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15 HOURS IN HONG KONG

1:43 AM, Friday, August 22, 2014


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Shopmissingavenue Skirt, H&M Jacket, Topshop Blouse, Verali Heels, Club Monano Earrings

I've always believed that wherever you are (travelling to) in the world, you'd always have a good time as long as you're with the right company. I've been to Hong Kong 3 times in my life now, the first with family, then a quick stop with my aunt before making our way to Tokyo, then recently with Jordus. I would say each time, I wasn't necessarily with bad company but none of the memories I've had in Hong Kong have ever been left imprinted in me. (Sorry HK-ers!) And maybe it's my fault for just not doing enough research. These were taken when Jordus and I had 15 hours in the city and even though the both of us had been before, did a good amount of research, asked for recommendations, we still found ourselves bored and lost in fancy designer mall kingdom. I guess coming Singapore, the last thing I need is another fancy mall. So we just ended up taking pictures!

I've had really good roast geese at Yung Kee, walked through the streets of Mong Kok, shopped at Tsim Cha Tsui….OK really, it is my bad. I'm not saying I've never enjoyed Hong Kong but it's has never been somewhere I have missed or crave for and right now I want to change it. 

My challenge is for anyone who has been to the city or lives there to come up with recommendations of any kind. Food and activities…from your best memroies. This might seem impulsive and crazy but if I get good responses, I will make a trip down to Hong Kong. Go to as many as I possibly can and share each experience here on the blog so maybe what you get return is another in-depth guide. It's exciting! I'm excited to hear all the recommendations so keep them coming in! Feel free to email or leave a comment!

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CUPCAKE, ANYONE?

1:09 AM, Wednesday, August 20, 2014


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A few weeks ago, I visited the kitchen studio of 1 Baker Street, a close family friend of ours who decided to start her own cake business after 12 years of passionately baking her way into the hearts of her friends and family. At first I thought to myself, just going to sample some yummy cupcakes, nothing mindblowing, yea.. but then I saw her work and literally was taken aback. Sheela's attention to detail is impeccable. Her 3D creations aren't what you typically imagine, but simple to say, there is nothing this lady cannot do. I thought it would be fun for me to get a mini-me made and sent Sheela a couple of photos of myself, her humorous approach to the little project was such a joy to look at- the photos simply do not do enough justice to the detail of my clothing, make up and even accessories. She even drew my eyeliner just the way I did it! The pleats on my tulle dress were exactly the same! The print on my bikini! The buckles on my overalls! She gave me earrings! 

I was blown away to say the least, and when I took a bite into the cupcakes, whoa… yum, yum, YUM. Of course, our little city in Singapore has plenty of bakeries with delicious, light and fluffy cupcakes, Sheela's are no different with a couple of local twists to her flavours like Kaya Toast and the nation's favourite Milo drink. Her classic flavours are endless, including her signature Chocolate Ganache cupcake which I had. But if you're up for a special treat like a birthday, anniversary or just in the name of good fun, her 3D creations are magical and like I said earlier, there is nothing she isn't capable of transforming into a edible version that's fun to look at and delicious to taste. Any kinds of customizations are available for cakes and cupcakes. Just name them!

I am so excited that Sheela has offered my readers a 20% off all customizations. All you need to do is email sheela@1bakerstreet.com.sg with your order (and ideas for your customizations) and mention 'meowiie' or my name to get the discount. 

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1 Baker Street is located at Thomson V Two, 11 Sin Ming Road, #B2-09 Unit 8, Singapore 575629, call 9173 3955 for any enquiries. 

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BANGKOK HOUR BY HOUR

3:01 AM, Friday, August 15, 2014


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11:00 Woke up at the W Hotel Bangkok.
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01:30 En route to brunch with Natalie, stuck in Bangkok's insane traffic.
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02:30 Lost in Ekkamai, trying to find our way to brunch.
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03:00 Finally made it to One Ounce for Onion, had their signature ragu with toasted croissant and some smoothies. Delish!
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04:00 Trying to get ourselves a cab back to the hotel.
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05:30 Watching the girls do their thing.
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09:00 At the opening of McQueen in Central Embassy with these ladies.
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10:00 Goofing around after too many cocktails at Central Embassy.
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10:30 Japanese dinner at Thonglor.

Check out Natalie, Nun and Eugenie's blogs. 


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BANGKOK THROUGH MY EYES

1:26 PM, Thursday, August 14, 2014


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All photos by me

I'm currently in Bangkok again having a ball, came here alone, checked into a hotel alone and just explored alone for some of the time and it has been amazing! Being able to have the luxury of having Bangkok so near to home makes the city my second home as all of you already know, I'm obsessed with this city- the arts, culture and just everything. I usually have an entire list of place of places to visit when I get here from new cafes and restaurants to boutiques but this time I decided to take things slow and just enjoy Bangkok for what it is. I ended up photographing a lot of the little things that are what makes Thailand such a unique country, one that stands out from the rest if you ask me. Markets and pushcarts just literally perched anywhere serving the most delicious food, to the friendliest people. The familiarity of it all has just allowed me to really appreciate this city again because we tend to take it all for granted, especially for someone like me who comes here and immediately hits the shops and restaurants. I've been literally eating so much street food, immersing in the culture, making friends with everyone I meet and it has been such a beautiful week. Also reuniting with Natalie and Eugenie who are here from L.A and having so much fun with these ladies. Bangkok, you have my heart!

Working on my revised guide to the city, stay tuned!


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Urban Lights

11:51 PM, Wednesday, August 6, 2014


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Zara Bustier, Shopmissingavenue skirt, Nastygal Shoe Cult heels

Whee I'm blogging, I'm blogging! For the fourth time in a week! It has honestly been AGES since I've blogged this much, here is to really hoping I keep up with it. I'm excited about the travel series which I've been working on, so you get tips on getting ready for travel and going solo. These were taken by Natalie when we hung out in L.A, I had always wanted to visit the Urban Lights exhibit outside the LACMA and I guess it took 3 trips before I finally made it there. Such a beautiful museum. 

It was so good to be able to hang out with Natalie, we had been following each other for what's felt like years and had emailed for awhile. I fondly remember starting one of my emails with how badly I wanted to come back to L.A for vacation and she was like "come, come!" and up till a week before my trip, we were still chatting as friends, no clue that I would have the opportunity to actually really end up going. And so the moment I landed in L.A soil, we arranged to meet. It was in a hotel at a cute place for brunch and I was with a friend who was completely different from who I was and what I did but the three of us got along just fine and had a lovely afternoon. It's funny how just being able to follow someone on Instagram and be reading their blogs can allow you feel like you actually know the person. Natalie isn't the first person I've made friends with and met abroad but she is special because I have a good feeling even if we were to meet 10 years from now, we'd still be good friends. The thing about me is, I LOVE to talk. I am someone who can talk non stop for hours. There is nothing, NOTHING, I love more than being able to just sit down somewhere with someone and TALK, one on one. And I just get so curious whenever I meet new people. Just being in conversation with someone is like being able to take a secret peep into their lives and at the same time, be a part of it in one way or another. Over some fancy Korean BBQ, Natalie and I spoke of many things and it was so nice. I was at a point in my life where I felt blessed to be surrounded by like-minded people who shared the same values as I did, and to have the opportunity to be travelling and meeting such amazing people. And woah, did this girl blow my head off. I guess it's also just American culture. Growing up in Asia, we're brought out in a way where we're constantly sheltered by our parents, we don't get kicked out or cut-off completely by the time we're 18. While Natalie had her own story and background, this girl bravely moved to L.A for college, left school, started a successful blog and is now blogging full-time. She has been supporting herself for awhile now and she is only 19, I am turning 21 and constantly in debt for spending way beyond my means without having to worry about paying for my electricity bill. Natalie showed me what it was like to fearlessly go after your dreams and after our last farewell, I was in my Uber ride and just thinking to myself, why have I been so scared in the first place? 

Failure. If there is one thing I am the most afraid of in my life apart from losing people, it has got to be failure. I've spent my whole life visualizing THE perfect life I intend on living ten/ twenty years from now and it's a headache. Every night I have trouble sleeping because I obsess over the smallest of details even when I visualize. That apartment, that holiday, my perfect prince charming… I guess meeting Natalie made me realise that sometimes you need to let it all go and just go out and live.  Thankfully, right now, I can safely say I am at a point in my life where I have nothing to lose so a lot of risks are about to be taken and I'm scared as hell, scared to death, just, deathly afraid. But like I said, if I  were to not get that dream job, I'd still have friends and family to go to for support and a home to live in. It's a vastly different world in America, coming back consecutively for the past 4 years and travelling to different parts of the U.S made me realise how easy it is to lose your home, making homelessness one of the most prominent problems the U.S is facing. We are so lucky. I am so lucky.

Speaking of travel and guides, what I'll leave you off with in this post is to connect with people. Don't be afraid to go up to a person and talk, we're so lucky we have social media allowing us to do that without physical action. Never be afraid to meet new people, I've said it before and I will say it again.

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It was so good to finally meet you, Natalie! Can't wait for our next adventure…..next week. 

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