Saturday, January 30, 2016

Autumn in my heart

October 22, 2015, Okayama Japan 

Spending the last autumn in Japan was indeed a truly wondrous experience. It was my third time in Okayama and every time I visit Japan I'm always grateful to be able to bring some good memories back home. There's an activity here which they call "leaf peeping"- to witness the foliage change colour especially during autumn. It was spectacular to observe these leaves transition from rich green to furious red or mustard yellow. I had a stroll at this park after touching down from the plane and it was an incontestable fact that I would have a great time there.

More blog posts related to my Japan trip will be up soon. Stay tuned! On a different note, I will be doing a Q&A session, not sure whether it will be on the blog or my YouTube channel. But anyway, ask me questions on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook  or comment on the blog post with the hashtag #AskThongJean or tag me @thongjean. You can also suggest whether I should answer it on the blog or make a video instead. The questions can be general ones or be as quirky as possible.  I look forward to all your questions! Disclaimer: Anonymous quesiton-asking is prohibited. 

Lim Thong Jean 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Two Zero One Six

Zara top and flared pants, H&M Fedora, Lokai bracelet, Calvin Klein bag, Tiamo flats

And... it's another year. And... I am also well aware that it's already the 3rd week of this new year which means it's considered late to wish you guys "Happy New Year". But let's be charitable here and pardon me. We should all welcome this new year with an open heart, after all. But truly, it's crazy how time passes so quickly. Everything happened last year felt just like yesterday. To recap, I started the year off by entering my last semester of A Levels, sat for final exams in both May and June, officially completely the entire programme, took the opportunity to get a good rest for roughly six months before entering university, and lastly, I had my first ever job. In this post, I'd like to share with you what I've learnt in 2015. 

1. Go offline 
It's important to stay away from the Internet every now and then. As mentioned above, time passes so quickly - most of the time we are unable to relive the moment ever again. So why not stop using our phones, put them down and talk to the one next to you offline? I attempted to "live in the moment" more instead of updating my social media on the spot. I would usually do it after leaving that particular place or the day after. I find it's really healthy. However, don't get me wrong. I don't deny the usage of social media or the Internet in general. If it's put into proper use, it brings loads of convenience into our lives. And I am certainly grateful to be born in the era where I was able to witness the transition of lifestyle from non-digital to digital. 

2. Read more books 
Any books as long as it's not Facebook. Get the pun? ( Haha ) In all seriousness, knowledge is power, right? Newspapers serve the same purpose too. By spending a few minutes (or even better, a few hours) in a day reading, we get more insight about the happenings around the world - don't be ignorant. 

3. Just be yourself 
There's no one else in the world like you. There are many people who strive to be other people, as if they are not already unique in their own way. It isn't scientifically impossible to have two same human beings on the Earth. Hence, embrace your imperfections or weirdness and love yourself. 

Well, that's the summary of what I've learnt last year. I look forward to become a better version of myself each day in 2016, and I sincerely hope the best for you guys this year. Do share with me what have you learnt last year, I'd really like to know. 

Before ending this post, let's talk a tad bit about my outfit above. I styled this outfit to be navy on navy with a slight jazzy vibe by adding a fedora. I wanted to keep it minimalistic so I shot this outfit at the staircase with a white backdrop. 

Photos by Vichie Lim, editing by me. 

Lim Thong Jean