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!
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.