Oriental Birdcages

During my time in Hong Kong we visited the charming Yuen Po Street Bird Garden (better known as Bird Street) in Mongkok, Kowloon. This street is famous and is where Hong Kong’s songbird owners gather to show off and socialise their feathered friends. I found the small wooden birdcages that the birds are kept in so pretty and old-fashioned. I didn’t realise people still kept songbirds, as emperors did long ago in ancient China. The intricate patterns carved into the bases of the cages were beautiful. There were also street stalls overflowing with birdcages and other birdy necessities.

With the sunlight shining through between the birdcage bars, and the beauty of the many songbirds flitting about in their cages, I couldn’t resist taking a ton of photos. Here is just a snippet of the vast amount of photos I took.

Hope you’re all having a lovely day. Me – not so much. The weather is terrible here even though it’s summer…I was meant to go to the beach with friends today but the weather intervened with our plans ): So I have just mucking around at home all day, blogging, reading, and learning a dance off youtube!

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Love, C. x



Hong Kong Flower Markets

Hello lovelies, sorry I haven’t posted in a loooooong while as I have been pretty tied up here in Hong Kong – spending time with extended family, meeting up with my parent’s old friends, shopping, sightseeing, going to themeparks and having a fab time! Sadly I am leaving tomorrow 😥 I love it here and I don’t want to leave! I will miss everyone so much.

On Monday we went to the flower markets in Mongkok, Kowloon – and oh, what a sight it was. Streets and streets lined with flower stores galore. Beautiful bouquets wherever I looked…fresh flowers and smells…rows and rows of colour all around me. It was so pretty and vibrant there! I was so eager to take as many photos as possible! I could have stayed there all afternoon browsing through the gorgeous flower stalls, but we were a bit short on time.

Here are a select few snaps.



A strong desire to travel: “a man consumed by wanderlust”.

I often get such urges to travel and see the world. The only places I’ve been so far are Australia, Hong Kong, Seattle and LA. Yes, I do consider myself lucky to have been to these amazing places, but I know of friends who have been all over Europe, America and Asia. Oh, to travel around Europe one day with a group of friends – that would be heaven. Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome and many, many more. Though there are always money and time restraints aren’t there…I might get chance to go to France though in the next few years as a school trip, since I take French as one of my subjects. Otherwise, I will have to wait until I’m old enough for my OE, which seems so far away right now!

I just want to get out of little old New Zealand sometimes, and see what the world has to offer. Not only the big cities, but little villages out in the countryside too. I want to learn new cultures, meet new people and experience life somewhere else other than here.

Can’t believe TOMORROW is when I’m leaving for Hong Kong 😀 only one day to go!

Cerys x

Hong Kong In Two Days

asdfjghasjdfklzdgn! I’m so excited, but I don’t think the actual reality of it has kicked in. I mean, we only go like once every two or three years, and practically all of our family friends and extended family live there.

I can’t wait to see my grandparents, cousins, aunties and uncles. I can’t wait to walk through massive shopping malls and feel the Hong Kong Christmas atmosphere. I can’t wait to spend Christmas and New Years with everybody. I can’t wait to eat delicious food. I can’t wait to go shopping. I can’t wait to have fun with my cousins – Disneyland and Ocean Park and going biking and swimming and everything. I can’t wait to be in the busy city streets with crowds of people surrounding me. I can’t wait to see and discover so many new places. I can’t wait to live in Hong Kong for three weeks. I CAN’T WAIT! I love it there. It’s like the motherland, my second home. I feel so at ease and at home there, with no troubles or worries.

I haven’t seen and have barely talked to my family there for two years, so I am keen to spend quality time with them. One problem: last time I went, I actually promised everyone that I would start learning Chinese (everyone was pestering me and I felt a bit out of place. I can speak it alright…ish…but I can’t read or write in Chinese) as soon as I got home. I told everyone that the next time I came to HK, I would be fluent in Chinese. Uhm…..two years later, I have gotten even worse and I haven’t written a single Chinese word. I just haven’t had time! I’m so busy with school, dancing, everything. And to be honest I completely forgot about it until like this term. And now my mum is lecturing me about it as well, greeeat. Ah well, I’ll just try to  pick up on as much Chinese as possible while I’m there. We’ll see!

Gotta start on my packing list now. Until next time!

Cerys x