Bangkok is a fashion-forward city known for its trendy high street fashion and bargains. I’ve been to Bangkok over a handful of times now and it is one of my favourite destinations to visit in Southeast Asia. There’s an undeniably strong stylistic energy there that I find so exciting and … Continue readingmore +
I arrived at Saigon, the ancient capital city of Southern Vietnam, welcomed by an afternoon downpour. Looking out the windows of the Merc that has been sent to pick me up from the airport, I saw motorcyclists clad in rain ponchos zipping by in this monsoon season. My ride from the airport took approximately … Continue readingmore +
I was quite bent on shutting out as many distractions as possible during the last few weeks of 2013, so that I could kick back and plot my course for 2014. I had thought that I’d be hiding indoors, inside the comfort of my apartment and quietly spending the holidays … Continue readingmore +
Waking up in time to catch the sunset is a luxury for a nocturnal creature like me and I feel so fortunate to have this majestic experience from my Bayview Room at the Conrad Tokyo, with a beautiful orange glow blanketed over Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge. This was one … Continue readingmore +
I am so honored to have been invited as a judge for The New Paper New Face 2013 this year, where the grand final was held at Takashimaya Square on 3 October. *WOOTZ* This is a first-time experience for me, to be judging a modelling contest. When I first received the … Continue readingmore +
Being a purveyor of chic living is hard work. Oh, such hard work. ;) After back to back late nights and skipped meals the week prior due to my attendance of and excitement towards Fide Fashion Weeks events, I was whisked away to a much-needed R&R getaway over the weekend. … Continue readingmore +
I am a hopeless boutique hotel junkie! That should not come as a surprise to you since I am an artsy hipster type who’s a purveyor of chic living. Boutique hotels with carefully curated interior decor items and integrated visual branding get me totally weak in the knees. Every corner … Continue readingmore +
At the prodding of single friends who are curious about what Singapore’s premier dating agency, Lunch Actually, offers and how it works, I agreed to sign up for a trial membership for a first-hand experience to review its matchmaking services.
Back in the days, meeting new people used to be relatively easy and a frequent occurrence as we hung out in different circles, in the thick of our socializing stage and attending many a group gathering. I often ask couples, how did you two meet? The answers usually are either along the lines of “we were introduced through a mutual friend” or “we met at a social occasion”. Nowadays how often do we have those large gathering of friends?! Everyone has busy schedules and the social circles we used to be in have been whittled down to very few singles in the midst. How many more times must you get invited to someone’s wedding and everyone seated at the same table are already attached or married, while you’re sitting there solo and date-less?
As modern day has evolved, so has the mechanics of meeting new people. There is of course, online dating and dating apps which have soared in popularity but most have been underwhelmed by ambiguous shady profiles that people put up there. I hear a lot of bizarre stories from friends, the most common one being “He/she doesn’t look one bit like the profile photo”… *GUFFAWS*
As a big fan of noodle soup, I’m discovering in recent years that I am actually not fond of yellow/egg noodles. I typically go for rice or buckwheat noodles because I find that a lot less dense. I suppose this is also why I can’t quite get into ramen as much as I’d like to because it’s just way too much carbs for me. However since I was in Taipei and I love soup, my friend brought me to Fu Hong Beef Noodles one afternoon, a crowd favorite in somewhere-who-knows-where. Just kidding, address and map posted at the end of this article.
Lup Cheong, ie. Chinese smoke-dried pork sausages that’s been sweetened and seasoned with rice wine and soy sauce, is ubiquitously Asian and to me, it’s connotative of families gathered around the dining table having a humble home-cooked meal together. I respect tradition but I can’t help wondering why the ways they’ve been served are so predictable.
I am a big proponent of breaking the mould and tapping on two pre-existing ideas to create a new one. As a third-culture kid, fusion cuisine is one such creative expression that I love and perpetually intrigued by. So following the Caramelized Onion and Leek Tart with Lup Cheong and Chevre which I made last year, I came up with another twist on using Lup Cheong, and recently made Curry Croquettes using this much-loved Chinese sausage.