I Met a Man

Hello readers! I hope your day is going well. I have some news that may come as a shock to many of you. I met a man and he is quite amazing. I have been single for so long, and proud to be. I felt like having a partner would weigh me down and take away from my freedom. My life was rich in friendship and socialization and I had no idea what a man could bring to my life.

I was at an art show a few weeks ago. I was staring at an art piece trying to determine the meaning behind the piece when a man came up and asked me how I interpreted the piece of art. We got to talking and I realized that he loved art as much as I did. It made conversation natural and easy. From there, we went on a couple dates and I was instantly hooked. He really is amazing and we have so much in common.

While our relationship is still pretty early, I decided to share him with all of you because I want you to understand what is going on in my life and how happy I am. Without this piece of information, you may not know why I am so happy or feel like I am hiding something from you.

This is all new to me, but I really am hoping that this relationship goes well. He makes me feel so happy and it is so exciting to begin to open up to someone who you have strong feelings for about something so emotional about art. I would ask for luck from you all, but don’t want to jinx anything. But what is meant to be will be, so I am holding onto that. And if not, it is fun to discuss art with someone else who loves it as much as I do.

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.

Planning a Trip to China

As someone who loves and adores Chinese art, you would think that I would have visited China many different times. But believe it or not, I have only visited a few times. I wish I had a good reason for this, but I really don’t. When I was working I had a busy schedule and planning trips was hard to do. But now, I just try to visit new places and since I’ve been, it is hard to justify going back when there are so many countries I have yet to visit. However, I finally decided to go back to the place where my heart loves and plan a trip to China.

During my trip, I am hoping to experience a few of the places that I have never been. I would love to spend a bit more time in more remote parts of China, rather than the mainstream, more touristy places. And of course, I would love to find some local artists to meet and potentially purchase art from.

I have a wall in my kitchen that is empty. I know that I want a piece of art for this wall, but I have yet to find the perfect oil painting for the space. So one of my goals on this trip is to find a piece of art that will fit in with my decor, while also speaking to my soul. If I find this piece, I would love to bring it home as both a way to memorialize my trip and show any visitors to my home the beauty that can be found within Chinese art.

My trip is still a couple of months away, so I have time to prepare and plan an itinerary. As I get closer, I look forward to sharing all of the details with all of you. If you have any tips about your favorite places to visit while in China, please pass them my way.

I’m Going Home

Hello there readers! I love to share all of the exciting things that are going in my life with you and today I have some really exciting news. I am planning a trip to go home. As I have mentioned before, I am originally from London in the United Kingdom, but have resided in Hong Kong for over 10 years now. However, all of my family still lives in London. And though it may be hard to believe since I am retired, but I rarely make it home because I am so busy. My mom has been asking me when I am coming home, so today I sat down and booked a ticket to go home.

After being away for a couple years, it is always a bit strange to go home. It feels like so much has changed, while at the same time, feeling like so much has remained the same. The things and places I loved as a kid are still there and bring back so many memories, while I get to see and experience new things and make new memories.

I am extremely excited to go back home and stay in the room I grew up in as a child and have my mother cook some of my favorite English dishes for me. I am also excited to see my brothers and sisters. I come from a big family, with two younger brothers and one older and younger sister. Yes, you read that right, I am one of five children. And of course, my brothers and sisters have kids, so I get to see and spend time with my nieces and nephews.

Well, I need to get busy. I always bring gifts from Hong Kong when I go home so I need to get shopping since I have so many to purchase for. It will be a busy weekend shopping for me. I hope you all enjoy your weekends.

Signing Up For an Art Class

Wow! It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging for a little while now. I love being able to express myself in this way. And I must admit, it is fun to watch your number of readers climb. So today, I wanted to share a secret with all of my readers. My last blog talked about my love of art and I then realized how much I enjoyed painting and drawing. So, I took a leap and signed up an art class.

Believe it or not, but I have never attempted to do any type of Chinese art. And while Hong Kong is not technically Chinese, there is a lot of influence here from the Chinese culture, so I feel that I may pick up on some of these art forms.

My art class is at a local school here that would be similar to a community college or post secondary school. I am a bit nervous about taking an art class in this type of setting. I wonder if those taking this type of class of artistically gifted. Will they laugh at my abilities? Will they be offended that a European is trying to do Chinese art? These are a few of the things that I am wondering. But I guess that I will find out soon enough.

For those wondering, my classes begin in just a couple weeks. I go two nights a week for an hour each class. Maybe if I am happy with my work, I will share it with you all. But for now, wish me luck that I don’t embarrass myself.

Why I Love Art

As I mentioned before, I love Chinese art, specifically Chinese oil paintings. But many people do not understand why I love art so much. So I decided to write a blog detailing my love of art. I feel that it can help you all to better understand who I am and more about me.

When I was a young child, I remember loving to draw and paint. It allowed me to express myself and my feelings. If I was happy, I could express it with art. If I was so sad, I could turn to art to allow myself the expression I needed to feel better. And if I was angry, art would soothe and calm me. No matter what was going on around me, art gave me a place to express myself and calm myself.

As I grew, my love of art continued to grow, but I simply was not a natural born artist. So while I still loved to draw and paint, I had hit a point where I had grown as much as a could as an artist. It was around this time that my father introduced me to art shows. While I could never be as talented as these artists, I was immediately drawn to the emotions displayed in the art and trying to interpret what the artist was feeling and trying to portray through their pieces. This led me down the viewing and collecting road, more so than the actual making.

I traveled to China and Hong Kong in my early 20s, and it was here that I first experienced the Chinese culture. I loved everything about it. So it makes sense that as soon as I saw the art, I was hooked. I love the temples, dragons and other pieces of their culture that are portrayed in the art. And that my friends, is how I became hooked on art and how that carried over into greatly enjoy Chinese art.

A Bit About My Daily Routine

Being retired in your late 30s is a rarity. And I have come across many people who say that even if they were well-off, they couldn’t be retired at my age. They would not know what to do with their day or their time. Because of all of this feedback that I receive from people, I decided that I would tell all of my readers a bit more about my daily routine. No, it does not consist of sitting at home and watching talk shows all day. I feel I am actually a very productive member of society.

Just like most working folks, I get up and start my day with a cup of nice hot coffee and I begin it at a reasonable hour. This is usually between the hours of 7 and 8. I will admit that I do take my time starting the day though. I lounge around in my pajamas for a bit while either watching a morning news show or reading the paper. After this, I take a shower and get ready for my day.

Most of my afternoon is spent doing various types of volunteer work. I volunteer in a local school, at a local homeless shelter and at a pet shelter. All of these cases are near and dear to my heart and I feel I can make a difference in the world giving my time to these causes.

After I am done volunteering, I work out. Then I eat dinner. Since I am single, I do enjoy eating out with friends. It gives me a chance to socialize and interact with others. When there are local art shows, I try to take those in. Otherwise most evenings, you can find me playing around on the internet, online shopping or video chatting with family and friends who still live in London. I eventually turn in for the evenings around 11 pm. As you see, while I am retired, my life really isn’t that different from everyone else’s and I manage to keep busy.

Kate Mirren – Who I Am

Wow! I am finally taking a leap of faith and starting a blog. It has long been a goal of mine to start a blog since I have heard it is so much fun, but i have never sat down and done it– until now! So let’s see. I guess I should begin by telling you a bit about myself.

My name is Kate Mirren. I am in my late 30s and live in Hong Kong. I am originally from London in the United Kingdom, but made the move about 10 years ago since Hong Kong is ruled by Britain. I am currently single and enjoy being single. I know many women my age are looking to get married and start a family, but I love being able to travel and hang out with friends without a husband or child weighing me down.

Another huge thing that I want my readers to know about me is that I love Chinese art, specifically Chinese oil paintings. There is something absolutely beautiful about their artwork. I especially love pieces that show off Chinese heritage and culture. The colors are vibrant and there is a beautiful bit of serenity to them. Art plays a huge role in my life, so I hope my readers also love art.

The last thing that I would like you to know about me is that I am technically retired. I bring this up because many of my readers may wonder what I do for a living. I used to run an online casino which I sold for a substantial amount of money to the famous European online casino, BGO Casino. Thanks to some smart investing, I am now set for life and do not need to work. Of course, since my roots are embedded in the tech industry, I do still pick up a project or two, like this blog and http://slotsandstripes.com, but outside of that, I don’t work. So I guess that’s it. Thanks for following along.