Vacation Vlog – Hong Kong & Macau 2017

In this post, I will be showcasing a more detailed description about the places we went to during our short (2.5 days) stay in Hong Kong and Macau before heading to Japan.

Kwai Chung Plaza (葵涌廣場) – aka the mall with an all silver interior

Located right above the Kwai Fong MTR (HK’s subway line) station, this mall is a heaven for “street food”. By definition, street food is food sold by vendors on the road side, but I will loosely categorize this mall in that group as well. On the upper levels of this mall, you will find a countless number of small shops that sell street food and drinks – don’t expect a place to sit in the shops though as they are all storefront stalls. The kinds of food sold here range from the Hong Kong classics like curry fish balls and siu mai to food you will only expect from a restaurant like Japanese hand rolls. Trust me, one trip here is not enough to try everything.

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K11 Hong Kong Art Mall

To get here by MTR, get off at Tsim Sha Tsui station and follow signs to K11, it is very hard to miss as there is an entrance from the station to the first floor of the mall. The first floor of this mall houses an amazing shop called D-Mop Zone that stocks some of my favourite brands like Rick Owens, Marcelo Burlon, and Faith Connexion. If you are a fan of art, be sure to check this mall out because it is filled with lots of beautiful permanent and temporary art pieces, perfect for a photo-op.

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Galaxy Macau (澳門銀河綜合渡假城)

Macau is known as the Las Vegas of Asia, a place famous for its beautiful casino resorts and rich Portuguese culture. Although Galaxy Macau is neither the newest nor most luxurious casino resort, it is still one of the biggest and most expensive. As soon as you get off the ferry and out of immigration, the free Galaxy Macau shuttle bus is ready to take you directly to its entrance. Our experience there was wonderful as the staff was extremely friendly and spoke fluent English (if you do not speak Cantonese). Their facilities include an gigantic casino (~2000 game tables and game machines), six swimming pools (including a wave pool and lazy river), a luxury shopping mall (containing retail stores for Saint Laurent Paris, Maison Margiela, Gucci, LV, etc.) and many fancy restaurants and bars. If you wish to explore the city, they also offer free shuttle busses to Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro, AKA San Ma Lo (新馬路), which is located at the heart of Macau Peninsula.

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That Famous Tiffany-Blue Cafe (青洲灶記咖啡) – It actually doesn’t have an English name

Not only is Macau famous for their casino resorts, they are also famous for their pork chop buns. We searched around the area and found one that has pretty good reviews, plus they have a beautiful Tiffany-blue coloured exterior. Honestly, their pork chop bun was as good as any other place in Macau that sells it – it literally is a seasoned pork chop between two buns, which is kind of hard to mess up. The star of this restaurant is definitely their condensed milk French toast, which are chunks of thick-cut toast dipped in egg and deep friend, served with a generous topping of condensed milk.

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The Importance of Accessories

Accessorizing is a very important aspect of street style in my opinion, especially for guys. The execution of adding accessories to an outfit can elevate its aesthetics, or ruin it completely. In this blog post, I want to discuss 3 ways accessorizing has helped me enhance outfits or my lifestyle pictures.

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1. Match accessories based on style.

This may sound like a given, but the idea of flexing and showing off can sometimes cloud our own judgement. Let’s be real, some of us want to buy nice things so we can flex on social media. Often times, the mistake is in poor execution – by that I mean the accessories and the outfit just don’t go together. If you are trying to enhance your outfit by accessorizing, make sure the aesthetics match. I usually prefer minimalistic accessories because they tend to have a longer lifespan and are more versatile, meaning they can be incorporated into many outfits.

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Off-White “Tie-Down” Industrial Belt

2. Base your outfit around a statement piece.

Statement pieces are bold articles of clothing or accessories that are iconic and often times the most eye-catching piece being worn. With that being said, rarely should you ever be wearing more than one statement piece at a time due to how loud they are – with a few exceptions, notably Supreme (see @miho_umeboshi for reference). I personally like to accompany a bold statement piece with a more toned down look because I want to make that the main focal point with nothing else offsetting the balance. That and I don’t want to catch too much attention in public in fear of getting mugged.

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3. There is no lifestyle without style.

Wallets and bags also fall under the umbrella of accessories. Putting them in lifestyle or food pictures helps add a more human element to the composition. You can say this is a very “basic bitch” way of capturing lifestyle, I won’t (and can’t) deny that, but it is proven to work. Coffee pictures, if not taken stylistically, is just an overdone picture with a boring subject – I believe by incorporating an accessory into the shot, it gives my audience a glimpse of what my style was at the time of that photo.

Affordable Rick Owens Inspired Outfit

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Photographed by Jesica Chan

Jacket – Insight51

Shirt – Uniqlo Heattech

Denim – Zara (tapered by tailor)

Shoes – Rick Owens DRKSHDW Canvas Ramones

Toronto’s spring temperature can be quite a weird time when it comes to fashion and weather appropriate attire. It is often not quite warm enough to completely ditch our jackets, but at the same time, too cold to for shorts. In this post, I will be sharing an affordable spring-appropriate Rick Owens inspired outfit to hopefully encourage you guys to try something different.

Rick Owens, from my personal experience, is a very unique brand with very few others like it. To elaborate, it is a brand with heavy emphasis on detailing and cutting to present a very modern avant-garde silhouette. That being said however, his pieces are as beautiful as they are expensive – with t-shirts averaging the mid hundreds and shoes starting at around a grand a pair. I understand the price point may turn a lot of people off, but trust me when I say you don’t need to break the bank to recreate the aesthetics of most brands, all you need is are key pieces. In Rick Owens’ case, I believe the shoes are a vital piece to complete the look. For example:

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For the foundation of my outfit, I chose the canvas Ramones from Rick Owens’ DRKSHDW line. These shoes are great for an entry level piece because it is an iconic silhouette that can be worn in a variety of styles (if you guys would like a post about it, let me know and I’d be very happy to whip something up). Regarding the DRKSHDW line, it is often associated with materials like denim, cotton, and leather trimmings; as opposed to the main line which is used with more premium materials like leather and silk. To go along with the Rick Owens aesthetics of dark and modern, I paired the shoes up with a Uniqlo Heat Tech, Insight51 mid-length jacket, and a pair of Zara black denim that I got tapered. I feel like this casual take on the brand’s style is a very great stepping stone into this side of the fashion world.

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Currently my 2 favourite Instagram influencers that incorporate Rick Owens into their outfits are @dpleung and @ldn2hk. Often times I would pull up their feed while standing in front of my closet for references and ideas. As always, I really appreciate the support from you guys and feel free to let me know your thoughts.

Brunch Date – Té

Spring is finally upon us and hibernation season has come to an end. What that means for myself and Jes is we can finally get out of bed without staying under the covers for hours and actually make use of our morning – which usually involves weekend brunch. I actually only found out about  a couple of weeks ago when I was looking through Instagram stories and stumbled upon a glorious picture of their Chai Milk Té. The alcoholic in me stared at the words bubble tea cocktail, and by the next heartbeat, we made a brunch reservation.

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The Chai Milk Té ($13.00)

As soon as we sat down, I ordered what made me want to come here in the first place, their Chai Milk Té. According to their menu, the ingredients include vodka, amaretto, vanilla chai, cream, cinnamon stick, and mini tapioca pearls. Realistically, that combination of flavours should work well with each other to create a delicious bubble tea inspired cocktail.  I think what made me disappointed wasn’t so much the (lack of) alcohol ratios, but more so lack of a chai flavour profile. For those who have not been exposed to chai, it is generally a black tea brewed with many fragrant herbs and spices – such as cardamom pods, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, etc. What I ended up drinking was a slightly alcoholic brown-coloured water with a floating cinnamon stick and a couple of tapioca pearls added in. Despite the rough start, it wouldn’t be brunch unless we actually fill up our stomaches with real food.

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Dark-Spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Egg Waffle ($18.00)

When it comes to brunch, I feel like I am in the minority when it comes to ordering food. Typically on Instagram and food blogs, brunch pictures involve eggs benedict or some really fancy looking pancakes. Us on the other hand, we order and share what sounds the most greasy and unhealthy on the menu, in this case, their Dark-Spiced Taiwanese Fried Chicken and Egg Waffle and Bulgogi Burger with French Fries. Long story short, chicken was moist and seasoned beautifully, egg waffles were crispy on the outside, warm and fluffy on the inside, and balanced very well with maple syrup. Personally, I think their Bulgogi Burger was definitely the highlight of this meal. There is just something so satisfying about burger-shaped food where we eat with our hands and make a mess. I mean at the end of the day, what is there to not like about bulgogi, a runny fried egg, wasabi mayo, and friend onions squished between sesame buns?

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Bulgogi Burger with French Fries ($16.00)

All in all, I would say Té executed their Asian-inspired brunch pretty well. The biggest disappointment was their cocktail, it has so much potential to be a top-seller if they improve on getting the correct flavour profile. Would I come back for brunch? Probably, but I would take my day-drinking elsewhere.

2017 – Personal Goals Going Forward

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Photographed by Jesica Chan

Bag – Supreme FW 15 Contour Hip Bag

Bomber – Represent Oblivion Bomber Jacket

Hoodie – ASSC Mindgames Hoodie

Tee – H&M Striped Extended Tee

Shorts – Fear of God Cotton Drop-Rise Shorts

Leggings – Fear of God Waffle Knit Leggings

Shoes – Y-3 Yohji Run

First and foremost, my name is Charles @thatscharles and welcome to my first ever blog post. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I want to start this project as a way to get my name out  and open more doors for my future. If you would like to follow me on this journey, grab some popcorn and get comfortable because this could end wonderfully or like the Titanic (the ocean liner, not the movie).

Expectations

Often times, expectation and reality  do not go hand in hand with each other. If you asked me where I saw myself after graduating from university, I would have probably said teaching or something with music. Here we are now, two years after graduation – I am working a regular 9 to 5, not on bottom of the office food chain, but definitely nowhere close to the top. Through the melancholic lifestyle we call “adulthood”, I found enjoyment out of sharing the attractive aspects of my life (dates, fashion, and travel to name a few) through photography.

Content Creation

The current plan for this blog will is an outlet for me to create content surround male lifestyle and fashion. I plan to split this blog into four categories – Lifestyle (food, dates, shopping, personal care), Fashion (self-explanitory), Travel (vacations and trips), and Advice (personal experiences).

Youtube Channel

Youtube has always been something I really want to try out as it is a very interesting way to showcase who I am to the world. I believe video is a format that can portray real personalities that photographs fall short of. The current plan to start a Youtube channel will hopefully begin by the end of May once I return from my trip to Hong Kong and Japan.