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 +
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 +
Nothing screams summer as loudly as watermelons and I like to fill a large tupperware with cubed watermelon, chill them in the fridge and snack on them throughout the day. A splash of vodka optional. ;) I recently made Watermelon Feta Basil Salad in Balsamico for my summer BBQ shindig … Continue readingmore +
Following up on Chapter 1 of my La’Fleur Indulgence video shoot for Samsung Singapore, here’s more behind-the-scene snapshots of what took place during filming day. In this video, I shared three simple spa treats that you can enjoy at home. Asian Martha Stewart strikes again! Hur hur hur. ;P View … Continue readingmore +
For years I have always joked that I aspire to be Asian Martha Stewart because I enjoy hands-on domestic divaness and strive to live well. Decorating, cooking, baking, designing, crafting, organizing (BUT OF COURSE!) … I like ‘em all. So recently when Samsung Singapore invited me to contribute content ideas … Continue readingmore +
Guess who’s the new face for Olay Regenerist products online? Why, it’s me! ^^ It was fun shooting the video because we had a full team of video guys, makeup artist, product trainer, PR manager and sound guy. Video is a relatively new medium for me and I’ve always wanted to … Continue readingmore +
Over the weekend I had the inspiration to make something creative with Post-it notes. I don’t work in an office environment so I don’t get much mileage out of Post-it notes in a business context. However I do work in a creative environment and in my capacity as a designer … Continue readingmore +
Prada’s latest fragrance, Candy Florale. Combining freshness and joie de vivre, Prada’s Candy fragrance evolved from the concept of a fictional young female character, Candy. Alluring and unexpected, pleasure-seeking and enigmatic, the many facets of Candy’s personality reflect the range of notes that form Prada Candy.
Video directed by fashion photographer Steven Meisel.
125B Hai Ba Trung, P. Bến Nghé
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Banh Mi… Oh, Banh Mi. One of my fave things to eat everrr. I still remember the first time I had it, at Banh Mi Saigon under Manhattan Bridge, when it was still US$2.50 at the time. Crusty baguette bursting with generous fillings of barbecued pork, cha lua, paté, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber strips, cilantro, and with a dash of addictive Maggi soy sauce, it was cheap, delicious, and most satisfying for the starving college freshman that I was (circa early 90′s).
Sometime last year when my overseas-Vietnamese friend Cara was traveling the region and visiting Singapore, she hand-carried banh mi for me straight from HCMC and gawd, the heavens parted and a legion of chorusing angels descended in golden rays as I sunk my teeth into that sandwich. It was a beautiful moment. Needless to say, having banh mi in HCMC was at the top of my “eat-inerary” hit list!
Quan An Ngon
138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
A popular restaurant housed in a colonial building with a very extensive offering of Vietnamese dishes from northern, central and southern regions so it’s a one-stop shop to sample all these dishes at one go in an alfresco setting. Relatively inexpensive, even though crowded with tourists. The draw to this place is mainly the street-style vendor stations throughout the restaurant where you can see the food being prepared. I thoroughly enjoyed the Grilled Blood Cockles and Grilled Oysters (with loads and loads of rau ram, my new fave herb that’s kinda like basil but has a bit of cool minty-ness) and wanted to order a second portion but it was sold out – WHUAT! At 730PM!?! *crushed*
I also liked the Baby Clams served with Crispy Rice Cakes (anyone knows the Vietnamese name for this?). Here I got schooled in the difference between Banh Xeo – a crispy pancake filled with beansprouts, and Banh Beo – steamed rice flour cakes with dried shrimp topping. I really liked the Banh Beo, it was pillowy, the dried shrimp topping was exquisite. It was served with a few slices of cha lua (Vietnamese ham) and a drizzle of nuoc mam cham (fish sauce), exceptionally delicious and light so I went ahead to order a second portion but was told again that this was also sold out. Wtfgawddamnitz!