Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Goodbye.


Decided to make the move to stylohotmilo.tumblr.com

It's the interface at Blogger that irks me. Frankly, Tumblr's not much better when it comes to posting images in the text post.
I just spent half an hour figuring out how to post high res image in a text post. Wordpress.com is the best option when it comes to posting images but the free themes are not to my liking. Well Wordpress.org is best best when it comes to customisation and themes but I don't want to commit by purchasing a domain haha. So Tumblr for now it shall be!

There's going to be a huge change in aesthetics at the new space as well. I really need an outlet to share the things that have caught my eye. Refreshing the Take Five series as well, and there will be more focus on fashion, music and art rather than cafes and typical blogger stuff haha.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

New Menu at House at Dempsey.

Last Wednesday, Cassandra and I visited House at Dempsey for their tasting session. We were treated to a crazy spread and most of the dishes are from House's new menu. We also took some pretty pictures because our host, Janet, even prepared some props for us to do a flatlay! And yes, for the first time in my life I stood on a chair just to take the picture below. All I know is that I'll never attempt it again haha! My hands and legs were shaking as I snapped this shot... (Hence the blur scallops!)


That evening, we were treated to House's Broccoli, Quinoa and Pom Pom Salad, Baked Scallops on Shell, Bone Marrow and Steak Burger with Bacon Jam, Portobello Schnitzel Bun, Stinky Meets Crispy Chicken Waffles, House's famous Truffle Fries.. AND finally, we shared a steaming hot Tau Sar Pau. (The last two are not pictured.) So so stuffed at the end of the dinner!


Surprisingly, I would have to say that the Broccoli, Quinoa and Pom Pom Salad was my favourite dish of the night. Some might not agree with me but I just couldn't resist such a flavourful salad. I cook at home and I know that it's not easy to prepare a yummy salad. If you want to toss a good one, you'll need lots of ingredients and I think it's more cost-effective to just order it at a good restaurant. 

I really really loved the pomegranate raita that House prepared for the salad. I remember trying a raita that my university professor prepared for the class during our last lecture together and I quickly fell in love with the Pakistani/Bangladeshi yogurt-based dip. It wasn't heavy like cream-based dips, and yet it was flavourful because of the spices that were mixed into it. House's raita dip paired well with the salad that had so many textures altogether because of the broccoli, quinoa, nuts, super leaves and avocado thrown into it. It was crunchy, creamy, sweet, sour and spicy. These flavours and textures went so well together. I shall attempt to follow a raita recipe and have it with salads and chips!


Second on my favourites would be the Baked Scallops on Shell appetiser. Juicy scallops were spiced up with Mediterranean eggplant zaalouk and topped with Spanish migas. Alright I've no idea what's zaalouk and migas too hahaha, I just quoted from the menu. After topping your scallop with a good squeeze of lemon, shove the whole thing in your mouth! The zaalouk that's made up of cooked eggplant was velvety and sweet. I'm a fan of savoury foods and dishes and this one lived up to my expectations. Wished I had tried it right when it came out of the kitchen! Piping hot and savoury scallop sounds even more delicious!


The last dish that I would recommend would be the Stinky Meets Crispy Chicken Waffles. It's an interesting fusion dish that pairs Chinese-style har cheong gai with crispy waffles and a maple syrup sambal chilli sauce. You need to have it while its hot so that the waffles would taste crispy on the outside and light on the inside. The chicken was boneless, very juicy and smelly! House went all out to create the perfect stinky har cheong sai that you can only find at good zi char places. The only qualm I have with it is that it's a little too salty. Otherwise, it's a creative main dish that you won't find anywhere else.


Many thanks again to House and Janet for hosting us. We went home with full bellies! We loved the beautiful decor at House as well. House at Dempsey also collaborates with Tiong Bahru Bakery that supplies some of their buns and breads, and with Open Farm Community that supplies them with locally grown fresh produce. You should give the place a visit if you're looking for a quaint restaurant that offers great fusion cuisine cooked with excellent ingredients! 

Restaurant | House at Dempsey
8D Dempsey Road
Take a bus to the entrance of Dempsey Hill and walk in for approximately 10 to 15 minutes
Mon-Thurs 12.00nn to 11.00pm
Friday 12.00nn to 12.00mn
Saturday 11.00am to 12.00mn
Sunday 9.00am to 11.00pm

Sunday, May 29, 2016

We Conquered the TreeTop Walk!

Finally, we conquered the TreeTop walk! I've always wanted to attempt the trail because of my love for the Korean variety show Law of the Jungle. The show features celebrities travelling to less-habited, forested areas and they have to learn how to survive on their own for a few days. They would be busy sourcing for fruits, fishing, collecting coconuts, chasing wild chickens, building their own shelters etc. It always makes my day when they get a good harvest of tropical fruits and crazy good seafood (Clams! Crayfish! Even tuna!). I'm so mesmerised by the canopies of trees, sightings of wild animals featured in the show...

The thought of venturing in a forest really attracts me and I think the best alternative I can get in an urban jungle like Singapore would be a walk at the MacRitchie Trails. As you can see from the map below, the trails cover the popular TreeTop Walk (near Tempinis Hut) and various other shorter trails. Some trails like the TreeTop walk is one-way only, so you have to walk a whole loop to complete a trail. So happy that my friend Yuqing agreed to attempt the trails with me and we decided to cover the TreeTop Walk, starting from Venus Drive, and also the MacRitchie Reservoir Trail, ending at the MacRitchie Reservoir Park. In the map it would be the orange route and then the blue route. The connecting point would be the Terentang Hut and the whole trail covers about 10km.

We started at 10am and ended at around 2pm. 4 whole hours of perspiring and aching calves but also 4 whole hours of chatting, sightings of animals (monkeys, lizards, squirrels, butterflies, fishes and even a wild chicken!), short chats with friendly strangers also on the trail, being surrounded by beautiful greenery... We really enjoyed the experience and I thought I would share with you on how to have the best time at the trails!


So firstly, how do you get there? The trail is actually close to Upper Thomson Road, where you can find popular cafés like Pacamara, Habitat Coffee, One Man Coffee etc. You can take the train to Marymount station, then take a bus at the stop Opposite Shunfu East (Bus Stop ID: 53021) and stop at Opposite Flame Tree Park (Bus Stop ID: 53071). The main road is in front of the bus stop while Venus Drive is behind this stop. Walk a little further down from the stop to find a Singapore Island Country Club signage and walk into that small road to find the Venus Drive signage. You will see a car park and a TreeTop Walk sign that indicates the start of the walk!

It's important to make a checklist on what to bring for the walk as well because there are mosquitoes and aggressive monkeys around. Do not carry a plastic bag, the monkeys will think that there's food in it and they will start crowding around you. Make sure you wear sunblock, insect repellent, clothes that covers your legs and shoes that are suitable to walk on rocky and sandy paths. Water is essential, and also bring along insect repellent, a face towel, umbrella (in case of rain because you won't find shelters in time) and a portable fan. 


I had expected for it to be really sunny because we started late. Thankfully, the trees in the canopy provided a lot of shade. In the end, what caused our worries were the aggressive monkeys. Initially, we thought that they were just cute. I sighted a monkey eating a mango and I thought we were lucky to witness that. Haha. But later on we realised that the monkeys were everywhere! And they were hungry it seemed. 

At one point, around eight monkeys lined the path ahead of us. It was a narrow path and there was no escape. Luckily, an uncle who seemed to be really familiar with the trail took up a branch and told us to walk behind him. There was this ferocious monkey snarling and threatening to bite but the uncle managed to chase it away by shouting louder than the monkey haha. I didn't think that was the right way but it did work. I'm not endorsing it though. Just checked National Parks' advisory and they suggested that one should refrain from eye contact with the monkeys and slowly walk away. Frankly speaking, I know the latter is the right way but when you encounter so many crazy monkeys at one instance, how can you manage to stay calm? Haha! We really wanted to walk away slowly but when one monkey suddenly came up so close to us, we just ran away as fast as we could!




Once you are in the trail, keep a lookout for signage and maps. They weren't obscure but I know of friends who still lost their way while locating the TreeTop Walk. We followed the signs closely and found our way easily. Most of the trail is just a one-way narrow path so you won't really get lost! After an hour or so from Venus Drive, we finally reached the TreeTop Walk!

We were so happy when we spotted it but guess what, a huge monkey was on the walk itself and nobody dared to cross hahaha. The funny security guard came to our rescue and tried to block the monkey while we cross. We thought it was so cool of him to protect us haha. I was actually snapchatting when I stepped onto the walk and the guard shouted 'Faster faster!!' when I was trying to take a panoramic view. Hahaha. He was also scared of that damn monkey!




Seriously, the experience on the walk was beyond expectations! It was longer than I had imagined it to be and oh god, we were really high up. The scenery was breathtaking. You would just want to spread your hands out and take a deep breath. I think Yuqing really enjoyed herself on that walk too! Look at her beautiful smile in the next picture haha!



We walked a long distance to finally see the reservoir. The reservoir covered a huge expanse and the view was just wonderful. Sunlight reflected off the surface of the waters and it was as if someone poured glitter over them. Couldn't capture this with an iPhone camera so you'll have to see it for yourself!





In the end, we didn't follow the map to reach the end of the trail (St Theresa's Home). We found our way to public toilets located near Mushroom Café. The signs didn't really help much at the Reservoir Park and we had to rely on Google Maps. 

I wanted to take a shower but I would seriously dissuade you from attempting because the toilets were infested with huge mosquitoes. I felt so miserable when I was in the cubicle. The toilets were really badly maintained too. Again, monkeys crowded the entrance of the toilet. It was kind of an open space toilet, with no doors to prevent the monkeys from entering. Can you imagine the horror!? Hahaha. While I was changing, the sounds of the monkeys screeching gave me goosebumps. I was so scared that I would spot a monkey when I lift my head up!

I managed to change out of the sweaty clothes and got treated with mosquito bites on my back and legs haha. Later, we found a bus stop nearby (Bus Stop: Opp MacRitchie Reservoir) and decided to take a bus down to Upper Thomson Road for a late lunch and some refreshing ice-cream. It's so convenient!

Overall, the walk was gratifying. The difficulty is moderate and you won't have to worry about weariness mid-way because there are sufficient rest stations for you to take a break. I would recommend to bring a friend along because 4 hours of solo walking-hiking is pretty monotonous in my opinion. The trail is not really suited for running because of the rocky paths. Parts of the trail also forbid visitors from running. I slipped a few times but luckily I didn't fall or hurt myself.

Our advice is to take it slow, immerse yourself in the surroundings and you will definitely enjoy the experience. Have fun! <3

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My Apartment: George Lois.


"The more the merrier. The more beautiful things the merrier. It's kind of a little bit of a disease but it's a wonderful disease to have." -George Lois

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Moses Sumney.



Moses Sumney | Plastic

His voice is so soothing. I prefer the studio version but this is lovely too.
I'm learning how to play the guitar accompaniment and it's pretty to follow!

The next video is more of a performance and it's ingenious.
He and he alone forms the entire band.



Moses Sumney | Everlasting Sigh

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Subscribed!

So... I've lots of work to do but I really have the itch to blog, perhaps because I've been watching sooooo many vlogs these days.

My sister is the one who introduced me to the world of vlogs. I think her favourites are @imjennim, @zoella etc. I didn't really understand what's the hype about (seriously 10 million subscribers!?) but after I searched 'MUJI haul', 'COS haul''... I saw the light. I know my likes and dislikes very well so I found great channels with the right keywords quickly. Now, I've discovered 4 YouTubers that I really really love. The 4th one is a fresh discovery I stumbled on today haha. I like their tastes and I love how they introduce me to new products, brands, places, styles...

Okay, so here are my four favourites!

1. Lizzy Hadfield



My vlog addiction started from this exact video. I found Lizzy's channel after searching for 'COS haul' and true to her COS purchases, her style is minimal, effortless yet so well put together. Then she started introducing her homeware haul, shoes collection, her apartment, her travels and I'm just so in love. Lizzy describes herself as a 'Northern fashion blogger/cat lady with expensive taste'. That is a perfect description haha, her purchases are nowhere near affordable (at least for me). But she's not like those YouTubers who are just out to show off their Hermès collection (tsk tsk). She works hard and treats herself with an occasional Loewe bag, marked down Céline shoes, a soft cashmere scarf from COS and other essential staples. I love her style so much that I've bookmarked her fashion blog (here). Her mother has an excellent sense of style as well! I'm a huge fan and I got so excited when she replied and FOLLOWED ME on Instagram. Oh my god.

2. Tamira Jarrel



Tamira is a fan of MUJI. Any fan of MUJI is a friend of mine haha! She has an enviable collection of makeup, perfumes, candles and skincare products and she organised them neatly in acrylic storage drawers from MUJI. This is the first video I watched from her channel and honestly speaking it was because of MUJI's 'cameo'. Tamira has introduced me to the world of makeup and the brand Glossier, which is not yet available in Singapore. If it is I think I will love their products because the brand seems to offer a great makeup kit for beginners like me. (P.s. Glossier's YouTube channel also features a few Get Ready With Me videos that have this very strong Apartamento vibe that I love!)

Tamira is always well-dressed in her videos and there would often be a burning Diptyque candle and a pretty vase of flowers in the background. If you are a fan of Diptyque, And Other Stories, Byredo, Aesop... you will love her stuff. I really know absolutely nothing about makeup but after watching one video, I knew she's the right person I can learn from because we share similar preferences and style. I even tried applying eyeliner at home yesterday after watching a Get Ready With Me video that she had uploaded, haha!

3. Rachel Nguyen from That's Chic



I've actually followed Rachel's blog a few years back but she stopped blogging so frequently so I stopped following. Then one fine day, YouTube suggested her channel probably because I was spam watching room tours and she had just uploaded her apartment tour. Again, the Apartamento vibe was so striking and it was a love at first sight. Rachel is much more casual when it comes to filming her videos, i.e. no fancy setup, no full face makeup, messy home... and I think that's what I love about them. It's real, it's raw, it's so her. I love her apartment so much and we also share the same love for avocados haha. She also shared a farmers' market haul and I thought it was so cute! If I were to vlog, my videos would turn out like hers, pimple showing and all!

4. The Fashion Citizen



The Fashion Citizen is a new find and I've only watched one video from this channel but I'm already sold. It's a channel run by a pair of sisters I believe, they look alike to me and their bickering moments reminded me of my dear sister and I. They describe themselves as 'two frugal fashionistas living the dream in sunny Arizona'. They manage to look so good and wear something different everyday because they thrift so often. Most thrift hauls just make me feel like rolling my eyes. Sometimes thrifting seems like an attempt to be a part of the subculture, instead of really appreciating and being more open to the treasures you find when you thrift! But these girls do understand what thrifting is and I enjoy watching them enjoying thrifting haha.

And, finally, someone else also visits the public library to borrow books! I love visiting public/school libraries to browse and borrow art books as well as novels. Purchasing every book that interests me is impossible. In this particular weekly vlog, they seem to be avid readers and unofficial members of the public libraries as well. Yay! Also, I totally get Melissa when she mentioned how she sometimes have the urge to go running when she finds good music. Although her good music refers to Kanye West's new album (which I'm not even going to figure out if I like his music or not), I agree with her when it comes to running to great tracks. I did a 45 minute run plus brisk walking today while listening to Flume and Mac DeMarco and it was sooo good!

Alright, that's four channels for you (and for me) to enjoy. Love them for the aesthetics they share and for the lifestyles they lead. I'm going to stop watching Korean dramas for a while (nope, not even going to be swayed by Descendants of the Sun) and will just wait for new videos from them. So happy that there's so much to look forward to!

My Alter Ego Has Left.


Henri Matisse 
Blue Nude II 
Spring 1952

As the title of this post suggests, my alter ego has departed. Haha! As in, I find no point of continuing both STYLOHOTMILO and /stylohotmilo blogs because to me they serve the same purpose and the same owner. If you don't understand, it's okay. I'm weird.

I will be moving some content that are decently sized (i.e. > 800px in width!) over to this space slowly. I love the stuff I've shared in that blog so I can't bear to just dump them. The changes to this blog would be... more art and fashion content!

I'm kind of happy about this actually. Finally figured myself out after nine months.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shades of Earth.


Suddenly in love with neutral, earthy shades.
Mud, soil, red clay, gold, pearl, soft yellows...


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Camille Rowe's French Style Secrets.



I love anything that gives me a sneak peek of someone's home, wardrobe blah blah because that's the way you really learn about someone and through the process, learn about yourself.

I've no idea who Camille Rowe is but I love this British Vogue series very much and I'm so glad I clicked on this video and watched it. She's so real, so bubbly and I love how she just snorts like no one's watching. Haha!

Her vintage finds are so brilliant. Although you will never see me in boots with star motifs or huge furry coats, I love her wardrobe because it all comes together so perfectly. It's unplanned, it's unintentional but look how that massive hat, weaved bag and dress she got in Cuba come together so well.

I think her style secret: Let loose and have fun!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Uniqlo and Lemaire Spring 2016.











s. uniqlo

The lookbook is out! 

This collection will be the second, and final, collaboration between Uniqlo and designer Christophe Lemaire. (Sniff) It's simple this time, almost a little too simple haha, but I still love some of the dresses and outerwear. The men's collection is more attractive in my opinion! There's even a pair of shoes included in the men's items. I've never seen Uniqlo selling shoes before. It's a simple canvas slip-on though, nothing amazing, and amusingly they tagged it at S$9999.00 on the site. I believe it's a typo and I'm guessing it's retailing at S$99.90?

Anyhow, I still wish that I can at least go see the collection this time. I missed the last and I heard that everything got sold out in an instant. I've always loved Christophe Lemaire's designs but I never knew he was so popular.

This collection will be out on March 4, Friday, and it will be available only at Uniqlo ION and online. (Some sites stated that other outlets will also be carrying the collection but apparently not!)

View the collection here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Apartamento: Glenn O'Brien.


Another bibliophile (one who loves books)!
He has such an interesting character and just wait till you see his sofa.
I love this series so so much.

Take a peep at Florence Welch's apartment here!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015's Eye Candies.



Some eye candies that appeared in 2015.

Featured (from left to right):
Gucci Dionysus Bag and Louis Vuitton High-Waisted Jeans, Loewe Puzzle Bag, Maryam Nassir Zadeh Roberta Heel, Prada Leather Boots, Turtleneck Sweater, Shirt + Trousers + Coat Combi as seen on Maria Van Nguyen

White Shirt, Ray Ban Round Metal Sunglasses, Silk Slip Dress as seen on Amber Heard in The Row, Chloé Faye Bag, Gucci Jordaan Loafer, Alexa Chung in Gucci, Maryam Nassir Zadeh Roberta Heel

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year.


A belated Happy New Year to whoever is reading this haha.

I always get a planner to start the new year but I rarely use it throughout the year. It's not that I'm not organised though, I think it's the opposite. I get cranky when there are ink smudges, layers of correction tape which are inevitable when it comes to writing with pen on paper. The thing with most planners is that you can't tear the pages away. Once you tear a page away, a whole week might have disappeared from the planner. If something's ugly or irritating to you, you have no choice but to close an eye and let it stay that way.

But I still purchase a new planner at the end of each year because I like to look forward to good things. Holidays, sleepovers, dinners or even just a shopping trip with the girls. I tend to jot down my tasks for school or work on the phone because I need to set reminders. As for the good events that happen in the year, I like to write them down on the planner. It's always a nice surprise to forget about the trips you've planned ahead of time, then chancing upon them when you are just checking the planner. It takes some weariness away.

So I guess I've made two new year resolutions for the year of 2016.
Stop harping on things I can't change, don't let them stop the opportunities that await.
And look forward, with excitement and gratefulness, for whatever that comes my way.