happy story

October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

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It’s been a long while since i made a layout and when i took these photos of my parents during their anniversary, i knew i had to make one. I love getting them to do all these mushy stuff in front of the camera and these photos turned out to be candid and adorable (just the way i like)

For this layout, I used all the goodies from the dearlizzy’s lucky charm collection and it was so much fun! I love the vibrant colours and the cute quotes that were perfect for this layout. For the first time ever, I finished the layout within an hour! This was how inspired i was by the photos and the lucky charm collection. Here are some close ups.

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project life – August

September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

I rarely finished my projects in the past because I always have empty spaces left for journalling but was too afraid to write. And after procrastinating for too long, I actually forgot my reflections and thoughts that i had.

Not wanting to make the same mistake again, I was determined to complete my month of august and i did! hooray! looking at people’s work on instagram really helps to motivate me. And probably getting the JADE edition from project life too. The colours are so easy to match and it makes everything look so cheery. I had a lot of fun playing with it. So here’s my cover page for august documenting the first week – my fresh manicure, the movies i watched and family time!

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One of the highlights of august has to be my staycation at hyatt with my crazy dance mates. We actually allocated time to jump on the bed like kids. I think i have 1000000 photos of us jumping and due to limited space i can only feature a few.

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How could we not camwhore in the toilet with huge ass mirrors??
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And it has to be a bunch of dancers playing twister. Quite a hilarious sight. Once again, there are about 1000000 photos of us playing twister in my cam. I had a good laugh.
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One of my fav photos with the girls with our kitty hairbands!

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To end off the splendid long weekend, I checked out a new cafe called brawn and brains, went to zouk flea and easy, and baked cupcakes with my girlfriends. One of my favourite pages from august!

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I think i’m addicted to taking photos of food as you can tell.
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The last page of august is dedicated to Night Festival. Had a lot of fun visiting the museums and watching arty performances.
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Really hope i can keep up for Sept (and hopefully finish off my other months)

Thanks for looking!

project life – February

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I really adore the dear lizzy lucky charm collection and used it for my february project life! Love how it made february seem like a really cheery month and february indeed was a fabulous month. Featured a few of my favourite items from TYPO in the second roll and also featured my 2 hunsies bunsies in the last roll along with the valentines day card that i made for them.

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project life – january

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

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So i have finally embarked on the project life train. I have always been a firm believer in capturing and documenting every precious moment, and project life is perfect. I actually finished this page in feb but i have been procrastinating on the uploading part. It is so difficult to take a good picture of this! to be honest, i’m still not satisfied! it looks 10000x better in real life ):

January has been a life-changing and trying month. I am not very good with words so i have engaged the help of pinterest and tumblr. I just love how images and quotes that we stumbled upon online reflect our thoughts so aptly. I guess it can be quite comforting that we are not alone feeling how we feel.  As you can tell from a few of my photos, I was trying very hard not to let negative thoughts run my life. and i am relieved to say that I’ve been quite successful! Happiness is sometimes really a choice.

owl always love you

February 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

owl love you always

had a tough start to 2013 but i’m back scrapping again! promised 2 of my dearest girlfriends that i will send them vday cards. slightly belated but every day is vday right? so obsessed with my owl stamp that i got from unity stamp company. It’s under their itty bitty category.

and i also can’t seem to get away from one of my favourite colours – teal. It just goes well with every other colour! Just looked through my colour combo board and i realised most of my colour schemes include some shade of blue. here’s one of my fav!

 

hoping to be back with a post on my first project life attempt! laters!

christmas cards made by yours truly

December 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

getting into the festive crafty mood.

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favourite photography apps

November 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am a self-declared instagram addict, absolutely love the filters and all. however, there are still somethings that instagram lacks of which thus led me to find other awesome photography apps on my iphone. here are my current favs.

Camera +
Price: $1.28
I love Camera + because i can brighten my photos easily and it also have some really nice filters. current fav filter include cross process under special when you click on effects ( as seen on the above photo) gives my photos a very nice faded hue.

Whitagram
Price: Free
I don’t like the black border around my landscape photos on instagram and thank gawd for whitagram, my problem is solved! i don’t have to force my photos to fit the square or deal with ugly black borders! hooray. love how the photos look like polaroids after adding the “walden” filter on instagram.

Frametastic
price: free
To create collages, i use frametastic and it’s very easy to send your images from frametastic to instagram! many different collages are available for free. I can’t seem to find one that can create 3 by 3 collage though. if you know of any apps, please let me know! thanks(:

Hoping to add more apps to this list so feel free to share!

the unofficial hong kong food guide – mandarin grill

November 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

I did a recent post of my favourite food in Hong Kong. but my meal at mandarin grill + bar deserves a post on its own. Mandarin Grill + Bar is a one Michelin Star restaurant at Mandarin Oriental and we went there to celebrate Eugene’s birthday. I’ve read the reviews on ladyironchef but seriously, reading is totally different from experiencing. The meal indeed blew our minds and stomach and everything possible.

As usual, fine dining always start of with a selection of bread. At mandarin grill, they not only serve amazing bread, but also offer you 6 different types of olive oil to go with your bread. So many decisions to make at the start of the meal. We made a mistake of having too much bread but they were sooo good.

Then came along more appetizers in very fancy arrangements.

This is actually foie gras. I felt really strange eating this cos you would expect something sweet seeing that it is a small pear but when you take a bite it is savoury. Loads of thought put into this though. A+ for effort.

We had scallops and foie gras for starters. The scallops were so fresh and juicy i felt i was living underwater, especially with the fresh seasweed beneath the scallops. The foie gras was good too but i think it was a bit too much for my liking.

As for our mains, Eugene ordered the dover sole while i ordered the lamb. Both are fantastic but by the time we reached the mains, we were beyond bloated and couldn’t believe we still have the desert ( which was what we came to mandarin grill for) I should have ordered fish instead of the lamb though cos it was quite a heavy main.

Here are the sides that came along with our mains. I think the waiter said it was celery and if it was really celery, it was the best celery i’ve ever tasted. Even eugene who hates celery had to admit it was good.

And finally after our mains, a cute young chef came out to prepare our dessert on our table. It was truly the highlight of our meal – Krug on the moon.

Firstly he sprinkled various chocolate powder on the table forming somewhat an art work. Then he put this stone-like ball on the table and starting pouring chocolate sauce on the ball. At first i thought the ball was just an ornament but when the stone-like ball starting melting, my jaws literally dropped. the ball is made of chocolate and in the ball itself it was filled with more goodness. To end off the show, the chef brought out another moon-like object and said something along the line of it being some frozen chocolate and started smashing it in front of us and somehow there was mist coming out of the chocolate creating the misty effect.i was really trying very hard to make a mental note of every sequence but it all happened to fast, hence my vague description. it was like watching a performance, you have to experience it yourself. Here’s the finished product.

It was a great dining experience. I have to say that the waiter’s enthusiasm in the food he was serving made the meal even more enjoyable. According to him, he has never seen anyone who finish the krug on the moon to make us feel better. Also, do take note that krug on the moon is meant for 2. so if you have 4 people, you have to order 2 sets.

In conclusion, if you want to splurge on a meal, this is THE place to go. good food, good service, good ambience.

because we can still do brunch at 5pm

November 2, 2012 § 5 Comments

i am so going to miss my relaxing days in Hong Kong. nothing beats brunch at 5pm. not even the rain can bring us down.

my unofficial hong kong food guide

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve lost count of the number of times i’ve visited Hong Kong. friends would often ask me for recommendation and i will get really embarrassed cos honestly whenever i’m in Hong Kong, i’m just being led around. so for my very recent trip to Hong Kong, i decided to create an unofficial food guide to share my love of food.

If you are looking for some awesome and cheap dim sum, go to Tim Ho Wan. I’ve tried many and this is still the best. Some of my favourites include the siew mai, pork ribs and the char siew bao that has crispy crust. YUMMY.They have 3 brunches but i usually go to the one at central.

Mongkok: Flat 8, G/F Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mongkok, Kln
Sham Shui Po: G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Shui Po, Kln
Central: Concession Hok 12A, Level 1, MTR Hong Kong Station, Central

I’ve also tried dim sum at The Square.

The photos may look more appetizing than those taken at Tin Ho Wan, but i think it’s cos the lighting at The Square was a lot better. If there’s one thing you have to try at The Square, it has got to be the yummy egg tart ( you can do without the bird nest on it. I couldn’t taste the bird nest at all) and the roasted pork which was unfortunately sold out when i was there. I prefer their dinner menu than their dim sum.

Shop 401, 4/F, Exchange Square
Podium, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 25251163
Nearest MTR Station: Central

My favourite japanese restaurant in Hong Kong is hands down MISO.

I always have more than 1 serving of salmon sashimi there and the unagi with ginger rice is a must-try too!

MISO
Basement
Jardine House Central
Telephone: 28458773
Nearest MTR Station: Central

Eugene’s favourite wanton mee at Wing Wah Wonton Noodle Restaurant.  Please also order the fried fish skin. It was sinfully yummy. I didn’t take any photos cos it wasn’t very visually appealing. Their mango glass jelly was actually really fantastic too. what a great way to conclude supper.

Wing Wah Wonton Noodle Restaurant
89 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: 2527 7476
Nearest MTR Station: Wanchai

Will be back for more updates on the food in Hong Kong!