The past 2 weeks has been insanely busy meeting friends and clients at different times of the day and different places across Hong Kong Island, and at the same time hot and humid despite the sun block was completely utter useless, they melt after 30 minutes of application with white-cast all over your face along with the sweat. Catching up with friends with more rounds of food and drinks at Sevva, Maxim’s Palace, Fu Lu Shou, Classified, BEP, Nha Trang and my weekly iced lemonade fix from Nosh to cool off the absurd heat.
With the new MTR station opened on Island Line late last year I finally ventured out to Kennedy Town for the first time, having been driven past it a dozen times via taxi to get to the south of Hong Kong Island, the industrial town reminds me of a shabby seaside town in Margate. With a character of course. Kennedy Town (and Sai Ying Pun) is soon to be my favourite go-to place for abundance of photography walk, heritage trail such as the Lo Pan Temple, a grade l listed building located on Ching Lin Terrace (a 8 minute steep climb on top of Li Po Lung Path), cool eateries at Fish & Chick, Chino, Shoreditch, Bistro du Vin, Bresola, K-Town and many more. I have to come back and try everything there when I’m back in town, despite the distance, I have been hanging out in Sheung Wan for too, too long.
During the final week of my stay in Hong Kong, I found a spare afternoon for a full body massage at Happy Foot Luxe on Lyndhurst Terrace in Central, I usually go for their medical massage (similar to sports massage and Thai massage) when I’m back in town. I highly recommend this place for their thrusty, acupressure massage therapy to relieve muscle tension, headache, helps to reduce water retention, improve blood circulation and many more.
I was invited to take over the official The9thMuse Instagram account, they’re celebrating their 3rd birthday on Friday 22nd May this week. And then a manicure at The Nail Library (my favourite nail salon) to end the week.
Thank you Hong Kong, you have been awesome. See you in the autumn!
Don’t worry I haven’t left London for good! I’m currently in Hong Kong doing the usual stuff and working on a couple of photography projects while still catching up with friends, making new friends (seriously, you can easily make new friends here in HK), networking with brands and PRs, discovering new hidden gems in Sai Ying Pun, cycling with my beloved Tokyobike from Tai Mei Tuk to Ma On Shan, trying my best to not get bitten by mozzies, and eat as much as I can and enjoy exploring HK.
I recently celebrated my 33rd birthday in HK for the first time with 4 rounds of birthday lunch and dinner with different group of friends – an afternoon tea at The Peninsula Hong Kong, sushi for lunch at Sushi To by Harlan Goldstein, healthy lunch at A Boy Named Sue HQ, the impeccable French and Shanghainese dishes at my friend’s private kitchen at Fa Zhu Jie, and intimate drinks with close friends at Fu Lu Shou. Seriously, their cocktails are out of this world!
Stay tuned for more visual diary series from Hong Kong!
I recently caught up with my lovely friend Nik in Shoreditch last week before jetting off to Hong Kong yet again. How naughty of us when we managed to find a day to catch up after a year of our last meeting, coincidently in Hong Kong last summer. I’ve always have this unforgettable memory of Nik, was his semi-nakedness in Shek O beach – a brief, cap, cotton socks, sneakers, MCM backpack, sunglasses, his smoldering look and ab-fab pack, he made the beach style looked so hip in the blistering heat.
Nik Thakkar is a creative strategist via his digital consultancy Nephew London, blogger of Karl is my Unkle, and Co-Founder of designer label Ada + Nik.
Photography by Kit Lee.
Last year I had the privileged to photograph the darling of all hearts, the luxury handbag designer Lulu Guinness for her partnership with National Aids Trust 2014. Lulu designed a limited edition NAT red ribbon brooch to help raise awareness about the real facts of Aids and HIV. It was a very quick portrait shoot like all designers and creative professionals, Lulu was a very busy person so we had 5 minutes to spare to get the shots right for the official portrait for NAT’s press release. In the end we got what we wanted and I pleased to share the photo with you.
Thank you Sabina for having me on board!
Photography by: Kit Lee.
NAT 2014 Curator: Sabina Emrit.
Just thought I share with you some lovely images from my brief visit to A Boy Named Sue‘s work wear’ pop-up shop a weee-while back. Co-founded by my girls Sam and Tania, the pop-up store was located in the heart of Central district in Hong Kong, I was ready to do some
less serious damage, shopping! Having browsed through their items on display offering work-wear staples and jewellery, one brand caught my attention and it was Kasane jewellery, there were some stunning pieces from the collection I was told they were selling like hotcakes. After trying on some rings the evil eye sterling silver ring caught my fancy, the ring is crafted with rhodium plated sterling silver, cubic zirconia and synthetic sapphires (the ring is also available in 18k gold plated sterling silver), I knew I wanted the ring so without hesitation, I handed over my cash. Cheers to a happy customer!
Ladies and gentlemen, savvy cyclists et al, all eyes on the bike. Isn’t she a stunner? I had named her Tabi, it means ‘Journey’ in Japanese.
Investing in a proper bike is just as important as buying a pair of Louboutins you’ll only wear once or twice in your lifetime, let alone they give you bunions, blisters and other damaging injury that can affect your health and posture. A bike is also a fashion accessory! I love cycling whenever I stay in Hong Kong, getting a Tokyobike has always been in discussion since I first rode their Bisou model at the London Tweed Run a couple year ago, the frame was incredibly light I can always lift the bike above my head, classic and modern style, I loved it. And in terms of budget, what the heck I decided to splurge on a CS model as an early birthday gift for myself.
Here is a visual diary from my bike ride in my home town in North Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong.
I purchased the Tokyobike CS bike from Bike The Moment in Kwun Tong, all thanks for the expertise recommendation from Tokyobike in London.
I shot the lovely flamed-hair Irish TV presenter and stylist Angela Scanlon for Show Me Your Wardrobe around the same time I’ve shot Will Best. Angela was a funny, witty, sassy and funny person to photographed with hence the result of these lovely shots!
Angela Scanlon for Show Me Your Wardrobe.
Photography by Kit Lee.
Shot this mariniere ‘K’ tee-shirt with Pinko as part of their #pinkoteelovers campaign on Instagram last summer, see my versions on HERE and HERE.
Elemis has been part of my life for a few years now, I know which products works best for my skin there’s always a trial and error (will explain this in the future up-coming post), one of my all-time favourites is the Travel Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash, I can’t travel without it and I’ve just finished my 5th bottle!
I don’t usually look after my hands and nails, never mind the cuts and bruises which I get all the time from travelling, wrinkly and scaly skin from exposure to the sun and harsh environment, brittle nails due to lack of calcium in my diet (I’m slightly lactose intolerant). It’s all down to laziness and lack of care and attention given to them, adopting a regular hand care routine was the main issue. The Elemis team kindly sent me an Elemis Jasmine and Rose hand and nail cream from the Body Exotics range to try out, I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, the cream consists of Abyssinian and Argan oils leaving the skin smooth, silky and hydrated and certainly looks better than the so-called haggard hands. I adore the sweet aromatic smell of jasmine and the not-so-pungent rose which reminds me of my favourite perfume, Evening Rose by Aerin. A few of my friends are currently using the same product with positive effect, we highly recommend it!