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Snow Egg or Easter Egg?

March 29, 2018
I'm sure everyone has watched or heard of the 'Snow Egg' from Master Chef and the fact that it is very hard to replicate or make. So when I had the chance to go back to Sydney a second time, I took the chance to eat at the Quay Restaurant.

The restaurant has panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House and we were lucky to get a seat next to the window with a full 360 view. We started off with some drinks while we perused the menu. In the end, we decided with the 3 course set menu.


Above (clockwise from top left): Beverages // Amuse Bouche // Congee of hand dived scallops, heart of palm & black vinegar laver (dish 1) and Smoke confit pig jowl, southern squid, shaved shiitake & sea cucumber crackling (dish 2) // Slow cooked quail with fermented mushroom custard, walnuts, brioche porridge and seed crackling (all entrees)
Above: Arkady lamb, barrette onions, ice plant, oca, lemon puree, roasted hemp seeds 

 Above: Roasted pasture raised duck, fermented wild rice, black garlic, orach, hatsuka radish

Above: Steamed Coral Trout, young almonds, heirloom radishes, sake, lemon

Entrees and mains were really good and well presented. The flavours and ingredients of the dishes were well balanced, as well as the size of the dishes. By the second course, we were quite full as there was plenty of food (especially with the home made bread and delicious butter) but obviously, everyone always has a second stomach for dessert.

 Above: Eight textured chocolate cake

Above: Snow Egg

The eight textured chocolate cake consisted of Valrhona dark chocolate with 8 different layers of chocolate. It was delicious and not too rich - perfect for those who love a dark chocolate dessert. When the snow egg came out, my eyes lit up because it looked so pretty. The ice was infused with peach syrup, the egg was just sitting there looking delicate and the presentation of the dish was perfect. After taking photos (as all asians do - but don't worry, I only took less than 3 minutes), I cracked the egg revealing custard and ice cream. Would I come back again - yes. Although I've heard the Quay is re-designing their menu and removing the snow egg (gasps), so go check it out before they take the snow egg out. Overall my experience at the Quay was pleasant and enjoyable and the snow egg is probably one of the best desserts I've had.

Would you choose a snow egg over Cadbury oreo eggs? (its a pretty hard choice tbh)

All photos taken on iPhone X.

Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

December 11, 2017
It's less than two weeks till Christmas and I don't know about you, but 2017 flew by very very quickly. But then again, I say that every year!

One of my favourite holiday season is Christmas (aside from Chinese New Year). It's the time of the year to buy Christmas presents, hang up decorations, come together with loved ones to celebrate the festive season, admire the pretty shopping windows and the best excuse to dress up for every Christmas event.

Christmas Tree in Singapore (Ion Orchard)

So like you, I've been searching for Christmas gift ideas and honestly, it has not been easy. But to make your life easier or provide some inspiration, I've put together a list of gift giving options. You might even find something for yourself along the way - and I'm all for supporting self-indulgence and buying presents for yourself (you know you deserve it!).


FOR HIM
Even though he says the five shirts he owns (on rotation) is good enough or the only things he wants are 'practical' items only, it never hurts to buy other 'practical items' with a touch of fashion or luxe.


Sunglasses just in time for Summer - ticks the 'practical' box (no arguments there)

Shop: Ray-Ban Sunglasses









Stylish windbreaker jacket's or any casual blazer's/jackets for the cool summer nights

Shop: Polo Ralph Lauren Windbreaker Jacket













FOR HER





I'm a huge fan of the Slip Silk Pillowcase - if she's into beauty, I would highly recommend this! She'll feel like royalty sleeping on this.









Pottery Barn


GIFTS UNDER $50








Jewellery boxes are great decor items - both functional and pretty at the same time (you'll win brownie points) 

Shop: Pottery Barn


Kikki K Diary









Christmas can be expensive and having a budget is always smart. Chic or simple diaries with gold detailing creates the perfect luxe item and it's also wallet friendly!

Shop: Kikki K Diary 











Koko Black Chocolate






Everyone loves chocolate. Take chocolate gifts to the next level by personally hand picking chocolates. Add a handwritten card to make it more personalised. It's always the thought that counts!

Shop: Koko Black














FOR THE SIBLING





Whether its for your sister or brother, a small (or large) gift will go a long way (even though they can be annoying at times). A pool floatie is always a good idea (plus you can use it too)

Shop: Sunny Life Flamingo










The everyday duffle bag which can fit almost anything. The detachable strap makes it easier to carry around for travel or even to the gym.

Shop: Country Road Duffle









IF YOU WANT TO IMPRESS ...







All girls love jewellery. And love it more when they see a blue box under the tree. One of my favourite from the Tiffany's collection is the Tiffany T and is one that she will love.














Headphones for the tech guru - these wireless headphones will impress.

















Classic time piece that can be worn through the seasons and for every occasion.

















The list of potential gifts are endless but these are my top picks and I hope this inspires your Christmas shopping. Enjoy it - Shopping is meant to be fun!

This is post is not in any way sponsored.

Japan is always a good idea.

November 19, 2017
Hi everyone!

So I've had a chance to go through all my Japan photos and put together a photo diary and Japan is always a good idea for a travel destination. Those who know me well will know that I love Japanese food - probably nearly as equal to my love for chicken rice. So you can imagine how excited I was to go to Japan land straight after exams.

We stayed in Osaka for about 5 days, went for a day trip to Nara to visit the temples and deers (they were so cute!), a couple of nights at a nice and relaxing ryokan in Kameoka and 4 days in Kyoto. It was basically, eat, shop, relax, sleep, sightsee, eat, shop, relax - a good start to the holidays. I would highly recommend staying in a ryokan - it is definitely a worthwhile experience and probably has the best service I've ever encountered throughout my travels.

Osaka

Dotonburi 



Breakfast Dining Room at the Hotel 

Ichiran Ramen 






















  Cremia Softserve                                                                         Unagi Eel Don


Nara

Deers roaming Nara Park

Nara Park


 Universal Studios
Butter Beer

Minion Char Siew Pau

Kameoka 

 Private Onsen at our Ryokan (Yunohana Hot Spring Resort Suisen)

 Breakfast Spread 

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest 


Onsen resort gardens

Kyoto

When modern meets traditional - Kyoto Roads

Tsujiri Parfait Ice cream

Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine

Gyukatsu Don 

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Dessert at Michelin Star Restaurant Länka


There were too many photos to choose from but I hope this inspires you on your next adventure.

x

All photos taken by a Fuji-film x10 and Iphone 7.

May Trend Report

May 07, 2017
Don't know what trends are going on at the moment? At least you can be relieved that clear jeans will not be on the top trends for this month. I don't really know how that became a 'thing' but regardless, here are my top trends for May.

Embroidery
It's everywhere. Jeans, jackets, bags and dresses. A touch of embroidery can make a dress look playful and different. Even if the embroidery is small, remember its the small details that counts (and people do notice!).

Velvet
Velvet is back and is staying for the colder months. Its bold, it feels expensive and it looks good. My personal favorite is pairing a velvet camisole with a pair of jeans and heels for a simple yet sophisticated look for dinner.
                                                  
                 Ralph Lauren Collection (left), Vanessa Seward (right)

Pleats/Midi skirts
Pleats + knitted jumper + boots or sneakers can take your look from day to night. Balance the outfit by making sure you don't wear too baggy on the top. Stick to simple tops/tees/jumpers as the main focus is on the skirt!


Valentino (left), Selena Gomez (right)

The 'it' Coat
Doesn't matter which year it is, the coat will always be a must have for your fall/winter wardrobe. It's the last thing you put on before heading out the door, but trust me, its the first thing people notice when you're walking down the street. Whether it be a fur coat, a cape or an oversized coat, I would keep an eye out for any coats that can be used every season without going out of style. To be safe, stick to neutral colours but once in a while, play the wild card and get a bright colour.

Bella Hadid (left), Hailey Baldwin (centre), Miranda Kerr (right)






Mules

Meet your new shoe obsession - the mule. It started off with the infamous Gucci Fur Mules and suddenly it was everywhere. Chanel jumped on the bandwagon and put a classic twist on their mule with a pearl studded heel. Who knows what's next but these heels are coveted by many.

Aimee Song wearing Chanel Heels (left), Alexa Chung wearing Gucci Loafers (right)

September Visuals + Raw Thoughts

November 21, 2016
 Arts Science Museum Singapore: 
Future World: Where Arts meets Science

Japanese Baked Cheese Tarts 









It's been a while since I've had time to sit down properly and write up another blog post... and in all honesty, conveying my thoughts into words isn't easy. Most of my thoughts are written down in a draft template - scattered generally - and doesn't always makes sense (apologies).

It's the end of November and I'm still astonished by how fast the year has gone by. In all honesty, it wasn't an easy year - I felt burnt out throughout the second semester of uni. Being surrounded in an environment thats competitive but also stressful makes you feel as if you're not as good as everyone else. It makes you doubt yourself and your confidence. It's a horrible feeling but thankfully for those friends and family who kept me sane - reminding me and supporting me every step along the way - you know who you are. Although, I've learnt that using 'stress' is no excuse. I've been getting caught up in worrying about the future and stressing out when life gets in the way or over small things (ridiculous things) that I've forgotten how to be happy. I guess this post is a reminder to myself that I have to remember the importance of happiness and the people surrounding me. So for those out there reading this, take the time to shift your focus back to what you enjoy doing and spend it with the people you love without letting that stress consume you as a person - it's easier said than done, but its a key to being happy.

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