Friday, February 10, 2017

Milano.

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I've visited three cities in Italy last summer , and my first stop was Milan. It was a short trips since it's only 2days 1 night since there is nothing much to do. I drop by the city because it was known as the fashion capital. To think back, I realized that I should have chose to visit Florence instead of Milan. 

Frankly, I do not have any good memories about Italy especially with the people over there. Many of my encounters were horrible. And, I've actually whine over a blogpost last year which you can read over HERE
Despite how unwelcome I felt, I still made the best of my trip. I couldn't deny that the city is really beautiful, and I am grateful that I could see it in my own eyes. 



1. Duomo di Milano


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Milan Cathedral is the largest church in Italy and the fifth largest in the world. I swear that it looks completely the same as pictures see on internet, and larger than I've imagined. Many tourists are clouded in this area, so as the pigeons where we are actually forbidden to feed. I saw some of the people feeding it and I did the same , which ended up getting yelled at by the locals about it. It was my mistake didn't knowing beforehand , but I did felt a little hurt being called off so rudely. However, that didn't make me anything less about this place.

This church is beautiful. 


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This picture needed to be up here because I paid €15. A man put the seed on my palm, and held my hand up high. When the pigeons came over and eat it, they request for €15 when I was told that it was free. I understand that nothing is free in the world but €15 is way too much ( and I was asked to pay €20 before, and had to negotiate with the few men surrounding us because they wouldn't let us leave until we pay.) 

Since I already need to pay that much money, I made sure I get a picture - and I was too angry to smile at the camera. I feel so cheated. 



2.Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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This magnificent shopping mall , which is one of the oldest , is located right next to Milan Cathedral. It is named after the first king of Kingdom of Italy, and is designed by Giuseppe Mengoni. 


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The ceiling allows the sun to shine right through the mall. The tiles on the floor are perfectly designed, showing sophistication. It reminds of the royalty. 

The place has four different entrances. It was way smaller than I imagine. Many tourists does their shopping here . It is less crowded than being outside of the Cathedral. I believe that the structure and the interior of this shopping mall is definitely a place where future architects and interior designers should visit because it is really breathtaking. 


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I needed to take picture in front of Prada and LV to send to my family, to show that I really been there. It's pretty basic to do so, but I am a tourist lol.


3. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

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Random Mirror Selfie.

There is a few famous shopping street in Milan, and I've decided to visit Corso Vittorio Emanuele II street which is just a few streets away from the tourist attractions. Many luxury brands store including, the famous Gucci flagship store is located along this street.

This street reminds me a lot of Paris , and I actually like it alot since it is not as crowded as the Galleria. They are also little alleys by the streets where they have hidden art galleries, and small shops. I actually like to visit hidden streets more than the famous one - it shows me how they truly are. But being located close to the tourist attraction, I believe that they have alter some of their habits to attract tourist. Due to the time constrain, I didn't get out of the central to see more.



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Dior.

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4. La Rinascente Department Store

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That is me at Bar della Rina having a cup of latte which was amazing until the horrible service encounter occurs. It still upsets me everytime I thought about being treated so rudely.

This department store caters all luxury brands, and it would be best for people who only drop by in  a short while and not being able to visit the flagship stores. It is almost like Selfridges, but they also have small brands while Selfridges only have high end brands. 


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Simple Breakfast down the street.

I swear that Italian coffee is the best. My favourite pastry is the one with custard filling. Simple breakfast like this makes me really happy and frankly, I would choose pastry as the first meal over anything. 

Yes, this is the place where I got yelled at. lol. 

Well, I do miss the custard croissant. 



5. Le Chalet 

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Okay, this is a hidden gem where I came across for dinner so please please please visit this cozy restaurant if you were to happen to visit Milan, and stay near Milan Central Train Station because it's just 5 minutes walk or less.

Le Chalet doesn't have their own website , and it's a very small restaurant which is really not noticeable but the crowd was there during dinner time. I went in around 530pm to have an early dinner and the place was empty. I was greeted in Chinese - and trust me, everyone in European country quickly assume that all Chinese are from China. I found out that the owner's wife was a Chinese too, and spoke to her. I feel so like home for the first time, and also the people took extra care of us since we are girls and still young lol.

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How can they make simple pizza taste so good?

The presentation may not be up to the point but the taste was a 99/100 because the one point is for me to revisit again, lol. 

We waited for a while since the pizza was freshly charcoal bake. The three type of cheese was good - savoury but rich enough. The amount of cheese was good. 
I didn't want to order this but I was strongly recommended because it was their signature, and I had no regrets. As exaggerating as it sound, I can still taste it in my mouth.

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This seafood pasta was baked in a pastry puff. The clams were fresh ones, and the pasta was at the right texture. I don't like it too soft. 

God, this is probably my best meal in Milan. I was so happy , and welcomed. It's sad that this place isn't as famous as I thought because I couldn't even find anything much about them in google.



Le Chalet - Via Tonale, 6, 20125 Milano, Italyand you can make your reservations HERE


6. Navigli

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Look at how beautiful the sky is. 

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Navigli were a system where connects five canals around Milan, for commercial purposes. But now, the canals are used for irrigation. Out of the five, only two canals operates as tourist navigation system - Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese.


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I am so glad that I came just in time for sun set. It was breathtakingly beautiful, god. 


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This is me on a random bridge. I gave up on Naviogli Grande because there is too many people for me to get any nice picture. 

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I know that him being in my picture requires me to pay so I might as well pose for it. 

To think back, I wonder what was in my mind when I agree to pay that much for a single picture. As if being photobomb isn't bad enough, now I've gotta pay to be photobombed TT. 

This place isn't just about good restaurants, and gelatos. There are also few art galleries hidden along the streets, boutiques which sells handmade vintage dresses , and also offers beer tasting tour. However, I gave up all of that which I could do in the noon for the sunset since I went other places then. 

Well, there is no regrets. 

I just witness one of the most beautiful sunsets in my life. 


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I just witnessed a scene from romance movie in real.

I quickly took my phone out to take a picture of this beautiful sight as memory. I know that it was pretty rude of me but the couple was so in love that they gave approval for me to capture the beauty of their love. They just had their dinner date and then, here they are, kissing by the canal with the lights reflecting on the surface of the water.

What can be more romantic than this? 

I don't really fantasize about romance, but looking at them makes me believe in it. And for a moment, I thought that there is something as forever. 


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This is Hotel New York which is located right outside the train station. 

Is it just me , or things looks more beautiful at night?


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I was strolling around the city at night , wanting to make the most of out of everything. 
If I never went experience the bad encounters, I would definitely like Milan alot. I guess, the dinner at Le Chalet was the key of my trip because fooooood.



addio Milan



x




Friday, January 20, 2017

Yayoi Kusama in Victoria Miro.


I will argue that this blur selfie which was captured by my shaky hands is pretty artistic. I even chose a colder filter to give out the aesthetic vibes. 

I am lucky to be able to witness Yayoi Kusama's work in Victoria Miro which was held over summer. Her exhibitions are separate into two galleries where one exhibits her sculptures and the other one exhibits her paintings. Unfortunately for me, I could only manage to visit the one with sculptures since I only found out her paintings were located in the other gallery.

Despite being on a weekday, the queue was still there. I queued for almost half an hour or more, and was given time limits for each section of her work. I am not complaining because I've heard that many people missed out. Plus, all of her work belongs to 2016. 




Installation View of Pumpkin , for Victoria Miro Gallery , 2016.

Polka dots has always been her trademark and she always involve them in her work. Even her collaboration with Louis Vuitton back in 2012 has features polka dots all over. 

The sculptures are beautiful and every polka dot on the pumpkin is defined in detailed. 





A picture which is taken in art museums or gallery always have to feature a beautiful art and someone walking all over.



Baby boy, you are too adorable to be true. 

Proud mother taking pictures of her son with Yayoi's work.



All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016

With different size of pumpkin , which I suppose to made out of plastic and acrylic. However when I read about it, she used wood too. Until now, I couldn't figure out which part of it was made from wood. I'm loving the LED and how the mirrors portrays 'eternal' by its reflection.



I guess this is how she sees them in her imagination. 

She is so good at delivering it.




Chandelier of Grief, 2016

Spinning Chandelier with one way mirror surrounding it. I could walk around the spinning chandelier in the dark room. I feel my heart getting heavy as I do so. Hearing no noise but to only see my own reflection with the limited source of light which is reflecting everywhere. It sounded crazy but I was overwhelmed.
It reminds me so much of a scene from Phantom of the Opera where mirrors were everywhere torturing someone. But instead of feeling tormented, this does makes someone's heart hanging on a thin string. 



it is undeniable that this is beautiful. 




I always see her work on the internet, and I never thought that I could come across chances like this. For this, I am grateful. 

I know that this post isn't something interesting but I thought that I could share my appreciation about being able to witness it. I guess it is true that you will start looking for different kind of art when you start to appreciate them. And it irks me that people only recognize hype pieces which is only shown on social media.

What matters was the process, idea and the moment when it is created - not the hype behind it. 



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Saturday, December 31, 2016

of 2016.



Last year, I was in London counting down to 2016. Now, I am home waiting for 2017 to come. 

This is the very first time, I am actually a little sad that the year is going to end. It made me realize how unhappy I was a few years back , desperately wanting closure and refuse to accept what I deserve that made me unhappy. This is also the very first time where I feel that my wishes of having ' a great year ahead' do come true. As reluctant as I want this year to go on, time doesn't wait for anyone. 
But hey, I've earn a day since there is 366 days this year. 

There are too many things that I want to recall in 2016 but, I don't think a post could fit how I actually felt. I guess the habit of not reading as much as before is giving me difficulties of not being able to decipher all of them into words. 

About 2016 ;

1.  You are good enough if you are comfortable with yourself and do not let other people tell you the otherwise because I believe that no one knows you better than yourself. 

2. Art is my new interest, particularly paintings. 

3. I went to so many art museums, galleries and exhibitions.

4. I refuse to waste time on people who doesn't deserve my time and have no patience on people who never deserves my patience. 

5. I like being alone because I am not too fond of the idea of people invading my personal space. I don't like it when people get too close. Having boundaries makes things less complicated. 

6. I traveled to more 10 cities this year and realized that there isn't just a way of living. Different cities portrays different lifestyles. And, I realize the beauty in every one of them.

7. I don't want to hang out with people that makes me feel tired. 

8. Action speaks louder than words and words are empty, but words sometimes hurt too. Hence, always think twice before you talk. 

9. Being respectful is so important - The way you behave and treat people leaves room for judgement. No matter what you're going through, the bare minimum in respect is expected. 

10. If they are listening, there is no need for you to repeat yourself.

11. Be realistic , not materialistic. 

12. Focus on being better, not complain to feel better.

13. I refuse to stay in a place for too long because it is the only way to stay ahead of sadness. I move to move on , not to forget. 

14. Goodbyes are never easy but life goes on. 

15. My coffee addiction is getting out of hand. 



It wasn't a review of 2016. They are facts to myself. 

My thinking has changed over the year after meeting different people and seeing different place. I've found what I desire and what I dislike. I guess, I could say that I've found myself in my 20s. My family told me that little things will make you change and time will change your perspectives towards things. Now, I can finally understand what they meant.

I'm so thankful for my family, allowing me to see the world. Without them, I could not possibly living this life. Sometimes, I get so emotional knowing that I can never give them the life they are giving me. This year, I've learn a whole lot. And, it is probably the best year in my entire life so far. 




I'm welcoming 2017 with an open arms and I wish that it will be better than 2016 - carefree and happy. 


love,
Carmen.