Tuesday, July 1, 2014

'When you are feeling uncertain, nothing good comes your way. When you are not, everything comes in a bundle. LIFE.'

In general, I am a very anxious person under certain circumstances especially when I am in doubt or feeling extremely uncertain. The usual symptoms of course involve a lot of stomach churning. During my younger days, I taken up a very habit of finger biting (big no no, thank god I quit!) and of course during my adolescent years I took up another horrendous habit of peeling (Quitting Quitted). These days, I am trying a more holistic approach of drinking tea or using tinctures from my past Whole Foods rendezvous (I would be lying if I say I don't miss this organic grocery store). I wish the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' quote works but sadly it is harder said than done for me. I used to doubt myself a lot, about my capabilities. Hey, I admit I am a pessimist. Lately however, I came into a conclusion that me doubting my capabilities is trivial.  I am actually a pretty capable person. 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Helmut Helmut Lang shirt  ⏐ T by Alexander Wang skirt  ⏐ vintage belt  ⏐  vintage Chanel bag  ⏐ handmade embroidered slippers ⏐ Dsquared2 sunglasses 
Dressing up for the theatres call for something more comfortable. It isn't really a matter of the items individually, it is always the 'put-together' of the outfit. I have fast replaced my usual theatre get-up of hoodie and shorts with plain viscose t-shirts and maxi skirts. Also, accessorise, accessorise, accessorise! Despite various opinions, I always believe in taking pride in the way you dress is a great way to gain confidence and for others to have confidence in you.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Muntri Mews 
77 Muntri Road, Georgetown, 10200 Penang

If you would ask me what is my favourite local delicacy, a good bowl of warm Jawa mee hands down. It truly is from Jawa with love. Ok maybe not. Penang will do fine. 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's that time of the month that I crave for Mexican BADLY, and now that I am back in Asia where latin food isn't really the norm, I have no idea where to get those tacos servings that I deeply longed for. Even though I have seen Mexican eateries around, I have yet to give them a try for fear that it would either be too localized or Americanized. #foodieproblems
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

“You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. And you've got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

June 18, 2014 - I grew up loving food and understanding the notion of quality always, rather than quantity. Perhaps, that was the way I was brought up. C'est la vie! During my birthday, I had a choice of choosing between two fine gastronomical destinations. One was traditional, the other was innovative. But instead, I decided on a third choice, a dining room serving Indo and Straits Nyonya dishes using French cooking techniques. The effect was simple, full of flavour and dazzling. 

Chao Tom 
Minced prawn, herbs & spices wrapped around a sugar cane stalk and grilled, served with basil, coriander & mint leaves and a sweet sour sauce.
Miang Kham of Salmon Roe
Envelopes of betel nut leaf filled with toasted coconut, shrimps, lime, cashew & Norwegian salmon roe.

Main Courses
Lor Ark
Duck confit with caramelised spiced plums & oranges in cinnamon, star anise, cloves & nutmeg.
Sambal Goreng
Sautéed French beans & baby corn, lemongrass, shallots, belachan coconut cream with, with cashew nuts.
Organic Roast Pork
Tender and succulent sous vide 3 layer pork belly, organically raised, served with a hoisin balsamic reduction dipping sauce.
Crispy Nyonya Tempura
Deep fried selection of vegetables in a delicate batter dusted with homemade belachan chilli seasoning.

Tang Yuen
House made glutinous 'onde onde' rice balls stuffed with coconut simmered in palm sugar and served with a warm coconut broth.
Chocolate Fondant
Warm chocolate fondant with a liquid centre. 
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Wilfred top  ⏐  Front Row Shop skirt  ⏐  Jeffrey Campbell heels  ⏐  Christian Dior bag
These days there appears to be a very obvious back-to-classy-feminine-can't-be-bothered-yet-incredibly-cool-skirt-basics with THE MIDI SKIRT. This season, pants or shorts or any bottoms for that matter take a back seat in favour of this uber feminine slightly retro item. Frankly it's about time we got a breath of fashion fresh air because as much as we love the androgynous movement, we need to return to our roots once in awhile. Hence, le skirt. 

Since high-waisted skirts are all over the range and truthfully, the most flattering form, it's imperative to say that ALL skirts this season look absolutely stunning with crop tops or just the plain old T-shirt. 
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Wilfred blazer  ⏐  Zara camisole ⏐  J.Brand jeans  ⏐  Vince d'orsay flats  ⏐  Chanel bag  ⏐  Shop For Jayu necklace
When it comes to dressing up, I like to do it the French way. Keep it simple and stick to timeless pieces, they say. I was in a conversation with my beau the other day about the French, about the way they dress. There is this unique flare about the way they portray themselves and the way they dress. It's bordering the line of arrogance yet it's still very much acceptable. 

The 'supposedly' dress code of French women: Blazers, skinny jeans, stripes, grey tee, lot's of black, lot's of leather, effortless hair, minimal makeup...
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Brian Lictenberg tee ⏐ Topshop skirt  ⏐  Nose leather sandals  ⏐  Louis Vuitton bag 
I have taken a liking for longer hems, knee length skirts to be more precise. Due to my petite frame, a figure hugging pencil skirt complements my figure better. I prefer pairing them with casual oversized t-shirts. This look gives out the notion of being laid back but still put together; effortless yet with care. This is how I roll these days...

"Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing." - Alexander Wang

I put together this outfit for my birthday dim sum brunch with the mother and brother. It is terribly sinful, but birthdays are exception. Also, birthday matcha lattes instead of the birthday cake because as much as I allowed myself to binge on sinful fares, I can live without the cake. 
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Monday, June 9, 2014

With the same template and theme for years now in this little virtual space of mine, I figured it was time to do something with it one night. After all, I was still up at 4 in the morning. Insomnia! Brutal...
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Friday, May 16, 2014

I started this blog years ago as a medium of sharing my personal thoughts. However as the years went by, it became more of a medium where I would share my sartorial and gastronomical musings. Anything that was deemed pretty would end up at this space. Personal aspect, not so much. May 16, 2014 was the day I decided to leave a country I hold quite dearly for the last six years. The reason being family and a few closed ones. I bought my plane tickets 4 months prior, so in a way it gave me time to digest the fact that I was leaving for good. When the day came, I balled my eyes out. It was both an expected and unexpected situation. I knew I would be melancholy of my time here but never would I expect the thought of leaving my friends would leave me weeping away at a dinner table during my farewell. Embarrassing I know, but I am too emotional for my own good. It's definitely something I need to work on. Regardless, thanks for the memories! Friends old and new, it is the start of a lifelong friendship. 
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Of all the seasons in a year, spring is the one that gets me all contented and chirpy. Why not right? Who wouldn't like the site of blooming and vibrant looking flowers? After all, last winter was brutal, and a very long one. So imagine the pure joy when I finally got to jump around at a botanical garden with a friend, fooling around the fallen magnolias petals on the ground and admiring that wonderful site that mimics a fairytale wonderland. It was just a random morning that we decided to wake up early and drove down to wine country (Niagara!) for a quick rendezvous. Makeup-less, bed head and donning a hoodie, the two of us looked like we just got dragged out of bed. Well in literal terms, it really was the case. Thank god for sunglasses! 
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