ASIA, PHOTOGRAPHY, SRI LANKA, TRAVEL

Sri Lanka Visual Diary: Kandy

28th March 2016

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Kandy - Sri Lanka - Kit Lee

Kandy - Sri Lanka - Kit Lee

This is Kandy, the last royal capital city of Sri Lanka.  Thanks to its spellbinding rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, this is by far one of my favourite countries to visit – with an oasis of wilderness, lush green and stunning scenery of rolling hills and valley between tree covered hill ranges, lingering smell of salivating spices, on the main road filled with hooting tuk tuks, British designed Lanka Ashok Leyland buses and colourful trucks zooming past.  Goodness me. This is Kandy.  This is Sri Lanka.

I can’t imagine it was a once a peaceful country and turned into a civil war nightmare overtaken over by the gurellia organisation, Tamil Tigers.  After 26 years military campaign, the Sri Lanka military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, bringing the civil war to an end.  In 7 short years this stunning little island became a thriving country relies heavily on tourism, resulting as one of the ultimate travel destinations.  What more could a traveller want?

To bring this trip to light, here are my visual moments highlighting the sightseeing places during the 2 day visit starting with Kandy.

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
It has always been my dream to visit an elephant sanctuary in Asia, a place where they are protected from harm and outside influence, ethical and cruelty-free, and gentler elephant tourism, sometimes it’s not always the case depending where you go to. I visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which houses over 80 wild elephants, it was a lovely experience to see the majestic creatures up close and watching the happy elephants bathe in the river exhibiting their natural behaviours.  Thankfully it was quiet (large tour groups arrived later at peak hour) so I was able to watch the elephants munching on food, playing in the mud, scratch their behind from a rock stump, I did not see any mistreatment from the handlers. But given how this elephant orphanage is one of the hotlists for tourist attraction and the opportunity to see and bottle-feed the baby elephants, it was too commercial for my liking, but watching the elephants bathing in the river and roaming freely in the open field was the highlight of the visit.  It’s worth a visit, but be prepared it’s a tourist attraction.

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ASIA, COLLABORATION, HONG KONG, MACAU, PHOTOGRAPHY, TRAVEL

Life Well Travelled: Hong Kong and Macau

26th February 2016

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As part of the Life Well Travelled campaign with Cathay Pacific, I chose Hong Kong and Macau as my first choice of destinations.  Why Hong Kong and Macau?  First of all, I love Hong Kong even though I’ve been back so many times it feels like home, it’s a city rich with history, culture, traditions, and food, and I haven’t been to Macau before.

I arrived safely in Hong Kong after a 10 hour flight from London, an hour early than scheduled.  Not knowingly, the day I landed was the hottest day of November at 31’C, I was wearing multiple layers plus a thick and warm leather jacket, what a wardrobe disaster, I was sweating like buckets and I literally hung my head in shame.  I could not wait to return home to the rural village of Tai Po in North Territories, and turn on the air-con on full blast, eat fried noodles and drink Hong Kong style tea at my locals, ride the famous ‘ding ding’ tram, explore the unexplored, visit my favourite places, and catch up with friends and family.  This is what Life Well Travelled is all about, having fun and enjoy the moments of being in the city.

And without further ado, I’m sharing my patchwork of images and experiences along the way, and I’ve compiled a list of recommendations of things to see and do in Hong Kong and Macau.  I hope my Life Well Travelled moments inspire your next holiday destination!

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Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden – both places are one of the most beautiful and pleasant places to visit in Hong Kong. Chi Lin Nunnery is a large Buddhist complex made of elegant wooden timber, built in the style of Tang Dynasty, treasured Buddhist relics, lotus pounds, temples, and small garden.  Nan Lian Garden is a small walking distance from Chi Lin Nunnery, a winding path leading through a magnificent well kept garden and tranquil setting landscape.  Both places are located in Diamond Hill, and it’s 5 minutes walk from the MTR station.  Free entry.

Chi Lin Nunnery – 5 Chi Lin Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon.
Nan Lian Garden – 60 Fung Tak Drive, Diamond Hill, Kowloon.

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ASIA, COLLABORATION, HONG KONG, TRAVEL

Life Well Travelled: Cathay Pacific Business Class

3rd February 2016

Hong Kong International Airport

I can’t count how many times I have visited Hong Kong International Airport, on arrival, departure, picking up and dropping off family members in the past couple years.  With over 500 boarding gates and the airport continuing to expand to cater for more international visitors, it’s like a giant structured beehive full of busy bee workers coming in and out. The stunning modern architecture designed by British Architect legend Norman Foster continues to fascinate me when ever I come here, it’s definitely Hong Kong’s very own architectural gem.

I remember those times when I was a young child, my family travelled altogether and flew to Hong Kong, and we were seasonal flyers with Cathay Pacific.  We conquered boredom, discomfort, battled for window seat, turbulence, sleep deprivation, the best part were the amazing in-flight food.  It wasn’t easy for parents travelling with 5 young children on a long haul flight.  Fast forward to present time, a lot has improved since then – flight journeys are getting shorter, more choices of in-flight entertainment, more legroom and wider seats, and of course, customer service.  Have you heard the news that Cathay Pacific will launch a 4- times weekly service from Gatwick Airport on the 2nd September 2016?  That’s certainly good news for people who are based outside of London.

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As part of Cathay Pacific’s Life Well Travelled* campaign, I’ve partnered with Cathay Pacific to take you to a trip back to my second home, Hong Kong.  An up-coming post will follow, capturing the city’s epicentre of greatness has to offer, the hidden gems, and my top 5’s.  Visiting Macau for the first time and I chose to explore the city without a map.

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JEWELLERY, LIFESTYLE

Travelling With Jewellery

29th January 2016

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Packing and travelling with jewellery can be quite troublesome sometimes, I was never a stylistic self-indulgent person until I started adorning myself with jewellery 2 years ago, from wearing literally au naked to wearing more than 4 pieces in a day everyday.  I feel it’s important to stay stylish while travelling without shouting itself ‘come and mug me’ or looking too over done, less is more ladies!  I have a terrible habit of shoving jewellery into one dust bag or an ankle sock for last minute panic-packing, it’s disheartening to see your favourite pieces get all tangled up, scratched, bits and parts missing, and not able to wear them to an evening dinner or cocktail party, you basic look naked with a missing halo.

Thankfully a magic box came to my rescue, a beautiful hand-crafted jewellery organiser by Stow.  This stylish luxury travel jewellery case set in sandy stone colour fits neatly in all the right places, it features vibrant blue suede exterior, 2 compartments, 1 slip pocket, 1 drawstring compartment big enough to fit a chunky cuff/bangle or a watch, leather stowaway envelopes for rings and ear studs, ring box inside with ring cushion and a small compartment to fit another item, gold-tone zip around fastening and a signature orange zip pull embossed with the word Stow.  The case is made from the finest Spanish leather and Italian goat suede, hand-crafted by a traditional leather manufacturer in Southern Spain, which makes Stow travel jewellery case set ultra special and luxurious to travel with.  It’s a perfect size to store inside my carry-on or my handbag without worrying about security, thankfully I haven’t experienced any troubles travelling with it on a flight from Hong Kong to London.


Stow luxury travel jewellery 2 case set comes in sandy stone, amber orange, rose pink, jasper brown and topaz blue. They’re available to buy online, Harrods and Stow.  Thank you Stow for the beautiful jewellery case set!


FASHION & STYLE, MY STYLE

Guilty or Not Guilty?

18th January 2016

Jury Service Outfit

Happy New Year!

It’s my first blog post in 2016 and I haven’t figured out what my new year resolutions are except the usuals – blog more often, travel less (it’s hard to say no), spend more time bonding with my baby niece (I hate the feeling of being an absent aunt), and go eco-friendly.

So, back to normality after a month long trip to my second home in Hong Kong, and 10 days Jury Service (I know), and work resumes from today!  Speaking of Jury Service, I’m forbidden to reveal details of cases I was involved in.  Yes it does involve A LOT of waiting around (sometimes your name won’t get called for a trial until hours later or a day after), snoozing, feeling cold, tired and hungry from doing nothing, meeting and chatting to great numbers of jurors from all walks of life, read the same magazines over and over, serious lack of phone signal and no 3G/4G (the best place to get a signal is in the lavatory).  That’s Jury Service, I tell ya.  I wasn’t particularly bothered about dressing smart at the court, I mostly wore similar style on a daily basis, a shirt under a knitted pullover, jeans, tough boots, a simple scarf and long wool coat, which is great for desperate-snuggles.  As an avid bright colour and pattern lover, I avoided wearing bright colour it will attract eyes of the court onto you, or face being sent home or Contempt of of Court Charges – pay a fine or imprisonment.  My tips on what to wear at Jury Service is casual, comfortable, smart and conservative.  No flip flops, bright colour, shorts.  Not even a fancy dress costume.

Now, has anyone seen Making A Murderer on Netflix?


My wardrobe: Burberry coat, scarf and gloves, Levi’s mens shirt, Uniqlo mens pullover, Lee Cooper skinny jeans, Prime Boots, Daniel Wellington Watch, Aspinal of London laptop bag (gifted). Image shot on an iPhone 6.


COMMISSIONS, FASHION & STYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Karlmond Tang x Aquascutum

5th December 2015

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I was commissioned by Aquascutum to photograph stylist, blogger and good friend of mine Karlmond Tang aka Mr Boy for their digital content.  Karlmond and I have always wanted to work together for quite a while, we’re familiar with each others work and our style of work, we even discussed ideas and potential collaborations over countless of dim sums, coffee and on our trip to Morocco earlier this year.  Because my schedule is relatively unpredictable like a typical fickle English weather, where I’m barely in London and spend the majority of my time travelling overseas, and being committed to my regular clients, an opportunity like this has led to 2 years of waiting.  So here comes my jazz hands, TADAHHHHH!


Photography by Kit Lee.


EUROPE, ITALY, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

Venice Visual Diary: 2 Nights at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

2nd December 2015

The first time I visited Venice I was about 16 or 17 years old when digital cameras did not exist, it was a 5 day school trip, in freezing cold winter, by coach.  Yes, that’s correct, we travelled by coach for 24 hours with 20 or so students and couple of tutors.  Never mind the stiff backs of the younglings, toilet that was completely jammed by human waste, our sleep disrupted in the dead of night to have our passports checked in the middle of nowhere. It was what we paid for, but all soon forgotten when we arrived in the Italian city, Venice!

Fast forward to 16 years, over a decade older, and my second visit to Venice!  I was invited to stay 2 nights at the newly opened JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa in the middle of hot summer in June, it’s a new luxury retreat set on a private island in the Venetian lagoon, Isola delle Rose, away from the hustle and bustle, St Mark’s Square is just 20 minute shuttle ride away.

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HOME & LIVING, LIFESTYLE

House of Hackney x William Morris AW15

4th November 2015

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I may have left the world of fashion and style behind me, temporarily, I’ve been meaning to publish this post of my favourite autumn winter 2015 press day from March for many moons, even though I’ve only been to 4 so far this year!  Turning up at press days were quite challenging and always unfulfilled. I’m guessing my passion for fashion and style has slowly disintegrated and irrelevant, so other interests lies elsewhere.  By all means it’s about evolving and moving forward.

While my love for floral prints hasn’t left my heart, on September House of Hackney has recently launched a ground-breaking collaboration with William Morris.  It’s the largest and most inspired House of Hackney collaboration to date, I have seen the pieces at press day and I’m thrilled to say I bloody LOVED it!  William Morris was multi-talented English designer (textile, artist, writer, poet) and a social activist, better known for this Pre-Raphaelite and Neo-Gothic floral designs in the English Arts and Crafts movement in 19th Century.

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