Light And Reflections

As we near the end of January, I cannot quite believe that a month has already passed. It has also been 5 weeks since I enjoyed the feel of the warm sun on my back while savouring my experience on our family vacation in the Dominican Republic. It has been five weeks since I relaxed by the pool or on the beach reading my book. Time has gone by so quickly.

I loved seeing the view of the ocean from the beach. We also discovered the sea view from a newly opened pool – what a treat!

The light caused a beautiful reflection on the pool. As not many people had yet discovered the pool, its serene waters were not disturbed by the enjoyment of those soaking up the sun.

We never had a chance to immerse ourselves in these pristine waters, preferring instead to swim in the sea or the larger pools. However, while we were there sipping our cocktails, we did enjoy the view and the peaceful atmosphere.

What were you doing five weeks ago?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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New Year Lanterns

Saturday was the start of the lunar New Year and, as per tradition, my family and I celebrated its beginning. This year we decided to go to the buffet at a local restaurant instead of cooking at home. The food is not totally authentic Chinese, but the atmosphere is fantastic.

We loved seeing the red lanterns that decorated the restaurant. They really give an air of festivity to the space.

The photos I took with my phone don’t quite show the richness of colour that had invaded the space, but they do give a sense of it. I enjoyed walking under the bright colours to choose the dishes that I wanted to taste.

The restaurant was extremely busy with the normal Saturday evening clientele as well as the families that were there to celebrate the start of the new lunar year.

My family an I had a wonderful time. We enjoyed the food and the conversation flowed easily. It was definitely a good start to the New Year.

Do you celebrate the beginning of the lunar year? If so, I wish you a wonderful Year of the Rat.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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January Journaling

January has been my second month of bullet journaling and I am enjoying the process so far. I find setting up the spreads relaxing as I let my mind wander while creating. For my January spreads, I decided to use the theme of Chinese lanterns as this month sees the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

It was fun drawing all the lanterns and I was delighted to see the result. Opposite my cover page for the month, I decided to choose a bookish quote. My daughter found the perfect one for me from Harry Potter.

It did take me a while to draw all the little lanterns for all the spreads – especially as I use the A4 size journal. The time doodling and colouring, however, passed quickly while I listened to music and chatted with my daughters if they were sitting at the table with me.

I have started tracking certain habits – especially those that are linked with my annual goals. It has been interesting for me to see the trends.

My weekly spreads have definitely been a delight. I am recording any tasks and events that have been planned for the week. I am also using the page as a journal to record my thoughts and experiences.

I am enjoying the lantern lights that I have created for January. Now I need to think of the theme I should use to create pages for February.

Have you created January spreads for your journal/planner?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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Asian Fusion Tastes

While on holiday in the Dominican Republic, we had the opportunity to try a number of restaurants and tastes. My husband wanted to try the Asian Fusion and we were lucky enough to get a booking.

As we approached the restaurant, it looked promising. I loved the entrance to the place, the night lights making it appear inviting.

I enjoyed the look and feel of the restaurant once we had entered the space. The lighting was intimate and the decorations were a delight to look at.

The food was beautifully presented.

The tastes, however, were far below what we expected. As I said to my husband, it is best we don’t go to a restaurant that offers food which we cook at home. We are disappointed every time.

Do you enjoy tasting Asian Fusion food?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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Working By Lamplight

Since the beginning of 2020, we have been experiencing overcast, grey days (I am really missing the sun and the long walks on the beach we experienced on our vacation). When I get home, the light we do experience is already fading requiring us to put on the lights in our place.

This week I am trying to finish the setup of my bullet journal and the dim and fading light makes it difficult for me to see the dots in the journal. My daughter has loaned me her lamp and now whenever I feel the creative urge, I am able to journal no matter what the natural light.

The lamplight is perfect and enables me to journal a little every day. I do miss the natural light though and wish daily to see the sun and blue skies.

Do you work by lamplight?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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Pool Lights

At the resorts, pools are emptied by 6pm as they are cleaned of the day’s activities. At this time, dinner restaurants are opened and the nightly entertainment begins. The pool, however, still shows an attractive face.

We loved the look of the pool near our hotel and at night time it looked really magical. I loved the blue of the night lights – such an attractive way to warn people that water is approaching.

Each night we walked by the beautiful sight while meandering along to the singing and dancing performances; and then saw this sight before entering the building that housed our room.

What do you think of the pool night lights?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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Guiding Lights

Natural light leaves quickly in the Dominican Republic! On one of our first beach walks, my husband and I were caught unawares and needed to make our way back to our room in the dark. Luckily the way back from the beach was beautifully lit.

The night lights give the resort a different feel and added another dimension to our explorations.

Do you enjoy walking at night while on vacation?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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CityLights

As the sun sets on the city, natural light vies for attention with man-made light.

During the winter, I often notice the earlier setting sun as I move between evening chores. During that in-between moment, I find the city-lights to look almost beautiful.

Do you often notice the lighting at twilight?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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Christmas Tree Glory

The resort we stayed at in the Dominican Republic featured a beautiful Christmas tree in the lobby of each hotel.

I loved the vibrant red that had been placed on the tree as well as the glittery decorations.

At night time, though, the tree’s glory really shone through.

I could never have a Christmas tree like this at home as we do not have the space. So every time we passed the lobby or entered in the space, I enjoyed the tree’s beauty.

I saw this tree most often as it stood in the lobby of the hotel I stayed at. I did have the chance to see many other decorated trees around the resort but this was the one I saw the most.

Do you prefer the tree lighted or unlighted?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

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Angels on High

When at the resort last week, I admired some of the Christmas decorations that had been put up. I much preferred the more delicate and more ornate ones to the tacky Santa Clause and Christmas tree blowups that sprinkled the resort.

I loved the angels set in the garden of our hotel lobby. During the day, the frames were nothing special to look at, but at night their light shone brightly.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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