When in Shenzhen

 

After a long trip to Hong Kong, you might want to take the train and visit Shenzhen for a day or two. This most cosmopolitan of Chinese cities is all about modernity. From great food, shopping and clubbing to stunning vistas across to Hong Kong, you won’t be bored. The city is large and sprawling but the metro system is simple, efficient and goes to most of the venues on your tick-off list.

In most cases, a visa should be obtained from a Chinese embassy or consulate before arriving anywhere in China. Certain nationalities arriving from Hong Kong can obtain a single-entry five-day Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa on arrival for ¥168-1,000. At the Luohu border, the office is on the Chinese side of the river, and is accessible by using the escalator signed “Port Visa” to the left just before immigration control. It is open 09:00-23:30 seven days a week and accepts RMB and credit cards (Unionpay, Visa and MasterCard).

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Shenzhen, China

Here are some of the list of tourist spot that you might to check out when you’re in Shenzhen:

Window Of The World

Shenzhen Window of the World is a microcosm of the world’s most famous landmarks. In one afternoon the tour takes you to more than a 100 models including the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and the Taj Mahal. It’s even got a 4,000 square meter indoor Alpine ski run. Festivals through the year are regular, including a beer festival in the summer and a dance festival in December.  There is also an indoor ski slope, paddle boats, and a flume ride. Every night there are spectacular dance shows based on themes of Chinese and world history. Hundreds of dancers perform on the enormous outdoor stage. The performance finishes with a procession and fireworks at 9PM.

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Happy Valley

A classic fun park. It is a lot bigger than Hong Kong Disneyland and many would say a lot better. Divided into theme areas it has the usual fun rides. There are several levels of roller coasters, ranging from tame kiddie coasters to the Snow Dragon which holds you upside down with your feet dangling and the Shangra-La which has a 4G drop, and the Magic Castle which has carnival games. Try the flume ride but be prepared to get wet. And speaking of wet, the Playa Maya, which is open in the summers, is an excellent water park built around a Maya architectural theme. There are shows all day and well into the night. The park is crowded on the weekends and holidays, but there are few people on the weekdays.

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Weird Super Healthy Foods

Everybody learned to make the transition from poultry and ranch meat to veggies and seafoods as you became a health and weight-conscious adult. The foods listed here may sound — and look — sort of odd, but I have faith that you can learn to love these even stranger, but super healthy foods if for no other reason that they will do your body real good! As a semi-vegetarian, here are some of the foods that I started adding to my daily recipes:

 

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MILLET

Don’t be embarrassed just because it’s found in bird feed. Millet is gluten free, chock full of magnesium, Magnese, fiber and phytic acid and totally safe for humans. Magnese promotes the development of connective tissue, bones and sex hormones in the body. The crop is favored due to its productivity and short growing season under dry, high-temperature conditions.

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WHEATGRASS

A superfood typically ground up and consumed in liquid form, Wheatgrass cleans toxins from the body, and it’s considered healthier than almost any other vegetable you could eat. Wheatgrass can be grown indoors or outdoors. A common method for sprout production indoors is often on trays in a growth medium such as a potting mix.

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KIMCHI

Also spelled kimchee or gimchi, is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. One serving of this fermented cabbage contains a full days worth of Vitamin C, as well as carotene and dietary fiber. But one of the highest benefits could be the healthy bacteria that aid digestion.

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Just Like The First Time

The beginning of a relationship is all butterflies and daisies. It feels like a fairytale that you want to never end. But soon, those butterflies fly back down to earth, and the daises aren’t blooming as big as they used to. This fairytale story isn’t what it used to be. I’m not saying it’s a book of horrors, but it could use a little fairy dust. Most relationships go through this. You lose sight of those fireworks and don’t know how to get that intense spark back.

Here are some tips to make your relationship feel like it did in the beginning.

Spontaneity

In the beginning of a new relationship, it’s all about being spontaneous. As your relationship goes on, so does your routine. Routines are great, but you two need to spice up the spontaneity. Don’t you remember when you both used to go out on a work night, just because? Or when you decided to drive to Las Vegas that one weekend last minute? These are the nights you’ll never forget. Make more of those moments.

Kiss

Don’t you remember when you first starting dating and you two would just make out for hours on the couch? It was like you couldn’t keep your hands off of each other, or your lips. As the relationship grows, unfortunately, the making out starts to fade. Well, I say, bring on those kisses again! Start acting like you two are teenagers and get to kissin’.

Reminiscence

An excellent way to rekindle your relationship is to reminiscence about when you two first met. Talking about the moment you first saw each other can bring back those old butterflies. Go on your very first date again and laugh about those silly awkward (but cute) moments you once had. Bring up your first kiss and how you knew he was the one when he just went for it.

Date Differently

Your once-romantic dinners turned into TV dinners while watching the news. Um, no, thank you. Turn this around. Start planning out actual date nights with each other. Switch off planning the dates to make it fun. Go on dates you both have never been on. Try a new kind of food together. Travel to a different city. Date differently.

Spice Up the Bedroom

Spicing it up shouldn’t just be meant for the kitchen. You also need to spice it up in the bedroom. If you and your partner’s sex life has become one note, you’re going to need to add in some flavor. Think back to how you two got down in the beginning and do those moves again. Let that wild side of you show again. Try out new moves, or even new places. Who knows where this can take you.

Touch

In the beginning of your relationship, holding hands was the name of the game. You two were the cuddle masters and no one could dethrone you. How quickly things can change. Pick up those hands and start holding on to each other. Even hugging one another can make you feel more connected than you ever imagined. So in order to not lose touch with each other, start touching more often.

Words

In the first months of dating, you both used your words to express how you feel. After you know you have your relationship on lockdown, these words start to lessen. Those sweet loving texts aren’t being sent as much and those compliments aren’t being told as much. But you can’t lie, you miss those “You’re the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen” texts or those love notes left on each other’s cars. Start speaking up again. Tell your loved one how much you love him or her.

Sleep Together

Getting enough sleep in life is important. So is getting enough sleep with your partner. When a relationship starts, you two usually go to sleep together. But as months pass, you might be putting your relationship on snooze. One of you usually ends up on the couch watching TV, while the other decides to hit the hay alone. This creates less intimacy and is the opposite of rekindling your relationship. Start making a conscious effort to go to sleep together. A happy bed makes a happy couple.

Credits to Sara Altschule

When in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, officially Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Known for its skyline and deep natural harbor. Hong Kong has many sides to its complex personality and not every visitors who takes the time to explore these to their fullest. A different side to the city with this series of tours that reveal its local foodie secrets or show you what cultural artifacts exist on its doorstep. These one-off special interest adventures will make your holiday unforgettable!

VICTORIA PEAK

If there is only one thing you can do in Hong Kong, go to The Peak. The highest point and most popular attractions in Hong Kong. It has been the city’s most exclusive neighborhood since colonial times – that attracted the rich and famous for its cooler air and amazing panorama of the city. The views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes. Everything you’ve heard about Hong Kong’s restlessness and energy is dramatically reaffirmed by the view from the Peak. Even the most cynical locals never tire of visiting and one of the reasons why I live here after college.

 

LAN KWAI FONG

One of the most popular nightlife hot spots in Hong Kong. Area is defined by D’Aguilar Street and the smaller lane, Lan Kwai Fong, an L-shaped, cobblestone lane. Both streets turn 90 degrees to form a rectangle. It is near the Mid-Levels. Its eating and drinking establishments are considered upmarket in price and the area is also considered a tourist spot and it is now a popular expatriate haunt in Hong Kong for drinking, clubbing and dining. One of my favorite spot for girl’s night out.

 

THE FOOD

Hong Kong is known as the “World’s Food Fair”, and dining out is one of the most popular things to do as a tourist. From roadside stalls to world-class restaurants, Hong Kong offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to dining out.

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TIMES SQUARE

Our condo was only few steps away from this mall and I am in love with their elaborate displays and photogenic installations that sets up temporarily at its entrance, especially during festivals and other occasions. Best part of being around this area is the countdown to a new year every 31 December where hundreds of thousands of people gather here. People come from far and wide to shop in Causeway Bay, and they’ll rarely leave without stepping foot inside its grand prize. the district’s largest shopping mall has 230 stores spanning mid-price to luxury fashion and accessories, electronics and toys, two department stores, a supermarket and over 20 restaurants dishing out top-grade Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Western fare.

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MONG KOK

Mong Kok was described as the busiest district and one of the densest part in the world by the Guinness World Records. One of the major shopping areas in Hong Kong for people who loves to shop bargain for souvenirs, fashion and etc. The area is characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops and restaurants at street level, and commercial or residential units above. The neighborhood includes one of Hong Kong’s most popular markets, the Ladies’ Market, and also has a ton of shopping streets, which are a common feature in southern China.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

Lucky you — you’re in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, the city’s biggest and most colourful festival! It is impossible to not be caught up in the energy as you squeeze into crowded temples to pray for good fortune, browse festive markets selling auspicious foods and blooms and photograph the shock-red lanterns that adorn the city.

This ancient festival also gets a makeover that is uniquely Hong Kong. So, you will experience a Chinese New Year like no other, with a fabulous parade of floats, international and local performers, a stunning fireworks show over the harbour, heart-pounding action at the race track, and so much more. My favorite festival during my stay, got an awesome bonus and received a red envelope or “hongbao” from family, friends & coworkers, the red color symbolizes good luck and supposed to ward off evil spirits.

Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year celebration was recently listed by Forbes as one of the world’s 10 best festival extravaganzas, along with Germany’s Oktoberfest and Brazil’s Carnival. Lonely Planet also lists the Hong Kong Chinese New Year as one of the world’s top events.

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Addicted to Travel

I constantly daydream of far off places. Travel is always on my mind. My social media are full of travel pictures and crammed of gorgeous photos. These are just some of the signs that I am addicted to travel. Probably you are just like me. Here are some more signs:

  1. SPENDING MORE TIME ON TRAVEL BLOG SITES SEARCHING FOR TIPS

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2. NEVER LEAVING YOUR HOMETOWN SEEMS LIKE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE

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3.YOUR FEET START ITCHING FOR THE NEXT TRIP

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4.“TO INFINITY AND BEYOND” BUCKET LIST

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  1. YOU’VE TRAINED YOURSELF TO SLEEP ANYWHERE

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Designer Dupes

Every ladies have this dream of having a designer bags but don’t have enough money to pay for. I put together a collection of some of the best affordable counterparts I have found for high-end bags. All of these look so close to original but don’t have the logo that some of the knock-off items does. Here are some of the designer dupes that will definitely save you a ton of G’s and you will even considered splurging on that affordable price without hurting your account.

The Original: Givenchy Antigona Bag ($2,435)
Designer Dupe: Justfab Tastemaker ($40)

 

 

The Original: Celine Bag (Approximately $2,800)
Designer Dupe: DailyLook Large Structured Bag ($75)

 

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The Original: Chanel Ladyboy Bag (Approximately $6,000)
Designer Dupe: DailyLook Quilted Vegan Leather Purse ($55)

 

Whether you’re feeling flush for your New Year’s resolution or a little frugal, both ends of the shopping spectrum have month’s key pieces nailed – whatever your budget.

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