Thursday, September 17, 2015

WE MOVED!


The Last

As the title suggests, this will be my last post on this blog. There are no sob stories involved and no tears were shed in this process (maybe a few). I have simply grown out of "The Undercover Giraffe". Many things have changed since the day I made this blog, mostly myself. I am now one step closer to finding myself, and "The Undercover Giraffe" is simply not me anymore. I will be turning 18 very soon- I am legally an adult! Child at heart, still look like a child, mind you. This blog has given me a lot to remember.

I'd like to take this last post to close the last chapter of my life, and open this new one.

Seventeen (almost eighteen) years in Hong Kong have brought me the utmost joy, somewhere I call home, and I will forever call home. My montessori, kindergarten, primary, secondary days are over. Let's be real, I can't remember most of my years until about age 13. The puberty years are arguably the most interesting years, because I truly do believe that those years were when I found, part of myself. A drastic change that I somehow still remember.

I started this blog on 25th May 2012. Three very good years on this blog. I've been blogging since primary school, something my friends and I did as a way to express our feelings, and somehow I followed through, up to today. Many things have changed in these three years, which is why I am moving somewhere else.

Mildredlike.com will be up IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS please be patient with me :3

The Undercover Giraffe will still be here, although will not be updated. London will be my temporarily permanent location starting from today.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me from the very beginning! No words can ever explain how thankful I am. To this day when someone says to me "I read your blog" I am still shocked. At the fact that real people read my blog.

A short note to the people who have made an impact on my life: (besides the ones I already wrote in the gradbook)

MANNES:
I didn't write to you in the grad book because I was only focused on the people who were in my life at that very moment. We may have fallen apart but my memory does not fail me of the times we were close and the many times you have helped me in my times of need (read: falling off a tree, heartbreak, ice for my heart... the list goes on). Thank you for being impeccable company and always where the food was. Thank you for being absolutely hilarious. Thank you for being my best friends.

Brian:
The person I owe the most to in terms of my 'career'. The unexpected best friends that we became, and you who has never let me down. Thank you for everything you have given me and done for me. Forever grateful for the times we've had together, to the point where mom trusts you to stay alone with me (literally no other guy). Clinking glasses to our friendship! And to what is to come. I may be halfway across the world with your boyfriend (HAHA) but know that I am always and forever here for you (till death do us apart amirite).

Sarah:
You are the reason I moved to GSIS and I have zero regrets of that decision. My rock through primary and part of secondary, "baby sasa" that I carried up a ladder, long phone calls regarding Freddy the weather man. We manage to always come back despite distance and lack of interaction, and I hope it stays that way. Thank you for being there for me and thank you for being you.

Junwen:
Unexpected? Yes! I needed to say it. Somehow we remain friend/acquaintances despite all the crazy shit I've done, and that deserves a thank you. Thank you for being kind. Thank you for teaching me what it means to love, anyone, and for teaching me virtues. A lot of who I am today stems from you even though you don't know it, and neither can I pinpoint exactly what it was, but you made a great impact on my life. And for teaching me something, thank you.

See ya'll on a different page!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NICHOLAS




Top & Skirt- Nicholas

For the full (normal) photo set, click into Where is BCHK?

To be honest, I am just as confused as you are about this photo set. Why are there two different editing styles? Well, because I didn't know how to edit those two coloured ones, so I just decided to go a little crazy and jazz it up.

I like to think that I'm an adventurous person. I like to try new things and do new things. I'm going to count this as one of those 'new things'. Obviously life is a journey just like how my blog, my editing, my photos, are a journey, and it's not always fun sticking to the same old things (HINTING).
Don't be afraid of the unknown (hello mildred take some of your own advice please). You don't know if you don't try, and you might stumble upon something you really enjoy or like.

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves - in finding themselves.
- Andre Gide

Friday, July 24, 2015

STRIKING



Top- Japan | Skirt- Maple | Shoes- Zara | Earrings- Stylenanda

My trip to New York City has come and gone in more than a flash. A million thanks to my best friend and NYC partner in crime, Brian for taking these photos and being with me 24/5 (my trip was five days :) ).

I said on Instagram (check it out for all my NYC photos!) that this top will blow you away. Reason being- it has padding. A bra is not needed. Let me reiterate. For all my ladies out there, I repeat, this DOES NOT require a bra. Bless the makers of this top. Segway-ing into my realisation that my boobs are small enough to not actually need a bra with padding (!!!) which led to me buying a good six bralettes when in New York. More segway-ing into my realisation years ago that having a flat chest is a gift. I hear the stories of the big-breasted, and I cry for you. I used to loathe having no boobs and was constantly envious of those with the opposite. Until one day I realised that it is actually so much easier to live with small boobs. Sure, sometimes shirts don't fit very well, especially strapless ones or this top I'm wearing even, but in my general living of.. life, everything is easy, compared to what I have heard of the big boobs.

Bottom line is, appreciate your body and your assets. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WRITE MY WALLS








Top- Korea (Star 101) | Shorts- Zara | Jacket- Cotton On | Shoes- Forever 21

This was taken near a hospital in Seoul, and in light of the MERS outbreak, we were indeed, quite scared. Anytime we were near a hospital, we either ran past it or avoided it completely. It was laughable, but we honestly did not want to get MERS. I held my breath in hope that maybe if I don't breathe the particles in, I won't get it? Here is the birth of theory no.1: If you closed your mouth and nose (literally pinch it), the particles can't get in, because it's respiratory, right? This might be extremely naive, but tell me where the fault is. I'm genius (unless MERS is not actually only respiratory, and obviously this is flawed since you can't not breathe) (don't actually take my theory seriously) (please deal with my occasional (read: regular) babble) .

This shirt can be considered a favourite of mine since I got it. It was 35HKD (!!!!!) and somehow, its simplicity is flawless. It's loose, but not too loose and comfortable. The red makes it not so boring, and if you haven't already noticed, I like to match colours, so this was perfect! Let's be real, I only bought it because it was 35HKD, but it was money well spent. 

I often wonder how much of the reason we travel is to take photographs. If you're a photographer, then of course, it's your job. But when you go somewhere like a graffiti tunnel or a park, how much of your time is spent taking photographs, and not actually enjoying the moment?
I'm 100% guilty of this, but I think the first step to stopping it is to be aware of it. Capture your photos, but remember that the view is better without the screen.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

WHENEVER, WHEREVER







Top- Top 10 | Shorts- Korea | Shoes- Korea | Sunglasses- Korea

I've been playing around with Photoshop lately (these two days) and although I am still rough around the edges (literally), it has been fun. That is also a little sneakpeek as to what my future social media accounts hold! Not that soon though, so don't jump at me yet. Yet.

Of course every single thing I am wearing is from Seoul (sorry). After days of shopping and going back to shops twice (thrice in some cases), I've concluded that they all sell very similar things. But I was so happy to have found these pair of shorts. I found a similar pair on Asos a few months ago, but never bought it, and now they don't sell it anymore. When I saw these, my eyes widened and it was love at first sight. Which is why I bought three. Black, white, blue. Be assured that I have zero regrets because they were less than 200HKD each. Bless the sweatshops' soul (oh god i'm joking i really hope these weren't made in sweatshops or korean sweatshops).

This summer has been nothing short of hectic- fun hectic. Endless travelling and lunches with friends, more importantly, sitting at my computer doing what I do best.. absolutely nothing. Somehow, I am still sleep deprived and tired all the time. I need to stay inside more. That's not something you hear very often! I've truly been having the time of my life though. I am happy 99% of the time (that is no exaggeration) and although I am still awaiting my results (one more day!!!!!!), I am, as my grad book says, as happy as a bird with a french fry.

Check out my where I've been on Youtube!


May you be content, my friend.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My Crossfit Experience

I apologise in advance if you're allergic to phone photos (specifically Samsung because let's be real this S3 camera sucks).


I'm going to start from the very beginning. I lifted my first barbell in February this year with guidance from a friend who has been lifting a little longer than I have. I started with just the bar- deadlifts were a breeze, squats were a breeze, I almost died doing overhead presses and bench presses. From that, I think we can easily deduce that my arms were not (still are not tbh) strong. That day, I decided to challenge myself and try to deadlift my bodyweight (60kg), and I somehow (?!?!?!) succeeded. I understood then and there why people enjoy it.

It's a personal accomplishment. You are always striving to reach a higher goal, and sure there is a limit, but really how long will it take you to reach that limit (is there even a limit?)? Probably a long time. The great thing about having no specific goals is that I don't feel disappointed when I don't reach a specific amount. To me, any amount, as long as I am increasing/improving is some way or another, is enough.




My one month/two weeks at Crossfit 0260 has been nothing short of amazing (amazing being tiring, feeling like death and inspiring). I've been intrigued by Crossfit since the start of this year. Someone I know, Steph (otherwise known as Muscle Up Munchkin) (you can read her anorexia article here), although have never met, has been the biggest inspiration and the main reason why I was so intrigued by Crossfit and why I decided to pick my ass off my chair and into the world of Crossfit. Special thank you to the coaches for teaching me.. everything. (Crossfit 0260 has moved to Epic MMA now!)

I recorded one session- 14 April.

2min Row

3x3
Deadlift (shin, under knee, above knee)
35kg with bar

Bench Press
25kg with bar

12min

30 Kettlebell Swings
8kg

20 Box Steps

10 Shoulder Press
20kg

This was one of my first proper sessions and I was so proud of myself! Obviously for some people this may not seem like a lot, but for a noob like me, this was great. In fact, every session felt like such an accomplishment. There were some workouts that were harder than others, but every single one never failed to make me sweat, burn in some place or another, and almost die. I respected myself more. I saw myself in a new light, and my aesthetics became more secondary (not entirely secondary) to my strength and technique. This was a step up on how I viewed myself and my insecurities (more on this another time).

I tried doing a tiny similar workout at my home gym, but I got tired very quickly and was not as motivated. I used to think that I enjoyed working out on my own, and I do, but in a group environment, somehow you push yourself more. Be it the competitive nature inside trying to outdo others or the coaches words of encouragement. For me, I think it was a bit of both. Try as I may to not be self-conscious, being the youngest, weakest, sometimes the only female, does make me shake a little. My self-consciousness only added to my determination to have better form and simply get it done. There are many aspects that contributed to me performing better at crossfit, and these are just a few.

An example of me 'performing better' and pushing myself more than usual to not seem like a pussy (for lack of a better word)- I had to share a bar to squat with someone else, a man, because we were the same height. We used a guy bar (yes there are guy and girl bars) and started out light, 10 pounds on each side, that was fine. Then he asked if we could add more, and I said sure! He said he had a problem with his tailbone so he couldn't go that heavy and asked if this (~80 pounds!!!) was okay. I said sure!!! Low and behold, my "sure!!!" became not so sure after about 4 reps. I came, I didn't conquer, but hey, four reps is not no reps!


It's funny how your lifestyle change can also influence those of your family. Joining Crossfit was just the start of my 'health journey'. As time has passed, I've become even more interested in health in regards to what we put into our bodies, exercise, and mental health. I always read labels, I try to moderate, I try to do exercises I enjoy, I reflect on how blessed I am. This too, has translated to my family. They also try to eat better and exercise more, and I think that's great. (although don't exercise TOO much- this article about exercise bulimia is so accurate and I think many people have experienced it or are experiencing it but may not know that it is a problem, so please do give it a read)


I sadly (very sadly) no longer do Crossfit because I'm trying to save money for my family and for myself. I genuinely miss it very much and if I find cheaper alternatives, you can be sure to see me there every week. Twice a week. Thrice maybe. Things you love come at such a cost.. It's a shame and pity that I can't do the two things I love- Crossfit and aerial hoop.

I will be back. And I will be stronger. I am months late with this post (oops) but better late than never, right?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

SOUL IN SEOUL










Top- Korea | Skirt- Korea | Shoes- Topshop

Photos (except the one outside Stylenanda) taken in Insadong.

My attempt of trying to recreate Jenn Im's Instagram photo just days after she was sitting in that same chair. Not to mention, speed walking around Hongdae in my attempt to find Stephanie of Soothingsista and Jenn, only to realise days later how bloody big Hongdae is.

As the title suggests, my soul is still in Seoul. I relived my happy memories today by having some toppoki and oden, but it's just not the same as having it on the street where you point and say, "How much?" and then oggle at how cheap (or expensive) it is.

My soul also wishes it was back in Seoul for the sake of my body. The wonderful weather that Hong Kong does not have. The dry, cool weather that Hong Kong is the complete opposite of. I prefer to not have sweat dripping down my face, back and butt after only five minutes outside my house. If i wanted to swim I would have gone to the pool. Not swimming in humidity and my own sweat. Also, a sun that gives you a tan when you've been sitting two hours in the shade.
Thanks, but no thank you.

Soul in Seoul, for all the Korean food I have yet to eat.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

EWHA










Top- H&M | Skirt- Korea | Shoes- Topshop | Sunglasses- Korea

First of the outfit posts of my trip to Seoul. 
Taken by the all amazing Larissa when we were on our graduation trip, which is now over early due to MERS mersing up our trip...
These pair of shoes will be appearing a lot in the next few posts- beware.

Seoul, despite being just another city, isn't just another city. Its immense lack of rubbish bins, large Chinese population and questionable smoothness of roads is what makes this city so unique. I learnt a great deal about Korean culture in my nine days there- like how restaurants want you to order a certain amount of food per person otherwise they get angry, and how KPOP is extremely misleading regarding the appearance of Koreans (sorry). Besides the one cute oppa (oppa saranghae!!!) we saw in a shop, no other cute oppas were seen. There is also a large conforming nature regarding the appearance of girls- light coloured hair, straight eyebrows, coloured lenses.

Ewha Women's University (Edae in short) is just one (although in my opinion, the best) shopping district in Seoul. Cheap prices and "Made in Korea" being the selling points, how would you not be sold? The university also has a truly beautiful campus and honestly Seoul is just a beautiful place. Greenery is very important to me and I think Seoul managed to squeeze that in well.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DO I WANNA KNOW?









Top- Singapore | Jacket- H&M | Shorts- H&M | Shoes- Muji

I forgot how easy it was to wear a button-down shirt as a jacket. The most summer appropriate jacket you can wear and doubles as a shirt? (or the other way around..) You can get a similar shirt on ZALORA. 



I am aware that it is a mens shirt, but I've come to realise that sometimes the best things in life are for men (queue slight snarky comment on the patriarchy and our male-dominated society). ZALORA also now carries Esprit, which if you don't know, is known (by me) for their high quality. For the quality, the prices are very reasonable, so if you're interested, go check it out!

My IB exams are officially over and summer has arrived!
I will say that I definitely could have studied more and done better, but in my own capability, I did the best I could. I'm not going to sit here and mourn because I physically cannot. These four months are going to be the most free I will ever be, and I am going to cherish every single moment and make sure I don't waste any of it sitting at my computer watching dubsmash and cat videos while my cat climbs on me.
Did you think I was joking.

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