Wednesday, December 31, 2014

@sundaysuppers






Instagram | @sundaysuppers

Sunday Suppers got me buying kitchen towels, preparing open face sandwiches and paying more attention to breakfast than I normally would. Eventually, I also got their beautiful cookbook and was pleasantly surprised to find a taqueriá menu inside. Yes, you could compare Sunday Suppers to Kinfolk, both share similar aesthetics. But I especially love Sunday Supper's casual food styling and simpler recipes.

Suddenly, it's the last day of 2014 and I thought I should update this space with a final post for the year. 2014 is the year when I started cooking so very often and fell in love with grocery shopping. Turned 21 this year but I really feel more like an auntie already, haha. Also received more courage as the phrase 'you only live once' kept appearing in my head, and hence I visited Hong Kong with a best friend, bought pricier clothes, splurged on magazines, interned at a design studio and made friends on Instagram. 

Instagram is really the biggest highlight of the year. Blessed with opportunities to cook more, eat more, and even received my first bouquet of flowers all thanks to Instagram. Made friends with the ever so lovely Pimpiga (@prigpimpiga) and even met up with Rachel (@rachmloh) who possesses this enviable energy to pursue her dreams with her brand Still. Products.

I've been a very careful person, making sure that with each step that I take, another one awaits. Perhaps this also means that I'm a really timid person. I didn't have a 'let's just do this and see what happens' kind of mentality. But I think circumstances have forced me to just loosen up and heck lah haha. Took up assignments without thinking so much, proceeded with projects when I didn't have confidence to start with. 2014 wasn't easy, but the outcomes were so pleasant and fulfilling.

3 more hours to 2015, Happy New Year everyone!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Kings of Convenience: Live Session



Kings of Convenience | Live Session in Paris

Came across this while I was searching for something to listen to while studying. I've started to use Spotify, but I realised I will always go back to familiar artists and songs. Kings of Convenience is an example. I've started listening to them since I was 17, stopped for a while, and started re-listening to all their albums in recent months. Really in love with their live performances as well. The acoustics from their guitars and their harmonies are all so soothing and cosy. Hope that I can get to see them live someday. Please start touring together again!

Favourite tracks: Cayman Islands, Parallel Lines, Renegade, The Build-Up, I Don't Know What I Can Save You From, Mrs. Cold, Boat Behind, Know-How, Misread

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MUJI's Vertical House.











s. spoon and tamago, designboom

MUJI has designed a dwelling in Tokyo that caters to the needs of city dwellers. The residence maximizes its small plot in order to provide spacious and brightly lit living accommodation, spread across three storeys.

The home employs a split-level system whereby appropriate functions and programs are placed side-by-side, ensuring a connected and integrated internal environment. Nothing is obstructed by either walls or doors, with the stair hall included as an additional living space. To the north, a large side window brings light, inside the property, establishing bright and airy atmosphere.

I am so in love, especially with the design allowing light to fill the home. MUJI needs to come to Singapore to design a HDB flat. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

'Mulefords'.


Presenting my new favourite 'mulefords' from local blog shop, Soeurs. These shoes are really precious, they lost their way and all of a sudden found their way back again. It took them 1 month, instead of the usual 5-7 days, to reach me. But all is well, they are mine now. It's a pair of oxfords with a mule-design, so my dear friend Quynh Pham over at Instagram (@qqpham) gave it the name 'mulefords'!

Meanwhile, I've 'updated' my blog a little with a new header as well as some interface changes that you may not even realise. Haha. Painstakingly edited each post individually because of alignment problems. Damn, Blogger you need an update too!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Greenery.






Instagram | Hong Kong #1

Pleasantly surprised by how the pictures turned out. They were all taken with an iPhone 4 camera! These were pictures I took during the Hong Kong trip a few months back. It was a great holiday. I love the colour green so much and the scenery made me happy. I appreciate that we have many trees in Singapore but Hong Kong is so much luckier in that they have landscapes of greenery and mountains of trees. 

I quickly took a shot of the mountains when I was in the cable car and to see how the waterfall contrasted with the greenery was just so beautiful (Picture 3). 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Humble Origins.




I am so grateful for this humble café in school. Sometimes the traditional coffee with condensed milk just won't do. I really like to treat myself with a flat white when I'm feeling tired and grumpy, haha. I can't guarantee that the coffee at Humble Origins is always good - the coffee is often prepared by students from NUS that are part-timing there, some of them are still beginners at what they do. The last cup of flat white I had over at the café was so bad that I couldn't finish it. But I don't blame them, the barista's hands were trembling in fear when he was pouring and he passed me the coffee with an apologetic look. He's learning and I really don't have the heart to blame someone who is juggling both work and school.

The food however, has always been great. The tarts are prepared by the owner himself and they are really legit. I would say it's on par with the ones at Carpenter and Cook! I think they have a schedule or something as different tarts are sold on different days. I can't seem to find the Lemon Curd Tart anymore but it's my favourite. The second would go to the Banoffee Tart, which has a centre made from a combination of banana and toffee. It's sweet, gooey and so sinful. The croissant and pancakes are standard, but still good if you want a treat.

The café is my secret hideout. Haha. Whenever I've really long breaks or have to have lunch alone, I would run to Humble Origins. It's really sad to be sitting at a table alone in the school canteen, so I felt more comfortable visiting the café. The food never disappoints anyway, so it's just the best place to go while I'm still stuck in school. The prices are also more friendly to the pocket compared to other cafés out there.

Café | Humble Origins
NUS Kent Ridge Drive Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Beside Lecture Theatre 12
Opens from 8.30am to 6.00pm

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Leaf.






Curated | Leaf
s. /stylohotmilo/plants on pinterest

They say you can't have too many plants at home because they release carbon dioxide at night. If not, I would have pots hanging on the walls of my room, pots lined on the floor along my bed. I love all these various shades of green and I like to marvel at how pretty the leaves grow alongside one another.

Monday, August 11, 2014

@no.___










Instagram | @no.___

@no.___ features No. Ceramics by Romy Northover, as well as inspiration that the ceramicist herself has gathered. I really really love her works. The matte glaze tea cups painted with insouciant brushes are my favourites. The colour palettes used are also hues that I love. I started this whole new Pinterest board dedicated to Ceramics after I found her works on Instagram and Pinterest.

According to No.'s website, Romy Northover currently uses the Japanese techniques of Kinuneri, Tebineri and Rokuro in her works. I've read from elsewhere that she's also enrolled in a master's class for Japanese Kintsugi. The Japanese aesthetics of imperfection, irregularity and asymmetry crystallise in her works. Her works do remind me of Japanese bowls and tea vessels.

If you're interested in collecting or viewing more of Northover's works, the studio has a website and a blog at romyno.com.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Home Hues.








Home and Living | Miwako Akatsu
s. ideelifecycling

My favourite colours are blues, browns, greys, deep green, black and white. So I've always dreamt of having a house filled with wooden furniture, ceramics, glass and wooden tableware and pots of leafy plants or succulents that can be found in every corner of the house. Put together, the atmosphere may feel a little gloomy. The dark hues will overpower the lighter ones. But I guess light can change that. I also wish to own shelves of magazines, cookbooks and art books if I can afford any haha.

I can't wait to own a house.