So thrilled to be back on music. Jazz Recording session for my new YouTube Channel for 2020!
Guitarist: Nick di Giovanni (based in Montreal)
♦ Outfits ♦
Clothes: Club Monaco
Shoes: Charles & Keith
Nail Polish: Alloya
In love with being a Slashie:''musician & blogger''.
Since the release of my original EP album: The Journey on Earth Vol.2, "Stories of Time", I decided to put a pause on my musical work after I finished all the promotional concerts and media interviews in Asia, America, and Europe back in 2017. In this way, I successfully shifted my focus to my identity as a blogger in 2018.
Sincerely, the year of music suspension was very worthwhile. In the aspect of the growth of my blogger career, I have finished redesigning my blog. In fact, when it comes to things about beauty, I feel more comfortable to design them by myself so I could make sure they are pitch-perfect. In addition, I started to cooperate with many manufacturers. I opened a fashion online-store and started understanding the operation of the internet business. As a full-time blogger, I had to transform the original 100% art brain into a 50%-50% business-art brain due to the difference of the work nature. This kind of art/business combination is what I have been longing for, so my inner balance is now on a supreme status!
In terms of music, there is a feeling of “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Because of the “absence”, I could then precipitate myself. With the precipitation, I therefore truly understand what music means to me—love. Music provides my soul with a sense of existence while presenting a sense of belonging for every performance and creation of mine. That is, I know music is indeed my true vocation and the meaning of life!
Carrying various cultural energies of each trip, remembering the construction of self-confidence, and fulfilling the balance of the inner self, I hereof announce my return to music. I will rekindle the curiosity of all kinds of new music. Followed by a new perspective, feeling, and perception, I am ready to greet my inborn talent! In this journey, I am grateful to have all of these splendid outcomes I experienced.
自2017年發行原創EP系列：地球旅程第二輯： “時間故事” ，在亞洲、美洲、歐洲進行宣傳音樂會及媒體訪問後。我決定 2018年先把音樂工作暫停，將主力移轉到部落格經營。
這暫停音樂的一年，非常的值得，在部落格成長方面，重新設計改版（我喜歡自己設計，覺得所有跟美有關的作品，都要自己創作）開始與許多廠商合作、開設時尚商店、搞懂網路事業的運作，當起全職部落客，因為工作性質的不同，所以把原本的 100 % 藝術腦，轉 50%為商業腦。這樣的藝術＋商業組合，是我一直以來所盼望的，讓內在達到一種完美平衡！
Every voyage is a journey of the soul.
I have been living abroad for so many years and traveling so many times, still, expectations of every trip never wane. Every time, I couldn’t help but wonder that how much I could enhance my inner self, how much myths could be unlocked, how many pieces could be reorganized, how much impurities could be deposited, how many horizons would be expanded, and how much calm I could obtain!
Everyone grows in a miscellaneous way. Some grow up in the integration of gender relations, others grow up in the tension of parent-child relationship, and while others grow up in the shackles of workplace connections. As for myself, I guess I was determined to grow up in travel because of my keenness, independence, and curiosity.
In fact, I never thought that I would live and grow in this way. I thought my life would be like: After I graduated from university and returned to Taiwan, I stayed in Taiwan and worked in a variety of musical jobs. Presumably got married when I turned 30. Nevertheless, the destiny of the arrangement was always beyond expectation. I unconsciously walked towards a life that completely escaped the general framework. After moving to New York since my 30s, I was free to greet the splendid and wonderful life and accept dark challenges unpreparedly! I never thought about traveling alone all over the world, never thought about being a musician and a blogger at the same time. Let alone having my Chinese music creation album boarded so many American media!
Countless men asked me out, having dealt with so many dates/relationships, yet it is just unexpectedly difficult to find the Mr. right!
Therefore I understood! No lifestyle is perfect, everyone enjoys life and faces challenges simultaneously.
Accept your life and your own way of growth, I know that this is not easy, but in this way, we could fully absorb and metamorphose into a greater self. We enjoy the good and of course the difficulties. After all, the place we reside is earth, not paradise. Everyone has lessons to learn in this world. Therefore we are here to discover, visit, experience, and love!
There are often times we fail to understand the “whys”, but when we move on to the next stage and look back, we would smile for what we have achieved. Every process of each paragraph has its own beauty which shapes our delicate souls into a perfect state. 🙂
♥ Special Thanks to Centurion Suitcases
每一次的旅行，都是一場心靈之旅。Amanda x 百夫長
♥ Special Thanks to Centurion Traveling Suitcases 百夫長旅行箱
♥ Special Thanks to Centurion Traveling Suitcases 百夫長旅行箱
As the world bellwether in the professional nail care industry, OPI is devoted to providing high-quality products. Known for its and fashionable colors and exceptional outcomes, it offers affordable luxury for all women and beauty salons around the world.
Just like me, I believe that many people like the effects that manicures and pedicures bring us, but still praying for our nails from all those trimming. Luckily, OPI apparently heard our prayers and thus developed a series of “ Infinite Shine ”, a 3-step system which provided gel-like shine. Its coloring method is just like ordinary nail polish. Without containing any component of resin which is usually seen in gel nails, the new series doesn’t require the procedure of putting your hands under the LED light.
Step 1. Use “Shine Primer” and apply one coat to each nail.
Step 2. Choose your Infinite Shine shade and apply two thin coats to each nail.
Step 3. Coated with the little black bottle, “Infinite Shine Gloss”, and apply one coat to each nail.
Isn’t it is easy and effective to create a gel-nail-like effect with the traditional way of coloring at home?
My finishing work here is with passionate red and dark brown. It is sparkling, saturated, deep, and so eye-catching!
In addition, there are so many dreamy and beautiful colors to choose from.
Astonished and appreciated as I am, OPI is definitely well deserved. Come join me! Experience the new gel texture and the convenience of traditional nails, it will surely bring you lots of surprises.
指甲油界大佬 “OPI” 飽和的色彩和上色時的均勻，都顯示了它扎實的高質感，
所以一直是全球女性的最愛、全球沙龍的首選。相信很多人都跟我一樣很喜歡光療效果，卻又不想在卸甲時被磨傷指甲。近幾年 OPI 大概是聽到了我們的心聲，所以研發了凝膠感的 “如膠似漆系列”，只要三個步驟，即可達成光療效果。也因為是指甲油成份，不是光療的樹酯成分，所以不用照燈，上色方式跟一般傳統指甲油一模一樣！
步驟三： 小黑瓶 “護甲油”
No more waiting
When it comes to buying fancy boutiques, I usually think about what to buy first, then I will hold back and buy them until I visit Europe, because I really don't like the feeling of buying the same goods at a higher price.
But since I met the German boutique e-commerce platform: Mytheresa, I didn’t have to fight with my inner struggles anymore. <3
There are more than 200 brands on Mytheresa! Any first-line boutiques that you can think of: GUCCI, PRADA, Miu Miu, YSL, Jimmy Choo, Burberry... (you name it!) Except for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Celine. However, B\basically, they almost have it all.
The prices are almost the same in Europe (not including VAT and shipping fee). When the item is delivered to your country, they will send a message to you and inform you to pay the tax (in my experience, 12%), then you can pay it online or let the DHL pay in advance, and then pay it once the item is delivered to you. (However, it still depends on the situation in each country.)
The most important point is: there are often promotions! The activities I have encountered include: limited time global free shipping, free shipping or discount of 200 euros when reaching an amount, discount area, the prices of non-discounted goods will sometimes be reduced too, and lastly the normal discount code 10% off. It is truly cheaper than buying in Taiwan or in North America!
When I bought the Valentino Garavani Lock Small leather shoulder bag recently, I just had 200 Euros off including free shipping and I saved for a total of 220 Euros! The DHL workflow is clearly rewarding and fast. Whether I am in Taiwan or North America, I usually receive the parcel three days later.
In addition to Valentino Garavani Lock Small leather shoulder bag, I also bought PRADA Printed canvas tote, Givenchy Scarf, and Valentino Garavani Rocketed slides.
Seriously, the prices make me feel like shopping in Europe!
All in all, I can only tell you that: With Mytheresa, there will be no more holdbacks and no more pondering. 😉 Come join me and wish you a pleasant shopping experience!
標價跟歐洲專櫃差不多 (不包含增值稅和運費），等物品送到你所在的國家時，會簡訊通知要付多少關稅（我的經驗是12 %)， 可預先線上付稅或讓物流 DHL 代墊，等貨送到府時，再繳給DHL。（視每個國家情況不同而定）
最近買 Valentino Garavani Lock Small leather shoulder bag 時，剛好遇上滿額減免200歐元又免運，共省了220歐！DHL 作業流程清晰回報，而且速度很快。不論我在台灣或北美，通常都三天後就收到。
除了 Valentino Garavani Lock Small leather shoulder bag, 最近還陸續買了 PRADA Printed canvas tote, Givenchy Scarf, Valentino Garavani Rocketed slides.
只能說：Mytheresa 讓我不用再忍耐，免於朝思暮想 😉 你趕快也來體驗這美好的購物經驗吧！
I believe that we all have once heard about the saying: Money is merely a series of numbers in the eyes for rich people. The psychology behind this is based on the sense of the security of rich people. They stand far above money and rise up with majestic wings.
I think the concept for “Age” should likewise be the same. In the face of the irreversible phenomenon of physiological growth, our mindsets are what truly matters.
As time goes by and experiences of life continue to add on, one could easily show a worldly and humble empathy. Our eyes would, therefore, emit understanding, mercy, and inclusiveness that erase our ever growing crow’s feet.
As we never take anything for granted and still fulfilling our every step and realizing our every dream, we would then naturally shine with satisfaction and self-confidence. A rather slow metabolism would even break its constraint and make our bodies fit again.
The inner light within us can defeat the fear of aging; the self-sufficiency we foster can make us override the age.
Time still passes by, but we confront it with our free and fruitful souls. What about the boundaries set by the age? We play it cool, and let the story tell for itself.
♦ Fashion Style ♦
Coat: Soia & Kyo
Boots: Stuart Weitzman（similar here）
Purse: Chanel Wallet On Chain (similar here)
Suitcase: sponsored by: Arowana
Nail Polish: sponsored by e-nail
Castle in heavy rain
Continuing the previous two articles, "The ability of solo traveler," this one aims to share "Stay calm when in peril."
In 2017, I went on a trip to the country of the fairy tale—Prague. On the hill, there was the world's largest castle "Prague Castle".
As I admired the scenery, I slowly climbed up the mountain top.
Outside the ancient castle, a huge square resided, and a stage was being built in the middle of the square. When I took a closer look...wow! It turned out that there was a classical Jazz crossover performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic in the evening. I thought to myself that what an astonishing coincidence this was because I got to watch the show after visiting the castle.
The evening square is crowded with a welcoming audience. The music was very satisfying, and the atmosphere was mesmerizing. Seemingly, everything looked flawless, however, suddenly it started to rain like cats and dogs!!! I noticed everyone fled in every direction. Some hiding from the rain, while others rushing down the mountain... The eaves of nearby buildings were all too small to hide from the rain.
After all, afraid of slipping, I didn't dare to rush down the mountain. As time went by, it was late and I was not familiar with the area. The only thing that I could do was to hide in a tiny eave, facing against the street.
Before long, my back was totally toasted, in the end, every part of my body was soaked. At that moment, I knew my utmost priority was to protect my bag from getting wet. My bag was my savior, with phone and charger, I could ask Uber to turn the tide. Time was seen to froze and my prayers were within the air, wishing the rain to stop little by little...
To be honest, in this kind of situation—when all the tension, panic, and fear crawl on you—I forced myself to stay calm. We all know that these emotions are always inevitable. They will not bring you any good and the situation would only get more chaotic. Therefore, I tried to calm my nerves and I thought to myself:
“I still have my phone and the battery hasn’t run out yet.”
“Though fewer and fewer, at least there are still some people here.”
“The castle in the moonlight rain looks more romantic than the daytime.”
“It doesn't matter if my whole body is wet since my shirt is already quite transparent. it just only gets a little more transparent. ;)”
“Fortunately, there is no wind, so I will not catch a cold. Also, being washed by super heavy rain? People don’t get this kind of experiences all the time right?”
When the rain finally got smaller, I hurried to the Greek style temple-like building on the opposite side. Standing under the pillars, I started booking an Uber. Nonetheless, there may be too many people affecting the signal or reserving the cars at the same time. There were two times when the car was approaching, but suddenly it became another car that was still far away... Thirty minutes had I been waiting and three times had I missed the chance of grabbing the car and finally! Finally, I got in the car!
As soon as I got on the car, a very musty smell startled me. Though feeling uncomfortable, I told myself not to pay attention to the smell, because at least I got in the car, the driver was friendly, and all hassles were about to end once reached the accommodation!
As soon as I was in my room, I immediately took a hot shower. Just by the time that I was enjoying myself, the water was no longer warm... I could only comfort myself that it was fine in hot summer days and I was lucky enough to even get to clean myself up.
Washed away the rain and the tiredness, calming myself from fear and anxiety, eventually, I could let my guards down. Laying on the bed and lifting my legs against the wall, I carefully picked up bits and pieces about what just had happened. I can’t figure out what forced me to calm down, and each scene flashed in my mind were as if battles in a nightmare.
With willpower to suppress the fear inside the heart, returning safely from the stormy mountains of an unfamiliar area, I thanked for everything.
I was grateful that my phone was not wet and dead, the Uber did come, and the driver was a good man.
Unintentionally, I understand my inner muscles have been strengthened again. 🙂
2017年，我到童話世界 “布拉格” 旅遊。山上有座全世界最大的古堡 “布拉格城堡”。我一邊欣賞風景、一邊慢慢爬上山。
傍晚的廣場，已擠滿一堆熱情的聽眾。音樂非常棒、氣氛非常高亢，就在一切看似完美時， 突然間，下起了滂沱大雨！！！只見大家鳥獸散，有的躲雨、有的往山下衝... 附近的建築屋簷都很短，沒有太大的遮雨作用。我不敢貿然下山，畢竟天色已晚，又對路不熟，也怕滑倒，只好躲在短短的屋簷，背對著街道，先是背部全濕，接著整個身體也濕透，我唯一保護在角落不能濕透的，就是包包，因為包包裡有手機、行動電源，可以叫Uber 來救我。於是我怎麼樣都不能讓包包淋濕，只能不斷禱告大雨趕快停。說真的不知過了多久，人已越來越少 ... 越來越少 ... 大雨總算一點 ... 一滴 ... 慢慢 ... 變小 ...
拿起手機叫 Uber, 可能天氣不好影響訊號或叫車的人太多，有兩次都是眼看車子快到，卻又突然變成另外一輛還在很遠處的車...
♦ Fashion Style ♦
Necklace: Chanel Coco Crush
Watch: Rolex, Lady DATEJUST 28mm
Nail Polish: Alloya
Suitcase Sponsored by: NaSaDen
Transforming the life experiences of the world-traveling into inspirational elements of the work
My extreme curiosity started at a very young age of mine. Wherever or whatever there is a new place or stuff, I just got to try and experience myself.
In early 2012, a sudden thought came to me out of nowhere---Moving to New York---and I DID! With not much money and without any specific reason, I literally moved there by the end of 2012. I didn’t even know why I should make such a decision like this, perhaps, I was just answering the inner callings from my soul. As my life after moving to New York? Wonderful! There is too much to talk about so I will describe them in another series.
In 2014, I considered that basically, I had collected pretty much about New York, so I applied for a language school in Milan. With the admission and the scholarships, my life in Europe successfully began. Most importantly, thanks to the convenient European railway, my horizon was massively broadened up by the end of 2015, because I was able to explore other cities instead of staying in Milan every day.
And that was the case, my solo traveling made my “physical” and “mental” world unlimited. I often checked the map and pinned a place, then I was there. After gaining all of these splendid experiences in life, I started to realize that everything just happened so naturally and it was totally not difficult or dangerous as I originally pictured.
Since the end of 2015, I have visited so many beautiful places: Rome, Venice, Turin, Florence, Parma, Lake Como, Paris, Pisa, Lake Lecco, Cremona, London (for two months), Oxford, Stone Henge, Bath, Windsor Castle, Edinburgh, and back to New York three times. And also Los Angeles, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Prague, Budapest, Rome again to perform my album, Siena, Luca, Montréal, San Francisco, Reykjavik, Vienna (twice), Dublin, Amsterdam, Nice, Monaco, and the second and third time in Paris.
There are deeper meanings in solo traveling. It was like “Life training courses” over and over again rather than just sightseeing tours. After visiting countless aesthetic and gorgeous places like palaces, churches and museums, these exquisite, elegant and unique works just omni-directionally fulfilled my cravings, thirst, and passion for art. Those spiritual and divinely masterpieces could always find a way to pound my soul. Nevertheless, the touches and vibrations also significantly imprinted in my body, so that I could utilize them and blend those strong emotions into my musical creations.
I also found and believed that…external traveling would always meet the needs of inner traveling.
A few years ago, what prompted me to advance was the enthusiasm for exploring the world and discovering more possibilities. Fortunately, I used the way to break through and escalate myself. However, as my mind, vision, and thinking patterns continue to expand, I have become an updated and better version of myself.
Started from this year, with all the harvest, I found an inner voice guiding me and I knew that it was time to settle everything down and put my past experience into the work, regardless gained from solo-traveling or those newly-acquired abilities, and continue to generate more creations, firmly and steadily embrace the next level of self-realization!
2012年初，“ 搬去紐約” 一個突如其來的念頭，這完全是個天外飛來一筆的想法，我都搞不清楚為什麼，應該是靈魂想要經歷吧！ 而我也真的在 2012 年底搬去了紐約。沒準備很多錢，不知道去了要做什麼，反正去了再說。關於紐約的生活，實在太精彩了，我得另外寫一篇。2014年，覺得在紐約的經驗搜集的差不多了，進而想體驗歐洲，順利申請到語文學校獎學金而搬去米蘭。2015 年底，原本只是覺得在每天待在米蘭無聊，既然歐洲鐵路超方便，那週末不如就到別的城市走走。
Alloya is a life-saver which solved my troubles for many years!
I believe that many girls would likewise adore the gorgeous effects of gel nail, but our nails just couldn’t bear those trimming and grinding during the removal. I once had my manicure done in three consecutive months, as a result, my nails turned fragile and sensitive. Even my manicurist warned me that I should let my nails rest for a few months. Actually, after such incidence, I dare not to do any gel nail again, because health is always way more important than anything, right?
However, everything has changed once I knew the special brand: Alloya.
You only need a layer of primer, then coated with a layer of nail gel and put your fingers under the UV lamp. Each finger only takes about 30~60 seconds! Sleek and simple! And when removing the gel, one could easily peel it off with a finger.
If you want your gel nails to stay a little longer, just try not to apply the primer and put on the nail gel directly. When removing, use the exclusive removal sets from Alloya to remove them. Whichever you prefer would all be convenient and healthy, isn't it fabulous?
Recently, I designed the combination of my gel nails with colors of dark blue, dark green, dutch blue, and then coated with silver glitters. The kind of the mysterious charm of the light symbols a sacred and hidden subconscious which is usually difficult to enter. Therefore, I named it "Subconscious Blueprint."
The other set of bright and crystal pink colors is a new color combination that will be launched soon. This kind of bare, transparent, and pure pink is also one of my favorites. I decided to name it “Beautiful Bare Bestie”, you could get the kit with the firsthand launch on 3/18 in Taiwan. I will keep you guys posted, so make sure to follow up. 🙂
而另一組粉嫩透亮潔淨的粉色系，是即將要上市的新色組合，我也非常喜歡這種粉、裸、透、淨的感覺，所以我稱它為『裸粉瑰密』 可以透過我在台灣時間 3/18日即將開始的團購搶先購買 🙂