My 2-week adventure: Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, plus a wee bit of Singapore.

 

Okay, so this is a looong overdue post. But I really wanted to share the significant things I’ve seen and heard throughout my recent travel experience to China. Consider this as your unofficial, unfiltered guide to the major destinations of the Shanxi province and Inner Mongolia. Believe it or not, this is the first time I stepped foot on the mainland. At least, I consider it to be so1. It’s part of the reason why the adventure’s been quite meaningful to me, as I’ve finally seen where and how my cultural ancestors are like with my own eyes.

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WARNING: Super looooooooong post with LOADS of pictures.

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Footnote(s):
  1. Been to Hong Kong when I was very little, but I’ve forgotten 70% of the trip! []

Nota Bene


 
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As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You’ll have your heart broken and you’ll break others’ hearts. You’ll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you’ll cry because time is flying by.
So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you’ve never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. You just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts.
Don’t be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.

(Unknown)

 


 

 
 
 
 
 


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This or that: LBD or LWD


 

I think every girl should own a good dress that can easily transition from a daytime outfit to a night one, especially for those who want to look good but are too lazy to mix and match the many pieces you have lying around the wardrobe (like, uhm, me).

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But if you had me pick only one between a classic LBD or an LWD, I really can’t decide.

Take this instance. The fitted LBD on the left is a simple one from Berrybenka that I found can be quite versatile. I like that it has a loose collar so it helps to elongate your neck. Throw in a fancy belt and a pair of heels, and you’re good to go for the night.

The trapeze mini LWD is a pretty one from the AQ/AQ Spring/Summer 2014 Disco/Tech Collection, and I just love how the wide straps accentuate the neckline as well as the length of your shoulders. Bun up like Miranda Kerr did and all eyes are on you and your endless legs.

Which would you pick:
The LBD or the LWD?

 
 
 


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AW Kitchen has a lighter take on pasta.

 

Things are getting a bit tense in the world of pasta houses in Jakarta. Truthfully, I can count with my fingers how many out there are truly exceptional.

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That includes this one, brought to the Big Durian by reputed chef Akira Watanabe. Though it’s fresh off the boat (opened locally last June), it’s definitely worth a mention.

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How sleeping naked makes your life all the better

 

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Not everyone feels comfortable baring their skin, much less for hours. But I find that skipping the PJs is one of the greatest ways to make sure I get a really deep sleep, even above minding the right hacks and eating the right foods.

You see, I’m not alone in this. There are numerous studies that suggest stripping down can help improve the quality of your sleep as well as your overall health. Unfortunately, we women are much shyer than men when it comes to sleeping nude (at least, in the U.S.in Canada, and in this “Going to bed naked” survey).

So I’m here to change that.

Take this 2008 study. Participants were instructed to wear thermosuits that lowered the temperature of their skin by a slight 0.4 degrees C, a difference you can easily replicate by taking off your nightgown. The result? They stopped waking as much during the night and also spent a longer time in the deep stages of sleep. Even better than that, sleeping in the chillier temps, say, anywhere from 18 degrees C and below, has been shown to amp up your metabolism during the day AND prevent you from getting diabetes, according to a New York Times report.

Still not convinced? Read on:

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