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 +
I had such a fantastic time at the Spoonful cooking workshop last time that I attended another workshop recently. It’s a hands-on cum demo workshop held at Lewin Terrace and I got to learn how to make Japanese-French fusion dishes taught by Chef Kano, chef de cuisine of the restaurant. The 3-course lunch we made in class:
Fresh Fish Carpaccio with Marinated Spring Vegetables, Anchovy, Dashi Jelly and Mimosa
Chicken Roast with Anchovy, Garlic and Ponzu Oil Sauce
Vanilla Creme Brulee, topped with Marinated Strawberry and Spices
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Located on Singapore’s main shopping belt on Orchard Road next to the Thai Embassy, Palais Renaissance is a stylish destination to spend a girlie day out as the retail space features an assembly of choice names for trendsetters and foodies with a taste of high living. A girlie day out at Palais naturally starts with shopping at the exclusive boutiques here.
Maria Grachvogel (#01-07A) is an innovative brand from British shores that pushes the boundaries of conventional fitting and an uncompromising approach to fashion design by creating garments with avant-garde prints and uniqueness. Other than her flagship store in London, this boutique in Palais is the only other stand-alone store and the only stockist in Asia.
Lula Rock (#02-07) is a multi-label boutique carrying tastefully curated items bearing classic silhouettes with a design edge. Here you will discover international cult labels such as Alice Mccall from Australia, House of Holland from the UK, Vivetta which is Italian and Sretsis.
Swing by also to TYAN (#02-11/12), another multi-label boutique that stocks clothing from more familiar international brands such as Vivienne Tam, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Clover Canyon, Paule ka and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania.
In between trendy shopping, ladies will also be spoiled for choice with the latest addition of new F&B tenants that serve up delish brunch and lunch menus.
Recently I was invited to have dinner at a friend’s place and she made Chocolate Pavlova. I asked, “What’s a pavlova?!”. She replied that it’s a meringue cake with a crisp crust and marshmallow-y inside, usually topped with whipped cream and fruit. I’d never heard of it before, she said it’s an Australian/New Zealand dessert. Ah, no wonder.
I’ve been obsessed over meringue lately, don’t ask me why coz I don’t have an answer to that. I’m also in the mood for tart flavors, so I looked up recipes and came across Martha Stewart’s Upside Down Lemon Meringue Pie which fulfils both criteria. I rolled up my sleeves last weekend and made it in my kitchen.