LOS AN­GE­LES

Pi­o­neer­ing Chi­nese vis­ual artist and pho­tog­ra­pher Chen Man shares her per­fect day in the city

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Last Word -

’d imag­ine my per­fect day to be a time that I could fo­cus on my­self, rather than on other peo­ple. I’d re­ally like to hold on to what­ever is real and hap­pen­ing now. I would start the day by slowly en­joy­ing break­fast. Some­times I cook with my aunt, Chi­nese-style or West­ern. Or if I feel like go­ing out, I’d wear cash­mere, walk­ing past all those beau­ti­ful houses in LA un­der the sun­shine and the shade of the trees, and I’d just sim­ply have cof­fee and a crois­sant, or tea with dim sum. I love Float (380 South Lake Av­enue) and Copa Vida (70 South Ray­mond Av­enue) in Pasadena. I also like all those or­ganic juices and dishes from Whole Foods Mar­ket (3751 East Foothill Boule­vard).

I don’t re­ally do sports that much. But the weather in LA is just so great, with so much sooth­ing sun­shine, that I can’t help but walk around. The city is a fu­sion of so many things. You can have four sea­sons in just one day. There’s the sea­side as well as the moun­tains— all kinds of moun­tains, and they’re cov­ered with snow. Los An­ge­les is a city that’s truly suit­able for any­body to live in.

The thing I want to do most on my per­fect day is sun­bathing in the gar­den of my house, naked, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic or read­ing a book. Re­cently, I’ve been read­ing a book about the the­ory of kine­mat­ics in tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine. I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in TCM.

On my per­fect day I might also work a lit­tle bit. I have worked at the Milk Stu­dios (855 North Cahuenga Boule­vard) and Siren Stu­dios (6063 West Sun­set Boule­vard, Hol­ly­wood), and they have very pro­fes­sional set­tings, huge spa­ces, and it was fun to work at both.

The first thing Chen Man does af­ter wak­ing up, and the last thing be­fore go­ing to bed, is med­i­ta­tion

I MIGHT GO TO THE MEX­I­CAN SPICY FRUIT SALAD STAND. I LOVE THE CON­TRAST OF SUCH FOOD—YOU HAVE THE FRESH­NESS OF THE FRUIT AND ALSO THE EVIL SPICI­NESS

There re­ally are a lot of things that would make my day per­fect. I could visit a mu­seum, visit my friends, check out the mar­kets, or just stay home and read a book, or spend time with my fam­ily. Or I could just do noth­ing and med­i­tate. Ba­si­cally, any­thing could hap­pen. My favourite place to shop... well, I love all those shop­ping cen­tres and I can’t choose.

It’s hard to de­cide where to have lunch, be­cause there are so many restau­rants to choose from. I love Il Pas­taio’s (400 North Canon Drive) home­made pasta in Bev­erly Hills, although I might just go for the Mex­i­can spicy fruit salad stand on that street. I love the con­trast of such food—you have the fresh­ness of the fruit and also the evil spici­ness.

For din­ner, I guess I pre­fer to cook at home. I’d get the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents and cook fu­sion food. I don’t re­ally drink that much, un­less a friend in­vites me to drink at their house.

Be­fore I go to bed, I just let my­self lie down, close my eyes and think—that is my favourite tele­vi­sion show. I don’t re­ally watch TV. The first thing I do af­ter I wake up—and the last thing I do be­fore I go to bed— is med­i­ta­tion.

and zen some

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