So I guess being off school allows more time to get involved with some DIY projects and I have been racking my brain for ideas for what is my biggest sale of the year. So I got me some bags and materials and got my hands dirty today. After almost 6 hours of brutal sweat and black paint all over us girls, WE DID IT. I'm debuting these some time next week, so excited!
The great thing about the internet is being able to turn back time. Technically it's Thursday but I am going to pretend it's still Tuesday as part of my efforts to keep blogging. I spent the past week in Bangkok, revisiting familiar places and also the new. We were well-fed throughout but it consisted of ups and downs and we explored Bangkok's best dining spots. Roast was interesting, looking through reviews and visuals of delicious brunch brought us there and we were ready to dive in. Actually, it was a cobb salad that brought us there because hell yes a cobb salad is an all time favourite for me and it isn't easily found everywhere. So off we went and we were welcomed with friendly staff and a newspaper-esque menu with amazing imagery. I rubbed my palms and went straight for the cobb salad, the eatery's favourite crabcake benedict and a clam chowder. While Hosanna went for a goat cheese frittata. I know I sound like a glutton right now but we decided to share the cobb and stick with our mains, feeding each other every other bite of goodness. My clam chowder came first and while I'm usually not very adventurous with my soups, I always appreciate a good classic and my clam chowder was a spot-on.
The crabcake benedict was delicious, smooth and pairing it with some rosti provided great texture to the dish. As for the cobb salad, it was a disappointment but thankfully our mains were the highlights of our meal. I guess I'll leave it to an American diner to provide me with an authentic cobb one day. The goat cheese frittata was creamy and just right, ending off with a perfect hint of cheese that wasn't overpowering the dish. Mhhmmmm. Overall, Roast's attention to detail is pretty amazing, I literally drooled over their dinner menu which wasn't available while we were there but brunch was as appetizing as it looked and tasted amazing. The service was commendable and I'm looking forward to being able to try the dinner menu when I'm back. Guacamole with meatballs, you got me, Roast!
If you are in Bangkok, Roast is located at 2/F, Seenspace, Thong Lor Soi 13, Bangkok, Thailand
*PS Can't wait for the Singapore Social Concert this weekend, I'll be singing along live to Aerosmith. Thank you Nuffnang and Starcount!
Blazer and jumpsuit, Max & Co., Curated Editions jewellery, Vintage sequin pouch
I love this place! It's one of those paths I always pass but never stop to take a good look at and I'm so happy I finally got here! This is one of my favourite looks for Max & Co. so far! Love how light and airy this is and yet super easy to move in. Comfot really is key for me. This get up is all about summer vibes to me and I'm stoked about one of the rare occasions I'm happy in a jumpsuit. Also love that this is definitely a day to night kind of thing, you gotta agree that jumpsuit is as versatile as it gets and so is that amazing jacket. I guess like I've always emphasized on the blog, clothes aren't just things I wear for the sake of pretty pictures, I've always wanted it to be more than just functionality but also telling a story, having fun and expressing myself through the way I dress. Sometimes, these pieces do speak for themselves but there is always something different about them when they're on a person. And it is never the same on anyone. Gotta say I'm pretty grateful to have been able to work with some amazing brands this past year that bring out the best in my motto and Max & Co. certainly has done it right for me again.
I have to say I didn't really know what to expect from Jakarta. And as the political drama and conflicts in the city go on, this city was two different worlds. The contrast between Indonesia's elite and the poor was as obscene as it surprised us. One of the richest countries can also be 98% poverty. What? Why? I'll be honest and tell you that it really isn't the most beautiful city, having every corner of the street or drain as an open garbage and sewer didn't make it smell very nice. But it was an adventure. Admist trying to get through some of the worst traffic I have ever experienced in my life (how could something that easily takes 20 minutes by car end up becoming 2 hours at least on a good day) and keeping safe, it was great company with my girlfriends as we sang in the car and did nothing but relax. The highlights of the trip definitely was the food and it's obvious in these pictures, because that makes up more than half of the photos in the post. I wish I brought out my camera more often but it was hard as we had to aviod carrying our valuables in a lot of the places we visited. And sadly, we didn't fulfil everything on our to-do list because of floods, it's crazy to think that the nation's most developed city can also be routinely paralyzed by the floods. But yes, the food was fucking amazing and also nothing I have ever had before. Kind of like an explosion of flavours. Indonesians like their food SPICY. We had great hosts who constantly fed us till each night, us 5 girls laid flat on the floor. And yes, we relaxed and indulged ourseves in cheap massages and hair-dos, super super premiere cinema screenings and some cheap shopping. The rest was just great company and being stuck in really bad traffic and I am thankful for the great laughs (and farts) we will remember. I had a great time and can't wait to be back for another adventure, thank you Beby and family for being so, so amazing and making everything possible for us. It was unforgettable!
I know I haven't really been keeping up with the Tasty Tuesday thing…I try I try and I apologise. But I'm back now so I'm definitely doing this! Anyway, eating healthy is honestly…..not in my forte. And after I was back from my long winter in Portland and Tokyo, my body felt both good and bad. Bad because when I did eat, I ate a lot and I couldn't stop. And good because having to learn how to be on my own also meant prepping dinners for myself. I'll admit, after a long day's work, sometimes the easiest thing is to really just toss a salad. All the ingredients are lying in the fridge and if I have some, I'll just add some protein I got at Wholefoods. Carb-free dinners like these made me feel so much lighter because I am a total carb-freak and I love my rice, potatoes, pasta, noodles and the list goes on and on. I haven't been keeping up to my one carb-free meal a day but it did work for awhile after I got back (now…no! But I am trying). Everyone asks me what I put into my salads and I'll tell you the truth: everything! Protein for me usually come in the form of roast chicken, popcorn chicken when I feel like rewarding myself, steak, salmon and prawns. As for leaves, I love a good mix you get boxed up at supermarkets, or I usually go for rocket or spinach. I love blueberries, cherry tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, avocadoes and figs in my salads. For the dressing, I usually either do a lemon, honey, mustard and olive oil dressing, or, a balsamic and olive oil dressing. Argan Oil is delicious too if you have some! That's it. Just toss and enjoy. So simple and so so comforting.
My recent adventures at the hair salon have been all about getting my hair right. Bleach is a scary thing and up till now, my hair is still suffering the after effects. Everyone's hair is different so it's just down on my luck that mine hasn't been too well lately. Last month I tried out Japan's latest technology for hair called Arimino Privy- supposed to provide nourishment and soften hair texture. It smooths out stubborn frizzy hair strains which was exactly what I needed. And it worked for me for a little while but I guess my hair really is too stubborn so I talked things out with Ivan and a few other hairstylists to really improve my hair condition. Before I do go on, many people who have tried the Arimino Privy have said it's God-sent and it works so I have been a little stressed out over my stubborn hair, I'll admit. Which is why I've avoided the topic for awhile over here. I just haven't been able to do it because it wouldn't feel real to me anymore. Talking to the stylists at Salon Vim, Ivan, Gary and John, made it all better and I just tried out a Brazillian blowout. It's a straightening protein treatment that smooths and improves the hair condition, locking in the protein with the heat you get from the straightening and elimating frizz. This technique has been in the headlines for years for it's formaldehyde content so being quite a health freak, I bombarded Gary with questions and I was relived he knew his stuff. (Ok, it's kinda obvious he has to, like duh!) So yes, we proceeded on with the treatment and my hair is straighter, smoother and easier to manage. It's still early stages but I have a good feeling about this one. Bad hair runs in my family and in addition to all the damage done to my hair from bleach and colouring, Ivan and Gary couldn't promise that the Brazillian Blowout would be a 100% effective and frizz-free for me but they did promise more manageable hair and they have been right about it. I guess having MY hair makes it harder for me to actually blog about it sometimes because it can be really bad sometimes but thank God for the most patient people at Salon Vim. Ivan finished my hair off with a little snip and also gave me Keratin infused products to up keep the hair (more on that in my next beauty post!). Can't thank these guys enough for their patience and belief in my hair, really makes a world of a difference when people ask me why I go through these ups and downs whenever I get hair done.
If you're meaning to head on down to Salon Vim to get your hair done, please do! My stylist, Ivan will get anything you need done. Mention my name of the blog to get a 10% off! My usual go-to at the Salon Vim 313 outlet is currently closed for renovations till the end of the month so do visit the Bugis outlet at 235 Victoria Street. Call 68370073 to book your appointments!
On a side note, the salon is offering a couple of offers for Redken's Cocktail treatment (I've done this several times before and it's awesome and super fun!) and Arimino Privy..! From now till June 1st so go on and pamper yourselves ladies, summer's here!
The polariod sizes are weird but just like the visuals themselves, I love how extremely organic and casual they were taken. We took this, in no more than 15 minutes, just fussing about a little. Not even sure how the next shot would turn out. I guess that's what you get out of film, it's expensive so you just always make sure it's worth the shot and somehow if there's any fault, it's justified because it is film and it is meant to be this way. Just like everything else these images speak of. My friends at Solestruck asked me to shoot a couple of pics in my new pair of TBA boots, the 'Who', so Sherman and I did just that. So much fun and absolutely in love with how these turned out.
To amazing friends, amazing shoes and an amazing instant camera. Xo!
*Ps For those in Singapore, TBA will soon be available in Singapore at PVS located at 8 Grange Road, #02-05 Cathay Cineleisure, Orchard.
Visited this Indonesian coffeeshop on the first day and it somehow just stood out to me when we were looking for places to shoot so I asked if we could come back. I don't know if it's the perfectly rustic wooden Bakso Jawir (Indonesian beef noodles- a street food regularity) stall or that massive banner with a supringly really nice typeface and colour combi, it just all went well together. THIS is a very sexy dress, one I wouldn't wear every other day. Having said that, this definitely isn't the way to dress in Jakarta, apart from the regular stares and whistles, it is not a very safe place so I wore this to shoot before heading out to the salon to get big (in Indonesian tai-tai terms: the bigger the richer) hair done and then headed out for dinner in the city. Nevertheless, I still love this dress, don't you? It's kinda…cheong-sam ish (a traditional chinese kind of dress) and to think I bought it for the Lunar new year earlier this year but I'm looking forward to putting it on again. Thank God no one has associated me with a chinese waitress and hopefully no one ever does.