4.13.2014

Quirky Paper Co. Giveaway ♥


Oh hello world. And people that actually read this space. I know I've been a little MIA.. (You can find me most of the time on Instagram.) but this space will hopefully be updated more often than not. (Watch this space for my London/Paris Travel Diary!) Anyways, what better way to get back into the blogging game than a giveaway with one of my favorite people?

Cheryl is the creative talent behind the awesome, and very unique Quirky Paper Co. Even going back to our high school days in graphic design class, I've always loved and admired her creative eye and passion for design - which is evident in her design aesthetic.

I love that her designs are not your typical happy birthday-congratulations-best-wishes sort of greeting. Each of her designs are thoughtfully crafted, reflecting her style and personality. Oh and if you don't already know, I love snail mail. In fact, I've just stocked up on a box full of cards that I can't wait to send off to people. There's something about a hand-written card and the magic it still holds. 



So I'm excited to host this lovely giveaway for a set of these 6 birthday cards! Here's how to enter: 
  • Like Quirky Paper Co. on Facebook OR follow Quirky Paper Co. on Instagram and share the giveaway image (above) with the hashtag #quirkypaperco
  • Comment on this post, and let me know which is your favorite design, as well as which social media platform you've used to enter this giveaway. Also, please leave your email address so we can contact you if you win :)
This giveaway is open only to U.S/Canadian citizens (Sorry international friends!) and it will close on Friday, April 25th, at 11:59 P.M PST. 

Winners will be announced on Quirky Paper Co.'s Facebook page. Please check out her Etsy Store as well!! Good luck! Perhaps these cards will remind you of someone, and inspire you to connect with people you care about, in a fun and quirky greeting :) 

1.02.2014

Reflection ♥


Five years ago, sparked a love for photography I never thought would lead me to where I am today. That girl with her dingy Olympus digital camera and a heart for capturing memories would never have believed she would create beautiful narratives through her passion. 

I decided not to make any "resolutions" this year because truth be told, I never really set out to accomplish them anyways. Sometimes.. you just have to let it happen. However, this year I have decided that I will focus more on creating art, and perfecting my craft. I still have a long way to go, and I'm constantly learning and being inspired by the beauty around me.. so this is a start.

I'll end with this: "I'm not sure what I'll do, but - well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale." - F.Scott Fitzgerald 

On that note, I will be booking a flight out of this city soon. A new adventure awaits. Hope you guys enjoy some of my faves from part two of the collab with Lily and Sarah. Oh, and Happy New Year! :)

11.30.2013

Autumn Light ♥


My apologies for being such a sporadic blogger. Life has been hectic and a bit crazy in every way possible. In a good way though. Perhaps I'll be sharing some news soon!

Although we're nearing the end of this fall season, I have to say.. I absolutely love fall. (Maybe not so much the rainfall..) Pumpkin spice lattes, Thanksgiving, cozy sweaters, the beautiful hues and color changes in our trees, pumpkin patch visits, boots, and photoshoots! Lily, Sarah and myself got together the other day to shoot a two-part style story, and we couldn't have more perfect fall weather to be outdoors. The colors were just stunning. Hope you enjoy the first look!

11.19.2013

The Singapore food trail ♥


I honestly didn't know where to begin with talking about food from Singapore. I probably would've gained a thousand pounds during my trip if weren't for the constant walking and sweating in our tropical heat. I'm sure most of you know, and I can probably argue.. that if there's anything you come to Singapore for, it would be for our food. Your taste buds are definitely in for a treat.



Singaporeans.. we are so spoiled for choice when it comes to food. We're blessed with cuisines that are unique to this part of the world, and also.. fusions from the Chinese, Indian and Malay ethnic groups. My family is Peranakan, so our home-cooked meals consists of a mixture from each! We have some of the best hawker centers (regulated street food) in the South East Asia region, and as far as pricing goes, well.. you def get your money's worth. Eat your heart out and eat like royalty. 

I don't quite have specific spots I hit up when I'm back.. and I'm def no food guru, but the few that I frequent, perhaps you might want to give it a try when you're visiting my hometown! I usually like to hang in the east, so I'm either at Simpang Bedok, Bedok Block 85, or Changi Village. I'm pretty sure my cousins will argue that there are better spots for certain dishes, but they'll probably agree with the ones I have listed. Other ones I frequent when I'm in the area is the Tiong Bahru market, Chinatown, Little India, Holland V and Newton. I absolutely love how the Tiong Bahru neighborhood has transformed in the past little while, with up and coming cafes and eateries, as well as bookstores and boutiques. A nice mix of the old and new.

I'd say your best bet though, is to ask the locals and explore. When Fiona and I met up, we loved exploring areas with little cafes and dessert houses. Which is how we chanced upon one of the most delicious red velvet cakes I've ever tasted at the Artistry. And when I met up with Jessica, she brought me to Koh's Grill & Sushi Bar @ Wisma, and I had a one of a kind sushi roll. The shiok Maki. Seriously.. it was mouth-watering good. I highly recommend it. So who knows, you just might find a hidden gem of your own. And honestly.. the worst that could happen is you having a mediocre meal in Singapore.

So for those who have been to Singapore or is from there, what are some of your favorite food spots in this city-state? Oh and your favorite dishes! Please do share! I'm always looking to find new places to grab a bite when I'm in town :) P.S I wish I had better photos to share, but lugging a DSLR in this heat is no fun. Hope you guys enjoy nonetheless!

11.13.2013

A nostalgic visit ♥


I am a bit disappointed in myself for not taking as many photos as I usually do when I'm on vacation, but it's a bit hard to do in the city I grew up in. Over the years, Singapore has gone through an overhaul, and we have recognized that it has lost a lot of soul. I found myself drawn to what's left of my childhood, trying to capture and preserve a piece from the past. My cousin Rachel and I decided to play tourist in our hometown, and cafe hop around some of my favourite places in this city!



I felt like this trip was a much needed one for me. I needed to come home and allow myself to see that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Perhaps I was too blinded by temporary fulfillment to know that mine just needed a little watering. Seemed like it was greener for the longest time though. This fresh perspective thing seems to be making its rounds in my life lately. But.. one thing I am thankful for is quality time with the fam. It's nice to know that even though we're miles away from each other for the most part, we'll always, always have us. More on my trip back to the motherland next!