My Pink Leopard Manicure

2014 Bucket list item #24: Get manicured in pretty pink leopard prints – check! Read Nora Roberts’ old classics at Spinelli’s while waiting to have dinner with Annabelle. Spinelli’s is so underrated in comparison to the coffee chain monopolies Starbucks and Coffee Bean. Perhaps I’m just sick of Starbucks at the moment – I used […]

Living out of a Suitcase

Guess what?! I’ve decided on a long solo trip to Incheon!! Wildly excited about cafè-hopping in Hongdae, Gangnam, Itaewon and Sinchon. Even more psyched about taking dance classes in Korea. Plus I will be doing what I do best: living out of a suitcase! Perhaps I will meet Krispy, dance partner Rasoo and blast! dancers in […]

London Lovin’: Notting Hill

Autumn leaves crunching beneath my feet, light rain smattering wet droplets on my leather outer. Can you imagine how happy I was to see the ‘travel bookstore’ with a blue door on Notting Hill? Mostly I was busy snapping pictures, head in the clouds, wishing I could step into a bookstore and meet my personal […]

London Lovin’: Pret A Manger

It’s London Lovin’ Week! Managed to tick something off my bucket list today: spend an afternoon with coffee and a book, in London’s Pret A Manger. The name Prêt à Manger means ‘ready-to-eat’ in French. The first shop was opened in Hampstead, London. (and please, it’s pronounced “pret-ah-mahn-zhay“, not “prettaye man-gurl”) What I had this […]

Travel-diary: Naviglio grande Milano

Traveling is indeed a discovery of the self – I’ve learnt that shopping is no fun when there’s so much sightseeing and exploration to do! While everyone else was at Serravalle (designer outlet), I took to exploring on my own. Armed with a fedora, and a city map and my batman suit, I was determined to […]

From Milan to Venice

Fresh off a 12-hour flight to Milan, we hopped onto a three-hour railway tram into Venice. Grabbed lunch at the train station And off we go Our stop: Santa Lucia Buon Giornata, Venezia One of their prime, very beautifully hand-crafted, tourist rip-offs which are too elegant and gorgeous to look at to be of much […]

the next crazy venture

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time (Crime Writers’ Association)

Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951) Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939) John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963) Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (1935) Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938) Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (1940) Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868) […]

A slice of Copenhagen

Officially am the mad Asian girl snapping away with her iPhone, at architecture that citizens of Denmark would have seen all their lives. Here’s a slice of Copenhagen: the streets of Vester Farimagsgade 9 as seen through my eyes. Taking shelter underneath my umbrella in the drizzle proves to be a disadvantage, for my hands were […]

Maldives – Bandos Island Resort

Sun, sand, sky, sea – recipe for indulgences. And thus the three of us decided to go chasing dolphins in the setting sun! Maldives is indeed the perfect getaway. Self-shot with Jocelyn, Brenda and He-Cui. My hair was especially yummy that day, with a tinge of sea-salt. The awesome crew! And thus our journey to […]

Auckland May 2013

We had a longer staycation in the capital of New Zealand where the sun sets at 5 late afternoon and it’s comfortably cold without needing heavy coats. Some visual simulation of Auckland’s big city sophistication as captured from my lenses… here we go!

parva leves capiunt animas

parva leves capiunt animas (latin) Small things occupy light minds. When I signed up to fly I merely wanted to see the world in all its vast glory, I hadn’t expected to see slummage, rampant poverty, and man-made destruction. Dishearteningly these are happening so close to home. Made attempts to carry pieces of the destination home […]

Haneda Tokyo – May ’13

Raiding the local supermarkets is a no-go action in Japan! So well-stocked such that the food&beverage galore is every Japan-enthusiast’s worst nightmare… you’ll wanna cram the entire store into your baggage home.

[THAILAND] oo1. ISLAND AND THE CITY (Bangkok – Ko Samet)

The minute our home-bound aircraft took off, I missed Bangkok already. Even with my infected tummy hurting so badly from seafood poisoning, the land of a thousand smiles can’t shake me off. Thailand, I will be back!! The amount of insane things we did on this trip was kept to a minimal We capped it […]

rough winds do shake the darling buds of May

Bangkok (for leisure! I can finally lug my huge pink luggage out for some foreign air) Bombay Perth Haneda – Tokyo Jakarta Auckland Manila Denpasar-Bali Bangkok (again) New Delhi I seem to have an unprescribed affinity with Asian sectors. Not that I’m complaining! (: Fall in love with whatever you do, there will always be […]

suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still […]

keeping passion at bay (or surrendering blindly to it)

“Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path. No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow […]