A foreign adventure awaits ♥

4 months till the long awaited trip. Excited, nervous, pre-travelling jitters? You can say so. Thinking about what to pack kind of stresses me out, when it should really be the least of my concerns. Have I mentioned I'm quite the over packer? Excessive baggage kills. I have the tendancy to bring everything. Brought 10 pairs of shoes (I bought another 6 over there) the last time I was back. Just in case, you know? (Need to make that master list soon!) And I'm always torn between what to wear on the plane and what I'll feel like wearing once I get there. (The heat doesn't help.)  It'll be my first big trip with friends, and I'm sure it'll be quite the trip. Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore.. and the islands in between? Oh yeah. I can't wait. I'll definitely try to update regularly with vlogs + photos. I'm really hoping that this trip will expand my horizons, and allow me to experience different cultures, customs, sceneries, and food that each country has to offer. Needless to say, I think that this trip will be quite the adventure. Four cities, four friends, and a memorable (extended) Summer. I couldn't ask for more.

P.S The benefit concert is pretty smooth sailing. More deets to come. Will share soon! 

Heart, Mind & Memories ♥

I guess there's a point in your life when you reach a crossroad. Searching, looking for something, but not knowing exactly which path to take. I feel like there's so much more for me to accomplish, but at the same time I also feel like I'm rushed for time.

There's still much for me to learn, to experience, to grow, and build a strong foundation of everything altogether. Maybe I'm just too caught up with things that awaits my future, to really focus on the present. I can't help but feel like my heart belongs elsewhere. That there's a missing link somewhere beneath all that certainty. Maybe I'll find it soon, maybe not. Maybe it's just a temporary feeling. But whatever the case may be, my trust in Him will not falter, and I will remain faithful to His plans for me. I have faith, and I'm allowing God to remain in complete control. Everything in His time, right?

It's funny how looking back - I was so set on moving. December 2010, I decided. (Kevin, you knew all along this plan would fall through haha.) My mind was made up my but heart refused to move. I was torn, conflicted and this was eventually left in the back burner. To be honest, I was hoping for a change. Any change. I felt like I needed to get away, and move to a different city. But that only meant leaving behind a life I was so familiar with here. My family, friends, and my church. I clearly wasn't ready. And neither am I ready to make that move now. I realized that my decision was based on emotions, that were temporary. My memories of the past were drawing me back in, to the life I once knew, and missed. Mainly, my memories with my family and   grandfather  before his passing. I was looking for something more, something more fulfilling.. when I should've directed that focus to honour and glorify God.

It can be hard at times, but I'm definitely putting my utmost trust in Him. I'd like to eventually reside in Singapore for a bit if an opportunity arises, and if His plan permits. But as for now, Vancouver's home

Singlish in a Western light ♥

I love my days off. Especially on nice days such as this. Finally had a chance to catch up with Amy, as she's finally done all her finals. Congrats girl :) We went for pho, and decided to take a walk by Trout lake. Needless to say, we took pictures! Isn't she the cutest?

I've been meaning to also do more outfit posts, but my brother and my remote control + tripod are the only ones I can rely on for now. However, Amy took these shots for me, and I love them!

Tribal Romper | Heritage 1981
Necklaces | Oak + Fort & Bugis Street 
Belt & Tights | Zara
Wool Over-sized Cardigan | Wilfred 
Combat Boots | Spring 

Okay, so last night I was hanging out with the guys, and they tried to get me to speak with the Singaporean accent. For those of you who don't already know, I was born and raised in Singapore for half my life, and my family eventually decided to move to Vancouver, instead of Melbourne. So now, I have accustomed to the Canadian accent. (The Australian accent sounds pretty cool too.) But of course, I can still switch to the Singaporean one if I wanted to.

Singlish is the language of Singaporeans. I'll have to just throw that out there. Our street slang is one that is unique and to be reckoned with, but at the same time.. can be a turn off to many hahaha. Although I'll have to say.. it's extremely fun talking to fellow Singaporeans in Singlish. So here's my question, what do you guys think of the accent? Some think it's cool, while others find it quite unpleasant to the ears. Watch this, but read this too, before you let me know what you think!

Part Deux: Paparazzi & Coffee talks ♥

And there you have it. Part deux with Lily & Tinu! Part three sometime in the future? Who knows what we'll come up with ;)  Enjoy! 

Delicates of Spring ♥

I brought my camera along with me to work the other day (for work purposes of course), but it was not until I was on my way home that I chanced upon these beautiful cherry blossoms. They're a stone's throw away from my place, which I am so thankful for. As I was shooting away, it brought a smile to my face, and reminded me to appreciate the simple things in life. Sometimes.. I think all we need is to take a step back, and take a good look at the world in front of us, as it unfolds beautifully

Part of the process ♥

Success. It's something we're all capable of having, when time and effort is present. Something in our lives, that as humans.. we yearn for. I know I for one dislike failures. I'm sure most of you would agree, right? In all that we do, we strive to be the best we can be; whether it be in our relationships, our jobs, or our goals & aspirations in life.

I remember being extremely frustrated and bitter, whenever I failed in something that I did. I often questioned why I failed, and would give up in a heartbeat. It definitely took me awhile before I realized that all along, I've been using the wrong ruler to measure my successes. "Be in the world but not of the world." If I continued to measure my successes according the the world's, I'd not be striving for true success. I'm not saying it's wrong to want to strive for the best, but it is through honouring God that you acquire true success. "In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him." (1 Samuel 18:14)

So seek Him first above all things, with all your heart that trusts, praises, and loves. Chase after Him, and your successes will follow. Remember that true success, comes from doing His will. 

Lights, camera, fashion ♥

Model/Hair & Make-up: Lily Nguyen 
Stylist/Creative Director: Tinu Adesugba 
Photographer: Yours truly :) 
Clothing provided by: Obsidian 

When you put the three of us together, that share the same passion for fashion, this is the magic that happens. I hope that you guys will enjoy these pictures! Part two awaits. Give me a few days, I'll get to it. xo

Sooner than later ♥

My weekend in photos. Well.. two-thirds of my weekend? Since there's still Sunday to go. Caught up with Amy this past Friday, and we had a girls day out! Always good to bond over food + fashion. Which girl doesn't love that? And also, I did a shoot with the lovely Lily and Tinu! Sneak peek for y'all. Check it. I can't wait to post the rest, but a teaser will have to do for now while I work on the pictures. When you work with two fabulous ladies, it's always a blast :) Not forgetting Aaron! Sushi + Candy? We're such kids hahaha. Jerry, you missed out this time :(

Oh and an update on the Benefit Concert! It is definitely a go. Thank you to those who've emailed, messaged, BBM, texted, etc. The responses have been such a blessing. I am extremely encouraged to know that there are others who would love to be part of this special cause, and want to make a difference. I'll definitely do a proper update soon. Think I need to get some writing out on here. Word vomit? Gross. Just kidding!

P.S Please continue to keep Japan, Mexico, & the rest of the world in your thoughts + prayers. We could use more of that right now. 

Bring this dream to life ♥

So the past Summer, a few of my friends went on a Missions trip to India, and visited the Dalits. And when they came back, we talked about everything that went on during their trip, how it changed their lives, and made them yearn for a better future for the people there. And ever since then, I've had that burning desire to do something for them. It's been pressing on my heart for quite some time, and I think it's about time I stepped up and make a difference.

For those of you who don't know who the Dalits are, they're known as the untouchables. They've been oppressed for over 3000 years, and are the lowest of the low. They're being treated at a lower status than animals, and are not considered part of the human society. Can you imagine that? And there's about 250 million of them. That number just blows my mind.. and at the same time, truly breaks my heart to know that on a day to day basis, people are being so mistreated, and are living in such poor, poor conditions. They're essentially living the life of poverty, exploitation and slavery. No one deserves to live a life like that. I'm talking life without clean running water, food on the table, electricity, internet (Some of us already get frustrated when Facebook/Twitter is down. Admit it! Haha), and all the basic necessities that keeps us alive. They don't even have the choice of whether they get an education. And the most absurd thing I've learned of.. is the fact that the locals, or the people that are non-Dalits, are forbidden to eat at the same place as them, share the community wells, or even shake their hands. Even though the Constitution of India has made special provisions in regards to the abolition of Untouchability, till this day - the discrimination still exists. 

I know in Vancouver, a lot of us take our lives for granted. Myself included. We're truly blessed, and so fortunate to live in such a beautiful city - with a pretty good healthcare and education system. We have the privilege of enjoying what this city has to offer. A lot of us live our lives in excess. And I think it's about time we give back to those who are less fortunate than we are. I've said it before, one of my dreams is to give the Dalit kids in India the possibility of a future. To give them an education that will be their key to liberation. So I'm going to need your help Vancouver! So far my church, with the help of many awesome charitable others, has raised $22,968.52. I know it's quite aways to go to get to $50,000, but I have faith that we can do it. Once we've reached our goal of $50,000, our anonymous donor, will match it. And all of that will go towards the building of a school for the Dalit children in India. (Here's an update as to how the construction of the school is going)

So where does my idea come into play with all of this? Well, I've decided to do a Benefit Concert during the Summer! Sometime in August I'm hoping. I know I can't do this alone, but I believe there is power in numbers :) With the concert, of course we'll be looking at venues, performers, and people who just want to be a part of it all, and help make a difference. I'm hoping that people will come forward and help in any way they can, and I hope that this touches your heart enough for you to spread the word and be part of this dream. We have the power and the resources to make a difference. So Vancouver, will you help me bring this dream to life?

For more info please visit this site: and if you'd like to make a donation, please do so there as well! I thank you guys in advance 

P.S Please please feel free to give me suggestions with the venues, or if you know of anyone who'd love to perform, just holla! 

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