Harbor Village – Wong Ye Kok / Tung Ping Chau – Hong Kong / architecture bachelor thesis / B4 project urban design

Hey lovelies !
It’s finally here .

The blogpost about my
BACHELOR THESIS .
OK – my best friend has been waiting for this for ages I guess and some others also asked XD
Here it comes haha ~
Finally it’s time to show you what I’ve been working on the last three months . . . I’ve already told you a bit about the island Tung Ping Chau but if you haven’t read it yet – make sure to read my first post about the island in the link HERE .
The actual plan was to make a revitalization of the Sha Tau village part – which also includes the house that my family owns .
But it was without much ado changed to a new island part / village development : a new port for Tung Ping Chau !
So my bachelor thesis ended up being the first step of a redevelopment of the island because a vital part of getting more people to visit TPC and to change its economy for the better is to have the means of doing so . An upgrade to the existing port which only has space for one ship at a time is necessary for any island development .

 

Since there was no actual building around the area of the port it was simply put an entirely new village to be planned – which was a really exciting yet difficult thing for me to do !
It’s always ALWAYS difficult to do something if you have can go all-out . . . because actually you can’t simply go all-out haha ~ You need to have a concept and lots of thought behind every little thing and that’s what urban designer / architects do . Everything has to add up to a harmonious structure :D Everything has to make perfect sense .
These pictures are excerpts of the brochure I made about my bachelor thesis :) Therefore all rights belong to me ( photos + illustrations + texts ) ! If you want to you any of these images or see the full content of the brochure please mail me ~
This maps original size is M 1:500 but it has as much details as a M 1:200 because I simply added the building layouts for the Zoom-Ins . . . OK – I know how some of you may not even get what I am saying here ;A; Well – I simply spent most of my time working on this map to make it appear full of life ~ ;A; !
The port aka Ma Tau has an upgraded access for ships so that four instead of one ship can be harbored . The long promenade from the harbor leads the visitors towards the village .
The buildings which are further away from the coast are visible from the port thanks to the topography of the island , which is explained in the pictogram below .
Once you arrive at the port and go through the portal at the end of the harbor promenade a huge space opens up before your eyes which is the market space . Directly opposite to the portal building lies the visitor center , which is the first landing point for all the visitors of the island . Here you can get any information about your stay on TPC . I’ll give more information about the multi-functional visitor center further below !
The two main open spaces are the market space and the temple space – which also harbor the two most important attractions of the village : the visitor center ( + market ) and the temple .
The harbor villages structure is simply put a ring of buildings with a green core :
the ring of buildings is made of two main open spaces ( the big pinkish areas in the pictogram below ) which are connected by paths which pass by smaller open spaces and some “neighborhood spaces” , which are in the hierarchy the smallest and most private spaces .
The pictogram below shows the accessibility of the green core – the bamboo forest .
As you can see I have planned the entrances to the bamboo forest so you can enter it at any time without having to search for the entrance for too long ! I wanted the visitors to have constant visual contact with the bamboo forest . By being surrounded by buildings and using great height bamboo the forest gives of the charm of an enchanted forest ( asian style haha ) .
The pictogram below shows the zones of the village . 
I differentiated between 4 zones : the 0 zone is the entirely open zone which can be seen from the sea . Once you enter the village you step into zone 1 which is the open public zone . The market space with the visitor center are in this zone as well as all the other touristic facilities such as hotels , hostels etc. The main path which leads to the two nearby villages Sha Tau and Tai Tong are still in zone 1 . If you go further into the harbor village you enter zone 2 which is the less public zone . Here you can find more facilities and buildings of residents but still some shops and gastronomy as well as the temple space – one more public space which can be temporary used as market space or for events . From zone 2 you can enter zone 3 which is the private zone . Here you can find homes and buildings of residents and the so called “neighborhood spaces” in which the residents can hang out and play some Chinese chess ! ( That’s how the elders spent their time haha ~ )
The following illustrations are Zoom-Ins of the village – each of them show an important aspect of the village :
the 1st Zoom-In shows a neighborhood space and the pictogram next to it shows the hierarchy and connection of the spaces .
 
The 2nd Zoom-In shows a smaller open space with water basins / pools which are part of the water supply system of the village . The pictogram next to it show the village divided into 6 six zones each with a water emergency supply . The water basins are such emergency supplies . They can be accessed when the rain-water reservoirs of the buildings are used up .
 
The visitor center is yet another water emergency supply which can be seen in the 3rd Zoom-In below . In the pictogram next to it you can see how the rain is collected in a underground water reservoir which at the same time regulates the temperature inside the building : the earth cools the water – the water cools the ground – the ground cools the air .
When the amount of water in the water reservoir reaches a certain level , it gets forwarded to an underground water tank .
The 4th Zoom-In below shows the bamboo forest . 
Here you can see how the forest is divided into steps following the topography of the island . Each step has a height difference of 2 meters – which is in fact higher than most people are haha :D But what is a more important trait of the bamboo forest is its path system which are simplified in the pictograms next to the Zoom-In .
The left pictogram shows how the paths are actually connected with each other and which entrances ( A to G ) lie at which end . You might think it doesn’t has a system . WRONG . It does has a system .
Ever heard of chaos having its own system ? Haha ~
Well – it’s kind of hard to explain but once understood it appears to be the most important part of the harbor village !
The bamboo forest as already mentioned should lure in the visitors from any space . Once entered one shall not know where to go . That’s right ! It is designed to make the visitors clueless of what is ahead of them .The idea behind it : I wanted the visitor to get surprised by the village and to see all the parts of it by exploring it little by little with the bamboo forest !
Or simply put : step in and get surprised ! !Not forget to mention the inspiration of this concept – which can be seen in the right pictogram : hua gui jiao ( engl.: drawn ghost legs ) . It’s an old traditional way of randomizing and deciding things like who gets to do which task in a group . It’s really simple and if you ever want to fairly decide such things – google how they work :D It’s a little too much to explain here and I might confuse you with my weirdo english .

ANYWAY ~ my two professors really liked the concept of the forest !

I am really proud of myself of what I have accomplished in these 3 month but I’m not yet fully satisfied with it . If I had more time it could be even better ! But no project is perfect and you can always keep on working at it for FOREVER srsly – that’s what so many of my professors tell me all the time ! Well –  I am happy with the results and maybe I will specialize in urban design ? MAYBE ~ I love both architecture and urban design ~
I hope you liked this post about my bachelor thesis !
It actually only mentions the most important parts of my island village design :D . . . Very much theoretical stuff left out . . .
As you might have noticed by now – it kind of got a bit out of hand and I can hardly imagine this being realized on TPC . . . if it does happen though . . . I would be one of the first ones to buy myself a house there haha ~
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

review: LALA – Cleansing Sorbet – Wild Rose ( sponsored by Tokkihaus )

Hey everyone <3
Thanks to Tokkihaus who once again asked me to try out their product, I will test yet another review from LALA !
This post will be about the
Cleansing Sorbet – Wild Rose
from LALA
They also had a Lemon Lime one.
But I simply LOVE roses so went for the Wild Rose one ~
At this point I want to thank Tokkihaus again for sponsoring this :)
Have a look at their facebook and their online shop tokkihaus.de – they are stocking up more and more great korean beauty products ~
First time ever hearing of the cosmetic product brand LALA when I first looked at their shop btw :D
I feel kinda honored to get to try these products from them hehe ~
Well – let’s head to the actual review part !
Packaging
The packaging looks great and really appealing :D In a shop I would DEFINITELY take a closer look at this product !
Up close you can see how lovely and cute it is designed . The only thing that kinda irritates me are the two children (?) with the star and flower head . . . it’s still a mystery to me what they might symbolize ?  I mean . . . I have never seen a similar image before – have you ? ?
I guess I’ll never get this out of my head so maybe it
first impression
This is amazing shit srsly .
Not only is it really hygienic ( thanks to the tiny plastic spoon you get an individual amount of the product very easily ) but it also has an uber lovely rosy smell ~
It’s not that cheap rose smell that is way too strong but a really refreshing and decent rose scent ~
It somehow reminds me of my favorite Yankee Candle with a really natural rose scent . . . OMG I LOVE THIS !
The “Cleansing Sorbet” is very creamy and yet firm and like some kind of ice or – guess what – a sorbet ! Just look at the photo above – you can spoon it up and it’s truly sorbetlike in a way ~ !
testing
So I did some testing to show you on my hand with make up on .
Hidden under a decent amount of MAC longwear  concealer I have drawn a small heart with a waterproof eyeliner hehe ~
I got a small amount of the Cleaning Sorbet and rubbed it on my backhand in circular motion .
The more I rubbed the more the Cleansing Sorbet began to melt ( really . . . like a sorbet :D ! ) and dissolved the make up .
After washing off the cleanser my skin was well cleaned – all the make up was removed :) Plus my skin felt really soft and moisturized !
I rarely use any hand lotion at all – so I noticed a great difference there . And this lovely smell . . . I really really love this Cleansing Sorbet !
BUT I’m not done yet with my testing !
I wanted to give the extreme testing a try by drawing lots of lines with different eyeliners and using the Cleansing Sorbet to remove them – the result :
I tried rubbing in the cleanser for a 3 seconds and in the last photo for about 6 seconds .
Well – I guess this Cleansing Sorbet is not perfect .
Really – I don’t mind at all if it can’t remove my super-waterproof eyeliners haha ~
It removed my eyeliner drawing underneath all that concealer in the first testing though . . .
Resume
i give this product
 
 4.5 out of 5 cookies 
 
+ lovely natural rose scent ( I’d actually give this a +++++ )
+ hydrates skin
+ leaves your cleansed skin with a glow
+ hygienic usage with little spoon
+ removes most make up
+ only small amount of the product needed ( so you can use it really often :D ! )
 
– has problems with extreme waterproof eyeliners
I hope you liked this review !
Maybe you also want to give the Cleansing Sorbet from LALA a try ?
I’d definitely recommend that !
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

review : LALA – Pigment Eye Shadow – No 5 Athena ( sponsored by Tokkihaus )

Hi lovelies <3
Another review coming <3
This post will be about the
Pigment Eye Shadow
from LALA
They had several different tones to choose from but I wanted a brownish one .
So I chose their No 5 Athena ~
The lovely people from Tokkihaus gave me yet another product <3 I really loved the previous ones I got to try !
Have a look at their facebook and online shop : tokkihaus.de ~
Packaging
 
The loose eyeshadow comes in a small tin which is super handy ~
I have never used loose eyeshadow before but only pressed eyeshadow so I was really looking forward to testing this ~
After opening the dose there was a plastic lid which made sure that you won’t get a glitter-overload-sparkling surprise all over the floor – I think I will keep this plastic lid :D And I also recommend everybody to do so , too ! Unless you actually want a glitter-loaded floor . . .
I must admit I still need to learn a whole lot about eyeshadows . . . I am but a noob when it comes to applying eyeshadow – SRSLY .
Still I like using it and I have lots of eyeshadows . . . and it’s sad how I only use 5 percent of that haha  . . . gomen ;A; . . .
First testing
It was really easy to apply this SUPER pigmented eyeshadow . But I had to be carful not to let all the glitter fall onto my cheeks haha ~ I used the KIKO eyeshadow brush to apply and also to blend the color .
I like this rusty red-brown tone – it’s not too much and even though I HATE glitter and sparkly things ( and pink – just so you know ) , I kind of liked the shimmering eyeshadow <3 It gives my tiny eyes more depth while not looking to dark .
For this more natural / nude look I used dark brown eyeliner only ~
I’ll try the eyeshadow with faux lashes and circle lenses another time <3 But I rarely use that much make up haha ~ Lazy me . . .
Long time testing
I wore this eyeshadow for another 5 hours and everything was still all set at the right place :)
Even though I didn’t even use primer – I forgot to use it x.x
Feels kinda awkward having this much make up on for so long when only staying at home haha ~
I was working on my bachelor thesis until late again . . . not long until I am done ~
Resume
I give this product 
 
 
( 5 out of 5 cookies )
 
+ small and handy tin
+ highly pigmented
+ pretty rust tone
+ really really shimmering 
( anything but an eyeliner would have been a – score now )
( + lasts pretty well )
I hope you enjoyed reading this review <3
I really recommend this product – even eyeshadow noobs like me can easily apply this ~
I am thinking of getting another one or two of the Pigmented Eye Shadows from LALA . . . They have so many to choose from !
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

review : HOLIKA HOLIKA Sweet Cotton Pore – Cover Powder ( sponsored by Tokkihaus )

Hi lovelies <3
I’ve got another review of a korean beauty product for you !
This time I’m going to tell you about the
Sweet Cotton Pore – Cover Powder
from Holika Holika 
Thank you Tokkihaus for yet another product to test !
Take a look at their facebook HERE ~
Maybe you are also interested in getting some korean beauty products from their online shop tokkihaus.de <3
Packaging
 
The packaging of the cover powder seems really simple yet cute :)
The cotton candy print on the packaging seems to implicate how fluffy and light the product is . . . so let’s see :)
The cushion puff of this powder is more of the flat type ( more typical ) and fits perfectly into the space of the powder case on top of the plastic lid inside ( for separation and dosing ) .
First testing
The said plastic lid has some small holes to control the dosage of the loose powder .
Actually I have never used loose powder before . Srsly .
So at first it was a bit difficult to get the right amount of powder onto the cushion but after a few tries I think I got it right :D
The powder smells barely of anything ~ Which is good ! It has a lovely yet decent scent which kind of reminds me of . . . I can’t think of anything else srsly . . . but the names gives it away : cotton !
Cotton or baby powder or something similar to that haha ~
The powder is loose and white and after applying it on top of my daily make up it leaves a truly matte and smooth finish .
 I don’t have problems with pores . . . but I guess the powder being so smooth and fine might as well cover small pores and make them a little less obvious :3
But be careful not to use too much of the powder . . . It might look a bit cakey ! (Does this word even exist ? . . . )
Long time testing
At this point I was a bit afraid of having applied too much because my skin is mixed + sensitive .
It’s a bit hard to handle actually x.x
The powder really made my skin appear less shiny through out the day <3 But I am not sure if it would also kind of “dry out” some parts of my more sensitive skin and days where my skin is irritated ( then my skin tends to get a bit dry ) .
I would recommend not using too much of this product ~
I think this powder is more suited for less sensitive skin , normal skin and oily skin :) I would still use it at times when my skin is less irritated though haha ~ I really like how it keeps my skin looking matte and fresh :)
But being an all white powder it might appear to make you look like a ghost using it . . .
and it might truly be the case haha ~ !
Which is why I prefer using not the puff but a brush to blend it onto my skin more evenly :)
I am still not used to pressed powders but I think most pressed powders should be applied with a brush to get the right amount :D
Resume
I give this product 
 
 
( 4 out of 5 cookies )
 
+ dosing
+ great mattifier
+ nice decent scent
+ lasts about all day ( barely needs reapplication really :D
Unless you actually want to dry out your skin XD )
 
– not for all skin types !
I hope you enjoyed reading this review and make sure to follow my blog to keep track on the posts <3
Finally it’s summer and the sun is shining brightly each day – so make sure to drink enough !
2 liters water a day is perfect :)
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~
~jen

Rewind of my time at Lucky Chocolate 2010 – 2015 | How I got into this lovely mess ! | Once a maid – always a maid !

Hey everyone <3
As some of you already know I am quitting my hobby / minicab / life as a maid ( sry – this sounds a bit strange XD . . . ) as I am going to China for a year .
I am really sad about this because I know I will definitely miss all the girls in the maid café and the people at the DoKomi . . .
Would you believe it , if I would tell you I have been working there for 6 years now ever since 2010 ??
I was searching for some old photos of me in a maid dress and stumbled upon some really old ones ~
Lucky that I still have an animexx account haha ~
Here comes a rewind of the years 2010 to 2015 of my DoKomi days <3 + 2009 ( not maid yet )
2009 
Actually it all started back in 2009 when I went to my first convention ever and also the very first DoKomi in Duesseldorf . I went there in a Misa Cosplay . . .
OMG – brace yourselves
Blond Jenny coming in
3 . . .
2 . . .
1 . . .
NOPE – there is no other photo of me existing so don’t bother yourself wondering :D
I am glad this is low quality haha ~
This photo was taken at Essen HBF but I wore the exact same cosplay in Dusseldorf at the DoKomi :D
Everything except the red wedge shoes and the gray coat is pretty much like a real Misa cosplay . Being my first cosplay ever even ahead of my time as a maid I had no clue what make up could do . . . Meaning : it could have been 2000x better at least !
I met my best friend Henne back in 2009 and after going out for a short period we noticed we were made to be buddies rather than a couple !
2010 
My very first time as a maid and I ordered a special maid dress from China with another maid for 60€ each .
It’s a nice basic dress – don’t know where I left it , somehow lost it :DD
Back then I still had my famous bob cut haha ~
I’m sorry Henne for taking this photo – we both look so cute and innocent here haha <3
2011 
Despite my weirdo somehow evil look on my pancake face I always had – I liked this photo really much :)
I hate my smirk smile on my face because it doesn’t make things better but rounder . TSSSS .
Yes – I have a HUGE complex when it comes to my face if you haven’t noticed yet haha ~
Which is why I LOVE hiding parts of my face to make it less obvious how round my chubby face is !
Learned about how important angles are that year haha ~
The following photo is actually my favorite photo in this blue 25€ maid dress – alongside a friend ~
Just like in 2010 we matched our maid outfits including a cute panda bag !
This is actually where it started with the panda bags haha ~
Up until today the Lucky Chocolate maids still use these panda bags !
2012  
We had a job and got to serve sushi !
Waiting for all the plates we took our chance to take some photos – I am glad we are all so photo addicted <3
This maid dress is my favorite maid dress because it’s the basic cute and innocent dress anyone could wear – for 25€ only :x ! Starting that year we had uniform maid dresses :)
This is a photo taken at a photoshoot .
First time trying pigtails haha ~
Hiding chubby face behind  . . . a strawberry *A* Genius me .
In the following you can see the entire team of hosts and maids at the DoKomi 2012 !
Numbers kept on growing . . .
2013 
In this year we got another new dress ( 25€ ) which is more sexy ( back shows skin ) and also out of all the maid dresses so far the one which magically transforms anyone into a beauty !
I swear on this .
Looking at these past photos I really really want to have my bangs again . . .
I also met an incredibly good IRONMAN cosplayer – whose iron suit could move at his will ! It had opening and closing lids !
Best Ironman cosplay I have ever seen in my life !
2014 
At this point I first noticed . . . just now actually . . . that I didn’t do a 2014 DoKomi recap !
No wonder it’s so hard finding a photo of that years coord . . .
Sorry for this rather low quality photo I got from the facebook fanpage of Lucky Chocolate ( take a quick look HERE ! )
That year we had yet another maid dress ! This time I got mine from a friend who bought it on bodyline ( good quality finally haha ~ )
I got it for 15 or 20 € from her – I think the original price was at 60 – 70 € !
My all-time favorite photo was from a photo shoot in February / March with two other maids and still with the old 2013 maid dress .
I started wearing my rose crown ever since then :)
Looking back at this photo I also miss my old hair . . . no bangs at all . . .
I will grow it back for sure !
2015 
This year was my last year – yes – but time went by so fast . . . it was just a few weeks ago !
The uniform was the same as last year – it might remain this way for the next years ~
So many selfies haha ~
Credits:
 
Here I want to credit Sakomoto goshujin-sama for always being a kind and lovely customer and for always taking nice photos the past years ! Also a friend who deleted her animexx account . . . I forgot both real name and username . . . Another credit goes to the lovely Kao aka Kaori , who was also a maid at Lucky Chocolate Maidcafé up until two years ago ! She was the hardworking head maid !  . . . to Hakanai for the photos in blue maid dress ~ . . . and thanks you B1NH photography too ! To all the others who I forgot . . .
I am sorry for being so forgetful and thankful for the photos ! 
If you want any extra credited photos or some taken off my blog – feel free to tell me !
That’s it .
A quick rewind of my past 6 years as a maid at Lucky Chocolate ~
I will miss each and everyone from this awesome and moe and lovely team !
lots ‘n’ lots of love . . . ;A;
~jen