Recess, rewind ...

Merry Christmas, hope you had an amazing weekend with your family, friends and food :)

I am a little late with my post, but I have a very good excuse. I have spent this Christmas in Belgium with my hubster's family, stuffing myself with gingerbread almond cookies, chocolates and croissants, chit-chatting and sleeping. We left Hong Kong last Friday night and we got back today. Annoyingly, I managed to catch  a terrible flu, so at the moment I am lying in bed being a vegetable.

I'll tell you all about my trip and show you photos of the food and family in the next post, but for now I just want to share with you a story about something really beautiful I witnessed yesterday morning. (I unfortunately had already packed away my camera so you will have to trust my words this time.)

We left Belgium Tuesday morning at 7am, embarking on a small road trip to Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris. I forgot how dark and miserable Europe is in winter. The sun does not rise until 8.30am and unlike in Hong Kong, the sunrise takes almost an hour. It is though, if you are lucky, a breathtaking process.

We get in the car, it's cold and pitch black,  I am feeling sleepy and slightly queasy from the the chocolates and all the sad goodbyes. My mind wanders off to the land of memories thinking about the last 3 days, we are listening to the radio and after almost an hour of pitch black darkness, the gloom of the night is slowly broken, as the sun sends its rays as messengers that bring colour and hope. I am about to witness the birth of a new day. 
The colours of the sky turn pink, orange and yellow, the rays paint the clouds, hypnotising with their primal beauty and laying the path for the arrival of the sun. Few moments later we witness a giant red burning circle slowly climbing over the horizon, powerful, undefeated by the winter darkness and the cold. In front of us is an endless road, surrounded by rolling hills, medieval castles and wind farms. It seems we can pause the time, drive forever into the unknown, just us and the giant sun. The pause button never works though and the sun climbs higher changing the colour to yellow, a new day has arrived.

P.S. Wearing Sandro parka (my best investment from last winter), Zara jeggings, Massimo Dutti jumper, old Russell&Bromley studded boots, Joseph cap I recently found in my wardrobe


  1. sounds like you had a wonderful winter holiday :D
    And this post was beautifully written.
    Feel better and get well soon! Hope you're getting a lot of rest~

  2. That is such a beautiful description of a sunrise. You are a brilliant writer. Rest lots, don't want you to be a vegetable for new years eve!

  3. That is such an adorable look that reminds me of Anastasia.
    I hope you get better soon. Chocolates a good medicine. Trust me lol

  4. Sounds so very beautiful.

    Have a wonderful New Year!

    ~ Clare x

  5. Oh no, I hope you get well as soon as possible! Definitely no fun being sick any time of the year. Thanks for sharing all of these lovely photographs of your Christmas weekend; it definitely seems/looks like it was a fantastic time xx

  6. Yes. It's dark and wintry here in Europe. The sun has been asleep all week. Warmly hoping you recover soon. I adore the images above. And I so love the images of You. Look after yourself.

  7. Tania, thank you for the heartwarming comment you've made on my blog. Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world but you're right, I can handle only so much shopping there. I've spent Christmas there once and you're absolutely right - shopping is a religion there.

    I've blown away by the lovely photos on your blog. What a stunning blog. I feel like I'm reading a magazine. I can't wait to go through your archive of posts.