24.11.14

Adrenaline


Exploring Macao.
Wandering around the streets in Macao looking for Ruins of St. Paul's with no Internet connection and with 26°C heat beaming down on us meant that a) my auntie was on photographer duty, and b) crushed ice honey green tea drinks were my saviour. I took this one by an adorably quaint Portuguese-esque back street. I'll put a proper photo diary together when I get home tonight, but I fell in LOVE with the European building style meshed perfectly with Chinese qualities.

Also couldn't get over how busy it was. Oh my gosh Saturdays... ;_____;

23.11.14

New Sunday Thoughts


A little Sunday chatter.
one. Happy Sunday y’all! Although depending on which time zone you’re in, this might just be a tantalising teaser for your Saturday night. Been counting down the minutes until I could justify planking for nearly 24 hours since, er, last Sunday. City life is draining! Speaking of time zones, ladies and gents, please comment below and tell me a) what time you typically get down to some blog reading, and b) where you’re based. Oh hey teething problems from HK.

two. This weekend I visited Macau for the first time ever! Went with one of my aunties from Malaysia, her husband and my cousin and it was pretty fun. This week is always a busy one for the Chai’s – my Granny’s birthday, uncle’s birthday and my parents’ (25th!) wedding anniversary. Macau was super dreamy, we had the best weather and got to pretend to be in Boys Over Flowers! It was so good to see my family too – historically I hardly ever get to see my Dad’s side of the family because we used to live so far away. Hoping I get to fly over next year so I can see everyone properly and laugh at which clothes I left in my room when I was last there 5 years ago!

three. I’ve been on the most ridiculous jaunt looking for a decent Christmas tree. I’m such a Christmas aficionado that it needs to be just-right and I still haven’t found it, nor have I decided on a colour scheme. Woe is me. Ended up giving up and going to my cousin's apartment to play with his tiny toy poodle puppy. Must put my elf hat on and do better.

four. We got free gelato at work the other day! Rendered my Tuesday the best day ever. We can just pretend the ice-cold gelato cancels out the ice-cold air con that threatens daily to wipe out the Mish species. It’s an epidemic and I need to go jumper shopping, k?

five. Finally, a little apology for how out of sorts my blog content has been lately. Trying to work out how to ‘do’ this time difference, learn the ropes at work, stop ruining my life (still) and get the time to write up the 24+ post titles I have noted down – how about you?!

22.11.14

My Everyday Makeup with Amy


Continuing my mini daily-makeup series, today I chat to my resident Beauty Editor Amy about her everyday essentials...
"On an everyday basis my make up stays rather neutral as I'm so often out of the house quite early I like something that is quite simple and understated all whilst helping me to look somewhat awake. Starting off with the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (£29) I then pop on my current favourite base which is NARS Sheer Glow (£31). I find that these two products work really nice together and leave my skin looking really fresh with any blemishes taken care of. To help cover my dark circles I finish off with the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer (£4.49) and Seventeen Phwoarr Paint (£5.49) which finishes off my base stage.

Straight onto my eyes I have being used the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (£22) whereby my favourite shades to use are Naked 2 and Faint. If I'm feeling like it's a liner day then I tend to reach for the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner (£12) and finish off with the Natural Collection Mascara which adds a bit of volume and definition to my lashes; perfect for everyday. Rounding off with a hint of colour on my cheeks I have being using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blusher in the shade Exposed which I picked up in my beauty swap a few months ago. These blushers have received quite a bit of hype in the last year whereby I can definitely understand why, they look beautiful and this translates onto the skin so well."

Love, Amy x

21.11.14

Top 5 Life-Essential Apps You Need (Again)


The five apps every blogger and/or phone addict needs.
Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm addicted to my phone.

How many blog posts have you read with that as the opener? Lots, right? We live in a time where we are all tech-obsessed, some tech-savvy and others tech-dependent and I can easily say I fit all three scenarios. Hey, I'm a blogger, it's what I do. I honestly can't remember life before being able to refer to an app or send a Tweet to ask you guys for your opinion before I buy something, so I thought I'd splice a post together with the apps you need to have.

Days
I'm a sentimental soul and up until I came to Hong Kong I still had every single text message saved on my phone from about 2008. Why wouldn't I want to refer back to that Merry Christmas that a girl from school accidentally sent to a girl named Melissa?! ;) Anyway, I digress: Days is a cute app with a widget (for Android users) that counts the days to and from an event. In Asia it is popular to celebrate 100, 500 and 1000 day anniversaries as well as yearly anniversaries, which is where this app began, but I find it really useful for Christmas countdowns too!

MTR Mobile
The London Tube Map app needs to shape up. While the MTR in Hong Kong is super easy to navigate, I LOVE this app for checking up on next trains, the last train of the day, accurate delay reports, working out the best exit at stations, etc. Bloody genius, I tell thee.

Egg Timer
"You know you're a grown up when..." Yup, I just admitted in the public forum that I have and regularly use an egg timer app. I nearly bought a really cute one and then realised that there HAD to be an egg timer somewhere in the Play Store. This app lets you 'manage' multiple eggs, enter the size of your egg, whether it's been kept in the fridge or cupboard. It's a godsend.

LINE Tools
I wonder exactly how many hours in a day I spend preaching the wonders of LINE. This app features seriously random tools, from the simple ruler to a smarty pants protracter, or a sound level meter to (my personal favourite) the spaghetti scale. Of course there are actual tools too, including a QR code reader and an international size chart. But I like the spaghetti scale.

Globe Photo
Not necessarily an essential, but I'm still in wonderment over the Globe Photo app. It is all levels of fun. Simply snap a landscape of your choice and it creates a globe photo in a 360 shape. I really like using this in open spaces, new cities or, you know, on my coffee table because I'm a bonafide hermit.

Geared
Welcome to 2007. I recently rediscovered this game and can't stop playing it. Like, I missed a phone call the other night because I was about to tip Level 60. The concept is simple: connect gears and cogs to make the static ones move. It's pretty educational if you ask me.

Wunderlist (plus MacBook app)
My number one most asked question by email is still how on Earth do you get things done. And my answer for the most part is Wunderlist. But you can click here for the extended version. The MacBook app makes it so easy to organise my blog too: I can enter blog post ideas, move them to a To Write list, then To Photograph list, schedule it and easily work on the lists between my phone and laptop. Blog organisation made easy.

20.11.14

Heartbreak is the national anthem


Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle & Fashion Blog: what i wore, T by Alexander Wang
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle & Fashion Blog: what i wore, T by Alexander Wang
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle & Fashion Blog: what i wore, T by Alexander Wang
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle & Fashion Blog: what i wore, T by Alexander Wang

T by Alexander Wang T-shirt, Zara rose quilted leather skirt, Topshop boots, Celiné Trio bag.
I spotted this T-shirt when I went shopping with my brother and sister the weekend before I moved. Not really discernible to the eye but it's my beloved T by Alexander Wang one! And let me confirm -- it was worth every penny. I'm at that weird stage of life where I'm trying to justify extravagant purchases by pretending I'm replacing pieces in my wardrobe for investment staples.

How's looking at these photos for some weird throwback, eh?! Already feels like it was hundreds of weeks ago that I was preparing to move. I haven't quite started missing home yet, I just really miss my duvet, tortoises and sister. Actually, I've also been listening obsessively to Taylor Swift's '1989' in classic Michelle style and this album is completely indicative of my current state of mind. Maybe I pre-empted those 'that good girl faith and a tight little skirt' lyrics when I decided on a leather skirt to run last minute errands... Upon reflection, I would probs not tuck that tee again hahah~

Finally getting into some sort of routine here in Hong Kong. I've even adapted to saving my Instagram uploads for when you guys in the UK will be awake ;) I've been uploading there like there's no tomorrow - just follow me on @winyeemichelle to see plenty of food, cityscapes and assorted other things. I went out for dinner and dessert with a friend last week and he showed me a CAT CAFE(!!) in my district too, so there's something to look forward to.