New hair, new places, new people

 

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Oh Indonesia, we’re back! Initially what mom and I hoped for was to spend my birthday and Chinese new year with Popoh but it was too unfortunate she couldn’t stay any longer. She was laid to rest last September and being in this country isn’t the same as what it used to be when she was still here.

 

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All of her children and grandchildren including myself were given this photo to keep. I made sure I placed it in every wallet I carry to remind myself how beautiful she is and how much I love and admire her.

 

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Before we headed to Jakarta I spent over a week with my high school friends in Singapore. It was our first overseas trip together and I already miss it. We spotted tasty $4 hawker food almost everyday, spent two nights at a hotel with unique architecture, walked endlessly from morning to nighttime, shopped till we dropped and spent a crapload of time in Kinokuniya (a Japanese bookstore we visited at least three or four times and for hours!).

 

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I was fortunate enough to meet the family of one of my friends who we stayed at for the entire trip, it was overwhelming saying goodbye since it almost felt like us girls were also a part of their family.

 

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Hey look, it’s the Burberry truck again! The same one I encountered in New York only this time in Singapore.

 

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Shirokuma is green tea/matcha heaven, I say this because it literally is. Everything on the menu is matcha-flavored (can’t say no to that!) of course I had to come here since it’s the new talk of the town in Jakarta.

 

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Cotton candy green tea ice cream….where’s the ice cream you ask? It’s in a bowl….underneath it. Nope the bowl’s not tiny, it’s just the cotton candy’s massive! And yes I’ve dyed my hair dark brown, I feel normal again hahaha.

 

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A few hours ago I dined at Fukuro – a contemporary Japanese restaurant with professionally trained, authentic Japanese chefs who serve the most amazing Japanese food I’ve ever had. It was a far better experience than Nobu Melbourne and any Japanese restaurant I’ve stepped foot in so far. I got the chance to meet the owner, Ryo Okawa, who’s already inspired me with not only his food but moreso his unique taste in art and design. The standout is obviously the 80 Bearbricks and the collection of art on every wall in the restaurant. Not to mention the decor of the place makes you feel so chic and classy. 10/10 for everything we’ve ordered including the teriyaki chicken pie, wagyu stone grill, rice with duck liver sauce, sashimi platter and the green tea shaved ice dessert.

 

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november update

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Although there was the sun shining so bright and the skies as blue as ever, it was one hell of a windy cold day in Arizona. Yep, that’s me chillin’ with my hello kitty hat at the Canyon. I still find it hard to believe I was in Times Square last week, Canada the week before, Disneyland the week before and Vegas the week before that. I’m so used to travelling to Asia up to the point I forget that there’s so much of the world to explore and now I might have to start getting used to the 22 hour trip to NYC because I’d seriously love to go back. A holiday for me isn’t really about getting away from work, I’m always working without knowing it. Whenever I find inspiration, I take photos and it immediately becomes my research for my upcoming projects. Travelling with me means waking up early, walking for hours and coming back late to the hotel. I’m constantly in search for new experiences because whatever I see and do influences my work and before I even know it, I come up with a new sense of style.

 

 

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It actually feels great to be back in Melbs. I love the feeling of returning home to new work, new spaces and new inspiration. The last photo was taken today at Jin & Co’s new shop. I love the workspace, there’s great lighting, it’s cosy and best of all I can come in to work anytime. I also met some of Jin’s other employers who were in the shop today and let’s just say I’m excited to be a part of a dedicated team.

Street fetish

I used to love street fashion but then I abandoned it all of last year and now I’m back on it again. It’s one of those fashion phases for me; I’m constantly on and off it. It’s little things like seeing 2NE1‘s fashion and their relationship with designer Jeremy Scott that inspired me to keep my sneaker collection growing with the addition of three new pairs of Adidas sneakers. Been wearing Adidas since junior high and that hasn’t stopped even to this very day. Here I am still wearing some of my favorite pairs of Superstars, the first I bought was in grade 6 and I still can fit them! It’s only a lil’ squashy but gah the things I do to sacrifice comfort for design. Even for a design that’s 10 years old, no way it never gets old! (A)ll (D)ay (I) (D)ream (A)bout (S)hoes.

Sneakers are pretty stylish with all the colors and patterns they come in. While it does seem like sneakers are a fitness thing, they’re more funky and cosy to wear casually. I went to Culture Kings recently with a fellow streetwear enthusiast friend and the whole place is just street heaven! There’s a DJ blasting hip hop music which made it feel like a nightclub. The sneaker collection there is impressive and there’s so much casual apparel for both men and women, there’s also tonnes of NBA gear. CK feels really masculine but trust me you’d be surprised that it caters to girls as much as it does for boys. The main highlight were the snapbacks, heaps of people wear them and the shop is loaded with these $60 hats. It’s a popular trend, a trend I could never pull off though. I’ll just stick to my headbands instead…

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Jeremy’s designs are out of this world, I love it.

The hearts and the pink superstars are two of my newest to the superstars fam.

The hats…the shelves kinda extend throughout the two floors of the shop.

Didn’t get this hat. Not dope enough to wear it.

Didn’t get this either but that pink though…..

A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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