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

Ubud Bali

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageHi everyone, today I would like to bring you through some of my travel photos. Destination, Bali. Bali is a place of love, culture and arts. From the fast paced Kuta to the mountainous Ubud, it is a place that caters to anyone. After experiencing both Kuta and Ubud, my personal favourite was the serene Ubud. Exploring the beautiful Temples, walking through the terraced paddy fields, feasting the eyes on exquisite traditional crafts made by local artists and indulging in gastronomic delights make Ubud a great stop to recharge from the hussle and bustle of city life.

Some places we visited in Ubud:

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Goa Gajah

Mount Batur

Saraswati Temple

Cafe pomegranate

Luscious forest, breathtaking landscapes and just feeling the serenity of the locals does make Ubud a very special place indeed.

Hope you have a great week ahead.

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

 

 

 

 

 

#pickabookFriday – Tuesdays with Morrie

Hello lovelies, how are you guys? I hope everyone is filled with lively spirit!

It is Friday again or should I say Friyay ^^ I always feel yay-ing on Fridays because it is a moment where I can sit down, pick a book and kind of relax after a week of work. In today’s #pickabookFriday post, I will be talking about another Mitch Albom’s gem:
Tuesdays with Morrie

The story is told from the author’s perspective based on his life experience and his encounter with Morrie Schwartz, his University professor who is ill from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The author is intrigued by his professor’s attitude towards death and his life lessons leading to a weekly meeting on Tuesday. This story takes its time to unfold yet leaves the reader wanting more. It is such a page turner this one.

In this story, you will see  a lot of focus on character development for both the author and his professor, Morrie. With every page you get to know Morrie a little bit better and connect to this personality and I feel that is a beautiful thing a book could give the reader. Tuesdays With Morrie is a story that will help to remind us to stop and remember what is important in life because tomorrow might never come.

Some beautiful takeaway from this book:

  1. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love,and to let it come in.
  2. Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.
  3. Death ends a life, not a relationship.
  4. Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
  5. Love wins. Love always wins.


I think we can all learn something from a good book and I hope this book will enrich you in one way or another.

Have a great weekend guys!

xx, Mielyn

Birthday dinner for loved one

Happy midweek my lovelies!
I don’t know why but I get very excited when its midweek. ^^ Hope everyone had productive days so far. Keep on fighting guys. Weekend is just round the corner.

Last week was Mr T’s birthday and I organised a surprise dinner for him. Well he knew we were going for a dinner but the location was kept a secret (does that count as a surprise?!) Anyways, I started brainstorming on what to do for his birthday a good half a year ago or even earlier. This is what we do don’t we, for those we love dearly. We put a lot of effort because they matter. 🙂

During my research, I really wanted to bring Mr T for a nice dinner in London, specifically private dining. It is a special occasion and I wanted slightly more privacy than normal where we can just enjoy the food and each other’s company. But I must tell you, the research was not so straightforward. Private dining in London is costly unfortunately. However, perhaps it was my luck or my perseverance I found the perfect place.

Gauthier Soho
Why this restaurant topped the list?

  1. The was no extra charge for hiring the private room. Now that is quite rare. For an acclaimed French restaurant, this was a great bargain. I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email saying there was no room hire charge. However, you do need make an advance booking of 35/pax. The good thing this charge will be deducted from your total spending on the day you dine. Basically I am just paying for the food. Perfect!
  2. The booking process was so smooth. No hassle and the booking was done once I provide my payment details.
  3. This restaurant has multiple private dining choice based on the number of people attending. It is great for any occasion.
  4. The staffs were so courteous. From the time we stepped in to the moment we left, they made sure they looked after us very well. In addition, the male staff were quite an eye candy if you fancy those stuff but of course I was there for my man. ;p
  5. The food was marvellous.

I booked the Chef’s room. It is the smallest seating up to four guests and therefore most private dining room. On top of that, it was the wine cellar! Mr T loves wine and that sold it for me. How better to surprise him than having a great quality dinner in a room full of wines. The room had such great ambiance. It was romantic and was just perfect for the two of us. Of course at times the staff will pop in to grab a bottle of wine for other guest but they made sure we were not disturbed at any cost. Kudos to them. Both of us went for the 8 course tasting menu. It was mental but somehow I managed the whole course and came out triumphant. Overall, we had a great time. If you guys are in London and want a private dining, I would highly recommend Gauthier Soho. They have a way to make your day feel more special than it is.

I hope you guys have a great time with your loved ones.

“To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.” – T. Tolis

I would like to make a special shoutout to @suji_hairstylist who made my hair for this special occasion. Suji is actually my MA programme classmate and hairstyling is her hobby. I say the girl has some serious talent. Appreciate her love and effort to come all the way to my place. Do check her out guys, she is great.

Till next time guys,

xx, Mielyn


OOTD details:

Jumpsuit – similar Love Bonito

Heeled sandal – Ted Baker in grey

Handbag – similar La Martina

Earring –  Swarovski 

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