31 August, 2012

W Singapore Hotel, Sentosa

We were so pleased to have a friend invite us to the Pre-opening party of W Singapore Hotel, Sentosa.  Although we didn't see much of the hotel itself, we enjoyed cocktails and fantastic canapés (whoever invented chocolate mousse 'push-pop' style is a genius) in the Glass House and the outdoor area on the water front. We were treated to a fashion show by Mae Pang, showcasing a collection of graphic, bold silhouettes, in textured fabrics of blues, greys and neon yellow. Music was provided by DJ set Gigamesh + Mr Has, and we were also given a fantastic performance by the Urban Drum Crew who were very entertaining and visually stunning! Great event entertainment!








26 August, 2012

Double Daisies






I wore double 'daisies' to brunch today, I bought the shorts a few months ago at Zara, and was incredibly pleased to find the matching sheer chiffon blouse just a couple of weeks ago in the sale! I always have to think twice/thrice about purchasing full price items at particular global high street stores in Asia, as I know how much cheaper they may be in Europe. It's always disheartening putting back that item which I love so much, but with my salary - I cannot justify it. So yes, I was pretty happy to find this pretty print blouse in the ZARA sale to go with the matching shorts I bought a few months earlier! I complimented the busy print with simple accessories: simple nude mary-jane flats, my trusty Vintage Chanel bag, and my simple fan gold tone vintage necklace, bought in a small vintage boutique in Notting Hill London.


Robertson Quay Singapore - Brunch @ Hummerstons

It was a hazy and lazy Sunday afternoon...we missed breakfast and decided to make up for it by going out for brunch. We've heard some mixed reviews of Hummerstons, mainly that it's too expensive for what you get, and also lacks local Singaporean atmosphere being in the heavily expatriated area of Robertson Quay. Putting such comments aside, we decided to try a Hummersons brunch for ourselves. It's slightly hidden and is located on the 2nd level of 11 Unity street. (Take the escalator which is situated by the taxi rank by Wine Connection, turn right at the top of the escalators and Hummerstons is at the very end of the walkway). We ordered the Breakfast Tostada, Hummerstons Brunch Burger and the Tarte a Roon to share for dessert - all of which were fantastic. Although the total bill was quite high at SG$88, we thought it was worth it as an occasional treat. I would definitely recommend the burger, and the dessert Tarte a Roon was absolutely to die for - warm caramelised apple and raisins with a hint of cinnamon spice atop a large macaroon,  finished with pecan ice cream! 

We really liked the indoor decor of Hummersons, which had a retro laid back vibe, and the alfresco section, where we sat, was a nice people watching space. It overlooked a pleasant pedestrianised square, with several water features and many characteristic arches and even had a charming footbridge. 








I wore double 'daisies' to brunch today, I bought the shorts a few months ago at Zara, and was incredibly pleased to find the matching sheer chiffon blouse just a couple of weeks ago in the sale! I always have to think twice/thrice about purchasing full price items at particular global high street stores in Asia, as I know how much cheaper they may be in Europe. It's always disheartening putting back that item which I love so much, but with my salary - I cannot justify it. So yes, I was pretty happy to find this pretty print blouse in the ZARA sale to go with the matching shorts I bought a few months earlier! I complimented the busy print with simple accessories: simple nude mary-jane flats, my trusty Vintage Chanel bag, and my simple fan gold tone vintage necklace, bought in a small vintage boutique in Notting Hill London.




13 August, 2012

Denim + Metallics

Call me a magpie but I can't help but be drawn to shiny metallics and metals.  Extending on from the obvious jewellery - I love it on my bags and shoes, including these silver Steve Madden brogues from Nordstrom. I've toned down the metallic overload with soft washed denim.   Here we are on Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa Singapore for a perfect after dinner sunset beach side stroll  :-)













Denim dress - H&M, Gold disc necklace - ALDO, Silver Brogues - Steve Madden, Vintage Chanel bag

05 August, 2012

Floral & Neon - Topshop - Wearable wallpaper pretty

As soon as I saw this printed romper suit in Topshop I had to have it. The print was so random, yet I loved how the purple floral print was freshened up with a neon lime stripe - It was wrong yet so right! Definitely "wearable wallpaper pretty".  





04 August, 2012

Hermès - The Gift of Time exhibition Singapore visit

Held in the historic setting of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, the Hermès Gift of Time exhibition did not disappoint. A small yet sufficiently sized exhibition, with thought provoking installations, designed by American artist Hilton McConnico. I won't go into detail as I wouldn't want to spoil the exhibition for those who have yet to visit! Some added extras to the exhibition worth highlighting include access to part of the old unused railway tracks where you can take pictures, a food court offering some tempting tasty Singaporean food where you can sit and eat in cute train carriage style booths, a sweet shop selling nostalgic sweets, and even having the opportunity to write a Hermès Gift of Time exhibition postcard, which the exhibition will post to anywhere in the world. This exhibition ends on the 12th August and is free...so go and see it!






 


Pixelated cat wall made from leather...we are asked to touch the leather wall and contribute to the patina of the leather 



The Tree of Life...

Grown from the Tortoise...as in the Tortoise and...

...the Hare





03 August, 2012

China Town Singapore - The Vault + sunset

Incredible Singapore sunset over China Town, snapped whilst en-route to a new favorite bar in town - The Vault which is just opposite the Sri Mariamman Temple. With a bistro downstairs, serving mainly western food and a reasonable price, and a bar/lounge upstairs set up in this former bank, we really like the vibe and decor. The exposed brick, high ceilings, large windows, projected art work gives a East London urban feel. Wednesday nights are ladies night and with Lychee martini's at only $8 each, we'll be coming back again.  
Sri Mariamman Temple - Singapore's oldest Hindu temple
The Vault bar and lounge
View of the temple inside The Vault

01 August, 2012

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Inspired by The Amazing Race US TV show, we decided to jump on a flight to Yogyakarta (aka Jojakarta). Being only a two hour flight from Singapore, it was an ideal weekend getaway location. We stayed at the All Seasons hotel - great service and also houses Yogyakarta's first roof top bar. The city was friendly, lively, energetic, and dusty. 

W T highlights include:
  • Borobudar temple - Borobudar lay hidden for centuries under layers of volcanic ash and jungle growth. The temple is a 9th century Mahayana Buddist monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go at sunrise! We went on a perfectly crisp and clear morning, with just the right amount of picturesque mist when we reached the top. It was incredibly awe-inspiring and beautiful, and an absolute must see.  

  • The Prambanan temple - Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia built in the 9th century. The temples were already in a state of abandonment, but then collapsed during a major earthquake in the 16th century. The ruins scattered around the area were still recognizable and known to the local Javanese people and the temples are still being rebuilt today.

  • Jomblong cave - Whilst in Yogyakarta, it was difficult to find who to contact to arrange a trip to descend into Jomblong cave. Our accommodation, although they tried, were unable to help and many had not even heard of the cave. We eventually got in touch with Jarody Hestu of Equator Indonesia.  They usually only take a group of five, but as there were just two of us who were interested on a particular date, we paid to cover the cost of a group! Jarody lived near our hotel in the city, so he picked us up in the early hours, in a comfortable car with a/c, and the journey took about two hours. We met Jarody's team of eight men, who suited us up, with headlights and helmets and were lowered one-by-one into the 80m deep 'pot hole'. The walls of the pot hole was an incredibly dense, tropical, lush, rainforest. Awe-inspiring to be slowly lowered into. When we all reached the bottom, it was eery, but wonderful. We were then led away on a short trek through a slippery dark cave, until we reached an underground river, with the strongest current and was quite wobbly walking through. We had then reached the other pothole named Laweng Grubug, where we witnessed the most amazing sight of the mid-day sun light beaming through. It was quite a 'heavenly' sight! It was amazing, but unfortunately our camera didn't quite capture the image. An incredible experience and something we would certainly recommend!
Essentials:
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproofs, sudden downpoors
  • Waterproof camera case (mainly for Jomblang cave)
  • Sunblock
  • UV umbrella - the sun can be intense!
All Seasons hotel Yogyakarta
Rooftop bar and pool at the All Seasons hotel


Borobudor temple Yogyakarta
Borobudor temple


Borobudor temple Yogyakarta
Borobudar temple
Prambanan Yogyakarta
Prambanan temple


Jomblang cave Yogyakarta
Going down Jomblang cave

Laweng Grubug Yogyakarta
Midday sun streaming through Laweng Grubug

Laweng Grubug Yogyakarta