeway Bay
+852 2577 3444

Love always,

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer Plans: Dream On White Girl

As you've all been anticipating, summer is among us (hallelujah)! In order to celebrate (as well as help me figure out what the heck I'll be doing), I've created a little list of the things that I would like to accomplish this summer.

To indulge in a few of my fantasies, I'm going to break this down into two different Summer Plans: the one I'm actually going to be doing and the one that I can only dream of doing (and am unable to due because of lack of time / piles of money / private jet planes). Just like all of the weird stuff that comes out of my mouth, let's start with my Imaginary Summer Plan.

Dream-On-White-Girl Summer Plans:

  1. Student Gone Wild - Cave exploring in Vietnam
Photos taken from here.

2. Get My Art On - Go to Barcelona, Spain and see the spectacular works of Gaudi, the Casa Batllo in particular. 
Photo from my Pinterest.

    3. Anchors Away! - Learn to sail a boat...without capsizing 
Photo also from my Pinterest.

     4. Hot Tamale - Go to a fabulous little resort and get a fabulous (not so little) tan.
Also from Pinterest.

5. Indulge My Heart and Stomach - Something that I've been wanting to do since I learned what skillet was; go to Le Cordon Bleu and learn how to cook like Julia Child.
  Found here.

Ahh, magnifique! Care to join? No one ever died from fantasizing..

Now, for what summer really has in store for me...I'm California bound!
Photo from guess where? Pinterst! You're getting good at that aren't ya?

Actually-Going-To-Happen Summer Plans:
     1. Visit Heaven - Spend every available moment at the beach

     2. Surf's Up - 'Nuff said.

     3. Be Lady Gaga and play with my little monsters
My two little cousins. Left: Fritzie the wiz kid and Right: Evan the little terror. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

     5. And roast a LOT of weenies over a beach bonfire.

Sounds pretty good to me! 2 and a half weeks to go until I'm reunited with my own version of paradise.

Love always,

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hong Kong Dog Rescue - Orientation

I love dogs. The way they wag their tails. They way they will give their whole heart to you after 5 minutes. The way that they can cheer you up with a passionate lick on the face. What's not to love?

I had two dogs back home, a schnauzer named Louise and a pug named Chubby. They were the best part of my day. It was priceless seeing them run out of the front door to greet me. I can picture it now, little fur-ball Louise would deer hop off of the porch and sprint to the car while Chubby rolled and jiggled his way over.
 How could you not love that face?
And just check out those eyebrows, they could catch a stiff wind! My little rascal..

Living in Hong Kong is a bit like living in a beehive. There are lots of people, lots of noise, and very, very little space. But I must say I do love it (my apartment especially) because it's cozy and fits the 3 of us perfectly. Unfortunately, our shoe box apartment only suits us 3 humans so we don't have any dogs.

Feeling deprived of my canine friends, I have started volunteering at Hong Kong Dog Rescue. Yesterday was orientation day and I was over-joyed with the amount of dogs I would be taking care of.

*Excuse the blurriness for these dogs were running around like they were trying to find a buried treasure of dog treats.

I named this babe Kathy Griffin
 My pal, Peter. 
 Peter and I on a stroll around the ol' block.
My little munchkin who had just been brought into the shelter a few days ago. I named here Janet Jackson.

All in all a very fun day with the dogs!
Love always,

Group 4 Project - Bamboo

In the International Baccalaureate Diploma (a student suicide mission), we have something called the Group 4 Project. It's basically when all of the different Group 4 classes (the sciences) come together and work on a project together. We are given a material and told to run along and create something great....yeah, tons of fun right? Never the less, my group (G8) made sure we'd have fun over the course of this two day bonanza.

The material that we were given was Bamboo. We were able to choose from several different types (live, dead, fabric, and edible bamboo) to use in our project. To push us that much farther, they didn't allow us to use anything else in our projects (meaning no tape, no string, nada). Through brainstorming with the creative minds of the IB and BTEC students, we settled on designing a 'high end' (term used QUITE loosely) sushi set.

(left) Our cup and coaster.
(background) Our candle holders.
Close up with our cup & coaster set.
Instagramed image of one of the place sets.
Our table on presentation day, complete with sushi, veg, and rice.
And to set the ambiance, we lit the candles to introduce a bit of elegance (ha).

Our darling little sushi set came complete with:
  • 2 sushi bowls
  • 2 placemats (held together with bamboo fabric)
  • 2 cups and their coasters
  • 2 chopstick sets
  • 2 chopstick holders
  • 4 candle holders
Pretty neat huh? I love creating something out of nothing and from all the positive feedback, I think we exceeded our expectations.

Love always,

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Melodies for the Mind - TLC

Life can get pretty hectic, and we push ourselves to the brink way too often. A time that I've learned to greatly appreciate is when I spoil myself with a little Tender Love and Care.  If I were to plan the perfect escape, it would be to some far away beautiful land (like Ireland) to lie in the shade of a big tree with no company except that of the birds and the bees...and of course my iPod.

So here's a playlist for those moments when you need a stayscape (an escape for all of us who don't have our own plans to jet off to those far away lands) to put your mind at ease.

Corinne Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On"

Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten"

Sara Bareilles' "Love Song"

(Take a trip down memory lane by listening to)
Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird"

Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why"

*Note: what ever happened to Natasha Bedingfield?! I grew up singing to "Unwritten" and "Pocket full of Sunshine" loudly and not very skillfully in the shower. Not to mention how gorgeous she is and her natural and uplifting voice makes me want to jump up and dance like no one's watching. In this age of techno-rap-machine-screaming music, it has gotten hard to find such jems! Wow I miss the good 'ol days...

What's your relaxation playlist like? Comment below or give me some lovin' at !
Love always,

Sunday, June 10, 2012

DIY Studded Vans

I found a great little post on Honestly WTF on how do turn your Vans into super indie kicks. I love soft pastels with a little bit of edge so these are my 'teenage dream' shoes...enjoy!
 What You're Going to Need:
  • 1 pair of Vans (or other plain sneakers)
  • 150-200 brass spikes
  • E6000 adhesive
  • disposable popsicle stick or container
  • toothpick 
Step one: apply dab of adhesive onto your popsicle stick or container and use the toothpick to rub a bit on the back of a stud
Step two: strategically place the stud on your shoe and hold it there for several seconds to make sure it stays
Step three: continue your design on your shoes 
 Step four: arrange the spike on the top of the shoe without glue to make sure they fit nicely then glue 
 Step five: do the same on the heel cap
And voila! Your fresher than a peppermint indie Vans.
Love always,

Instagrams of the Week

Unfortunately, this week has been pretty hectic (IB has officially taken over my life) so I only have 3 little photos for you this week:

Pardon the language, but I just thought these men's shoes were out of this world rad!

Dreaming of sunshine.

Settling down after a long day with rain, a movie, and these bad boy oreo cookies.

*Note: Golden oreos are HIGHLY recommended! They've basically just switched the chocolate cookies for vanilla ones but they're so much more crisp and crunch and I absolutely adore them; give 'em a go!

Love always,

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Instagrams of (last) Week

Time and time again I forget to post my Instagrams of the Week... but I'm working on it! Anyway, here they are:
A year ago this was it up in sunny California as a carefree 16 year old. Its unbelievable how much we can change in a year. I cannot wait to go back this July and relive those carefree moments under the summer sun. 
I don't think there's one person who doesn't enjoy getting a very anticipated package in the mail.

Adorable little vintage camera shop in Wanchai.

Bordom at it's finest...I'm horrible at waiting!

Sushi at Genki in Causeway Bay (god I love these rolls).

Love always,