A Taste of Vintage, Part III

After Part I and II, this is probably the least 'vintage' box for sweets, but I still thought that it was worth sharing. My sister and I recently bought a piece of mooncake, which is a traditional Chinese pastry. The traditional version is usually eaten during Mid-autumn festival (also known as Moon festival), while the modernized form of it, Icy mooncake, is available throughout the year.
This year's Mid-autumn festival was celebrated over the past few days, as it always takes place on the 15th day of the eigth month, according to the Chinese calendar. So the official day for the Moon festival was Sunday, September 30, but there were also some events and festivities on Saturday and Monday.

Since my sister and I are now officially Hong Kong residents, we thought we better try the traditional food. We got the chance to do that on a cruise organized by my university, where we tasted traditional mooncake and all sorts of the icy version. And for Sunday, the official festival day, we got ourselves two boxes of Chocolate mooncake - one to bring to the family that I celebrated with, and one for the family of my sister's boyfriend.

But now, let's get to the reason why I'm telling you all this: The cake came in a very nice box, which I instantly decided should be added to my collection of vintage/cute candy boxes. I especially like the lock, as well as the decoration on top - even though it is not very Asian ;)



A Holiday Español, Part II

It has been a while since I made the trip, but I still wanted to share some of the remaining pictures me and my sister took on our short vacation to Valencia earlier this year. In the city, you could see both charming old buildings as well as fascinating modern creations, such as the constructions designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava in the City of Arts and Sciences.

On our second day, my sister and I ventured to the Plaza de la Reina to have a look at the Old City, climbed the stairs up to the top of the cathedral El Miguelete and purchased an item or two in the shops on Placa de l'Ajuntament. We also strolled through Valencia's biggest park to have a look at the Festival de las Naciones and took a closer look at some of the buildings in the City of Arts and Sciences.

Dress - H&M
Bag & Shoes - bought in Greece & Taiwan

I also wanted to use this post to tell you that from now on I will be blogging from Hong Kong! I have been here for a few weeks, settling in and getting to know the city before I started my Master program at one of the local universities.
But before I show you some of the pictures I took so far, Sophy and I still have a post or two to share with you, so there will be an update soon ;)



A Holiday Español, Part I

Recently, while Sophy spent her time strolling through the streets of Cannes, I went on a four-day journey to Valencia, accompanied by one of my sisters. I hadn’t heard much about the third-biggest city in Spain before, but while picking out the places I wanted to visit already learned that it has a lot to offer for a European visitor who is fond of architecture, vegetation and shopping.

To share some aspects of this wonderful city with you, I would like to start with the beach we visited on our first day. It was a long hike (approximately 40 minutes at a rough estimate), but we were rewarded when we finally reached it!

After all, Vienna doesn’t have a beach to offer, so for us, the Malvarrosa Beach provided the first opportunity to dip our feet in the water and feel soft grains of sand under them after this year’s rather long winter.

Shirt - Hofer (La Hong Collection)
Jeans - H&M

The photographers

On our way back, we came across a few impressive sand sculptures, which obviously serve as the main source of income for some of the artists. Apparently, they remodel them a little every day, changing bits and pieces while still maintaining the general appearance.

 Pictures by my sister and me

That was it for the first day! I hope you enjoyed the pictures, more will follow in another post :)


PS: Please excuse my poor Spanish and feel free to tell me if I made a mistake in the title of this post ;)


Be Merry(-Go-Round)

Lately I've been practically stumbling over merry-go-rounds every other step. Some of them real, some of them toys, some of them jewellery... and since the little girl inside me (the one that's stubbornly refusing to grow up) is still fascinated by the pretty horses, carriages, balloons and other mounts slowly spinning round and round to the old-fashioned tunes, here is my selection of beautiful vintage carrousels for you:

Paris, France (taken by Carrie)

Cannes, France

Vienna, Austria

Toy Carrousel, Vienna

How to include a merry-go-round into your wardrobe? Dear Hailey recently gave me this cute little pendant - since she's aware of my obsession ;) - and now I've to find something to wear with it! So cute...

Necklace from SIX



The Sound of Snow Falling

When Bonnie's mum went to open the door, there was always someone there. And when Bonnie was little, she thought that was normal, so she tried to do the same - to magically make people appear on her family's doorstep. But for some reason, whenever she turned the door handle, nobody was looking back at her from the other side.
Still, she watched  her mother repeat the process over and over again, never failing to be greeted by a man or a woman in front of the entrance.
It was only later that Bonnie realized that her mother was only answering the door when the doorbell rang. Bonnie had never been able to hear that signal and therefore failed in her attempts - because Bonnie is deaf.

When I read about this experience in the book "The Feel of Silence", I got a glimpse of what growing up in a hearing world is like for a deaf person. Even though the author, Bonnie Poitras Tucker, knew that she couldn't hear from a rather early age on, some mysteries of life only began to become clear to her after a certain time.

Even though I got an insight into some aspects of the deaf community through studying Austrian Sign Language for about two and a half years, there were still a few things that I never thought about before which were mentioned in the book.
It is a biography, separated into the author's different "lifes", namely as a kid and student, as a wife and mother, and lastly as a lawyer, law professor and grandmother.

The First Life: Kid and Student

I can recommend the book to everyone who has never thought about what kinds of obstacles our world might hold for people who can't hear. And even though I think that the author might have been able to prevent some of the things that happened to her by letting people know that she is deaf, I could also understand her frustration in other situations.

For anyone who would like to read the book in German, the title is "Der Klang von fallendem Schnee" ("The Sound of Snow Falling"). You'll understand the reason for this choice after reading the first chapters ;)



Color by Letters

Alright, so I don't intend to plug Google or anything, but I just saw that they are having a competition of Doodles to use for the search engine. The theme is "If I could travel in time, I'd visit ..."
I thought about whether I'd share them with you or not, but some of them were just so creative and impressive, so I thought in case you didn't hear about the competition, you should at least take a look at some of those wonderful creations ; )

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Really difficult to choose a favorite, right?



Obsessed with .... Paris

I know, I know - it's been some time since we had an 'Obsessed with ....' post on our blog. Hailey and I decided that - from now on - we'd have only one obsession every month so we'll be free to do some posts for the other categories as well! However, May is a perfect starting point for the newly improved series and I found something that got me really exited and eager to post about...

A very dear friend of mine has recently been to Paris for the first time and brought back a whole lot of pictures. However, they aren't ordinary 'tourist shots' at all and when I saw them, I knew I had to ask her to share at least a few of them with you through the 'Squid Squad'. I therefore dedicate this post both to Paris and to lovely Carrie Levay - I think she's done a wonderful job of catching rare moments and original motives! Just look ... and enjoy:

Amazing, aren't they? Thank you so much, Carrie, for sharing these - I hope you'll continue on your photographic agenda, it seems very promising to me!