This is a non-fashion related post

September 2, 2011

by Gracia Ventus

Rick Owens scarab jacket; Gareth Pugh coat; Black Milk galaxy leggings; Balenciaga boots

At this point in time, I am currently spending two weeks in Singapore, en route to the UK. This afternoon, an old gentleman started a conversation with me on the bus. While this may seem no more unusual than finding a penny in cities such as Melbourne, most locals here DO NOT talk to strangers unless necessary. Heck they will even avert their gaze automatically if you throw a smile at them. The general practice here is to mind your own business, everyone going their own way in order to not over-complicate their lives, resulting in a rather cold and sterile society.

So back to the gentleman on the bus. He spoke of his relatives scattered all over the world, recalled fondly of his 45 years of adventures onboard a Swedish ship as the only Chinese among the Scandinavians, and how he had had two lenses sewn onto his eyeballs. He was so fluent in Swedish, Danish and English that his Chinese is probably almost forgotten, along with it the typical attitude of his less well-travelled Chinese counterparts. With every word he bellowed (he’s 80 so perhaps a wee bit deaf), I could sense the bewildered stares of other commuters burning on my neck. A girl my age and a rather ancient character exchanging life’s anecdotes, it was indeed an unusual sight.

While most kids are finding satisfaction in being the first few people through the crap that is H&M tonight, I much prefer the experience of a warm, earnest conversation with a stranger.


4 thoughts on “This is a non-fashion related post

  • Virginia

    by Virginia on September 3, 2011 at 2:26 am

    that is so beautiful! i totally understand where your coming from, in bigger cities, i think, people are much less warm. Like people smile and the thought is that the person is perverted or something. Smaller towns are friendlier in my opinion. I’ve lived in LA my entire life for the exception of 4 years spent in mexico and wow, the difference is enormous! But whatever, talking to people makes experiences much much greater and you gain knowledge as well!

    Love your outfit, jealous of your hat!


  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous on September 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Ah, the strategic placement of that dark nebula.


  • Jlo

    by Jlo on September 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

    That is really rare! but sometimes it’s those small gesture that makes our day & inspired us =) Love the urban & edgy feels of your outfit <3 You totally rock the looks, in sleek & chic! <3 <3


  • amfromambridge

    by amfromambridge on November 21, 2011 at 2:06 am

    I haven`t visited your blog for about half of a year, and now I see some changes in your attitude that make me really respect you, though I loved just watching and reading your posts before. And I don`t even mention how I like your new hairdo


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