Having A Bad Hair Day?

I cannot believe it is already week 5, it seems like yesterday when I was dreading the first day of the second semester :P.  For most students, the assignments are starting whether that is a formative (an assessment that does not count towards your final grade and does not go to your transcript) or a summative (an assessment that COUNTS!) so I thought it will be nice to write about something fun instead of something academic related.

Last week I went to London for an exhibition but not just any exhibition, a hair exhibition!!  It was the Hair by Sam McKnight at the Somerset House Embankment Galleries and it was absolutely amazing!

Do you recognize them?

Kate Moss photographed by Patrick Demarchelier      Tilda Swinton, [i]Vogue[/i] Italia, February 2003       

See that voluminous flawless hair?  While they are born with a beautiful complexion, that gorgeous hair was not an accident.  Same McKnight is the genius behind it all and the exhibition was basically reveals the creative process of different hair styles, the transformation over the years and most importantly his legacy.


I do not know where to begin because there is just so much to love about the whole idea.  <3


First Look

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Then we step into this world where the phrase ‘I’m having a bad hair day’ just does not apply.

This is where they showcased some of the tools and hair products that they used, along with some clips of Sam styling different models’ hair.

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Brace yourselves, here comes the collaboration with Vivienne Westwood!!

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Thinking he is just a hair stylist? Here is a picture that will put that idea into perspective.

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These are all the covers Sam did for Vogue, of which he has done around 100 for British Vogue alone and over 180 in total.  That is something most photographer cannot say about themselves.  He created over 40,000 images in his career and they had trouble condensing them!

The whole exhibition was an eye-opener, the amount of creativity and determination a person needs to have in order to create such an impressive track record is just beyond me.  You might not be into fashion or art but his attitude is definitely something to aspire to.  He stayed in the industry for forty years and he wasn’t just in it, he was vital to fashion image making.  To be in an industry where trends, girls, photographers and stylists are always changing, he remains true to what he believes fashion is and proved it with his talents.

I was surprised at how ‘oblivious/ignorant’ I used to be, I knew that models have their hair stylist and make-up artists but to be completely honest, I always thought it was an easy job.  I had not realise how much work is required for just one show/shoot…You must have encountered ‘artistic’ people that simply live in their own world and with a bit of success gets a bit too confident for most people’s taste.  In the back of my head, I kind of expected Sam McKnight to be that way because he, in a way, has earned the right to do so.  In the exhibition, there are quotes from him on the wall and he is very grounded!  All the people he’s worked with really likes him, he seemed to genuinely enjoy his job and does not do it for money.  I was just so impressed!

When it comes to fashion, I am no expert. I cannot even name all the clothing items properly or pronounce brand names..  At first, I was a bit hesitant to go because I thought I would not understand it but I went anyways because I wanted to go to London.  I am so glad I went! This again goes back to what I said before, always keep an open mind, try new things and if you are a Surrey student, aren’t you glad London is only 40 mins away?

If you are interested in this exhibition, it is actually opened until 12th of March!  I’ll link some information here 🙂

Have a fabulous week!

Vegan Cafe Experience


My friends and I decided to try this vegan cafe in London after our visit to the Freud Museum. We went to Wild Food Cafe in Covent Garden. For those who don’t know what vegan means: Veganism is basically a way of living which seeks to exclude all forms of exploitation of and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose, according to the Vegan Society. I am personality very against animal cruelty and I think the current way of living is very unsustainable and it is damaging to the environment. So I thought, why not give this vegan life style a go and open my eyes to new food and experience. I got to say the cafe was so lovely and the staffs were very friendly. The food was weird but surprising they tasted so good. And I feel healthier afterwards. haha


Vegan burger, white chocolate cheesecake end matcha cheesecake.


The presentation of the food was incredible. How instagram-post-worthy they were!


Hot chocolate with medicinal mushroom. . .

My friends and I really enjoyed the food and we took so many pictures. It was quite busy when we went and we had to wait for about 15 minutes for our table. But I would recommend others to try this restaurant if they are open minded to organic food and quite weird food combination. The only thing is that it is quite pricy so it’s perhaps not very affordable for students.

Hope you liked this post and feel free to leave a comment.

*I am not a vegan but I am open to new ideas and experiences, and I am not trying to persuade any of you reading this to change your life style nor I am judging any one. Peace.*



20 Maresfield Gardens

Being a very passionate Psychology student I am, the weather didn’t stop me and my friends to visit the Freud Museum on Sunday.


The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family. Freud is most famously known as the Father of Psychoanalysis, he is one of the most influential and controversial psychologist in the 20th century.


Freud developed the theory that people have an unconscious mind, in which sexual and aggressive impulses are suppressed ( or as he said, were censored). He started to analyse dreams and as unconscious desires and wish-filfullments. He would have his patients lying on a couch in his study and ask them to talk about their dreams and childhood experience. The sessions sometimes last for more than 8 hours. If you are interested to learn more about his life and theories, you might find these websites quite useful: Freud’s history  and his theories.


Freud’s psychoanalytic couch.

He was also a collector of books, antiquities and head sculptures. He had over 1600 books in his study and his remarkable collection of antiquities: Egyptian; Greek; Roman and Oriental. He read not only books about psychology but also medicine, philosophy, archaeology and architecture. Freud had gained insights into the unconscious mind and developed his theories by reading a wide range of literature. He would compare the mind to architecture and he suggested that the mind is like a building; you have to go to the deepest level in order to find the greatest treasure within.


And here is my favourite quote from Freud: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”

I hope you find this post interesting and hopefully it might inspire you to pursue a degree in Psychology.

Any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email us on: hongkong@surrey.ac.uk

Surrey Decides Results

The results were out last Friday. Surprised or predicted?!


Congratulations to everyone! You have all worked very hard for the election and have shown how passionate and dedicated you are. You should all be very proud of yourself!

Once in a lifetime experience- My visit to Iceland (1)

Reading week is arranged after the first examination and before the second semester. As the name suggested, it’s for students to prepare for the second semester, yet, this short break from university provides the best opportunity for us to travel!

This year, I decided to visit Iceland that I have been dreaming of going since forever! Knowing Iceland is such an expensive place to go, I can’t make up my mind to visit until it’s my final year at Surrey and I have some savings from my placement year. Turns out I am not disappointed! Visiting Iceland is one of the best memory I created in my entire life. I find it much easier to plan my visit than expected even I cannot drive. There are travel agencies in Iceland that operate day trips to different attractions so you can just book a room in the city centre and tours to different places and activities. My advice is to choose a place with kitchen facilities and preferably close to a supermarket, you will also have a better experience if you go on day tours with mini-bus.

Golden Circle

I have no idea what I the “Golden Circle” until I joined the tour. It is basically a series of natural attractions in Iceland, such as the Geysir, that shows the beauty of Iceland.

Gullfoss- “Golden Waterfall”


The weather was so great that any random shot is a masterpiece!


Geyser geothermal area:


I know it is not the best angle of the area but it is my best shot to capture Strokkur, which is one of the most active geysers in the world that spouts hot water and steam every 8 minutes.

Thingvellir National Park:


The park is located in between North American and Eurasian plate tectonics and its the one of the only sites on Earth to observe the effects of two major tectonic plates drifting apart.


It’s such a nice area so relax


One of the reasons why visiting Iceland during Winter is a good idea is because the snow just acts as a bonus to these fascinating scenery-  I just didn’t want to leave!

Another reason to visit Iceland in winter time is that you will have a better chance to see the Northern Light! Iceland is located in the Artic circle which makes it so easy to view the Aurora if the weather is good. It’s the best if you join the tours and they are more experienced in where to find the lights and they make final decisions at 6 pm after checking the weather and light activities. We were so lucky that we could see the light after it was cancelled on the first night and we could even see the light dancing with our naked eyes!

While camera usually captures light thousand times better than our eyes, you are not very likely to see strong light activity but we are so lucky to see it changing into different forms…..I was so touched that I literally cried on my way back to the hostel.



Sorry that these are not good pictures as I just took it with my cellphone- but it’s too stunning that it must be felt in person!

If you wonder why you need kitchen facilities in your hostel/hotel- it’s very often that you don’t have time to have dinner outside (ending the tour late or starting the tour really really early the nest day) and it is expensive to eat in restaurants. Therefore you will be able to save time and money to cook (even just instance noodle) in your hostel! I roasted some lamb leg which turns out to be great and it is not expensive to buy from the supermarket:


I love Iceland too much that I need to separate this post into two parts! Stayed tuned for the next post from me about the famous blue lagoon and my first ever ice climbing experience!

Surrey Decides!!

Hi everyone! Hope you have had a lovely weekend despite the horrible weather.

It is February and it can only mean one thing! It’s Surrey Decides!! Yeah!! (Clap clap clap)


If you are a current student, I am sure you have already seen a lot of posters and banners that been put up literally everywhere on campus. Some of them are really creative and eye-catching, did any of them catch your attention? Do you have anyone in mind that you would like to vote for?

For those of you who don’t know what Surrey Decides is, bascially, it is the Students’ Union annual election process. This year, we had over 90 candidates nominated to represent our students, you can definitely tell that the competition is very high. And last year, we had over 5000 votes cast! To find out who is running for what, you can find the manifestos of all candidates here.


‘Surrey Decides’ also brings with it the prospect of three nights of fantastic debates which will help students decide where to cast their vote. All of the candidates will take to the stage to explain why they should be chosen to represent Surrey students next year. Last night, we had the first question time with the candidates running for VP Support, VP community, Support zone and Community zone to talk more about the ideas they have and answer the pressing questions from the audience and the chairs. In case,  you missed it last night because of the poor weather, you can watch it again here: https://youtu.be/lB–FbhiJr4  .


27th February
7pm | Rubix
• Societies Exec Chair
• VP Activity
• Team Surrey Chair
• Activity Zone

Tuesday 28th February
7pm | Rubix

• President
• Voice Zone
• Union Chair
• VP Voice

The union also encourages students to run in Surrey Decides and becoming a Students’ Union officer. If you are a first or second year student, running for a part-time officer role will fit in alongside your studies.  The Union has four Zones – Voice, Support, Community and Activity.  Each Zone works together as a committee to put on campaigns, run events and to challenge the University on things that matter to you. So things like housing, rent, gym memberships, buses, rubix tickets etc. If you are a final year student, you could consider a full-time officer role which you would take up after you graduate, these are paid roles where you would become the leader of one of our four Zone Committees. Some officer roles are full time paid positions (like the President and the VPs); some are part time voluntary roles.

Running for Surrey Decides can be a very unique and life-changing experience. Most students find it extremely valuable and rewarding, they develop lots of new skills and gain relevant work experience which prepare them to enter the job market and face new challenges. Listen to what some of the graduates have to say about their experience: https://www.facebook.com/surreyunion/videos/10154480090317034/  and read about Maisie’s story: http://surreyunion.tumblr.com/post/157012446913/my-life-changing-year . I found their stories absolutely inspiring and encouraging. It gave me an insight of what campaigning and working for the student union are like.

Here is a calendar for you to keep track with the events during Surrey Decides and don’t forget to vote!


That’s it from me today! Have a lovely week. x

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