Posts Tagged ‘2010 winter break’

Awesome times, part 9

Rounding up the last of my trip photos are these shots from Hong Kong, China.

Awesome times, part 8

Hangzhou, China.

Awesome times, part 7

Hangzhou, China.

When I was on my way to Hangzhou, for miles and miles and miles, the train passed by hundreds of these amazing houses, built on very vast stretches of land that are for the most part, unoccupied. The houses were the only things for miles around, save for farmland, which is what I’m sure these houses were built for: to house the people that farmed these territories.

These houses had the most amazing features, and were so pretty and dainty that it was surreal to look at. There were little tower caps on the bigger houses, smaller houses were polka dot pink on the outside, had aqua-green doors. It was the very image of the 1950s ideal American nuclear home: picket white fence houses housing families that one had father, one mother, 2.3 children. It was crazy! These houses looked unlike anything I’ve ever seen in China, and seemed to exist in their own microcosms, simulating desires of an imagined reality.

This peacock is insane. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a peacock in person and I was literally agape at how stunning it was.

Awesome times, part 6

Guangzhou, China.

I love this kid. He’s looks so freaking complacent.

Awesome times: Muji

If there’s one thing I genuinely miss about being back stateside is the lack of Muji. As a New Yorker, I’m happy to be privy to the only three Muji stores in the United States, but man, Muji in Asia is at a whole other level.

My mind was literally blown when I went to Muji in China. I went to ones in Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong. They all had a variety of stock, and the stores in mainland China were not super big, but they stocked more stuff than the ones in New York. The stores on the mainland were generally the same in terms of stationery, but the two main points of departure for Asian Mujis are food and cosmetics.

There’s a modest stock of snacks and eats at the mainland stores, and there’s a modest range of skincare/cosmetics, but once I went to Hong Kong, it was over. The Muji stores in HK are gigantic and filled with every Asian snack/commodity you will ever need. They sold soup bases, hot pot mixes (!!), bottled milk tea, tiny donuts, EVERYTHING. They had everything. And I miss it all.