𝕏𝚒𝚊𝚗𝚐𝕪𝚒 | 廖翔毅 🅴 @xy.liao Instagram

𝕏𝚒𝚊𝚗𝚐𝕪𝚒 | 廖翔毅 🅴

@xy.liao 📝 Sharing moments & discoveries ⠀ 📸 Obsession is sooo real 📸 🙈 Can I grab another #BubbleTea, while you’re 👀’ing? I think, yes😋

2020-04-06 10:00:45

#DayXintoQuarantine 😬 Can’t complain. My new normal be like...⁣ ⁣⁣ 🌥️ Morning – Wake up at 10ish, check my phone, and struggle to decide if it’s too early for lunch. End up giving in to the lure of the warm duvet (but 12 is where I draw the line)⁣ 😴💤🙈⁣ ⁣⁣ 🌤️ Afternoon – Heavy study sesh (details are not that intriguing for y’all), with family facetime and #StayHome workout fitted in on some days 📚 🏠🏋🏻‍♂️⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🌙 Evening – Binge watch photography classes on @Skillshare, intermittently alternating between TikTok and Instagram. Fall asleep probs catching up on Weibo feed📸😂🥱⁣ ⁣⁣ ❓ What about y'all? Any recos for killing quaran-time? Books are canceled atm☝🏻, but movies and series are welcome 😍⁣ (😉currently saying yes to sci-fis and comedies, any language!)

2020-03-30 16:33:21

#StressHack 😌 You'd think I must be crazy if I tell you this pic was taken in a mega busy week where task emails were coming at me like a thousand piranhas🌊 It's not that I was confident that I was able to finish everything on time. It's exactly the opposite😱⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🙇🏻‍♂️Instead of working my butt off with that weighed down feeling, I decided to just forget about it all – take a walk (not an option now😫), have some chat, snap some photos... Did I lose time? Yes, technically⏳⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 💁🏻‍♂️BUT, like they say, the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted. This little break helped me unload stress and get unstuck! 😅 And Oh, sorry for letting you down: the happy ending is exactly as cliched as you might think. 💌 But the message here is: hitting the pause button can sometimes boost our efficiency. ⁣ ⁣ (💕Pro tip: This is essentially different from throwing in the towel. Rather, it’s a break you grant yourself to restrategize with a clearer head. Knowing the right moment to do that is also pretty tricky, ya know😂)

2020-03-26 14:09:55

#ThrowbackThursday 💫 to last year today, when I was exploring Greenwich with the incredible @veko___ , at a time when Londoners' Instagram feed was bursting with cherry blossoms. 🌸 However, it seemed that we were there just to prove that late March was still a bit early for cherry trees to flower, but we were lucky to find lots of other photogenic floral spots that Greenwich had to offer💐⁣ ⁣ 💁🏻‍♂️And guess what, on one of the blossoming trees, we found some #Martenitsi – lovely ornaments that Bulgarians wear to ward off evil spirits and welcome spring!🥂A big shout-out to @veko___ for opening the door for me to a whole new culture! 🙈But what I really cared about was, “can I pick one off and keep it? Cuz they're cute!” Veko was like 🤣🤣🤣. Well, I thought, if I didn't, somebody would eventually, amiright?⁣ ⁣ As I write this caption, many more funny moments are flooding back. 🥺 Missing those days soooo much! Wish I could go back one more time!

2020-03-23 11:59:41

#SummerCravings 🛶 There's Venice in the south, and then there's this place. ❄️ Although people call it the Winter Canal, it somehow gives me the feel of summer – even during the snow season – maybe because of the warm color of the surrounding buildings, or maybe because of the Venicy-looking double arches🤷🏻‍♂️⁣ ⁣ 🤔And at the back of my mind, I'm convinced that I have seen a similar bridge in some Venice photo, but I can't find it now (the No. 1 trigger of frustration in life, somebody help me!🤦🏻‍♂️). But you know what, as I look back at my pictures, I really wanna grab a gelato right now so bad!😫

2020-03-16 16:32:49

#SmileAndCarryOn 😔Dear friends: I came to you today with a heavy heart and a message of hope. Amidst this global uncertainty, it’s high time to...⁣ ⁣ ... to revisit some old photos😅, as an alternative to being unhappy and frustrated with the current situation. 😫I know how it feels to have our planned trips canceled because I myself have been working on my big post-graduation round Europe travel plan for ages (literally!), and now, mission aborted, thanks to this coronacrisis🥺⁣ ⁣ 👉🏻BUT, it's not the end of the world! We can actually stay where we are and reminisce about our previous great trips with our old photos. I’m simply suggesting a middle ground between stay and go (the biggest dilemma in the world, I know🤦🏻‍♂️). Hopefully, one of those good old forgotten photos will put a smile on us until the end of this mess!😃

2020-03-14 15:10:41

#StreetScene 🎠that almost took me back in time. ⁣ ⁣ 🤩 The imperial grandeur was already so palpable in the buildings on the Palace Square. 👑 And these costumed characters easily made me conjure up an image of the royals enjoying the best of their life outdoors on a sunny afternoon☀️⁣ ⁣ One second I felt so caught up in a reverie and the next I was pulled back into reality: 🐻 a "Russian bear" came out of nowhere asking me if I'd like to take a photo with him. 😅No thanks! I've got pics with the real ones. You're too late! He then proposed to give me a bear hug and then peace out!✌️

2020-03-11 15:30:01

#RetailTherapy ❓ When it comes to shopping, I must admit that I’m a bit “slow”. The first day I returned to London, I bought a power bank that set me back 84 pounds. Would you believe that?! I was probably still in the rubles mindset, and it was not until the next day that I realized I got ripped off. I just can’t get over how I got myself into a stupid deal like that.⁣ ⁣ And that’s not the only thing. I always rope my friends into these stupid gimmicks. Like last time, when I saw a big 70% off sticker on a storefront, I was like: Awesome, we gotta have a look inside! ⁣ My friend: I won’t be surprised by the hefty price tags.⁣ Me: Come on, there’s nothing to lose!⁣ ...⁣ We got in and out real quick🙈

2020-03-09 15:13:24

#RedColor 🎈always gives me good vibes, because, in Chinese culture, red is synonymous with celebration, good luck, success, and joy. 😍We adore this color! So do Russians, it seems! I've lost count of how many red things I've seen here – red clothes, red structures & buildings, red vehicles, etc. – even the city flag of SPb is mainly red!🚩⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 💯It all made sense when I learned that "красный" ("red" in Russian) used to mean "beautiful" at one time. 📮Although today "красивый" is the normal word for "beautiful", we can still find "крас", the beauty of red, deeply rooted in this word and the word "прекрасный" (meaning "excellent").📍There are actually plenty of places in Russia with "red" in their names, like the Red Bridge, Red Sqaure, Red Valley, etc. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Now, why don't we go paint the town red tonight? (🤬Damn, not on Monday!)

2020-03-06 10:57:54

#OrthodoxChristianity ☦️ sounds totally alien to me, but these onion-domed cathedrals look so attractive that I just can't help checking them out. 🙈The last time my friend and I were inside a major cathedral, we were acting like little kids at Christmas, extremely excited but also frustrated, not knowing what to look at first but not wanting to miss a thing in sight either. 🧐I think perhaps it’s about time to bump up my religious literacy – one cathedral at a time – while I’m here (while the snow is transforming them into a dreamy wonderland, I mean). ⁣ ⁣ The cathedral in the pics was dedicated to St. Nicholas, AKA the patron saint of Russia and Greece or the protector of travelers and sailors⛵. It sits at a nice location, west of central SPb, where two canals meet and where sailors settled in the past. ⚓ For a long time, it served as the sacred shrine for the Russian Navy, evident from the walls with scenes in memory of the sailors who lost their lives in historic battles. ⛪ I'd say it's undoubtedly the finest baroque-style orthodox cathedral I've visited so far. Underrated, but picture-perfect. Be warned, no photography allowed inside🙅🏻‍♂️

2020-03-03 16:52:05

#greetingsfromthenorth ☃️ For a southerner like me whose own city is 99.99% snow-free, wandering around the snowland certainly feels like a dream come true. ❄️I wish we could get some heavier snowfalls, or some rime ice on trees at least, but, just like they say, this is the hottest winter on record for Russia (⚠️ Climate change is sooo real!). ⁣ ⁣ Anyway, my eyes had a great time, BUT I can feel every cell of the rest of my body is protesting: my nose’s red (meteorologically-imposed camera shy🤓), fingers are stiff, feet are frozen, even though I’m already on Eskimo mode! 🤷🏻‍♂️ Well, I guess I’ll have to keep telling myself that nothing comes without a price.

2020-02-29 11:17:51

#IAmNotAVirus Right, I know that the festive season was over some time ago, and the next big holiday is months away, but I still feel the start of this year is just so surreal. When I got back from London, the Orthodox Christmas was just under way here in Russia. Everywhere was beautifully decked out with Christmas trees & lights. Just when I thought this time I could have double Christmas plus one Spring Festival, the coronavirus broke out and spread so quickly that even people living miles away from the epicenter were freaked out, and some even started acting insensibly. ⁣ ⁣ It broke my heart when I heard my Chinese friend here got called the “v-word” and rejected by an Uber driver. Luckily, that kind of attack has not (never, let’s hope) happened to me. But since the epidemic outbreak, I've started feeling mega self-conscious every time I’m out on the streets. But what makes me feel better though is that still, some people come up to me asking for directions, for a lighter or to take photos for them. But sometimes I just feel down and so concerned about the stigma associated with the Asian community, and I just wish and wish that this virus could be wiped off the face of the earth very soon!

2020-02-27 09:58:32

#colorsofthecity 🌈 You'll never guess what the former paint colors of #Hermitage were! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🎨The past 255 years has seen great changes in its exterior color, from a warmer color scheme to a somewhat cooler one (That sounds more like a Winter Palace!), the painted colors including different shades of yellow🌼, terracotta red🧱, orange🍊, ivory grey🌫️ and finally the current light turquoise🧼⁣ ⁣⁣ 🙈 For what it’s worth, the “birthday suit” of Hermitage was VANILLA!🍦


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