heydays with hanna

a design, lifestyle, and travel journal

THE BIGGER PICTURE

I realized that I have not written any life update since 2018. So much has happened since then, so much has changed. I have been yearning to write a life update but every single time I try to, my mind clouds up and I end up not writing anything. I then realized that some thoughts need time to digress properly for it to make sense or to bear fruit. This is why I have decided to go on a semi-hiatus from blogging; to process my thoughts, filter what should and shouldn't be said, and just truly take in the lessons I have learned in life for the past months. It was also a time for me to think of the future direction of Heydays with Hanna.

PHOTO JOURNAL: THAT POPULAR SQUARE

When you Google "Macau", the top images that would pop out in the search results would be the iconic black and white pavement and yellow buildings of Senado Square. One of if not the most visited and densely populated areas in Macau, Largo do Senado or Senado Square boasts colonial Archi…

PHOTO JOURNAL: CHARMED IN MACAU

When I was researching things to discover in Macau, I was surprised to see a lot of options. As it was customary to always read a lot about the place you're visiting, I did my own share of late-night readings. I came across this article by Culture Trip, and this definitely gave me a head start on planning our quick day-trip.

TWELVE YEARS LATER, SO MUCH HAS CHANGED.

Hello old friend, we meet again. I carry a lot of fond memories with you.

The last time I stepped foot in your land, I was a clueless seventeen-year-old girl who was so ecstatic of the idea of going out of the country without my parents. The first time I saw you, you were still in the process of blooming towards being contemporized, tower cranes and patches of reclamation was still in the works. The first time I walked in your paved stones, all I had in mind was to shop and make the most out of my time with my friends and the temporary semi-independence we all enjoyed.

HONG KONG: CHASING THE LIGHTS

When I was a child, I would often wonder if cities ever sleep. I worried about how cities could one day decide to stop because they got too tired to operate. Every time I was at the backseat of the car while our family drove home from a trip, I would often get fascinated with the lights and how beautiful the city looked from the perspective of the moon and the aid of different glowing lights and signs.

HONG KONG: SIGHTS THAT SPOKE TO ME IN THE CENTRAL AREA

Walking along the streets of Hong Kong felt like immersing yourself on different scenes from a film. Every angle is a possible plot, every accidental discovery adds up to the narrative - the density and the unknown somehow seeps through you and lures you in. That's how it felt like for me. I came to Hong Kong with a drained creative spirit, seeking for some visual refuge and delight. I knew that I was not here to shop, I intentionally came here to get lost and understand the feeling of discovering things by chance and at your own slow pace.

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