I am very excited to write my first blog. This has been a long time coming. I would like to start off with very good news about two of my creations: High Noon Tea & Serpentine. They have been selected for Sai Kung Summer art exhibition at Sascha Camille Howard artist studio in Sai Kung town! The exhibition kicks off on May 31st 2014 and runs until June 9th. Sascha's studio is filled with amazing works from local artist residing in Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, with the youngest artist being only fourteen years old. My creations seen here are polar opposite from each other as each one represents the diversity of Hong Kong. High Noon tea for its regal British-ness that is still prevalent today in Hong Kong, even though it has been seventeen years since the handover back to China. I was also inspired by Chinese New Year and the year of the horse hence the vivid colours.
Then we have Serpentine which represents rural Hong Kong. A lot of people think Hong Kong is a concrete jungle but little do they know how amazing the countryside is with beautiful scenic hiking areas and white sand beaches. All of my out of town friends are shocked when I show them the other side of this place, the vast rolling mountains and scenic views with plenty of wildlife, including snakes. See high junk peak in below picture. This mountain is in my back yard and my millinery studio’s rear window looks right up at it. It is easy to see how living in the Hong Kong country side has impacted my designs lately. I climbed high junk peak on two occasions. I am not a big fan of rock climbing to a summit but really felt the need to climb this mountain, considering I see it every day. I usually stick to hiking trails but thought it could be good to get out of my comfort zone for a change. What an amazing feeling when I got to the top, coming down wasn't so pretty, but I did it, and have no regrets. I even ventured out to do it again a few weeks later and the second time was much easier.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself and feel so lucky to live in the Hong Kong countryside, but I have to admit I love the city life too. Hong Kong is such a vibrant city full of energy and life. I fell in love with it the first time I stepped foot in it back in 2005. It is small and easy to get around. It is possible to spend half a day in the city and half a day in the countryside or beaches with little transit time in between. I take advantage of both sides as often as possible. It is a very unique place with so much to offer. It is well worth visiting if you ever have the opportunity. There is so much to do and see and great memories to made, all right here in Hong Kong, Asia's World City!