Category Archive for Hong Kong + Macau

Miami to Maldives, Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong: Travel blogger’s year in review, pt 1.

shinjuku hanazono shrine torii, red shinto gates

Ready to ring in the New Year?

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’ll know it’s time for my annual Year in Review. This gives me a chance to reflect on the past 12 months, and share some bonus photos with you. So let’s head straight (or gaily forward, as my friends would say) to the first half.

art deco girl, 1930s hair curls

My site’s focus and projects grew significantly in 2013. At this point, I’m traveling at least once a month to a far-off place, usually with my film team or a TV show. It’s my passion to report first-hand on alternative cultures around the world.

Last January, I escaped the cold at Miami Art Deco Weekend. I caught up with friends and did this retro 1920s photoshoot with Mayleen G. Enjoy the Florida posts, including a Bettie Page runway show, in this category.

david bowie theme restaurant cafe

I’ll never tire of going to Tokyo. I continue to be in Japan several times a year for television hosting and arranging jobs. Each time, there’s something new to experience, like the David Bowie cafe, Alphonse Mucha exhibit…

pirate themed restaurant japan

… and King of the Pirates theme restaurant. Best of all, I get to have fun with my friends. (Interested in hiring us? Learn about our TV production and consulting services.)

maldives boat ride

Next, my filmmakers and I were invited to a very special place: the Maldives. We fell in love with eco-luxury resort Gili Lankanfushi, and I got to live out my Treasure Island fantasies. Here’s our Maldives video and all the sunny photos.

abu dhabi head covering mosque

We also landed in the Middle East for the first time. Dubai was a sci-fi wonderland, and I loved walking through the egg-like Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. Discover the Arabian peninsula’s grandeur in these blog posts.

montreal bagel shops

There’s no need to jet to far-off places to have an adventure. I featured my home country – Canada – in a series about Montreal’s Goth culture and Kinetik Festival. One of the highlights was bagel-tasting with Aesthetic Perfection’s Daniel Graves.

hong kong model, fashion blogger

It appears a lot of people read my site for the Hong Kong travel guides, which makes me happy. This city is full of energy and pop culture oddities, like cute food and giant floating ducks. (Intrigued? Then see my Hong Kong tips.)

japanese prayer cards, shinto ema

I leave you with an image from Shinjuku’s Hanazono Shrine. Shinto worshipers write wishes on these little wood plaques (called ema), and leave them for the kami to hopefully deliver.

On that note, do you have any New Years resolutions? What do you hope to achieve or improve in 2014?

british shorthair coupari fold

I think we can all resolve to take care of ourselves, do meaningful work, and treat our furry companions like the kings they are! I’m shooting everything with DSLR now, so you can expect more images like the one above.

Coming up next: part II of my annual reflections.

Chinese Fairy photoshoot: fashion modeling in Hong Kong. Long Japanese dress & purple red hair.

chinese fairy, fairie magazine modeling

How is your week going? I’m getting ready for my upcoming trip to Asia… I’ll announce it in the next post!

When I was in Hong Kong this summer, I did a photoshoot with the same talented team that created my Dark Beauty cover look. These are published today in M.Bellish magazine, along with an interview and front page feature.

asian fairy dress, chinese fairies mythology

Finally, I can reveal these images to you. The concept is inspired by fairies of Chinese mythology — but with my signature kawaii twist.

My long, romantic dress is by the Japanese label “Comme l’un.” The crown and shawl are handmade.

long purple dress, scarves

Let me tell you — this shot took some time to achieve. Photographer Ken threw the gauzy scarves in the air, and then ran back to fire away with the camera. In some shots, you could still see his body in the frame!

chinese princess tiara, fairy crown

We did the photoshoot with a studio setup. After, Ken added the full moon effects in the background.

Photographer and post-production: Ken Yuen
Assistant photographer: Jacqueline Kwok (noircorner)

japanese false eyelashes, bottom lashes

Shadow effects, from my bottom false lashes. My hair color and style are by Stephanie Hoy of Avant Garde Hair Studio. She also did my recent turquoise colored hairstyle.

skull nail art, pastel goth nails

Even my nail art matched the lavender color scheme. This is one of my favorites to date — Sanrio’s Kuromi and skulls — by Glam Nail Studio.

purple and red hair, dyed hair

Jacqueline Kwok (noircorner) took behind-the-scenes images throughout the day. Close-up on the back of my dress, and purple-red curls.

dog wearing top hat, monocle

Funny enough, we set up the equipment in… a dog-grooming and training studio. Hence the funny posters of pups in top hats and monocles.

dog poster, hong kong dogs

What do you think of our Chinese fairy photoshoot? Thanks to M.Bellish for interviewing me about my career and style; you can read the feature and see more photos on their site.

photographer reviewing photos on laptop

More professional shoots to be revealed soon; can’t believe I’ll be on two magazine covers in December-January. One of these is focused on Asia travel, and the other is about alternative fashion.

hong kong street style, gothic lolita

If you enjoyed these images, also check out my Hong Kong street style shoot with Ken and Jacky.

pastel cute fashion, pastel gothic

For more travel and fashion articles about Hong Kong, take a look around this category. Topics include cute Causeway Bay boutiques (like Izzue Hyoma above), molecular cocktails, Alice in Wonderland bars and more. I love this city.

ronan farrow cat, pet scottish fold cat

There is more Hong Kong coverage on the way… including a video and report from a HK cat cafe that houses several Scottish Folds.

mia farrow scottish fold, ronan farrow's cat

Have you added me and Basil Farrow on Facebook yet? We promise to post more cute photos like the one above!


My favorite Hong Kong designer fashion & streetwear boutiques: I.T Izzue, Minnie Mouse, Miffy, Hyoma.

miffy twopercent, miffy clothing store

I’ve been traveling so much (on a travel video shoot in Eastern Europe) that I forgot it was my birthday (Aug 17). Woke up to a bunch of well-wishes — thank you! I read and appreciate all your messages.

In June, I did some pre-birthday shopping in Hong Kong, especially at two of my favorite stores: Miffy TwoPercent, and I.T / Izzue. What makes these shops so special?

Nijntje statue, tshirts, clothing

Let’s start with Miffy, who is one of my favorite cute characters. I like her no-frills design: all white, two dots for eyes, and an X mouth.

Miffy purses, hong kong world trade center

Likewise, the fashion collection is sleek and of-the-moment. The bunny face doesn’t overpower the design.

miffy bunny shirt, chinese girls fashion

You can compare these Miffy store photos to the ones I took last year.

hyoma shirt, izzue clothes, pastel goth purses

My other must-see brand is Hyoma, found in the bigger Izzue stores like this one in Causeway Bay. (I.T / Izzue is a chain, but not all carry Hyoma.)

skeleton leggings, tie dye crop top

The picture above says it all. Those cute-face skeleton leggings are now in my possession.

watermelon skirt, fruit top, street style harajuku

The “Harajuku Fruits” style is taken at face value… with this watermelon skirt and top.

minnie mouse fashion, disney clothing line hong kong

Izzue carries a variety of young women’s and men’s brands. Right now, Minnie Mouse has a line with b+ab (last year, they did one with Hello Kitty).

i.t store, it stores, causeway bay hong kong

I.T is the “wishful thinking” section of the store. In other words: gorgeous designer clothes that you likely can’t afford.

chalayan fashion, Hussein Chalayan dresses

Case in point: Hussein Chalayan avantgarde dresses.

goth designer clothing, high fashion

You can find Alexander McQueen and other haute-Gothic favorites.

bros products, a bros, lion purse

On the opposite spectrum, I leave you with these colorful accessories from Bros Products. (Remember when Seby and I visited their design studio?)

What’s your opinion on Chinese streetwear? Do you prefer Miffy, Minnie or Hyoma? Off to celebrate my birthday with friends… at karaoke!


Hong Kong shopping guide & travel tips! Cute panda cookies, Hello Kitty fashion, Uniqlo, Sogo.

hong kong shopping mall, giant cake

Hong Kong is all about eating and shopping. I did a bit of both on my most recent trip.

Read on for a peek inside the Chinese city’s cutest stores, and my latest Business Insider article about kawaii food.

japanese goth street style, atelier pierrot skirt

Sweet meets Gothic, in this Kowloon shopping mall.
Corset skirt: Atelier Pierrot, from Laforet Harajuku (see photos from inside this Tokyo department store)
Mary Jane shoes: Demonia

demonia shoes, goth girl hair, modeling

Hong Kong locals love to take photos with funny backdrops. Shopping centers often have displays, like this “Sweets Paradise” one in Kowloon, for that very purpose.

giant tea cup, tea party backdrop

Remember when my friends and I posed in the “Magician’s Liar” last year in Mongkok?

sushi art, big sushi backdrop

Japanese pop culture is extremely popular here, hence the “Sushi Oishii.”

hong kong shopping malls, hung hom

What do you think I’ll find on my plate?

black white burger, mcdonalds hong kong, rilakkuma buns

Hopefully not these “Black or White” burgers from McDonalds (dyed with squid ink, they look inedible). I prefer the cute Rilakkuma buns from 7-Eleven.

kee wah bakery, panda bear cookies, panda box

Better yet: these panda bear cookies from Kee Wah Bakery! I gave a box to Seby and to Naomi.

hong kong kawaii, sala store, accessories

I’ve taken you inside many of Hong Kong’s malls, but here are photos from a not-so-known area, Whampoa. It’s home to a boat-shaped department store and Treasure World.

cute rilakkuma toys, sanrio shop hong kong

Hong Kong’s my favorite place to pick up cute accessories (I just got a fat-cat bag and wallet). Characters such as Rilakkuma are plentiful, but prices are much cheaper than in Japan.

majolica majorca makeup, sasa, japanese cosmetic brands

I always stop by the cosmetics chain, SaSa. You can get Japanese makeup brands and gyaru eyelashes for half the Tokyo price.

hello kitty kilara shop, sanrio hong kong

You know Hello Kitty is popular when she has her own store, a collaboration with KiLaRa.

hello kitty purse, clothing, red bow shoes

In addition to casual wear, the shop has red-bowed purses, shoes…

hello kitty hair clips, bow headbands

…and tons of kawaii accessories.

monchichi monkey jewelry, sogo department store

Monchichi monkey jewelry is sold in the Japanese department store, Sogo (it has locations in Causeway Bay and Tsum Sha Tsui).

liz lisa pink floral skirts

Also in Sogo: the girly-lace-romantic-pop brand, Liz Lisa.

gyaru purse, magazines

Clear purses and scalloped fabric are currently in. (Compare these Liz Lisa photos to the ones I took last year.)

hong kong liz liza boutique

The crochet garments are great for layering (I bought the white one on the middle mannequin).

wario tshirt, exotic shorthair cats pet store

Often, I find bizarre-cute items (like this Wario shirt) simply by wandering around. In Causeway Bay, there’s a “squish-faced cat store” — a pet store that specializes in Exotic Shorthair kitties!

sanrio and uniqlo collaboration, hello kitty tshirts

It’s a Hello Kitty world. We only live in it.

my melody tshirts, sanrio fashion uniqlo

Sanrio teamed up with Uniqlo for a tshirt and tank tops line.

panda bear purses, backpacks

I leave you with these panda bear bags. For more details about the various malls and brands, read my Hong Kong shopping posts.

china cute souvenirs, panda cookies

What do you think of Hong Kong’s clothing selection? Would you gobble up these panda biscuits?

cute bento box, hello kitty food

Speaking of – I have a new article in Business Insider, with 30 photo of kawaii food! Snoopy cakes, Hello Kitty bentos, mouse lattes and more.

cute cooking, kawaii food, charaben

In your opinion, who does cute cooking better, Hong Kong or Tokyo? If you’re intrigued by this food trend, I wrote a book about it that includes recipes: Cute Yummy Time. Bon appetit!