Travel-diary: the Beauty of Christchurch

Or rather, the beauty of Peppers Clearwater.
Wouldn’t mind waking up to lakes and greens everyday!
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Facts: The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed 185 people. 4,423 earthquakes were recorded in the Canterbury region above a magnitude 3.0, from 4 September 2010 to 3 September 2012.

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Nevertheless, the city still retains such scenic beauty! Some economists estimated that it will take the New Zealand economy 50 to 100 years to completely recover…

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The villa we were staying in: right by the lake.
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Definitely adding sky-diving and bungee-jumping to my wishlist for the next trip!

“There is nowhere else in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally-acclaimed wineries and gardens.”

Lace & Leather: a Vogue Compilation

Black Lace & Leather never goes out of style, and it’s basically my personal favourite get-up. Here’s a few Vogue clippings I’ve been saving for a while now!

Salma Hayek in Vogue Germany, September 2012
Salma Hayek in Vogue Germany, September 2012
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Ming Xi by Lachlan Bailey for Vogue China, December 2010
Lara Stone in “La Belle Maitresse” by Mario Sorrenti, for Vogue Japan, 2011
Lara Stone in “La Belle Maitresse” by Mario Sorrenti, for Vogue Japan, 2011
Rihanna in Valentino, Vogue US, November 2012
Rihanna in Valentino, Vogue US, November 2012
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Katie Holmes for Vogue Spain, August 2011
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Katie Holmes for Vogue Spain, August 2011
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Katie Holmes for Vogue Spain, August 2011
Shanina Shaik for Vogue India, December 2012
Shanina Shaik for Vogue India, December 2012
Crystal Renn by Miguel Reveriego, for Vogue Russia, August 2012
Crystal Renn by Miguel Reveriego, for Vogue Russia, August 2012
Crystal Renn by Miguel Reveriego, for Vogue Russia, August 2012
Crystal Renn by Miguel Reveriego, for Vogue Russia, August 2012
Crystal Renn by Miguel Reveriego, for Vogue Russia, August 2012
Crystal Renn by Miguel Reveriego, for Vogue Russia, August 2012
Kristen Stewart in Vogue Italia, 2011
Kristen Stewart in Vogue Italia, 2011

Also, this compilation is in commemoration of the title change to my blog as advised. Kudos to the lovely combination and to a lovelier month ahead!

we lived through a lifetime and the aftermath

For someone who’s a firm believer in New Year Resolutions,
I’m not entirely convinced of its life-changing capabilities.
Once in a while I look back upon my annual mandate,
written with fervent excitement over the promise of a brand new year…

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“2011….I will make more friends, smile too often, take too many bad polaroids, go selfishly individualistic and yet be open-minded and positive. I want to be able to wear ripped jeans, lace and leather, and printed leggings with calve-length boots, strutting down the streets with my fellow girlfriends, and be optimistic even when that’s not possible. Because what you think will affect who you are and the people around you.

And who cares about what insults others might throw at me. This year, I’ve had many. After the initial anger, hurt, and mulling over the words that were chanted, it doesn’t matter anymore. Who are you to make me care about your opinions? Won’t think of trading myself to avoid that split second of hurt or anger. So here goes. I DON’T CARE. If they have so much time to gossip about me, your life must suck balls. I have no time to process your silly gossips and it doesn’t interest me.

True friends will tell me when I suck, or that I have horrible hair, my shirt stinks etc, but I’ll listen and love them anyway.

Am also staying away from some people.The movie I watched today, Tron, is something about blind idealism when an isolated colony is led to think and behave in a certain, irrational way, by their leader, whether as enforced rules, simply an established social construct, or the people are slowly brainwashed to think alike. Oh well, no point. People in the Grid can’t see beyond their Grid World. Wanting to go over to earth is just a wishful thinking on their leader’s part. Quite a thought. Thus they should be left alone to manifest.

Well 2012 might spell the end (omg just saw this book in Times today about the apocalypse. very intriguing but also SCARY) of all of us. So quick do what we can! Live the moment and don’t die with regrets. We’re young and very much alive.”

xoxo
A younger version of me (2011)

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2012 – Helluva year it was. Scratch that, helluva December.
A family member passed on, and to think I almost died or disappeared myself. Thankful toward Cat, Jill, Inez, KN and JW who talked me out of sheer gullibility – getting conned/raped/killed wherever they were bringing me to.
Yes I’m dumb like that, I don’t know where the hell is Bintan…
Precious lesson learnt and thankfully without the price. Whatever would have happened never did.

The truth can be twisted in a million and one ways – kudos to how certain people can so conveniently morph words out of nowhere, or create a crazy tale they insist is reality.
Lying to alleviate your own conscience does not make your version of the truth any more real.

When we’re 30, we’re all gonna look back and think… what in the world were we all thinking?!
Perhaps a year later whatever happens to us now will all become some kind of joke we look back upon like a dinner-time anecdote.

What matters most in the end is whether you can still live with yourself.
Above all, when we are 80 & looking back on life (I don’t even wanna freaking be so old but…),
being able to live with yourself is the best kind of peace you can ever hope to attain.

Don’t lie, cheat, backstab or do anything to intentionally hurt anyone else.
Karma is bullshit and being afraid of omg karma’s gonna bite you in the ass is like admitting to having a conscience amounting to zero,
which I think is sadder than ill-gotten success.