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Just Two

2:03 AM, Tuesday, March 18, 2014


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1. Wearing a lace embellished skirt from the lovely Yen of Soeurs.Co and dreaming of palm trees and a pina colda…. God I can't tell you how much I've been missing and thinking about Los Angeles. I'd do anything to be back right now. What is it about the U.S that you just never really get enough of it? Also, genuinely wish I could stop thinking so much about food at night, who loses a week of sleep thinking about FOOD? Me. Yep, true story. I want to be able to have my dream body when I finally make it back to the city of angels so this needs to stop!

2. Soy milk fried chicken I experimented with. No recipe yet…. I honestly whipped a marinade out of stuff I found in the fridge. I've been wanting to do a soy milk batter for this combination after seeing a photo of a friend having it in London so I thought I'd try my own. Using soy makes biting into the fried chicken piece light and fluffy. I also had it with steamed Chinese babs (or baos) and drizzled my never-fail oriental dressing which I adore on salads. I never expected it to go so well as a sauce with fried chicken but it works! If you'd like to use it on your salad, I use wholegrain mustard, a splash of balsamic vinegar, honey, a hint of sesame oil, lemon and extra virgin olive oil. it won't fail you as well, tweak each of the ingredients according to your liking and you have the perfect salad dressing or sauce. Mhmm, I guess Tasty Tuesday is back! 

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SHAKE MY COCKTAIL

8:23 PM, Monday, March 10, 2014


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A couple of weeks ago, I got the opportunity to attend a cocktail making workshop courtesy of the people behind the People’s Association. I couldn’t say no, anything to do with having delicious food or drinks in my mouth is my kinda thing. I knew nothing much about the workshop but went anyway and learn that the People’s Association are the same group that come up with fun workshops for the public to join in their relative community clubs. It came much as a surprise to me because I grew up with the stereotype that these courses offered were meant for older people but I looked through their brochure and there were more than just a few cooking courses I was genuinely interested in. And the cocktail workshop turned out to be a lot of fun as well. I did learn a thing or two about making my own and they did turn out very yummy. I guess we did get a little tipsy at 4 in the afternoon, but accompanied by delicious pizza served by SOPRA (where the workshop was conducted- at the Pan Pacific hotel, great atmosphere!) which is beautiful by the way, everyone was having more than a regular Saturday afternoon. You can view the brochure here , to see a list of the other courses they provide for the month of March thru May. I’ve been dying to learn how to cook local Singaporean food so the cooking courses really do interest me. I was so glad that the location the PA chose for the workshop was fun and really nice to be in, making the experience a whole lot more engaging as well with our lovely instructor who taught us what it takes to shake a good cocktail. You can find out more about the People’s Association here. And sign up for their courses here. Thank you for arranging such a lovely afternoon! I had a great time.



A different kind of FAQ.

1:32 AM, Saturday, March 8, 2014


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I haven't done this in awhile but years back, I would put up posts where my readers would be able to ask me anything for a period of time and I would put the answers up in another post. Not doing that again and anyway, who's there??? But….I just thought I'd share some answers to the questions I get asked the most, through emails, personally, and everywhere else. Hopefully it will also allow you to get to know me a little better. Xx!

What do you study and what are your plans after you graduate?

I study in Lasalle College of the Arts here in Singapore. It's that intriguing black building somewhere near Little India. And I am currently finishing up my degree in Fashion Communications which consists of everything to do with the behind the scenes of something like a magazine. We do editorial photography, journalism, art direction (branding and layouts), styling etc and as much as I whine about school every now and then, I love what I do. After I graduate, I plan to pursue another degree in fashion marketing and management hopefully outside of Singapore.

How do I get into Lasalle? Is it easy to get in?

You need a portfolio, get yourself a slot for an interview and when you do come for the interview, make sure you talk A LOT. The lecturers love to see that you're able to communicate with people and that you can articulate your thoughts. Even if you have a fantastic portfolio, but is as quiet as a mouse, you might not get in. It's easy, just talk!

What camera and lenses are you using? How do you edit your photos?

I use a very battered Canon 5DM2 with 50mm 1.4 lenses and 28-70mm 2.8 lenses. 
Photoshop curves and sometimes VSCO filters on Lightroom.

Where do you normally shop? What are your favourite stores to shop from?

I love Taobao.com- China's version of Amazon/eBay whatever you can think of, THEY HAVE IT. Most random thing I got was a waffle-maker for the bestie for her birthday a couple of years ago.
I also love Zara. Stores I also love that can barely afford anything from include Spanish Moss- Bohemian PARADISE. 

What does 'missingavenue' mean?

It has no meaning. Heh. 

How did you start blogging?

I was 13. I was bored. It was all emo and shit, not even kidding here. Maybe if you knew me way back then and you looked hard enough, you can find pictures of my slit wrists. Not trying to get any attention now but YES I was that kind of girl. Everyone hated me because I was just too emotional for my own good. I got over that, started dressing up and starting missingavenue when I was 15! And it's been a huge part of my life ever since.

You're very young, how do you afford to travel?

I have a very inspiring aunt who travels for work a lot, sometimes I tag along. Other times, I am just someone who is very business-oriented, I see a money-making venture in everything. I love talking about businesses in general. So basically, I set my goals and just do what it takes to make it happen. I really do not earn anything enough from my blog to buy me a plane ticket so it's all from the other different ideas I come up with to make money. I am not going to deny that selling plates make me money. But it is something I'm also extremely passionate about. I also love to source for random stuff when I travel and once in awhile, I'd just update shopmissingavenue. 

Where is one city or country you have travelled to that has surprised you the most?

Portland. For sure. 

What is your favourite item in your wardrobe?

Ugh, so hard to decide! I love…….my new Valentino rockstud heels I took forever before I finally caved in and bought only because they were tax-free in Portland and I managed to get a good deal through a friend. Also, I love my bohemian-esque stuff like my kaftans, kimonos, fringe jackets etc. Guess thats not really picking one but I'll be totally honest here, I am quite the shopaholic and I have a lot of stuff! Cheap too (Taobao has everything like I said)

Why do you love London so much?

Honestly, I think it was the first time I watched Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. The show wasn't based in London but it was British and hilarious at that time. Aaron Johnson was a sex god. Then I went to London for the first time to visit my penpal, Sophie, and just fell in love with the city and not a day goes by where I'm not thinking about it. I think it was also just being able to get along with someone so well, even though we hardly got to meet. Sophie shared so much about London with me on her emails and I was fascinated. So yes, maybe to go back to the first question, I would like to be able to live in London one day and run my own business. 

Where is your dream travel destination?

Turkey. Cappadocia kills me every time I see a picture. 
Iceland. Santorini. India. 
I am also dying to do a californian road-trip one day. All the deserts, palm springs, salvation mountain…….#yes. 

Do people recognize you when you go out? Or do people stare at you when you are taking photos in your outfits?

Yes, sometimes I do get people coming up to me at the most unexpected places. Everyone is so so sweet, I am so flattered every time. And yes, definitely I get looked at when I shoot but I tend to do the more outrageous shots when I travel these days. And I become the tourist attraction. It's hilarious! The tourists start taking photos with me! 

Are you religious?

I was born and raised in a Christian family. I go to church every Sunday. I love Jesus. 

Where do you do your hair and who does it?

Ivan from Salon Vim has been kindly doing my hair for the past 2 and a half years. You can trust him to do anything, I swear! He is a gem. 

How did you get your internship with Solestruck? Was it paid?

It was not paid, like most US internships. I never saw this internship as a big deal but it's one of the things I get asked the most. I simply tried my luck, sent in an email and the creative director who I kept in touch with through blog work, he said why not? He asked the boss and it was happening. It was very casually done. They had never had an international intern before. I had to settle everything by myself- flights, accomodation, getting around. Scary but you'll meet people along the way and experiences like these will change you and your life. I was lucky it was a short internship and did not have to go through anything to do with visas. 

Hopefully next time, I will be interning at real fashion houses, then we'll talk business!

Why don't you blog more often?

Ha, I wish I could! I really, really do. I sadly, do not have a full-time photographer to shoot me as and when I want. And I am extremely strict on the content that goes up here on the blog. I refuse to work with brands/ people unless it is on a product I genuinely like or believe in. There is a crazy industry here in Singapore for blogging but I have never seen myself as a part of it because it is just not me at all. I know I can come up with more content on my own and believe me, I have, in my head. But with school and the lack of resources, it's really hard to upkeep this space as much as I would love to. I love blogging!

Style Icons?

I love everything about the Olsen Twins. From style to how they manage their multi-billion dollar empire and have successfully been able to stay out of the much scruntinized media. 

Why call yourself 'meowiie'?

I used to be made fun of in secondary school about my cat-eyes. It was such a difficult time but I guess I just learnt to embrace it. I am now cat-obsessed, and just part-cat in general. I also meow pretty decently. Hahahaha! 

Thats it for now…. Wheeeee, I'm happy to answer any more questions so feel free to comment/email/whatever! This was a lot more fun than I expected it to be and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. 



MOUNT HOOD IN DECEMBER

2:47 PM, Wednesday, March 5, 2014


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Sometime during my last week in Portland, my friends set aside a date to make sure I could see some of the most epic views Oregon had to offer. And so one Sunday morning, off we went. We headed to the nearest supermarket and filled our bags with whiskey, chips, potato wedges, popcorn, juice…pretty much anything you could imagine and we began our journey up to the mountains to see the snow. I think after surviving a week in New York, after what was considerably a pretty warm winter the week I was there, I completely underestimated the cold. I did have my layers piled on but you know something is not right when you're freezing but you just can't feel it. And you're very very very drunk from downing too much whiskey at 2 in the afternoon. Needless to say, it was one of the most epic afternoons of my life and I am glad I got to share it with these boys, Christopher and Jordan, who are the sweetest pair, always making sure I am comfortable and doing things in Portland. I can't believe we only got to hang out for real during this trip but it just felt like I had known them for ages. Mount Hood, of course, was a beauty to look at, even in our drunken selves, I am glad I got to take it all in and just scream at the top of my voice how happy I felt to be there. It was a very lovely afternoon indeed and I have all those videos on my iPhone to remember it by which up till now, never fails to put a smile up on my face.

I have about 5 layers underneath my American Apparel sweater, 3 pairs of stockings under my New Look jeans, and my trusty winter boots from the Margiela for H&M collection ages ago which has been serving me really well. Earrings ℅ Club Monaco, leather jacket from Shopmissingavenue. 

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Moving On

10:49 PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2014


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Hello? Is anybody still there?

Februrary has been a crazy month in both good ways and bad. It's been a lot about school but I've also seen myself working a lot harder than I usually do. I think that is the thing about being at your very last stage of school life basically, you just want to do it well and leave proud. At least that is the case for me. I've been thinking a lot about dealing with the things life throws at you and it made me realise that no matter how you choose to deal with it, at the end of the day it is really all about you. And yes, eventually you let go and you move on. But how does one move into the future if the past is still present? Can we really let go? I feel like one of those people who can never find what they call 'closure'. I just never let go and I thought about why because it does make me feel miserable sometimes to be able to remember every detail about the bad things that happen. And I thought maybe I don't want to let go, maybe I just want to be able to remember these things as reminders to myself on the mistakes I never want to make again. I know all of this is random to be posting here but I like that I can be completely comfortable typing this write now. We all say, 'be your own person' and 'live for yourself' but are we really? I genuinely wish I could be my own person, not affected by the things around me that happen, even if they've absolutely nothing to do with me. I wish I could be living entirely for myself. I went out a few days ago and just spent some me time alone, I relished in the fact that I was able to enjoy my favourite noodles without any armour…just me and myself. By armour I do mean books, phones, 4G, the laptop, you get the drift. But I don't think this is something I could be comfortable doing all the time. If there is anything I want to work on this year, it is being completely comfortable in my own skin, in my pressence, in my space. Not bothered to allow anything get me down or even think twice about what I do. Sensitivity can really bring you down and its in times like these I wish I had a twin just like me. Just so she would understand every thing the rest of the world doesn't get about me. 

You know that feeling?

Photo: Orange blueberry earl grey tea cake, I've been finding a lot of comfort in the kitchen this month, cooking and pretty much baking my heart out. This is my new favourite recipe I've been improvising with. The cake is the perfect kind of texture even with wholemeal flour and unrefined sugar (healthy!) but I still can't figure out how to make it hold together in a bundt tin. It's perfect as a loaf but always falls apart in a bundt and it's why I've made this 4 times in the past week! Can't figure out why, would love some tips if you guys have any! But for now, I am so eating my heart out! Cake of my DREAMS. 


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BANGKOK IN NOVEMBER

2:24 AM, Tuesday, February 11, 2014


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Long overdued as usual, I don't know what it is with me and posting up travel photos…the things that go through my head include 'save the best for last' and 'don't want to see the pics or I'll be sad' but yessss I'm finally getting to posting these up. It was a belated birthday trip I planned with my closest friends and off we went for 5 days. I won't go into the details of what we did and I genuinely hope you guys aren't bored of Bangkok posts here yet! I know I go pretty often….and I blog real slow. I'm currently still working on doing up a proper travel guide to Bangkok (up next month!) for this blog but I thought I'd share a couple of new restaurants we visited that might be worth your while if you're visiting the city: 

Karmakamet Diner - More than a magical experience, top of the list for a reason.
30/1 Sukhumvit Soi 24 

Cafe Claire - Brasserie done right, be sure to try the mango sticky rice baked in filo pastry.
Oriental Residences, 110 Wireless Road

Agalico - Prettiest place for tea & cakes, post here.
20 Sukhumvit Soi 51

T&K Seafood - Pretty darn good and cheap Thai-Chinese seafood, eaten truly the Thai way
49-51 Soi Phadung Dao, Chinatown (Just tell driver Yaowarat and it should be easy to spot, staff are dressed in green and guests are seated by the road)

Soul Food Mahanakorn - Thai street food with a twist and amazing cocktails!
56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thonglor

Maewaree - For the best Mango with Sticky Rice in Bangkok!
1 Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor

Bo.Lan - Traditional Thai fine dining that is one of the city's best restaurants
42 Sukhumvit Soi 26 

The guide will be up properly on the blog next month, so stay tuned. But the above palces are definitely some of my favourites. It's hard to feel disappointed by this city, so much to see, do and eat. Enjoy!




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THE QUIET RIOT

10:15 PM, Monday, February 3, 2014


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Prior to my previous post, I styled a couple of looks with The Quiet Riot and finally got my butt of the chair and out and about to shoot these looks with Sherman. There is nothing extremely over the top or special about these looks but it's just how I usually look half the time out of home. The other half in pjs running errands or visiting the dentist (currently embarking on a 2 year relationship with Invisalign and I am not sure if I'm loving it but vanity comes with a hefty price tag). I'm extremely commited to my favourite pieces in my closet, right now being any kind of a crop top in all shapes and shades. There just seems to be 111 ways to wear them and it's really the same when you're pairing looks together with jewellery. I usually grab the first pair of earrings I see before leaving the house since I tend to almost always be late. Probably not the healthiest relationship when it comes to this commitment with clothes and accessories because when it comes to blogging, you'd pretty much see me wearing the same thing over and over……ps, I'm sorry? But I love that these are looks I'd totally wear for brunch or for a night out with friends at the bar or dinner at that fancy hotel. That's how versatile these are, especially the jewellery- maybe it's also too much of Sex and the City lately which is making me slightly more experimental and crazy everytime I make a Carrie Bradshaw reference. 

Big thanks to Elle from The Quiet Riot for the lovely sparkles, I've gotten just as much compliments as I have ways to wear them- Make sure you shop at the store for your own fix or follow them on Instagram (@tqriot) for updates! 


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BLINGING IT DAY TO NIGHT

8:00 PM, Monday, January 27, 2014


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Today I'm really excited to be able to share a couple of pairings with you all, featuring jewellery from The Quiet Riot. When Elle emailed to ask if we could work together again, I already had a couple of ideas for this post so tadah! The Quiet Riot needs no introduction, they're a beautiful curation of costume jewellery and accessories for every occasion but I thought about how a lot of my friends and family would ask me why I'm always wearing big crazy chunks of jewellery that looked like I was attending a dinner party or something. It made me realise that a lot of my friends were afraid of wearing costume jewellery in the day because they felt it was either too 'loud' or simply 'out of place'. First of all, nobody has ever restricted costume jewellery to be worn only at a fancy dinner in a hotel where there is dim lighting so the jewels get to sparkle all night. I told Elle I would pair a couple of looks together to share how I would wear some of these jewellery from day to night and still looking casual but cool which is my motto for my wardrobe. Casual but cool. Day to night. You get the drift. 

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Keep the outfit simple. If your outfit is full of prints or a massive amount of layers and colours, it's going to be confusing and simply too much. I love being able to wear a loud pair of earrings with a simple sweater and some boyfriend jeans (as you can see above). Put on some heels and you're more than ready to go. This look can easily be worn for lunch meetings to casual dinners with friends. 

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 For something more formal, take out a nice skirt and some heels. Note that I kept the blouse simple over here and also let go of some earrings because that is a really statement necklace. You do not want too much going on. The best thing about this look is you can make it a whole lot different with the same accessories simple by slipping into some jeans and different shoes.

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Even with heels on, this look can be as casual as you want it to be or fun for a night out. Its the same white blouse and necklace but completely different when put together. 

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Lastly, probably the most casual of all… nothing but a T-shirt! I love getting out my favourite vintage tees, stacking on jewellery all over the place (these kind of outfits are perfect for doing that!) because you're wearing them with shorts which makes the clothing part of this outfit very simple. This look is casual but very cool especially when you put some strappy barely-there heels on and go out to party.

Hope this post gives you an idea on how I like to wear my costume jewellery, these is never a bad time for too much, especially when The Quiet Riot is involved. I'll share more in the next post! 

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