Blog to portfolio?

It’s been a really long time since I’ve updated!

A lot of things have happened since my last journal, mostly moving to Tanzania. I’ve decided to do a voluntary placement for a charity for 9 months and yes, it is really stressful sometimes but I work with some wonderful people and the country is also a really nice place.

Recently one of my colleagues showed me a way to make a really nice website using a plugin for WordPress so I’m gonna try that out and hopefully turn this blog into a portfolio website. This unfortunately might mean I will clear everything out from this blog… but no worries, I will try to make an alternative blog for those of you interested! I’d really like to keep this url (A Vision of a Dreamer) which is why I might delete everything. We’ll see!

Blog to portfolio?

Hong Kong 2015 – Part 1

I apologise for no posts recently, it has been an extremely busy time for me as I am volunteering, preparing for travel to Africa, going on holidays, doing uni work, etc, all at the same time. However, what I do have today are some photographs which I have taken in Hong Kong.

Food

It just wouldn’t be right to not include the amazing selection of food you can eat in Hong Kong! The first photo is of chicken katsu curry which I ate at the airport. The second photo is sushi, which is extremely cheap in Hong Kong compared to England. However, I heard a lot of the salmon has been poisoned with radioactivity so I don’t know if it’s particularly safe to eat. The rest are just various things we did in Hong Kong.

The most interesting thing I ate was the Ebi burger from McDonad’s. It is a burger made with prawns and contains the usual sauce and lettuce, but also has a huge pineapple ring in it! It was a very sweet burger because of the pineapple but it was still delicious and I wouldn’t hesitate to eat it again if it they sold it in the UK.

We went yum cha quite a lot so there was definitely plenty to eat. One night my uncle invited us to a barbecue at his home but unfortunately everything was meat so I just ate the chicken wings (chicken is much lighter than the rest). At The Peak, my dad ordered steak and I thought it was really funny that it had spaghetti with it. Finally, I bought lots of Puccho, my favourite sweets, to bring back to the UK as it’s really hard to get them over here.

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Ocean Park Hong Kong

I went to Ocean Park with my parents, you can easily get there by taking a bus right outside the Admiralty station if you get on the MTR. Thankfully it was a beautiful day an I took many photograph, but I still need to find time to edit most of them. These are the ones which I did have time for.

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You can see some of the other islands surrounding Hong Kong around Ocean Park.
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A cute Arctic Fox!
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An Atlantic Sea Nettle Jellyfish which can be found in the jellyfish exhibition.

Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery 

This monastery is located in Sha Tin at the top of a huge hill. There is a path which goes towards the monastery which is lined with many golden statues; each one with its own unique features and number. Once you get to the top, you get an amazing view of Hong Kong and there is a temple which you can visit. I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside the temple but it was an extremely peaceful and tranquil setting for anyone who needs time to just stand and think.

There are many different Buddah statues located at the monastery and depending on the type of problem you have, you pray to a different one.

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The Peak

The Peak is a mountain area in Hong Kong Island that is also the tallest area in Hong Kong. From the top, you can walk around the hill and see all islands of Hong Kong. It is one of a few places in Hong Kong with a nature trail for those who want to stand back from the busy city life for a period of time.

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The view from The Peak is truly magical and shows a deep contrast between natural and man-made environments.

That’s all for now, I will post some more photographs soon!

Hong Kong 2015 – Part 1

An idea for this blog

Because my travel plans are pretty much non-existent at the moment due to bad weather/timing, I was thinking about another idea for this blog.

I am a huge stargazer and so I have been thinking about making a blog dedicated to simple astronomy (I unfortunately don’t have access to huge telescopes myself) and stargazing. Either that or make a separate blog for it. I can list upcoming events, information about different stars and constellations, and list my stargazing experiences abroad.

This is just an idea, I haven’t completely decided yet but it would be something better than simply posting whatever I want, which is what I do now. I don’t draw much any more so I don’t see the point in keeping this as an art blog any longer.

I’ll keep everyone updated!

An idea for this blog

Misc. photos and stuff

Sorry for not keeping everyone updated, I have been very busy with university! However, I have managed to take a few new photographs these past few weeks!

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First thing’s first, my flatmate’s boyfriend brought her a really beautiful bouquet of flowers so I decided to take a few photographs of them. I am not a photographer, in fact I’d go a long way to say that I wasn’t one, but these came out quite lovely. I used a macro lense for them because I really wanted to capture the details of the veins in the leaves and flower petals. They were edited on photoshop after. I did want to take more the next day but by the time I remembered, the lilies blossomed and pretty much crushed the flowers I liked. I’m not a fan of lilies myself, unfortunately. I’m more of a rose person!

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Sometime a few weeks ago, there was the video game market at the Leeds town hall. I absolutely love video games, as you know, so I was rather eager to go. They sold a lot of retro games, and some newer games too. There were plenty of stalls but unfortunately most of the games were NTSC1 or Japanese region-locked so I ended up not buying anything. However, it was absolutely packed and it was great to meet some new people! I was actually tempted to buy an arcade machine of Street Fighter for about £600 but I decided against it. The owner didn’t let me take a photo of it either….

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And finally, this is my Skull Kid figure. I bought a small New 3DS with Majora’s Mask special edition from the Nintendo Store UK and the bundle came with the free statue. For something that was free, it’s incredibly nice and detailed! It’s not perfect but looks really cool on my shelf right now. I was mostly expecting something along the lines of the Bravely Default figure which was an absolute disaster (This is an accurate photograph of it) so this was a lovely surprise!

This weekend, if my plans aren’t tarnished by snow and rain once again, I will head to York and take some lovely photos of the Shambles. I’m heading to Hong Kong next month so I’m hoping to take my camera there too.

Misc. photos and stuff

York Trip cancelled [until another day]

Today I had actually planned on going to York, I booked the train tickets and everything. I have recently been swamped with a lot of university work to do and so today was the only chance I could go since it’s my day off.

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Unfortunately, it was only after I booked the train tickets did I realise that actually, the weather was going to be pretty bad. I was hoping that I could maybe go ahead anyway and stay in York only for an hour or 2 in the morning before heading back so I’ll miss the rain and snow. However, when I looked out the window today, it was snowing rather heavily. This is the view from my room.

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For now, the snow has stopped but I have no doubt in my mind that it will return later, and it’s probably headed for York too. I’ve decided to stay at home so I can catch up on university work, at the expense of a £10 train ticket. Oh well!

On the plus side, I am working on a pretty major project for university and I really can’t wait to show you all what I’ve done! It’s something that I’m very passionate about and I work on with my current charity too!

York Trip cancelled [until another day]

A year since then and now the future

It’s been a year since I’ve started this blog so I thought it would be a nice time to write a personal entry.

Firstly, I hope everyone has had a happy new year. I started this blog on 2 January 2014 so it’s been just over a year since I started this blog. The past year has been a huge experience for me and I thank everyone following my blog for being there for /almost/ every step of the way! Of course, I plan to continue posting more art, influences and just general bits about my life throughout this year too so don’t expect any major changes to this blog.

2014 was a time of dramatic change for me. I think it wasn’t as difficult as the year previously but I still had many hurdles to overcome. However, towards the end of 2014 I can really feel myself being, for once in my life, really happy and content. I don’t think I mentioned this in any previous journals but when I was in my first year of university I was incredibly homesick and miserable. I barely made any new friends, I hated my flatmates, and I was constantly stressed about university work. Now, I have grown so much physically and emotionally. I’ve made so many wonderful friends, I adore my course and I’m thinking about staying in the city I study in once I graduate. It took an entire year to build who I am, and I am extremely grateful for that kick in the backside I had when I needed it!

2015 is also hopefully going to be a time of great change- Firstly, I want to travel more. I want to do mostly travelling alone, though holidays with my family are unavoidable. Similar to my trip to Newcastle not too long ago, I want to just hop on a train going anywhere and explore parts of the UK I never knew even existed. My dad has given me a new camera as a gift as well as some new lenses for it so I would love to document my travels on this blog. Things which are definitely going to happen:

– I plan on visiting Sheffield either next week or the week after to see the Winter Garden and then York to see the Shambles. I love old things, especially streets and architecture so I’m really looking forward to these visits. I have a huge thing for cobblestone roads too, which is why I love parts of Leeds.

– In April I am going to Hong Kong with my parents. We are going to Ocean Park so expect lots of photos of jellyfish! We are also going to trek this hill in Sha Tin to see a Buddhist temple with hundreds of Buddha statues so this will be interesting.

– Again in April, I am going to see a live orchestral performance for the first time. I’m going to see the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess concert in London with my sister and I’m actually quite excited about it since I love Zelda music.

– In June I am going on a cruise with my parents through the Nordic countries. We will depart from Denmark and travel to Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Eastern Russia (St Petersburg). Apparently we will be able to see the Northern lights in Norway, though because of uni it’s not 100% decided.

– In July I will be heading off to Tanzania to intern with a charity for 9-12 months. I’m really excited about it and I hope I’ll make some great friends, as well as making a difference to the local people over there. I’ll only be doing graphic design work over there (my specialty!) but they really need my help and I really need experience so it’s a win-win situation.

Overall 2015 will be a very busy but hopefully extremely exciting year for me! Whilst I’m doing doing anything too adventurous such as trekking a huge mountain or skydiving somewhere, I’m gonna have a lot of fun and learn a lot from all the travelling I’ll be doing. As well as all that, I hope to continue creating drawings for my blog and hopefully making some animations too.

It’s going to be an exciting year, and I hope you guys will be there every step of the way this year too! :D

A year since then and now the future