THE KITCHEN TABLE

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Kitchen Table in Damansara Kim reminds me a lot of the culinary culture in Toronto. Modern American comfort food. Simple, local farm to plate, fresh produce. I truly believe that the source of good food is its ingredients. The menu was minimal and straightforward; two pages, one for beverages and one for food. In the bill was the scrambled eggs with tomato jam and sourdough, and the pulled pork with carrot, beet slaw, salsa and sourdough. The sort of food that will put a million dollar smile on any epicure's face. 

Oh,  double plus points for serving Pukka tea. It is a rare thing here at this side of the world. 
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HOT HOUSE PEONIE

Monday, February 16, 2015

Royal Apothic eau de parfum  ⏐ Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex  ⏐ Aesop Fabulous Face Oil  ⏐  Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color  ⏐  The Tappin Tapir soda water
Every time I walked into Anthropologie, I feel a sense of belonging. I could not really pinpoint how, but I just felt that somehow. I could say in certainty, the procurement team for its stores are excellent. I still remembered vividly the very first time I stepped into the store at Yorkville. Mind-blown, amazed and in-awed. It was as though I entered into my very own wonderland of some sort. Vintage inspired pottery, a great selection of bath products and candles, lace apparels, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and the understated perfumes in pretty bottles. Also, the scent of the store was something to be reminiscent about. 

Ever since I took notice of indie perfume makers, I hardly go back to the mainstream designer ones. For one, the scents are significantly more mild and fresh. One of my favourite perfume creators is Royal Apothic. Its founder, Sean O' Mara chance discovery of an apothecary guide at a London bookstore sparked the creation of this Los Angeles based beaty line. Each of their concentrated fragrances, luxurious lotion and long-burning candles is modeled after centuries-old formulas blended for European royalty. One scent in particular that I adore is from its Conservatory Collection. It's a blend of white lily, lilac, cyclamen and violet with a hint of sandalwood to give it a refreshing and flowery scent. 
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DARK COLOR SPLASH

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Finders Keepers top  ⏐  Finders Keepers skirt  ⏐  Zara blazer  ⏐  Zara heels  ⏐  Chanel bag
I found my affirmation for prints. Not bright cheerful ones, but the dark whimsical ones. I managed to source these two-piece set from my daily perusal of fashion e-commerce sites. I treat this activity as some sort of a market research but I do admit that sometimes it is more for my own leisure and excitement than work. Busted. 
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LOVE

Saturday, February 14, 2015


You can have LOVE for so many people. LOVE can be just as strong as the romantic type of love and so when you are expressing that type of love and passion, and it's real, it comes across in a universal way. It's a poem. LOVE is a many splendid things. LOVE is lovely. 
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LUNCH BREAK

Saturday, January 17, 2015

By some similarity, the coffee culture here is getting way too over saturated. Coffee shops are getting ahead of each other by roasting and purveying specialty coffee, trying to bring out the best in the beans with their unique brewing and roasting techniques. Not too long ago, I headed over to Pulp by Papa Palheta within the premises of Arts Printing Works. I paid for the cold brew and decided on a tart, before sitting at one of its little corners spending my one hour lunch break very leisurely, discussing about fashion, politics and unprecedented gossip.
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THE BLOSSOM BACKYARD

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Miss Selfridge dress  ⏐   BDG blazer   ⏐   Zara heels   ⏐   Chanel bag
Tube dresses were never really my cup of tea, perhaps due to my modest bosom. Through the years, I have embraced being flat chested and learnt to make it work. These days though, I find myself leaning towards these strapless wonders. I figured to actually look decent in them, my choice of tube dresses would have to consist of a presumingly 'sweetheart' neckline or a 'plunged' neckline. The composition of neoprene material is also a plus, since it is the latest trendy, figure-flattering fabric to make its way onto the runway and high street. 
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HO CHI MINH CITY DIARIES #3

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Cameo skirt  

28 December 2014 - 29 December 2014. The phrase 'time is of the essence' did not apply to the three nights I was in Ho Chi Minh City. I guess when you are spending time very leisurely, time passes extremely slow. After days of admiring the Saigon Opera House from afar, I finally visited it up close and soak up its grandeur. Of course nothing is comparable to the Petit Palais in France itself, where the Saigon Opera House took its design inspiration from. Nevertheless, its inscriptions and reliefs at the facade was enough to deserve admiration of some sort. 

The dining scene in Ho Chi Minh City is vibrant too, with street food, cafes and restaurants all around District 1, which is the Downtown core of the city. One restaurant in particular I find reminiscent to a place where I frequent regularly back in Toronto. It's called L'Usine. Basically it is a boutique that stocks very interesting and peculiar items that range from immaculately cut Cameo dresses to locally made luxury candles to marble cheese boards. La Cafeteria de L'Usine is its restaurant that serves French inspired food. Yes it is definitely Drake at Queen West Toronto alright. Other food places tried and tested are Pizza 4P's (Japanese inspired pizzas with homemade mozzarella), Hoa Tuc (modern Vietnamese food with traditional flavours), The Refinery (French bistro fare) and Khanh Casa Tea House (a good selection of teas in a rainforest setting). 

In terms of actual activity, one thing I actually regret doing was going for a massage. I was fooled by the storefront, with its seemingly convincing wood accented decor and Thann fragrances. With a mixture of hot stone, thai and aromatic massages, it is basically jack of all but master of none in terms of quality and satisfaction. Post massage, I did drinks with the beau at Intercontinental while an Argentinian singer sang with all her soul. Definitely one of the more enjoyable moments. 
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