Independence Day

Hi everyone!

It has been almost two weeks since I came back to London. I am still reminiscing about Malaysia. It was such a great trip. One occasion that had made the trip so sweet is that I get to experience our Independence Day celebration after a long hiatus. To be honest I can’t remember when was the last time I was back home during Independence Day. The whole vibe on that afternoon was amazing. People from young to old gathered with full of energy, blowing their vuvuzelas. The whole street was lit up by the community’s spirit and zest. Despite the blazing hot weather, I can’t help but feel proud of the country. It has come very far and still striving for the best. Every place has its fair share of positives and negatives, I believe Independence Day is a day that reminds us to focus on the positives and charge forward for a greater existence. It applies not only to a country but to each and every one of us.

Till next time lovelies,

xx, Mielyn

 

Outfit: Zara jeans, Zara slip on, Zara long sleeve ruffle top.

 

A mini photoshoot

Hi my lovelies, happy midweek!

I have just started full-time job on Monday and gosh it had been busy everyday. I am trying to create a nice routine for myself. Mid week is just as busy but it is nice to crave a bit of time to write blog post.

As you know I spent 3 weeks back home and during that time I sneaked in a quick trip to Singapore. There I visited some of my very good friends and one of them happen to be a talented photographer. I am very lucky to have friends with varying talents. My friend Danny did a mini photoshoot at the Victoria Concert Hall and near Singapore River. It was just a casual shoot but I was definitely stoked with the result. I would like to share some of the shots he took with his beloved Leica. Enjoy and I will see you again this Friday with #pickabookfriday series!

OOTD details:

Uniqlo v-neck grey top, Zara jeans, Ted Baker heeled sandals, Daniel Wellington watch

Photo credits: @dannyimson

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn

Home is where the tummy is extra happy

Hi my lovelies! Hope all of you are doing well. Apologies for being away for quite a while. I was off to an extended holiday back home in Malaysia and sort of had a laptop break. Now I am back again in London and slowly getting into my usual routine.

Home. It is not that straightforward for me to define. London is my home because I’m based here with my loved one. Home is also Malaysia where my family resides. Both are near and dear to me. However, when I talk about the Malaysian home one thing comes straight to my mind other than family – FOOD. Food here is heavenly. Period. I credit the rich taste of Malaysian food to the diverse cultural influences we are very much proud of.

For me Home is where I look forward to so much for the love, carefree way of living and knowing there is happiness for the soul. In this blog post, I would like to reminisce the gastronomic delights of my home that time and time again never fails to uplifts my spirits.

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Do visit Malaysia, the place has a charm that will get you.

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn

Blue Boat House

Hello my lovelies, how is everyone doing?

I usually post on Mondays but I missed yesterday. I finally submitted my MA dissertation and decided to take the time off. Literally to chill out and not doing anything. 🙂 I am currently packing my bags and I am very excited to have an extended holiday visiting family and friends back in Asia. Exciting things are planned and one of it involves a staycation with my girls. Just thinking of it makes me so happy. That’s what besties do huh, raise our happiness level to a height you feel like you are basically on cloud 9!

Looking forward to our get together made me reminisce our last holiday in Perth. Perth was great because of the girls. However, Perth was also great because of its lovely charm. The laid back vibe is just something else. One particular place I would like to share with you guys is the Blue Boat House.

Another name for it is the Perth Crawley Edge Boatshed but commonly known just as the Blue Boat House. It is a very instagrammable spot and I couldn’t agree more. The Blue Boat House is surprisingly easy to get to from Perth CBD. We took the Transperth bus no.950 and the ride was about 20 minutes. Since it is located just off the road (it is to your left while driving along Mounts Bay Road heading towards Fremantle), taking the bus is the easiest. Have your google map ready and while you are reaching the destination you will easily spot the boathouse. For those who are driving, it will be slightly difficult to get a parking slot because there is no parking bay for you to stop. However, you can drive ahead for about 500m and turn left into the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. We were lucky to have the whole boathouse to ourselves and we stayed to take photos after photos till another group popped up. Trust me, if you want to take your pictures in peace do go early. The last thing you want to do is to take your shots awkwardly while have many pairs of eyes staring at you.

Take a look at the boathouse and you would want to make a trip yourself the next time you are in Perth.

Hope you are inspired as much as I am!

Till next time lovelies,

xx, Mielyn

 

 

 

 

 

Forte dei Marmi

Hi my lovelies! Hope everyone is doing great and started with a bang this week.

I am in the process of completing my dissertation this week and I can’t wait to start packing my bags to go visit my friends and family in Malaysia and Singapore. Thinking about it makes my heart warm and acts as an incentive to finish my task well. For me, travelling is the one of the top inspiration to work hard.

You work hard now, you get to play harder later.  🙂

As I was thinking about my next trip, I was reminded of the trips I have made so far. Wherever you go, you gain such good memories. That is one of the beauty of travelling. So in this post, I wanted to share with you guys a place I visited two summers back in a #throwback fashion.

Forte dei Marmi

italy_3You probably never heard about this place. To be honest I didn’t associate this place when I think about a holiday in Italy. But trust me, going to this place is worth it. We drove from Germany, passed through Switzerland to get to Forte dei Marmi. It was a 10 hour drive but it was definitely the most mesmerizing drive I have experienced.

Forte dei Marmi is an enchanting village of Versilia along the Mediterranean Sea. It is actually one of the most known and trendy seaside resort in Tuscany. However, here you won’t see the sight of tourist as you would in let’s say Rome. When I stayed there, I was pretty sure I was one of the handful from Asia. I mean I was a rare specimen. In this small seaside town, you are set against a backdrop of the Apuan Alps, where Michelangelo sourced his marble. It is more expensive than other towns and with overall chic vibe Forte dei Marmi is considered as the East Hampton of Italy. Apparently, Andrea Bocelli lives here while Armani has a villa. Yes you might have to fork out slightly more, but the amount of personal space you get is great. Mr. T and I had the most relaxing beach vacation ever. The noise level throughout the town was low, we either stroll or cycle to go to explore this beautiful town and laze at the beach which had a sun-bleached boardwalk down to the sea. On top of that, the location was great. Forte dei Marmi was our base to explore Cinque Terre, Pietrasanta, Florence and Volterra. At the end of the day, we had this inviting town to calm our sense.

If you have the chance, check out this place. For now, I hope you enjoy my #throwback pictures of Forte dei Marmi 😉

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Where we stayed: Hotel Bijou

Till next time loves,

xx, Mielyn

The delights of St Ives

A beautiful and quaint fishing harbour + the best pasties. That’s how I will describe this place. It does look like a painting. Bless.

Though it is still a bit chilly at this time of the year, St. Ives is definitely a place to visit for wanderlusters. Those who are visiting the England, if time permits do head to this gem of a place. This beautiful seaside town offers plenty of fresh air, outdoor activities and not to mention my favourite topic – delicious FOOD (seafood). The cliff-top views, picturesque beaches and charm of the ancient city will make you fall in love with this place. I definitely did.

My summary and recommendation for St. Ives for my readers in 100 words.

Stroll around the beautiful beach (surf if you may), relax at the beach cafes and think ‘This is Life’ many times over, go to Land’s End and feel like you have achieved something, watch a play at The Minack Theatre that is perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean and you can literally brag to your friends till their ears bleed, hike from St. Ives to Zennor and be awed by what Mother nature could offer. Well, that’s 78 words.


It seems like not much but my motto of wanderlusting is to immerse yourself in what you do and experience each thing well. The list above made me leave the place with a full heart. Of course there are many other attractions in St. Ives that is fun, unique and interesting. Do put it in your list guys and perhaps send me pictures of your adventures! Because what is better than inspiring each other to go out and see the world.

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman

 

Take care guys. Till next time!

xx, Mielyn

Extra long sleeve

Hello lovelies. Hope your Monday went well!

I was just spending the whole day writing my dissertation and I took a break. During the breakI wrote this post. The irony of it 😉 In this OOTD post I am featuring my first ever button up shirt I got hold of since I moved to London. It is not just any button up shirt, the sleeve run long enough to almost cover another person’s palm. Why a petite girl like me need an extra long sleeve shirt? Well why not. I was feeling adventurous. I love my clothes to have some sort of eccentric element to it. Perhaps that part of my personal style.

 

IMG_4663.JPGIMG_4661.JPGI laid my eyes onthis shirt on exhibit.com and instantly fell in love with it. Exhibit is a Singapore based womenswear label founded by non other than the famous and beautiful Yoyo Cao. If you don’t follow her already on Instagram (yoyokulala), do go check her out. She has the most amazing feed. Among the many cleverly tailored pieces in the collection, this extra long sleeve shirt spoke the most to me. The clean-cut definitely adds to the luxe basics feel to the shirt. And the buttons that ran along the entire sleeve. That sold it to me. The quality of the material and stitching made me a happy buyer. Although the sleeve runs long, it can be folded up to avoid any mishaps during meal time. Imagine me digging in my food with my sleeve all over the place like a child. Hmmm not a good sight.

This shirt was well-worn during my Belgium trip and of course in Belgium as in many countries you go to the art gallery. As you can see I wore this top with jeans and did a little half tuck on half of the shirt… look at the photo, I don’t think I just made sense. I felt like an artist myself. 😉

Why the dessert photos all of a sudden?? It’s Belgium! Desserts are heaven there.

On a last note, it makes me happy seeing a label from Asia do so well. I am truly hoping to dig up more exquisite Asian label and support the emerging designers because good quality clothes shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Have a nice evening guys. Those who had Monday blues, hope this post made you smile. I hope at least the desserts did the trick. Cheers!

 

xx, Mielyn