I’ve loved autumn since I first discovered that the leaves turn yellow and red and the weather becomes cooler, and the fashion requires people to wear coats and boots, a long long time before I actually experienced it for the first time in Beijing. Coming from a country that only has wet and dry weather, it was something out-of-the-ordinary, something amazing. So according to the change in weather, Autumn this year started more or less on September 23, and Xiamen despite being in the South, is still affected by such seasonal changes.
When I first arrived in Xiamen in February, it was transitioning from Winter-Spring, and then I was in Xiamen the entire time it was Summer, and now it’s transitioning into Autumn. The thing I’ve realized about Fall in Xiamen is that despite the relatively hot weather in the afternoons, the past few evenings have been abnormally cool, and when I mean abnormal it means that the difference between afternoon and evening temperatures feels so different that you’d have a hard time imagining how a few hours can change the temperature so drastically. I guess one thing different about Beijing and Xiamen (weather-wise) is that Beijing is relatively dry, and Xiamen is relatively humid – not to mention how it’s beside the sea so sea breezes are ever-present.
Dad was here just last week, so along with the few winter items I had with me when I first arrived, and some of the items I had brought soon after I realized that all my outfits were Summer-ish and it was still Winter in February, dad brought along some scarves and thicker outfits that will hopefully keep me from buying too many winter clothes for winter, since it’s not suppose to be as cold as Beijing anyway. I wonder how much time I have left to wear shorts and sandals, and be able to go out without wearing a jacket or bringing along something to keep the cold at bay….
She’s the Kind of Girl tee from No. 3 Storehouse Xiamen; Light Blue shorts from Manila; Bowler Bag from Taobao; Brown boots from Taobao; Red Urbanears headphones from Mom
Another great thing about Autumn so far is my finally figuring out how to use taobao. It’s something that has eluded me since my time in Beijing, I just never got around to understanding it so I would always ask other people to buy items for me. Now, I know how it works, but part of me is wondering if it’s actually any good since the temptation to do online shopping is great. But at the same time it’s very practical, since most items found in the stores at ZhongShan Lu are more or less the same price, especially since I haven’t had time to go out and shop. It’s quite practical since there are a ton of nice looking shoes online which are cheaper than the ones sold near my area, and they’ll be good for autumn and winter since a lot of my shoes are sandals-like.
Oh, how excited I am for the weather to get colder. But at the same time, there’s this growing fear that I might get chubbier again, the way I got chubby when I experienced autumn and winter in Beijing. I have been noticing my face getting rounder recently, which I hope is just my imagination. Lol.
Winter is not far behind.