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THE BIG ADVENTURE

9:22 PM, Saturday, July 19, 2014



I really wanted to document and share my experience in L.A and Vancouver from something other than pictures and my very bad updating skills so I worked on filming bits and pieces of this incredible adventure. I was surprised by how I managed to do 90% of this in one sitting but I guess it was really because making it made me feel so good- you know that feeling you come home after being away for awhile and you miss the times you had but you're even more grateful for the memories. That was how I felt and how I still feel. I find myself still watching this before I sleep because the memories that came with this video mean so much to me and I am so thrilled that I am able to share it with everyone else here. Thankfully, my video editing skills improved slightly after I posted a video diary of my time in London last summer. Whatever it is, all I can say is…. it was more than just an adventure. I learnt so much about myself, met the most amazing people, reunited with old friends, sang my heart out (Thank you Elliot and Nigel for bearing with me!) and just had an insanely good time. Thank you to all the people who gave me their time, opened their hearts out to me and for allowing me to be a part of their summer in one small way or another. And to Los Angeles and Vancouver for giving me one hell of an amazing time.

Song is Zebra by Beach House.

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INAPPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR

7:14 PM, Wednesday, July 16, 2014


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Wearing H&M blouse, Topshop denim cut-offs, Club Monaco earrings, vintage sequin purse and Nastygal Shoecult shoes

It was such a fun day attempting to break in these Shoecult heels for the second time, they were a dream come true when I was randomly browsing on Nastygal last month and saw that they were on sale, with an additional 505 off! Apart from also looking like a dream, they are…brutal especially in hilly areas. Probably just not very vancouver friendly. Did I mention previously that as long as you live downtown, everybody walks everywhere. I literally meant everywhere. And it gets pretty hilly once in awhile (nothing like San Franciso, thank God) so last Sunday really wasn't the best time to be wearing these out…to a foodcart fest. I was slowly trotting behind Nigel like a grandma sulking away because I didn't expect to be walking that much.. but the moment I sinked my teeth into one of the best fish tacos I had to date, it was well worth it.

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I kid you not. Cod fish in a flour tortilla topped with zesty salsa. Mhmmm. If you're in Canada, find out more about Tacofino and their trucks or check out their restaurant.

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#LOVEFEARLESSLY

6:49 PM, Tuesday, July 15, 2014


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Vancouver July 2014

I flew from Los Angeles to Vancouver to visit my friend, Nigel for a week and it was quite the adventure. Despite being apart for 2 whole years, it felt like it was just yesterday we were in Singapore at the beach club having the night of our lives. Nigel was modelling in Singapore and contacted me through Lookbook and we quickly became friends after we realised how well we got along. This guy, is gorgeous, in every angle, if you can't already tell by now. Our week in his city was spent doing tons of vintage shopping, eating, drinking, watching Sex and the City back to back, more drinking, dancing, drinking, drinking, drinking.. I find it hard to describe Vancouver with my own words. It didn't feel very different from America to me except that yes the currency was different, and there were signs in French and Chinese. It was still a bustling city which turns vibrant at night especially during the summer where the parties go from the clubs then running in our drunken selves to the beach. My bro, Henry, whom you might remember from my adventures in Portland, also made a trip down to the city to see me for a little and do some self-exploring. It was the perfect reunion, for the first time, the both of us in a different country together even though it didn't really feel like one.

I felt so thankful to have been reunited with my friends, our last goodbyes (both coincidentally in Singapore) made me sad because we couldn't give an answer as to when we would meet again but in a flash, I was in a club on a Friday night, surrounded by the people I loved. I remember being almost drunk, barely able to hold myself up and everyone else around me, the new friends I had just made together with my friends, dancing the night away. It was intense but I wanted to remember the moment so I held myself together and just stood there in the middle of the crowd while the music blasted and everyone seemed like they were on a high.

If there was anything that Vancouver had taught me, it is to love fearlessly. It was the first time in my life I had been in such close proximity to the gay/homosexual community and I wasn't sure about how I felt at first because it was so new to me. But when I saw how happy my friend was with his other half it warmed my heart and made me realise that they were no different than any of us. I began to question why people were so afraid to love today. In Vancouver, I felt as if I saw more guys holding hands, arm in arm with each other than regular couples. In the city and state's circumstances, yes it was legal for homosexuals to marry and go around freely in the city which is such an eyeopener but it made me think about how in a world today when we are living more comfortably than ever before, people were afraid to show their love to each other. Lets not go into the countries which do not have the privilege to go out as a free person, but my point really is, we are all human beings, entitled to love and to be loved. Boy or girl. Straight or homosexual. I realised how I've been so afraid to love the people around me. My friends and family especially. I've never been afraid to say it out loud, but my actions were nothing like how I had felt. Even with the closest people to me who had seen the best and worst of me, a hug was difficult. Any kind of affection was difficult. And when it came to boys, I was a wreck all the time. I could never bring the courage to ever say how I felt and always resorted to alcohol to make me brave which obviously isn't the best choice at any time… The affection and love I saw in Vancouver among my friends and their friends opened my heart and simply told me again and again in my head, 'love fearlessly'. Do not be afraid to make it known how much you love a person, family, friend or better half. Even if it's just a crush. Put it out there! You never know what you're gonna get in return.

Thank you Nigel for being the best host one could ask for and Henry for coming all the way down from Portland. #ILY!


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CHEESEBURGERS DONE RIGHT

5:55 PM, Thursday, July 3, 2014


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Photos by Elliot Chin

I know I've still been so bad at updating but ah Los Angeles has been a crazy ride so far that everyday I'm home all I do is knock out in bed. Prior to my previous post, I did mention how obsessed I am with some fast food chains here in America and true to California's epitome of fast food heaven is without a doubt…In-N-Out (duh!) so I made sure to document every moment I was in the restaurant, it obviously became a little more than that but I don't mind. For those who don't know why people make such a fuss about the chain, In-N-Out operates solely in California and with a few locations in the American Southwest. And that is it. No where else in the world will you be able to get whats my definition one of the best cheeseburgers in America. It's simple but all kinds of crispy, juicy, tender deliciousness and I'm sorry I have to use the word fuck but fuck! It was amazing. Three years of waiting to have this in my mouth again so I was excited and a happy girl. To me, the chain has nailed not only quality in their products but I can't get over their distinct branding and palm tree print. Burgers are all made to order and special requests are always taken to ensure happy customers getting their burgers and fries just how they like it. I have my cheeseburgers with a twist, something off the not so secret menu: "Double Double" (two patties and two slices of cheese) animal style. Animal style burgers are cooked in a thin layer of mustard, and in addition to the lettuce and tomato it also includes pickles, grilled onions, and extra spread. Likewise, I love my fries well-done, animal style. 

Bummed that I didn't have as much In-N-Out as I wanted to but I guess the best things in life don't come easy. So many other variations of their burgers from the secret menu that need to be tried but if it's anything, In-N-Out sure knows how to do one hell of an epic cheeseburger. I'm proud to say my time in California has been fruitful especially when it came to fast food chains and as much as I hate to say this, I think 50% of my expenses went to these chains I was so excited to eat at again. If you must ask, my favourites also include Chipotle, Mexican fast food HEAVEN. Hope you guys enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them! 

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HOLLYWOOD GIRL

3:24 PM, Wednesday, June 25, 2014


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Currently in Los Angeles and damn, I am so thrilled to be back. It's been a great past 5 days exploring new and old places, reuniting with new and old friends. We trekked up to the Hollywood sign over the weekend, can't believe it took me 3 trips to California before I finally made it up here! As many of you should already know, I have a mild obsession with palm trees, American fast food chains like In-N-Out, Denny's…Chipotle.. so deep down inside maybe I am an all American girl. I feel like my best meal has been at Denny's and I am so excited to sink my teeth into an In-N-Out burger (can't believe how I've managed to go by the past few days without it but I have survived and am saving it for tomorrow (finally!). Los Angeles is quite the dream come true for me seeing how last minute this trip was, everything decided within 48 hours then off I went to Malaysia and the moment I got back home, I had 24 hours to pack for L.A. It's been a thrill being back, I feel like I've been waiting for so long to be reunited with California and am so excited to be doing my road trip, finally! Or at least to 3 of my dream destinations on my great big California adventure list! So stay tuned….so much to update about I can't wait to share! Wheepeedoo, California I love ya!

Wearing blouse from Bangkok, American Apparel riding pants and Valentino heels

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WORTHY INVESTMENTS

8:36 AM, Saturday, June 21, 2014


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Chanel classic 2 tone pumps

I caved in and made a small investment the other day - hoping these beauties spare my aching back from wearing way too much heels, I'm ready to wear these to death! 

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INDOOR PICNICS

8:34 AM, Friday, June 20, 2014


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Curried Tofu Scramble, plates from @eatplatelove and magazines ℅ Allscript.

Ah I can't deny I've missed being in the kitchen…used to be a weekly routine where you'd easily find me talking to myself while cooking, pretending to be Nigella. One day I'll have my own cooking show! It's been quite awhile since I've posted something I made so I thought I'd share, I shall also pretend it is still Tuesday so this can be under a Tasty Tuesday post. When it's either too hot and humid or pouring outside (tempermental Singapore), indoor picnics with friends are my favourite thing to do. Fuss-free, no worry about the bugs, baskets and packing everything up while rushing to a location. Simply use a carpet or rug and lay it all out on the floor and it's a party. I experimented with tofu scramble a couple of months ago and haven't been able to stop since. We all know curried tofu scramble, I had never had it then and I just figured I would try making it myself without a recipe. Expecting it be a disaster, the first time turned out to be one of the best attempts I've had at making this dish. Using basic spices we can easily find in our pantry to season some firm tofu, together with adding some vegetables like grilled pumpkin, cherry tomatoes and red peppers. This is great on it's own as a vegan dish, topped with feta cheese but I'd say it's epic with take out Nando's chicken on the side with some flatbread and a light salad. I am always in heaven whenever I make this!

Simply get a cube of firm silken tofu (or tau kwa if you're in Singapore, works amazingly well- it's important not to get the soft ones because you do not want your scramble to become a mush) and scramble it up with your hands or a fork and season it with salt, pepper, some of your favourite herbs (I use parsley and dill for this) and in a separate bowl, mix together the spices: cumin, paprika, tumeric, cinnamon sugar. When you're done with that, pour in the spices into the scrambled tofu and add a little olive oil and mix it up. I barely use measurements when I make this dish so just experiment to taste, do not allow the spices to overpower your tofu so use it moderately. About 1 teaspoon each is enough for a cube of tofu. 

Dice up some pumpkin and season it and just grill it in an even or toaster. I season mine with dill, salt, pepper and olive oil. Also a dash of sugar for it to caramelize. Chop up some onions, tomatoes, peppers and fresh parsley. When it's all done and the pumpkin is cooked through, get a pan on high heat, add some olive oil and start with the onions followed by the peppers and then the scrambled tofu mix. Cook it for about ten minutes stirring occasionally, and add in the tomatoes and pumpkin when it's about cooked. The spices will sink into the tofu and you will just know when it's ready. 

Super delicious and even better when you serve this with some feta cheese on the top. So good, you have to try it. 

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SECRET GARDEN

2:17 AM, Sunday, June 15, 2014


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There really is nothing I love more than nude coloured coordinates. This set is definitely one of my favourite purchases I recently made. When my good friend Henry recently came to Singapore, he commented how much of a 'frilly princess' I was, lace, sequins, pleats…I guess the more I look at my wardrobe and the pieces I gravitate towards the most, the more I really do define my style as very frilly and princessy with a touch of my bohemian roots. Went all out in this girly ensemble with these Valentino rockstud pumps which are finally (!!) making their debut here and my favourite earrings courtesy of The Quiet Riot
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Hope everyone is having a great weekend, it's a busy one for me as I prep myself for back to back travel plans happening next week!

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HUMEN

5:31 PM, Wednesday, June 11, 2014


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Wearing Supergurl dress

China was a blur to me, we did so much travelling on planes, buses, taxis, motorbikes, their version of a tuktuk, cars, mini vans… I feel like I've seen it all even though it was just a week. We started our journey in Hong Kong and travelled to Hu Men in China which is a part of one of China'a largest clothing manufacturing industries. I wanted to experience it all so the entire trip was all work and we visited factories, wholesale fabric markets and I just immersed myself entirely in the process of what it's like to make clothing. Our mainland Chinese counterparts were some of the sweetest people I have ever met despite how hostile a lot of the Chinese nationals are and it was no different for them, but they did everything within their capability to ensure we had a comfortable stay and lots to eat. Food on the other hand was a whole new adventure as everyday we experienced new dishes we had never seen or tasted before. So much flavour, but still so greasy and hearty over long conversations and beers. We shot these outside one of the factories we visited and I just loved how these small little districts are like a whole new world from the big city filled with push carts selling fruit, rickshaws, watermelon after watermelon stall, and just a whole different way of life. 

My time in China didn't feel like a long one, we were working so much time passed so quickly, And despite the language barrier for me (I am so so bad in my mandarin I realy wouldn't survive in China alone), we really tried to converse with the locals as much as we could to learn about their way of life here at this side of the world, their thoughts and their plans for the future. Genuinely opened up my heart and eyes and made me feel like the luckiest girl in the world to come from Singapore. These people have the simplest lives and work the hardest jobs and expect nothing in the future. I felt my heart sink every time we got deep into these conversations but it was such a privilege for me especially, to be able to be there and learn so much. Definitely came home a different person. 

I'm wearing one of my favourite dresses from Supergurl, casual enough to run around with flats and a handbag and formal enough the moment you put on some heels let your hair down. China's back alleys are some of the dirtiest places I've seen in my life and the people's attitude towards their 'home' and 'space' has really no boundaries as long as they get by each day. This ignorance as you can see in the backdrop of these photographs really provided me with the perfect contrast I needed, city girl visiting the suburbs. Versatility and comfort is key for me and this dressed definitely lived up to my expectations. I'm back from a week's worth of gastronomical adventures, immense cultural explorations, heartfelt conversations and memorable experiences that I will never forget. 

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