25, 07, 2016
It really isn’t often that I get the opportunity to venture out of my cave, er, flat, to explore a more novel side of Hong Kong. There are a plethora of good cafes in this city that I’ve never been to, for one. So when Andrew invited me to get lunch and go shooting, I was down. Granted, I didn’t end up doing much shooting, but luckily, Andrew did, so that makes one of us. 😉 He was gracious enough to take a few of me and let me share, so here we are. (You can check him out HERE and give him a sneaky little insta follow HERE.)
We started our adventure in this cafe in Wong Chuk Hang (around the Aberdeen area) called 3/3rds. The place is located on the top floor of an industrial building, which was unassuming and mildly sketchy upon first impression, and even has the huge industrial elevators with manual gates to prove it. But the cafe itself was promising, with a pleasing shabby chic aesthetic and delicious smells wafting from the open kitchen. I went for the cheese toastie for the sake of grilled cheese nostalgia (hello, memories of 2am Cheeses Murphys from my uni days–people from Waterloo will know 😉) and it was delicious — check that cheesy goodness out here. None of the photos I took did it justice, aha.
21, 07, 2016
Unless you’ve been reading my blog since the very beginning, you might not know that the “I.E.” in my blog name actually stands for something. (Or you might know this already if you’ve read my about page, haha.) These two letters in my blog name, besides making the last two letters in my name (a nice bit of symmetry there, eh), or being some obscure Latin abbreviation, stand for “inspired” and “experimental”. That’s basically the spirit of what I want to achieve with this blog and how I want to approach life.
Inspired, as in being driven to create something beautiful or valuable–for me this is almost kind of existential. Experimental, as in the courage to be willing to try new things or simply to just do it, whatever “it” may be.
22, 05, 2016
Summer is nearly here! I’m not one for scorching temperatures, or even really the sun, for the matter–I’d rather be sitting in the shade with plenty of SPF on–and while the beach isn’t my favourite place to be in the world, I do really love the ocean. Maybe it has something to do with all its poetic connotations, of how intrinsically wild it is but how it brings an unmistakable feeling of tranquility.
Like as in this excerpt from one of my favourite novels, All the Light We Cannot See (by Anthony Doerr)…
I’ve always found the ocean to be really calming in a way. When you’re standing on the shore watching the waves come in and out, it really creates a nice feeling. You become very given to contemplating life, haha. The playlist I’m sharing today kind of encapsulates that feeling, but more than anything it’s for a chilled-out kind of vibe. I really do like that kind of laid-back vibe that comes with summer.
10, 05, 2016
“Someone tells me: this kind of love is not viable. But how can you evaluate viability? Why is the viable a Good Thing? Why is it better to last than to burn?”
― Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments
It seems I’ve been a bit caught up with the concept of ‘love’ lately–love of another person (be it platonic, romantic, or somewhere in between), love of self, love of a situation or environment, love for what I’m doing, career- or life-wise. This is in part thanks to the usual reflections that waver between the lines of hopeless romantic and unrelenting pragmatic, and also in part thanks to 3LAU’s new song, linked at the end of this post, which I’ve been semi-obsessed with. Also Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, which in some sense reaffirms my love for literary criticism and the written word in general.
About these photos–they were taken on a day trip with a friend to Lamma Island, one of the outlying islands around Hong Kong. I’ve always really liked the notion of wearing white dresses in summer, despite my nearly-all-black wardrobe. This particular one is from Hollister, in a very pretty eyelet pattern with a strappy back and slim-to-flared silhouette. I love it because it’s the kind of item that you can dress up or down depending on what you wear with it.
06, 05, 2016
This is a blog post. Wait, what?
I’m back (again)! It borders on ridiculous that over half of the posts on my blog preface themselves with blah-blah-I-haven’t-blogged-in-so-long-blah-blah, so let’s just get over it. As of late, I’ve been finding myself rather uninspired and even worse, at a loss for words. That’s probably problematic for someone who brands herself as a “writer”, but to be honest, my very simple motive for blogging is just really to put myself out there again.
I first started this blog as an experiment (all the way back in 2012, can you believe it), and saw it evolve into my own platform of self-expression. The past four years have come with numerous ups and downs and really, I’m still somewhat in awe that I’ve managed to keep “I.E. Jessie” up for so long. Consistency doesn’t rank itself within my topmost strengths, but I guess for me, having this space validates itself enough for me to want to sustain it.
Recently, I’ve had some time to reflect about my current state of mind. To be honest, I’ve been frustrated about a lot of things–about where I am in life, about my present situation, the people around me, or simply just about myself. Part of it, I believe, is the natural frustration that comes with ambition; it results from dissatisfaction of not being or having “enough”. (Obviously there is a fine line between wanting to improve to fulfill one’s own potential and improving for the sake of improving or temporarily relieving an unrelenting self-doubt, but I digress.)