Ladies and gentlemen - drumroll please - our first ever Vlog is finally here!
Gotta be honest with you - me and Yan have been planning to make videos for quite some time now. Over the past several months, we've been recording snippets of our lives with a camera, and learning how to turn those random clips into interesting, honest Vlogs. Finally, after a long period of exploration and hesitation (we are, in the end, so NOT camera person by nature...), our first video is officially outtttt! (*drumroll again, please?*)
Now let's talk about the video.
Having not been to the Beijing IKEA for quite several years now, me and Yan went in this August with two missions in mind: 1) to purchase some cuddly cushions for Yan's new apartment, 2) to find out whether, as English medias have reported, Chinese people are REALY sleeping in IKEA.
We didn't find any cushion to our fancy, but we did stumble upon a lot of snoozing heads inside the store. Tons of people went in not to buy anything, but to lay down, to chill and to even picnic with their own snacks on displayed beds, sofas and chairs.
We left IKEA that day feeling very complicated: on one hand, we felt deeply ashamed and angry by those peoples' disrespectfulness towards public space, on the other hand, part of us were also emphatic about their situations. It was, in the end, a brutally hot summer day; with so many children in vacation and so little space in their homes (we all know the situation of Beijing's houses don't we...), surely they needed a place to hang, somewhere bigger, cooler, and ideally even with free Wifi to kill the day. It wasn't the "right" thing to do, but what else could they do? That's the question that lingered in our minds for a very long time.
Anyways, we really hope you'd enjoy this tiny little Vlog, and share your thoughts & suggestions by commenting below. Me and Yan are still learning about this whole video thing, the shooting and editing might not be top-notched, but we have one clear, consistent goal in mind: to record real stories about today's China, starting from our own lives.
Thank you so much,