Chiffon Turtleneck Blouse, Earrings: Forever 21 | Paisley Peplum Skirt: Romwe | Bead Bracelets: Aldo, New Look | Leather Wrist Wrap: Tory Burch | Bag: Givenchy | Flats: Salvatore Ferragamo
French novelist Marcel Proust (a joint favorite of mine, and my soul sisters-in-law Joanna and Katie) was spot on when he said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
The act of discovery starts when you stumble (intentionally or unintentionally) upon something new (or something you’re normally not accustomed to). It is wonderment, at its purest form.
When I travel, I always discover something novel–be it an object, an experience, a feeling, or a realization.
However, unlike some people, it doesn’t matter if I’ve been to the same country over and over again. You can count on me to discover something else to be awed at. I guess it’s really my personality–excitable and easily impressed (though sometimes, I don’t get to show it much). People might find me simplistic or gullible but I think, these are the precise traits that allow me (and those like me) to better comprehend and imbue the clause in Proust’s saying… the one about having “new eyes.”
See, being able to see foreign sights, being able to interact with different cultures, and being able to immerse one’s senses in foreign stimuli, is always a different and unique experience for every one (even if it is a place you’ve been to numerous times already, I reiterate). The mere fact that I get to see the sky from the other side of the planet allows for me to discover things not just about the foreign soil I’m stepping on, but things about myself.
This set was made possible by my lovely and thoughtful fiance-boyfriend! He was ever so attentive, bending over and backwards just to take a decent photo despite the overcast lighting, wonky weather, and my fickle camera.
A not-so-earth-shattering realization I made is that, I love traveling with my boyfriend. I feel secure and there is no moment where I’m bored and wanting the experience to be over. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy traveling with their better half, right? A lot of people say that a good way to test a couple’s compatibility is when you allow them to travel together… I guess it has something to do with bearing with the other’s quirks and being able to enjoy under pressure. Well, I think it’s definitely a blessing that we’re so in sync, that traveling together has allowed us to enjoy and strengthen our relationship more.
I guess it’s because we like the same things and are almost always on the same page–if not, then we compromise. Simple as that!
Here are some more photos from our trip (I’m still missing a third of the set so, bear with me, I shall post them soon):
On our last night in Hong Kong, we were trying to get a reservation at Peking Garden (an ultimate favorite of mine, my boyfriend, and his family), but unfortunately, the entire place was rented out by someone for a wedding reception. With an intense craving for Chinese food, we asked the concierge at Marco Polo a fancy Chinese place he could recommend, and so he lead us to: Chuk Yuen in Tsim Sha Tsui (with a display of dried abalones up front).
The food was authentic Chinese-Cantonese fare. It wasn’t peking duck galore as initially planned but the food was scrumptious and plain perfect. Even with my mild allergies for seafood, I went on to break my Chili crabs with my bare hands and sucking the meat out of its claw! I’m such a monster!
We had over 10 – 12 dishes served–since I’m the worst photographer ever, I was only able to take decent shots of the one I liked. It’s a bit pricey though but worth it!