Pickings of Nature: Trip to Miyun

Hey everyone, its been a month since I last posted on Behind Krystle Lane. I have been very busy with Thinspirational Journey lately that I was not able to find the time to update this blog, plus nothing really INTERESTING is going on with my life beyond weight loss. But anyway I just wanted to share with you all something nice.

Last Wednesday we had a school trip to Miyun province to go fruit and vegetable picking. The parents tagged along too. I was able to practice photography using the School’s Canon camera. It was such a challenge because of the lighting of the area. I had a hard time adjusting the settings just to get the right exposure. I tried my best anyway.

This is teacher Kevin with Bibi. We got to sit at the very back of the bus. It was rather spacious and I was even able to practice some cardistry along the way.
Stopped for a bathroom break and stretched our legs a bit. The other students were even able to play around with bubbles.
Upon arrival at Miyun we had to walk about 5-10 minutes on this dirt road to get to the picking site. The children are to have partners so they don’t get separated. They are all really excited.
Despite have a rought start to our trip the parents were also have a blast. And of course took tons of photos of their children and their friends
It was not just the parents having a blast taking photos. We had our own mini photographer on site. Her name is Sunny. Her father is a professional photographer so of course what would any good father do? Give their child a nice DSLR to practice on while they are still young. ^-^
The other children are just exploring while waiting for the other people to arrive.
Father and daughter just goofing around while waiting for the go signal from the owners of the farm
This is Maria from my intermediate class. She said she loves strawberries and is trying to get all the ripe ones so she can stuff herself with yummy goodness.
The most beautiful strawberries I have ever seen in my entire life.
The tomatoes were huge. And very orange. I was lucky enough to get a photo of this one student from another class whose shirt is the same color as the fruits she is trying to pick.
That is David Lee, the children love him because he is such a big baby himself
They are posing for the camera of a parent but I managed to steal this shot from them. ^-^ I actually really like this one.

Tina is one of my fast learners in class, but she is also a very stubborn one. But I love them nonetheless. Oh and that is her twin sister Jana behind her.
And this is yours truely your Frustrated Photographer of the day. Trying hard not to get a whiff of an awful scent coming from the fields. It was really stinky outside the greenhouses. It smelled like rotting rats and dogs. (I did see a dead rat).
I hope you all enjoyed that. I will post part 2 next time.
Lara Novales
Fools day out

A Fool’s Day Out on April 1st

April 1st.

We all know what that means right? April fools day! Sadly we were not able to do some trolling anywhere which is sad. But my 2nd family and I with my sister went to WalMart (still wishing it was BuyMore). Ate a this Pizza joint called Jack’s Dough and did some grocery shopping at Sam’s Club, which is still WalMart to my knowing.y

Here I decided to play around with the hot sauce and fake grass that was just beside my seat at the Restaurant. ^_^


This is the view from outside Jack’s Dough. That is a lot of cars… I still wish that those were Nerd Herd cars though.

This is my Father and his wife Renee, trolling around while waiting for the food to arrive.

Finally our Jack Dough pizza arrives! Layers upon LAYERS of CHEEZY goodness! Can you see how absolutely SINFUL this is? The BEST PIZZA in BEIJING YET!

After eating we went to the grocery to get some stuff.

Here is my sister and I lounging around the outdoor equipment area.
I think we have a promising career path as Buy More Employees. We can slack around quite professionally. ^_^

I have to apologize for all the CHUCK jargon and references. You see we are all fans of this series and we secretly (or not) want to be able to make sure the Family of CHUCK NBC stays with us wherever and whenever. So I am proud to say that CHUCK lives in my heart, and my loyalties lie in the beautiful place called BuyMoria!

Okay I am being really weird.


There is one photo I was not able to post in this entry because I had already posted it on my account. So get your butts over there! :)

follow me so I can see your snapshots of the beautiful world around us. :P

Lara Krystle “Lane” Novales

Red Velvet Therapy

2nd post in a row. I am so backlogged in posts here at Behind Krystle Lane, I have been really busy with Thinspirational Journey blogs that I didn’t have the time to update my own personal blog. But no matter, I’m here now and this is the second post for the day. :)

After my Day out with SlyS,  a fellow Aetherian, I came home on the 24th with painful and large blisters on my feet, but that did not stop me from frolicking in the city streets of Beijing. So moving to the 25th of March, my mother, sister and I met with a good friend of ours, Tita Connie and her son, JM, who was visiting. We had some Fish and Chips over at SanLiTun‘s Fish Nation near Bar Blu and 3.3 Mall. After that we headed over to this place beside Crepanini for some Red Velvet Cupcakes.

It was the most delightful thing I have ever tasted. I have never had a red velvet cupcake before because I just didn’t like eating a lot of sweets and cakes and pastries. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. But I decided to try it anyway. I must admit that it was THE most amazing thing I have ever had in my entire existence! It was just too good. I think I have converted over to the dark side… or should I say the “red” side?


I know I’m not much of a photographer. I just enjoy trying to capture the world as how I see it.

If you want to see my other photos you can visit my jux at

follow me as well if you have an account there. I’d love to see your shots as well. ^_^

Lara Krystle “Lane” Novales


A Simple Aetherian Day Out

When I found out that a fellow Aethercard member SylS was going to visit Beijing I was thrilled! I wanted really badly to meet someone from the forums in REAL LIFE and just hang out. So after a zillion emailing back and forth, we were finally able to make a definite date for our hang out day.

I took him and his classmates/friends to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, then took them to the Toy City, which is basically a huge building that sells all kinds of toys you can possibly imagine, and last but not the least I took them to XiDan to see the Magic Shop there.

I have to apologize in advance because I was not able to take photos that day so I will just post the only ones I had. :( Although I will try to contact SlyS again and ask his friend to send me some photos that he took.

The photos below were taken in Temple of Heaven.

I was pretty much beat because my feet were killing me.


Trolling with my Sister and her Crazy Friends in The Village

This is actually the part 2 or 3 posts on my day last March 9 with my sister and her friends.
My first post was on my walk around The Village in SanLiTun

At around lunch time my sister was finally done with her exams and met up with me at Costa Coffee and being the crazy bunch that we are we decided to TROLL around in SanLiTun’s The Village. Oh and all the photos were taken via iPad2 (iPad-graphy??)

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from left to right: Sarah, Layouni, Dana, Rhona and Lisa

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American Apparel Mannequin TROLLING

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Patiently Waiting for Steve Madden to Open

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Sarah and Rhona enjoying their Free Massage at SunDan

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Rhona, tearing up because of the Spicy Chicken Wings at McDonalds

So Thats about part 02 of my Day in The Village. Hopefully after I post this I will be able to immediate post about our Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Shoe Finds in 3.3 Fashion Mall Beijing

Last Friday I decided to surprise my sister by picking her up from her school.
Upon picking her up, I tagged along with her and her classmates and ate at Subway at 3.3 (San dian san/ three point three) Mall.

3.3 Mall or locally known as San Dian San is a fashion mall.
Five/Six floor full of local designer boutiques. Tons of well-coiffed Beijing hipsters flock in this Mall.

I did not really have the time to admire each and every shop since I was just tagging along with my sister and her friends, but I did manage to steal some shots on some fabulous shoes I’d love to buy in the near future.






And here is a really really funny sign I came across inside the 3.3 mall


I promise, one of these days I will dedicated a whole (of half a) day in exploring this mall.

Greens, Soup, Tofu Chicken Breakfast with the Family

In the past I thought that I will never be able to stand Chinese food everyday. But living with my Dad, Renee, and Emma proved to be a different story.
You see back in the Philippines I was so bored with food. Even eating out was no thrill. Nothing was able to surprise or satisfy my cravings for good, new and different food.

For almost a week now I have been eating Home Cooked Chinese food everyday and I have to admit I love it! I love the fact that its 70% Vegetables and 30% meat. As you all might know I am the Author of  Thinspirational Journey  so eating good, healthy “thinspo” food is something I want to do.

So here are a few photos of what I had this morning.




So as you can see it is pretty healthy. The first photo is not pork okay? Its Chicken and Tofu in a special Chinese sauce.

I love this kinds of food. I have been feeling great on the inside.

Speaking of feeling great, even my Step Sister Emma loves veggies. I was able to take a few photos of her and managed to take one whilst smiling.




She loves her veggies a lot ^_^


The extended Family

So there you have it. Learning to love the greens!

Lunch at Navena

Last Feb 20 my sister Dana, and I had lunch out to celebrate our reunion in Beijing. We ate lunch at Navena Cafe. 

This is what I had. A Navena Sandwhich with salad

Dana had  abreakfast platter because he said she loves breakfast even if it was already lunch time. 

It was all good. 


sorry for the brief post.


Lara Krystle “Lane” Novales 


Flight: I Love Airline Food

Hey guys! How are you? It’s been almost 4 days and I haven’t been able to post anything due to inaccessibility of certain sites here in Beijing, China. But it’s okay. Right now I am using Renee’s iPad to write this post and I am using the wordpress app for the iPad so it the formatting is a bit different form what we are used to seeing, I apologize.

Anyway, the flight to beijing via Cathay pacific was a very pleasant one. Let me share with you all some photos that I took through out the duration of my flight.

I left the house pretty early to get to the airport avoiding the traffic jam. And also to beat the long check in lines and what not. Once I got to my gate I decided to have breakfast at KopiRoti.

Funny thing is, I never eat at KopiRoti anywhere but the airport. Hahaha!

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This was my breakfast. KopiRoti kaya toast, soft boiled eggs and a nice hot choco

After waiting for a bit, since our flight was delayed by just a few minutes, we finally boarded the plane. And upon finding my seat and after everyone was settled the cabin crew and the captain, gave us a warm welcome and performed the flight safety demonstration.

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Then shortly after I immediately played around my in flit entertainment screen thingy

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Yes. Played bejeweled for some time and then I watched A Tribute To Steve Jobs

The flight from Manila to Hong Kong was fairly short. Upon arrival in HKG INTL AIRPORT we transferred planes.

One thing I like about flying with Cathay Pacific is airline food. Yeap you heard that right. In really love the Cathay Pacific airline food. Here are a few snap shots of what I had during my flight from HongKong to Beijing

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the menu given to us

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After the scrumptious meal I filled up my arrival card

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Staying inside the plane for about 5 ish hours can get pretty boring so I decided to just watch tv and talk to my seat mates and take photos. Here is my favorite shot throughout my entire HongKong to Beijing flight

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This post is long overdue, and I apologize. But I do hope that you enjoyed this post as much as. Did.

I hope I get to blog more often than this. I promise t do my best to fit everything in my now busy schedule.

Lara Krystle “Lane” Novales

Skype, Packing, and an Awesome SteamPunk Ring

Hey guys!
Just a little update on what has been happening.
As you all may or may not know. I am about to leave for Beijing, China and might be staying there indefinitely.  And as some of you heard, a lot of the blog sites and social media sites are not accesible there. But not to worry i have  a very quick fix to that.

So right now I am busy packing up stuff and whilst talking to my friends on Skype. Namely Josh Robinson and Alex (moon.exe)

They are some of my good friends in forums. Alex is from Canada and Josh is from Australia, really silly bunch.
I love them all!

Anyway I hate packing up stuff for a long term trip due to the limit in luggage allowance. Cathay pacific is generous enough to let us economy passenger 20-25kg of checked-in luggage and 7kg carry on luggage. But I still have a dilema on how to pack my stuff.

here is a peak at my messy room and me trying to pack:

Figuring out how to fit makeup jewelry and cards into my make up box

Triumphant.... well not quite yet


So as you can see I’m no where near done and its really really stressing me out. But not to worry, being a human being of this century.. I’m pretty good at doing last minute packs ^_^


on the light side of things I just wanted to share to you what I bought at Trixie’s Fashion Gallery

A nice steam punk ring


So there you have it. That is basically what has been up. i’m sorry for the lack of intellectual words. I’m just really tired of thinking of how the hell I will tackle all these stuff. But I hope you had a semi great time reading this post anyway.