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So long, farewell... [20 Jan 2006|12:49am]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

Well guys, after 3 years and 16 days it's time to say goodbye.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/lady_dilandau has officially closed...


not to worry, Beijing Baby! has moved on and relocated itself at:


So please visit me there!

You can still add me as friends on my LJ as I come back once in awhile to read friends posts. So yeah, there we go... don't forget to bookmark my new blog^^

<3 you guys *muwah*

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China Holiday 2005 [10 Jan 2006|04:09pm]
[ mood | awake ]

First thing I have to say is that everything in China was SO cheap. From food, to earrings to haircuts. Everything, once converted mentally to AUD is very very cheap. In the end my luggage was 15kgs over the weight limit coming back home to Sydney @.@

Jenni and I lived in such luxury we did not wash our own hair for a month, as we would just go downstairs to the hairdresser to get a blow dry every two days at $20RMB. On average we probably spent around $800RMB a day just splurging. International brands however, are still expensive, although a lot of the big fashion houses had a 30% off sale at the time we were there. Häagen-Dazs was also a highlight of my trip. Their icecreams are so delicious that we went about 3 times a week. However it was like $25RMB per scoop of icecream, expensive, but so worth it! (I don't understand why Sydney is the only large city which doesn't have it -_-;;)

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Häagen-Dazs Fondue... yum.

Second of all, I usually travel to China once every year, however this was the first time I went with my friends. I guess having to live in hotels and survive in a foreign country on your own means was somewhat different to what I had previously experienced. Suddenly, this trip made me realise how huge the class demarcation is. I remember thinking, as Jo, Winnie, Fei, Jenni and I were having a $216RMB/person dinner in the revolving restaurant in Beijing International Hotel, that all the food we didn’t eat would just be thrown out, while there were beggers downstairs who would would never even see what a tarte auvergnate au fromage looks like, let a lone taste it (it acutally doesn't taste that nice, but the fruit tarts there were amazing).

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These mansions in Suzhou was only 800m away from this building.

This waitress I spoke to at a Korean barbeque restaurant, (which I became a regular customer at, gotta love meat), was my age. She made $500RMB a month in that restaurant. After I heard that I felt a pang of guilt as I had just spent $6000RMB on a handbag (in which I had to fight over, more about that later) the previous day. There goes a year of her wage.

However, when you walk into Beijing’s World Tower (Guo Mao), in which the LV shop is three levels or if you go into Beijing's $3000RMB/night Peninsula Palace (Wang Fu) Hotel you tend to forget about everything that goes around in "the real" world. I think these places have special powers to make you feel that way. Jenni and I sat down in the Peninsula Palace Hotel lobby (we were shopping there, could not afford to spend the night LoL) and was happy to pay $50/person (with 10% service fee -_-;;) for normal Jasmine tea because there was a quartet playing music for us and the ambience was beautiful. Although this was all fun and relaxing, I'm also glad I got to experience squashing against everyone in a busy market trying to haggle a $10RMB ring down to $8RMB XD.

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Winnie, me, Fei, Jo, Jenni and Jane, with Yan taking the photo in Summer Palace Beijing (Yiheyuan).

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I'm BACK!!! [06 Jan 2006|01:41am]
[ mood | alright ]

Happy New Year yadayadayada...

What's more important is that 2006 should be a fresh new start. My New Year's resolution this year was to simply work hard studying Japanese as I start my exchange this March. I actually got back from Beijing on New Year's Eve in the morning. It was 35 degrees or something of the likes and I had no time to rest. I began to unpack some of my luggage because my mother was desperate to see the Swarovski necklace I bought her and the ten bags I bought for myself (in which I said I'll share... ha as if!) Then I began to decorate myself in a rush and would begin to sweat if my hair curler got within 1 metre radius of me... it was SO hot!

Strange thing was I still had a cold from -5 degree Beijing and so everyone stared at me strangely as I sneezed and coughed my way through a boiling Sydney summer day.

Yanny was nice enough to actually come over, wait for me to finish decorating and then drive me to where my other friends were going to meet me. We all ended up in Milson's Point (as we always do for NYE) to watch the Sydney Harbour Bridge go off.

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Er, fireworks...

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Me and my guy pals: Ryosuke, Cessi, Taka and Katsu. Do you like my new hair cut?

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Here we are in Bradfield Park, Milson's Point after watching the 9pm fireworks and playing drinking games while waiting for the midnight countdown and fireworks.

New Year's Day... well New Year's Day I can tell you is hard to forget. It was the hottest day in 57 years at 45 degrees celsius (=113 degree fahrenheit). I don't think anyone went out. However the next day dropped 20 degrees or so with the highest being 24 degrees celsius (=75 degree fahrenheit). I swear the weather is so screwed up... Everything from The Day After Tomorrow is happening O_O

Wow, I'm blogging about the weather. Ain't my life da bomb?!

I was going to blog about China but there are just way to many pictures and so I'll probably split it up into different entries.

All I can say is that I had a mad time! It was the first time going with all my friends, so I had lots of fun, even though I had to visit all the tourists attractions... again. At most we had 10 people eating Peking Duck for dinner then going clubbing in Mix, Beijing.

More about that later. But right now, the most obvious poll of the day: What's your New Year's resolution?
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Let's fly away... [28 Nov 2005|02:04am]
[ mood | excited ]

I guess I'm leaving around eleven hours from now, I can't wait!

First stop is Suzhou to take in all the nature and romanticism of China. Suzhou has been called the Venice of Asia as there are so many rivers and lakes etcetc. Another interesting fact is in the CBD of Suzhou, buildings are not allowed to be over five storeys, and the high rises are only built out of the CBD.

But the truth be told, I actually find Suzhou can be slightly boring, as the shops aren't that great. I've been there too many times to enjoy the nature aspect, but I hope the Winnie, Jane and Jenni like it. We'll be staying at my apartment there, which is perhaps one of the best about going to Suzhou. It means no checking in and out of hotels in the early morning hours (11am is early ok? -_-;;) and no tardy room service.

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Here's a photo of my luggage to keep you entertained before I talk about our next destination. I'm bringing a large suitcase, a small suitcase and a hand bag. The suitcases are pretty much empty (I'm packing EXTREMELY light), but I'm sure by the end of the trip, I'll have excess baggage for my flight >.<;; I didn't even bring a coat!

Our second destination is... the Paris of Asia. The economical centre, (home of my good friend Winnie and other women who seek to marry aging billionaires with heart problems)... SHANGHAI XD Don't take me seriously, I'm just joking around, besides as Ken says, "Shanghai girls have nice asses!"

I love Shanghai though, the shopping is TERRIFIC! You can find markets where things are very very cheap, a few streets away from the Louis Vuitton boutique. I love Plaza 66 and the two other major shopping centres next to it, they are just amazing to shop in and I'm getting giddy inside just thinking about it.

Shanghai is also very beautiful (however in contrast to Suzhou's 小河流水) in the big city sense. Bright lights, big buildings and a budding night life. I've stayed in the Ritz-Carlton Portman in Puxi and Shangri-La in Pudong before and the rooms and service in both are very good. If you ever go to Shanghai they're the place to go (depending on which side of Shanghai you want to be). However, as we're going without parents this time, we're staying in a cheaper hotel closer to Winnie's home.

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Yay, another photo interlude. This time it's of my passport and tickets. SO EXCITED!!!

Last but not least, we finish off our one month trip in the one and only Beijing. Yes, I shall take in all the traffic, the pollution, the crowd, the sights and the shops. I love Beijing so much. I guess in a way you always have a sort of an affectionate connection to the place you were born in. Although I left Beijing when I was three, I've visited it many times and it changes so much every time I go. There is always something new and in construction in Beijing. I think they want to go out with a bang in 2008.

Beijing's shopping is no way second to Shanghai's. Shops are everywhere, but probably the main shopping districts are Xidan, Dongdan and Wangfujing, which are really close to my grandparents home (where I usually live going back to Beijing). The city of Beijing is made up of rings of roads which bascially circle the city. Tiananmen is at the very heart of Beijing and 2 Huan is the first ring around it. The next ring is 3 Huan, the next one is 4 Huan and so on. I think the city has expanded to about 7 Huan now. The famous road, Chang'an Jie (which is two minutes away from my home, where all the bright lights and happy people are) has so many lanes it can land an passenger aeroplane... seriously.

I'll be having a white Christmas this year =D

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Right, last picture. This is a watch my dad bought for one of my uncles at Duty Free. I thought it looked really nice (but in actual fact, I like the red case more than the watch itself o.O). I was trying to persuade my dad to buy me the Dior Christal watch in the full sappire, but he wasn't convinced -_-;;

Anyway I want to wish you you all an early Merry Christmas^^ I shall return on NYE to see the fireworks on the Harbour Bridge.
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New Layout ⇒ Itachi [25 Nov 2005|10:12pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

I thought I'll put up my new layout before I left for China. Yes, I was being lazy with S2 before but then I realised it took just as much time filling out the colours, so I'm back to the confusing codes of S1. This layout is of the hothothot Itachi from Naruto ^.~ Stare and worship.

Does anyone know the code for having a specific number of posts on the page?

[Edit]: Only works properly for resoultion 1024x768+ IE. If you have 800x600 press F11 and it should work better^^

I got back home at 10:30am this morning from the St Pius after party and I really feel I need sleep now. I spent two hours on the phone with Jenni, our excitment of China exacerbating with each location we talked about visiting.

I'm meeting up with Cindy tomorrow for some coffee and we'll probably just end up lazing around at my house for the rest of the day.

Right, bed, yes.

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Year 12 Formal or as the USAers call it: Senior Prom. [19 Nov 2005|03:28am]
[ mood | indifferent ]

Event: Cranbrook Year 12
Date: 14th November
Venue: Royal Motor Yacht Club Point Piper

Most people dressed really really well! No one had that horrible done up hair with overused glitter hairspray (I apologise to those who like that look). I even met a girl, around 6'2 who was an uncanny Mischa Barton look-a-like. One of my favourite dresses was a girl wearing a short strapless black dress which flared out at the end tutu like. She wore a brown belt around the waist so it was casual and sexy!

Wow, that sounds really ugly when I describe it. It actually looked like one of the dresses from the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2006 RTW collection, thus it must be hot!^^

I wore a melon pink and gold dress with a light pink pashima (cause it was cold) and my bronze metallic heels. I also did my hair up. I copied a up do out of the November Vivi.

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That's the dress.

I seemed to think the hair looked quite nice and elegant (to contrast the shortness of the dress) but now looking back, I think it kind of looks like granny hair @.@

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Jane and I at the venue. The ambience was amazing.

Event: Sydney Girls Year 12
Date: 15th November
Venue: Novotel Darling Harbour

It was so nice to catch up with everyone again. It was also kind of sad as it was the last time I would ever see the people in my grade together.

The dresses were also really beautiful. Everyone dressed so much better than they did in the year 10 formal. Ahh, we have all grown. The coolest dress in my opinion was Roshelle's, because she came in a Gothic Lolita dress! It was mad, I couldn't stop staring at it.

The only fashion faux pas' was probably two girls coming in clown makeup, one girl having eyebrows like a geisha, only one girl managed to dress like a floozy and one girl dressed like she was a bride... wait that was me.

Yes, I wore a long white dress. One girl even commented, "that's the type of dress I want to get married in!" I guess I got sick of wearing so much black to my Year 10 formal and Year 11 semi-formal that I decided to wear chaste white this time.

I got my hair curled at the hairdressers because I didn't trust my curling iron but I did my own makeup as I didn't (and still don't) trust the "make-up artists" at the Napoleon/M.A.C/Chanel/Clinique etc etc. They put so much foundation on I could probably scrape it off at the end of the day. I wore the new silver shoes I bought in Bondi. They aren't very hot, but I was in such a hurry to find a pair of silver shoes to go with my dress that I just bought them out of desperation.

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The dress.
Don't laugh at it... even on sale it still cost me a fortune.

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This is taken in the apartment we booked for the night at Star City.

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Then at around midnight when the formal finished, the girls and I went back to our apartment, I got changed then we went down to the casino for some happy gambling^^ We all ONLY had a Tequila shot.

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Jenni and I. Yes we're in the bathroom, as everywhere else in the apartment was too dim to take photos (and I try to avoid using flash at all costs).

That dress by the way, I totally bought out of impulse and that was the first and probably the last time I have ever worn it.

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Winnie and I in the casino bar.

Date: 16th November
Event: North Sydney Boys Year 12
Venue: Waters Edge The Rocks

The dresses for some reason seemed less spectacular than the previous formals, however all the guys were dressed well. Joyce probably had the prettiest dress. It was turquoise and white and with her curls the dress just looked so nice.

There was this super hot korean and japanese girl at the formal and as I was getting introduced to them I wanted to ogle over them longer, but they might of thought I was a pervert or a bitch depending on what my ogle expression is... I wouldn't know what it looks like @.@

I wore a black dress... yeah black. Black is classic (or so I try to tell myself). I also blow dried and ironed my hair straight for about a hour until I achieved dead straightness.

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I also got to wear the necklace I bought for my Year 11 semi-formal again. Yay!

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The delights of subculture... and MAN CANDY! [13 Nov 2005|03:12pm]
[ mood | calm ]

[Edit]: FUUUUUUCK! As I was about to type another entry I deleted my old one. How the hell did I do that?! Eh, I'll re-type the old one.

So what have I been doing for the past couple of days?

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Today as we were walking down the city, we spotted a shop called Shibuya which had some mad Gothic Lolita dresses. Being someone who really wants to by a Gothic Lolita dress (don't ask O.O) I desperately wanted to go in for a browse. The only problem was I was dressed in slighly inappropriate clothing for that type of shop.

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A mix of the two -> Vintage ladylike inspired by BCBG Max Azria and Hermès' Spring/Summer 2006 collection.

And so, I felt extremely self concious and stange amongst the spiky hair, platform boots and black frills. But damn, I so wanna buy something like this.

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It reminds me of the time a few years back when I was dressed in a little pink tartan skirt with a flowing black top, a pink beret and black boots, (yes, I was very into colour coordination back then) carrying a Kinokuniya bag full of Lead merchandise and I followed a friend (and his guitar loving, punk rock girlfriend) down to a CD shop called Utopia. BIG MISTAKE! I had an extremely uncomfortable time surrounded by lanky guys with greasy long hair and mohawked women with too many piercings. The music... well instead of my ususal boy band love ballads there was screaming men singing about death, killing and suicide. I left REALLY quickly.

I have never gone back to that CD shop, but I might one day when I've bought that Goth Lolita dress ^.~

Before I leave to go read Deathnote here's something which I thought might interest the boy loving girls and the boy loving boys.

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Isn't he gorgeous... his eyes are just so... luring (rofl that's such a Winnie word). He would be even better if he shaved. I prefer the clean cut type. When you see this man in a magazine or on the side of a bus (he's in the new L'oreal ads) do blow him a kiss for me.
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The Unfair Things in Life [07 Nov 2005|12:24am]
[ mood | good ]

I remember back when I was in 7th grade my French teacher made a very wise comment. I don't recall how our class got onto the topic (probably discussing the beautiful Brigette Bardot or something of the likes) before she told us:

"There are only two unfair things to life that we are born into without our control. One, some people are born better looking, two, someone people are born into wealth."

Now I thought it was so insightful (and probably the only thing I learnt in French apart from qu'est-ce que j'en ai à faire?) that I have remembered it even 'till today. And because of these two arbitrary factors, which we cannot control, we should treat everyone with the respect and dignity that you expect to be treated. There is no one person in this world better than another, and I hope I'll live to see the day when the world is free from racial discrimination, glass ceilings and homophobia.

On a more trivial note (I don't want to get too Miss Universe global peace on you), I think a third category needs to be added to the "two unfair things in life" and that is stupidity one's brain not working as fast as others (there's euphemism for you). I was in Border's (which is a megaplex bookshop) eating a overly sweet, high caloried mud cake and admiring the superhuman models in the latest US Vogue when a teenage girl and her friend (around 17 or so) runs up to her father and asks:

"Are science fiction books real or not?"

I almost spat out chocolate icing (not a great look), as I was so shocked that someone of her age would ask such a stupid silly question. Her father calmly replied, "not real."

NOT REAL!!!" I wanted to scream.

Hence the word "fiction" which makes up half the genre!

I did not of course, as I said we should treat everyone with the same respect and dignity, even if they are stupid can't completely comprehend what's going on around the world.

And so the girl returned to the land of hobbits and elves, while I returned to Gemma Ward doing whatever she does that makes her millions of dollars each year.

I was going to make this post longer, but I'll keep it for tomorrow. Before I go here's a nice picture:

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This is all the pain, sweat and sore eyes complied together through my HSC year. All my notes, exercises, past papers and all the texts I've had to read all piled up on top of each other, sitting there, daring me to open them just for another read. I'm totally up for the NSB bonfire night now.
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