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. weekends: bits and pieces .

Weekends / Loving my new dress from the Madonna Material Girl collection /  Selfie time / Match-mini boxes on display at the Jad & Jew booth at Public Garden / Start of the food porn / Population at 1942 Alfresco @ Changi restaurant : 21 / War museum with original World War 2 artifacts / Craving for sinful Mookata / Fired up over mookata pot at Huay Kwang Thai @ Upper Thomson Road / An affair with French and Italian and girlfriends / Duck confit at Saveur / Mouth-watering foie gras that literally melts in our mouth at Bistro Du Vin / Lobster  ravioli / Sweet tooth cravings: lemon meringue and tiramisu at Nonna / Design Film Festival with favourite girlfriends / An artsy film: Yves Saint Laurent / The life of a fashion designer: Sex, Drugs, Alcohol. Live, eat, breathe fashion / 1st hike since my injury / At the Bukit Timah Summit with Swiss … More to come!

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. super touched to return to work to this .

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. weekends: bits and pieces .

Weekends / The unlikely baker bakes her 1st ever salted caramel & rose macarons / Cavalia: Cirque Du Soleil-meets-horse power under the White theatre tent / Having fun horsing around / National Museum lights up with the Singapore Night Festival / Fooling around with uni girlfriends in the BOOBS room. I like / An enchanting time at the Singapore Garden Festival / Orchid Extravaganza at Gardens by the Bay / Support Singapore’s bid for the Botanic Gardens to become our first UNESCO World Heritage Site/ An extravagantly expensive day at CreatorySG with Shermin / A day of workshops: Learning leather crafting, easy silkscreen printing and coffee slow pull / Green-Red Art Installations: Spot the difference / Good Old Romantic Film / Good Things take Time & I’ll wait

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. matchminis at PUBLIC GARDEN .

Aside from taking this relatively long recovery period to recuperate and pick up new skills (baking/leather crafting/financial planning/etc), there was also a part of me that wanted to seize my second chance in life and pay it forward. But what? Inspired by Operation Beautiful and Things We Forget, I decided to come up with a tiny project to hopefully, put a smile to a stranger’s face and brighten his or her day. :) I call it an “inspiration-in-a-matchbox-card” or “matchminis” in short. A recycled matchbox uniquely crafted to fit its inspirational theme and quote, and spread a little love.

Find out more about Project Inspiration-in-a-Matchbox here!

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Sometimes, life gives us twists and turns in a way that we would never have expected. Before I could really embark on this project, I was approached by a friend to create some matchminis for her upcoming flea! Frankly, I’ve no ambitious plans for this mini project but I was obviously thrilled to be given this opportunity to reach out to a wider audience and spread a little goodwill! So, yes, I’m very blessed and thankful! #livehappy

Do drop by my friend’s flea “Jad & Jew” at this weekend’s Public Garden to explore an eclectic mix of gemstone jewelry and fashion accessories! Get a limited edition matchmini with every $80 worth of purchase. :)

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. the unlikely baker: mad about macarons .

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no domestic goddess and that I have never quite fancy either cooking or baking. I would very much like to be the eater, thank you very much! Anyhow, it is one of my goals to pick up new skills during my recovery period/break so I decided to challenge myself by learning something totally unexpected of me. Even my granny was questioning my sudden interest in baking! Desserts are the way to a girl’s heart so it didn’t come as a surprise when I decided to sign up for a macaron baking class! With the assistance from both Ricky and Cindy from Big Fun Kitchen, making macarons turned out to be easier than expected. The trickiest part for me was to manually whisk the mixture in order to achieve a creamy texture … The whisking was so tedious that I felt that my arm was going to break off! Trust me, I’m going to opt for the mixer in my next attempt.

For an unlikely baker like me, I’m proud to say that my macarons turned out to be pretty decent! :) No one suffered from food poisoning and my family was pleasantly delighted with the sweet treats.  The texture was chewy and not too hard, and the rose and salted caramel taste was subtle without being too overwhelmingly sweet.

Next challenge? Let’s see if I can repeat the same success at home!

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Big Fun Kitchen

Address: 277, New Bridge Road, #02-01
Website: http://www.bigfunkitchen.com/ 

. jumping off the tallest building in NZ .

I ❤ travelling and adventure but I must admit that I’m really bad at documenting my New Zealand and Florida trips on this blog. Too many pictures to sort through as we took thousands of pictures so I shall do it sporadically.

At 192m in height, the Auckland Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and taking a giant leap off this building seemed like the most adrenaline-pumping activity that I could do to round up my trip to NZ! :) Contrary to belief, the sky jump is unlike a bungee jump as it is a controlled fall  (travelling at 85km/hr) although it was the closest that I have ever gotten to bungee. The tingly sensation in my stomach started to kick in when I was suited up and on my way towards the top of the building. In comparison to skydiving, the sky jump certainly felt a lot safer and less exciting although it wasn’t without its fair share of thrills. Walking to the edge of the building, with the wind howling loudly in my ears, was petrifying and nerve-wrecking. It took me courage to finally release the hand grips and jump off the platform … The first step was the scariest but the rest of the ride down was, honestly, not as terrifying as it might seem. The fall was over all too soon, as I was done with the descent of a lifetime in 11 seconds but with an experience etched in my memory forever.

My next goal? Since bungee jump is obviously out for me, I’ll be making the Sky Walk and Mast Climb at the Macau Tower on my bucket list. 

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SkyJump
Where? Sky Tower, Auckland
Price? NZD 225
More info? 
skywalk.co.nz/