Tripping to Hong Kong: Departure

I wanted to get in an update before departing for Hong Kong. Internet access is going to be a maybe. However I will be documenting my factory visits, family reunions, and touristing, so please stay tuned.

Hubby is already in Hong Kong on business, so it’s been the kitty and me these last few weeks. Now it’s going to be just kitty holding down the fort. (Don’t worry; he’ll have human company.)

My carry-on bag will be the Peripatetic tote in lilac. I don’t particularly like this color scheme. It won’t appear in final production. The above was just a sample, though I am very much appreciating just how much junk the Peripatetic tote fits. (Try saying that as fast as you can ten times: Peripatetic tote. Yeah, I don’t know why I came up with these names.)

So what’s in my carry-on bag? Sunglasses, cosmetic bag (the green Mario Badescu one I got complimentary with an order), writing instruments, wallet, passport, cookies, my planner (I still jot things down in a paper planner; I haven’t gone electronic yet, probably never will), and reading/writing material. To read, there’s the Kindle I’ve grown quite fond of, but I’ve also brought books: a collection of poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson and The Essentials of Securities Regulation (work related, obviously; no I love reading about securities law for fun).

The kiddy cartoon notebook (Lisa Frank, a graphic designer I was obsessed with as a 10 year old girl) is the sketchpad I bring around when I carry a smaller purse. The bottom right more grown-up looking pad is the one I normally use for thumbnail sketches and documenting my inspirations. Actually, I made and bound that sketchpad myself! Beneath it (hard to see), a yellow legal pad because I would feel bare without one, and a trademark case file I need to work on even though I’ll be on vacay.

Look how neatly everything fits inside the Peripatetic! I really, really love this bag. And the shoulder strap is going to come in handy at the airport because both my hands need to be wheeling my luggage. (I’m a packrat.)

One last thing I forgot to show earlier: my wristband. Hubby has a matching one. Inside our names are inscribed, plus a sappy little message. We got this in Taiwan. Other people have wedding rings. We have these uber-sentimental wristbands we got at a street stand, inscribed by this scruffy guy with tattoos up and down his thick arms.

Again, I’m not loving the colors of this tote. And the chains look like a mess. I’ll have to figure out a way to deal with that as well. Overall, though, this is such a staple.

I cannot wait to report back on my adventures (and maybe even some misadventures) in Hong Kong. This is my first time there, so I don’t know what to expect. We’ll be visiting factories, watching how the bags get made, meeting the actual makers of these bags, meeting with designer friends, reuniting with family I haven’t seen in years, and eating…lots and lots of eating.

Bon voyage!

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  • Sherri

    I hope you have a great trip. I think this is one of the best ways to advertise/show case a bag, show what you can put in it. Now I think I’ve decided which one I want to get.

  • Hanna

    I really adore the lilac color, very soft and taupey. =0D You are a harsh critic in your bag but I guess that’s how you create a high quality product is with high standards. You were a Lisa Frank lover too?! I was obsessed with the design and had everything Lisa Frank … until I think around 3rd grade I sent her fanmail twice and she never wrote me back! So I’m still holding a grudge! Have a wonderful time in Hong Kong!

  • Lamod Christina Brooke

    Have fun sunny!! Can’t wait to hear about your findings!! Send me an email, have a safe trip!

  • The Versastyle

    ooo i always need a massive bag for carryon junk… i actually got my favorite one in Hong Kong.. it fits my laptop, my purse, books, and my teddy bear…hhaha..

    i looove the wristband.. so cute of you and the hubby! haha i want one too!

    Have tons of fun in HK .. take lots of pics, eats tons and shop more!


  • Alvin

    Fair warning . . . HK people are RUDE.

  • Mae Lu

    Be safe, Sunny!!!

    The wristband, that is really romantic and unique. I noticed you didn’t wear a ring, and I was like, huh? but I love how cultural and unconventional you two are. It’s rather romantic.

    Mae Lu, @ thereafterish.

  • Asiancajuns (Cath)

    That’s the perfect size carry-on bag. I can’t wait to see all the photos from your trip. Please be safe!

  • Emma Yamada

    Hope you have a Great Trip ! I Love your scarf in this photo. Very Chic with the cream colored sweater.

  • Fashionchampagne

    loving the bag x

  • Mimi P.

    I absolutely LOVE the color scheme on this bag! Ill be more then happy to take it off your hands if you are willing to part with it! I can’t live without a big bag and it fits a lot which is perfect for me! I Have a lot of catching up to do with this blog. Mae Luu suggested i check out your blog! She was totally right, I LOVE IT! :) Have an amazing trip! Can’t wait to see all the pics!