While in Macau, we checked out this really cool multi-brand, lifestyle store called Branco. Carrying brands like Rag & Bone, T by Alex Wang, Pamela Love, Sophie Hulme, Elizabeth and James, and Rebecca Minkoff to name a few, this store hits that sweet spot between the luxury labels or local treasures in the Macau fashion scene, introducing an alternative option for shopping.
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Last week, Amanda came to visit, and we took a short trip from HK to Macau to take some meetings. Well, she took the meetings, while I took a breather from the fast-paced current called HK Life. As I’ve never been to Macau before, the only impression I had of it was from the tales of those who have been- they keep saying, “It’s Just Like Vegas.”
While yes, the rise of casinos does remind you of the brightly lit strip, me- on the other hand being the forever wanderer and seeker- was still searching for pockets of what could make this city more than that. A tough challenge considering I was only there for a day.
Maybe my photos can tell a better story…
Daring Greatly by Brené Brown is an interesting dive into the world of vulnerability. I have to admit I am still in the midst of reading this book, but I felt so moved by it that I knew I had to blog about it right away.
Because in a time when everyone wants to create an image of a cool, perfect instagram life with perfect outfits, perfect parties, and perfect desserts (Hey, I’m guilt of this as well!)- this book tears that idea apart and really asks you to peel off these layers and be yourself.
Be Vulnerable. Allow others to really see you…. and that’s some scary sh*t right there.
What does it mean to you to live a good life? These questions are answered by some of my favorite authors and speakers: Seth Godin, Marie Forleo, Brené Brown, Danielle LaPorte, and more.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. I haven’t seen a Kaws exhibit since maybe around 6 or 7 years ago in LA, so it was nice to hear that there would be one here in HK. This recent exhibit entitled “Clean Slate” was about “wiping out the past and starting over again.” This 7 meter tall statue, which would usually stand solo, now carries with it 2 youngins- pretty much showing us that he’s moved on to other parts of his life. I could resonate with this theme lately because it does feel like that phase where everyone just wants to hit the refresh button and move forward.
By now you must have probably heard of Emma Watson’s popular UN speech about feminism… Here she highlights the role of men in the push for gender equality. This speech is so smart and enlightening. Take a look.
Mari Jasmine is a breath of fresh air. I was visiting Manila a few months ago where I ran into her and we started talking instantly- from our casting experiences in different countries, finding apartments in new cities, and what our personal visions are for our blogs.
Getting to know Mari better, I realized this girl is the epitome of global. Born in Tokyo, raised in Australia; this half-Japanese, half-English model worked in Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, India, France and now, the Philippines. Currently, she is in Manila working as a TV host and Food Blogger, with health and wellness being one of her true passions.
Mari’s experiences through traveling and working in so many cities has added so much depth to her- that anyone who crosses her path is instantly enthralled. I know I was, and now you’ll see why. It’s time to meet Mari Jasmine…