NEW BEGINNINGS

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There are so many times in my life where I'm overwhemled with all the good that has been going on to a point where I never feel like I deserve any of it. 2014 passed on too quickly and while it was probably the best one yet, it was also a whirlwind of emotions for me. Both ups and downs. This 2015, I'm starting anew again and I feel immensely blessed for the opportunity to be able to do so. I've gotten way too many second chances in my life time and everyday is a journey for me to continue to create, to live fully and to be a better version of myself. I'm writing this to encourage anyone who reads this to never stop pushing yourself forward to be that better version of yourself. I still feel like I don't deserve all the good I get in my life but I make sure these opportunities that come my way are not taken for granted and that I constantly live in an attitude of gratitude. I think this is so important in today's day and age as sometimes we really just forget about the things we do have and keep comparing ourselves with others and what we don't. Especially when we expose ourselves to the lives of other people on social media channels like Facebook and Instagram. I've been through it all, felt inferior, jealous and just lousy in general but one of the things I've set for myself this year in 2015 is to live in the moment and appreciate what we do have. Only then can we truly take in whatever is being presented in front of us. 

I'm off to London for a couple of months to experience things, to meet people and get connected, to learn, to see this part of the world better and to be independent.  And I'm excited to share my new adventure with everyone. You already know I've been as candid as I possibly can about many things over here so things will stay this way or just gradually become even better. I will keep documenting for myself and hopefully you guys will enjoy this journey with me. Content here is going to be slowly pushed a lot towards empowerment and independence, content with a purpose that would be able to leave some kind of impact to my readers on top of my daily musings and photo documentation. Let me know what you would like to see more of around here, or get connected with me if you're in London! 

WANDERING IN CHIANG MAI

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I treated myself to a short getaway last week to Chiang Mai and it was everything I had hoped for it to be. It has been more than 10 years since I've last been and my last time there was a lot of touristy stuff done with family like visiting elephant camps and doing river rafting. My friend, Nalinna, who I recently caught up with in Bangkok invited me to stay with her in her home and it was an amazing experience to say the least. I can't say we even did much because there is so much I have yet to see in this part of Thailand but it was me being able to let go of a lot of things that had been happening in Singapore and find peace with myself again. I've always preferred staying with friends whenever I travel to get a more authentic expereince of really experiencing 'living' in a new place so I was really glad I got to spend time with Nalinna and her family in her beautiful home. Her family runs a little curry restaurant called Hinlay Curry at Natwatkate Road and everyday I found myself the most happy just helping out around at the restaurant whether it was plating up dessert or washing some dishes. Its weird to some to think that I took an aeroplane to hang out in a restaurant but I simply loved being with Nalinna and her family. It warmed my heart to see how passionate her parents were to running the little eatery. As for Nalinna, some of you may find her familiar as she calls herself the 'forest wanderer' on Instagram and I'm not kidding when I say this girl truly lives up to that name. I don't think I've ever gotten so close to nature in my entire life and Chiang Mai was definitely the last place I expected to do that. Nalinna is passionate to her craft, so amazingly talented, beautiful and filled with so much fun and energy. Whenever she sees an interesting flower or plant she goes up to it, takes some photos and admires it from afar. She has also explored several forests all over the mountains and I was lucky to spend a day with her up in Chiang Dao. She was such a great tour guide and sharing with me about her time growing up in Chiang Mai and the UK, introducing me to Northern Thai cuisine which I absolutely love and giving me the most authentic experience one can get. I am so lucky. Having been to Bangkok every year for the past 13 years of my life, I found Chiang Mai vastly different- it is a lot more peaceful and all about the slow life. No hustling or bustling. Locals are also less hostile, a lot more patient and friendly. It was a refreshing change from what I am used to and I cannot wait to be back again.

LIGHT IN THE WINTER

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Photos by Zoe

I just got back from the best adventure in Hong Kong two weeks ago but just thought I'd share a couple of images I shot while exploring Causeway Bay with Zoe. I love anything that makes me feel like a princess so even though this skirt was as poofy as a wedding dress and getting in everybody's way, I was happy. Zoe and I played prince and princess for the day without even realising it, she happened to be in a casual little suit while me in my poofy ensemble. The whole conversation about princes and princesses started a couple of months ago when I saw that Zoe had gone to Paris and I was obviously going 'omg' at her beautiful images- she then suggested we make a trip there together in the near future but I've always sworn to never go to Paris until I met a prince to take me there, or at least, have the capability to go to Paris and come back with lots of Chanel and Celine using my own money. The first thing Zoe said was 'I'LL BE YOUR PRINCE!!!!' so now this is our thing. We're basically attached.

I love how Instagram and blogs have made the world a much smaller place and allowed me to meet people, since my guide to Bangkok wasn't exactly a blog post, I guess you can call this is my first for 2015. I was going through alot of anxiety before the new year but overall, 2014 had been a year of overwhelming opportunities and I met so many new people I now call friends that I know I am going to keep. Zoe is one of them. And so are an amazing other bunch of people I met in Hong Kong who will slowly be introduced to this space. We shot these at the roof of Tyson place where we spent a lovely afternoon having girly heart to heart talks over bubble tea. The light was amazing and it's hard to believe this is winter in Hong Kong! I guess Hong Kong does have it's own magical moments and I'm lucky to have been able to experience this with my little prince.

Thank you guys for the responses to my guide! I loved hearing from everyone through comments and emails. Ps, how is everyone liking the new layout? I'm still working on small little details here and there so I'll do proper introductions to the new space and the direction I aim to be heading for the year 2015 with Missingavenue. It's pretty exciting and I can't wait to be able to start a new adventure with everyone of you!

MY GUIDE TO BANGKOK

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BANGKOK- Truly the city that never sleeps. This guide is long overdue but I wanted it to be as detailed as I possibly can so that it will be useful for whoever who reads it. If its your first time travelling to Bangkok, then I suggest maybe you grab a sandwich and continue reading. This post is MASSIVE to say the least but I hope you enjoy the visuals and more importantly, the sights, tastes and sounds when you do visit Bangkok whether it is your first, second or tenth time. 

SEE YOU IN 2015.

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So I guess you can say the title says it all. I've HONESTLY, cross my heart, missed being able to type down my thoughts or share an adventure on this blog. It's a love for documenting like I've mentioned before which started this in the first place. But this year alone I've found myself struggling the most with the content that's posted on this space. Never fully satisfied. And then I asked myself why haven't I been working on it this past 8 months since being out from school? I'm a lazy ass! No point denying it. So I'm taking a break to really figure things out and decide how I want the real Missingavenue to look like and be portrayed as. Content that is less on self but also more on impacting my dear readers who have been graciously and so patiently following me despite being such a bad blogger. And so much more. I've so much going on that I'm genuinely overwhelmed by the opportunities that have been given to me. And there really is so much I'm dying to share, just not here right now. So this hiatus is not exactly a break but stuff I'm working on for the new blog. I can't wait! For now, see you guys on Instagram (@meowiie) and I'll see you back here in a couple of weeks with a brand new facelift on this space. 

Thank you for reading and following me on my adventures this past 2014. Lets start a brand new adventure in 2015! xx

PRETTY IN PINK

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Topshop lace blouse, culottes and heels. 
Still Products envelope clutch.

I was lucky enough to be dressed by Topshop and a couple of other labels for Bangkok International Fashion Week, crazy time with a crazy bunch of bloggers who I now call friends. Rachel from Still Products was kind enough to send me a couple of her handmade leather accessories and this clutch was my favourite, especially in my all pink ensemble for a hectic day of meetings, shopping and shows.

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I've always loved the idea of being able to support local talent here in Singapore but to tell the truth it's been hard for me because it's usually never my style or just not up to standards. It's exciting to see where Still Products is going, Rachel painstakingly makes all her accessories herself from clutches, pouches and my favourite mini leather tassels. I'm loving the minimalism that's put into her brand which allows all the items to do the talking. I'm really happy to be able to support small start-ups like these so I can't wait to be able to share with you guys the other accessories I've gotten over here! Hope everyone is having the best week so far!

2 BEAUTIFUL BOOKS

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2 of my favourite cookbooks from Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers and Diana Yen of The Jewels of New York- I've been following these two power ladies for awhile now and to see them both launch their cookbooks this year has made me extremely excited. These are books that have so much thought put into every detail of the book that has made it not just about the food but also about community and the city of New York.

Sunday Suppers is all about gatherings in New York, basically a supper club based on community, conversations and good food in the heart of the city. From what started out as a small gathering of 4 friends in a cosy apartment, Sunday Suppers is now a team of creative individuals who host these parties on a monthly basis, parties that are so beautiful everything deserves a photograph. On the other hand, Diana Yen of The Jewels of New York is a creative cooking studio combining the love of cooking with everyday things through styling and food consultation services. 

These 2 are all about focusing on the simplicity and beauty of everyday meals that is shared comunally. For me personally, they are 2 individuals I am dying to work with one day but I have too much commitments here right now to be able to book myself a ticket to New York and live for a few months. Time will tell, and things may change but I just thought I'd share about these two who continually inspire me to make beautiful and delicious food, start conversations and eventually, something more. 

Follow them on Instagram, @sundaysuppers and @jewelsofny.

ON BIRTHDAYS

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Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I spent my first day of being 21 having some me time like I said I would, it was nice but nothing beats spending your special day with your loved ones. I ended my night with a dinner at Rubato's and had an epic plate of lobster pasta (it's off the menu but if you're going, call in advance and ask about it, it is pricey but SO worth it!) with my aunt after a shopping day by myself.

*Ps, I am in Singapore right now after a crazy 2 weeks of Digital Fashion Week and Bangkok International Fashion Week but more on that in another post!

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I'm throwing a little party among some of my close friends next week, the theme is hilarious and very Singaporean but I will keep it a secret for now (you can stay tuned on Instagram, @meowiie and @meowiie2). Anyway, back to last night, I had a pasta dinner date with my aunt which was delicious and she surprised me with a really cute gift…I never thought I would ever own a Gucci Bamboo bag but I now do, she she's special because she is a mini version in the most luscious satin pink(!!!).
 I saw the bag when we were in London at the mall, and it just happened that my penpal and favourite British person all in all, Sophie, came by for a little date before we bid our farewells for another good year or so. So it was us three doing some window shopping and I walked into Gucci and saw the bag and died because I had never seen anything like it before. I fell in love with it that very instant. Sophie and I headed out to have 3 plates of pasta for lunch at a restaurant nearby and I thought we should go back to the store to have a look at the bag one last time before saying goodbye. The bag was gone in less than an hour from when we first stepped in and I swear we screamed so loud the entire store was silent for a good second. We joked that whoever who had bought it must be a 'bitch who threw money at the Gucci lady' and I guess it turned out that the bitch was my aunt!

 I've been back from my travels for about slightly over a month and didn't really put much thought into it because silly bags like these have always been a novelty for me. A treat where I would of course rather splurge on something more practical on myself. I also happen to be someone who has always expected a lot during birthdays, it IS silly, I know, and I haven't had the *DREAM* birthday I've always secretly wished for but I think we are slowly getting there. Expectation has always made me end up being disappointed so last year I told myself I would plan my own party and did a Twenties themed party. It was such a good night. I am doing the same this year and the party is next week but I guess because it's my 21st I was feeling abit of a nervous wreck because it is the big number where people tend to go crazy. I was so afraid it was just going to be another day even though it is. I was starting to get really upset before dinner after my day out alone mentally took a toll on me because all of my close friends were either busy travelling or working but I guess my day was made a whole lot better with the delicious dinner we had at Rubato's and my aunt's sweet gestures. She took out a cupcake with the bag on it that she had gotten specially made but I was still sulking because I was so sure it was just going to be just another night (bah, sorry, I can be a brat I know but I was turning 21 and was determined that I would get a surprise, big or small) and it just didn't occur to me that she would have gotten it because she didn't seem to have that much interest in it then. When I opened the box, I screamed so loud at the restaurant again! Hahaha, I guess this was a great start to being 21 after all. 

I know it might seem to be a superficial thought that a bag could make me so happy but in my defense I knew that because my party was next week, nothing was going to happen with everyone's busy schedules. And yes, at the end of the day it is the people who are closest to you who matter the most. It has been that way for me every year just that I have always grown up with a big fantasy of birthdays so MY BAD with big parties and lots of cake, presents and surprises. For now, I'm looking forward to party with my friends next week and just have a good time. Here's to 21!

Thank you to each and everyone of you who wished me personally via text, messages, Facebook, Instagram and emails! I am nothing without you guys!