The tale of the red umbrella

red umbrella

The title of this post sounds mysterious and romantic, but to manage your expectations, dear readers, let me start by saying that this is actually a post about genetics, upbringing and siblings. About a month or so ago, we bought a couple of umbrellas because it’s been absolutely pouring down in Hong Kong. I bought a red umbrella which surprised me when I used it for the first time – pretty little flowers appeared all over the umbrella when it got wet. I liked it so much that I thought that it’ll be a great gift for my sister, who loves the colour red. Continue reading

Grab your walking shoes and head to Beijing (part 2)

I’m back! Sorry that I haven’t been active lately, I had to sit for an exam (without getting any time off work) so I struggled to find time. But I’m glad to say that I passed and can forget all about it.

Here’s part 2 of my post on Beijing for tourists.


Beijing is a great city to absorb Chinese culture, although some of the attractions are targeted at tourists rather than locals’ actual practices (for example, the food street in Wangfujing). Here are some of my recommended experiences in Beijing.

Hutong, Nanluogu Xiang


Hutongs are the traditional streets in Beijing, with narrow alleys and old buildings, some of which are still being used by residents. A typical old building is made of grey bricks, single storey and is centered around a courtyard. There are rickshaw tours available if you can’t be bothered to walk, but I highly recommend walking along Nanluogu Xiang. It is one of my favourite spots in Beijing, as it is fully pedestrianized (although you should still look out for bicycles and motorcycles), has lots of stalls and shops selling souvenirs, also cafes and restaurants. It looks beautiful with the lanterns hanging along it and lights in the evening. There are lots of hidden gems in the small streets around Nanluogu Xiang, including the Great Leap Brewery and the Black Sesame private kitchen. Continue reading